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Ohio Overhauls Education With Eye on College Prep

An education overhaul aimed at better preparing Ohio students for college will change the way students and schools are evaluated and the curriculum they use.

State Superintendent Stan Heffner says the existing system shortchanges children by asking them to meet minimum standards that don't necessarily make them college-ready. He says students should get "a diploma worth owning."

The Columbus Dispatch reports the state already adopted tougher standards on what students should learn. It's also part of a group of states creating new computer-based exams to replace standardized testing that measures how much students have learned.

Next up, Ohio is changing how it grades schools on their performance.  Heffner says many districts are expected to get lower ratings under the more rigorous evaluation system slated to start next school year.