New Report Card System Tougher on Ohio Schools

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

An advance look at Ohio’s new A-F report card system, slated to be rolled out in August, shows many school districts score poorly in areas such as closing achievement gaps between students — one of the new graded measures.

The Ohio Department of Education released a simulation of the new report card performance measures — based on the recent 2011-12 report cards — showing how school districts, individual schools and charter schools across the state would fare under nine graded areas, including performance indicators, graduation rates, value-added growth measures and closing achievement gaps.

About 60.5 percent of Ohio districts would receive an A rating for “performance indicators” using the new standards, according to information from ODE. That compares to 63.4 percent that ranked Excellent or better that same year using the old criteria.

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