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Ohio’s K-12 schools are winding down their remote classes to end this unusual year. And Gov. Mike DeWine says he and school leaders are making plans for returning to in-person classes after summer break.

(UPDATE: As he said he would, DeMaria set the competency score at 684 for Algebra I and English II, which is within "basic" and below "proficient" in the five performance levels for state tests.)

Spring is coming, and so is state testing season in Ohio’s schools. And next week, the state school superintendent and the Ohio Department of Education will set minimum scores for students to show competency in Algebra I and English II – but they won’t  be required to be proficient.

Ohio’s school counselors are backing a newly proposed bipartisan bill that would create a job description for them and put it into state law.

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The Ohio Department of Education school report cards are out, evaluating schools on a range of measures, including student graduation rates and performance on state tests. And while some Dayton Public Schools’ grades held flat over last year, the district showed progress in some key categories.

School Report Card Results Due Thursday

Sep 10, 2019
School buses line up at Centerville department of education transportation headquarters.
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Ohio school report cards will be released Thursday, according to the Ohio Department of Education.  This year’s results were supposed to determine whether Dayton Public Schools would be taken over by an Academic Distress Commission. Three consecutive years of failing grades trigger a takeover, and the district has received failing grades for the past two years.

After lawmakers have spent years making tweaks and changes to the high school graduation requirements, the incoming freshman class is beginning its high school journey with what are believed to be permanent standards.

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state operating budget 17 days after the deadline, and 10 hours after a temporary budget expired.

The Ohio House has passed a bill that would end state takeovers of local school districts. The process, which has already taken over three districts, would be replaced with a different model. 

Lawmakers are looking over several different bills that would revise the way the state handles school districts in academic distress. There seems to be a consensus that changes are needed, but there seems to be a debate on exactly how to go about it.

Jonathan Juravich, Ohio’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, explains how he meets the needs of students in his classes.
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State education leaders have a new policy they say will ensure student success.  But it involves doing some basic things many schools and teachers already do – focusing on individual students’ needs and de-emphasizing required standardized testing.

The state’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, Jonathan Juravich, helped develop the new policy that focuses less on teaching information that could be on state standardized tests and more on meeting the needs of individual students.

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