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Ohio Department Of Education Calls For Reduced Testing

Jan 16, 2015
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The Ohio Department of Education has released a report recommending a cutback in the amount of time spent testing students, which currently averages 20 hours per school year.

The department wants state lawmakers to reduce testing and practice time by 20 percent, eliminate the fall 3rd grade standardized reading test except for students who need them, and eliminate math and science diagnostic tests in the first three grades.

Ohio’s own teacher evaluations add time as well, because students are tested to show how much they learned over a year.  

Snow Day Policies Vary By District

Jan 8, 2015
School districts throughout the Miami Valley are working under different rules when it comes to making up snow days.
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The recent weather has forced many school closures and delays. But the rules for how school districts will make up the missed days vary.

All of the nearly 40 public school districts throughout the Miami Valley were closed Tuesday. Most remained closed Wednesday and Thursday as well because of frigid temperatures. This is the second time schools have kept kids at home this winter.

State Pushes For New School Safety Plans

Dec 30, 2014
The Ohio Departmente. of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state
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The start of the new year brings a new requirement for schools.

Starting Jan. 1 — Ohio schools must create a new safety plan. Administrators have been making these plans for a few years now but the updated versions must follow new parameters laid out by the state. 

As John Charlton with the Ohio Department of Education explains, this creates a better standard compared to previous plans.

Organizations are grumbling about a requirement from the Ohio Department of Education to include a faith-based group for a mentorship program.
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The state’s leading civil rights organization is planning a public records request to find out more about a state-supported mentoring program for schools. 

Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard Ross, who is an appointee of Gov. John Kasich, says schools that want to join the Community Connections program can partner with a business or a non-profit. But must also have a faith-based organization on board.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio education officials say $10 million is available for a new school mentorship program.

Community organizations, faith-based groups and businesses are asked to develop partnerships encouraging mentorship in Ohio's schools and giving more students access to role models. Organizations and schools creating the partnerships can receive a maximum of $500,000 in state grants that provide a matching three dollars for every dollar spent.

Dayton Public School District Wants More Parent Feedback

Dec 4, 2014

About 100 people attended a town hall meeting last night to talk about the Dayton Public School District. At first glance, DPS students aren’t doing as well as other districts in the area.

 

The Ohio Department of Education put some Dayton schools toward the bottom of the list in 3rd grade reading assessments. Only 72 percent of students are graduating and kids aren’t progressing like they should between 4th and 8th grade. Dayton Public Schools have gotten Ds and Fs in its report card from the state.

More Ohio Students Reading At Grade Level

Nov 24, 2014
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Many Ohio school districts have improved their reading scores after complying with the state’s new Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Some local districts did better than others.

The Third Grade Reading Guarantee is just over a year old. The law requires schools to provide extra help for struggling readers in kindergarten through third grade. And, it holds students back in third grade if they don’t pass a reading test at the end of the year.

Nearly nine out of ten Ohio third graders have passed the state’s third grade reading test, which allows them to move on to fourth grade—but Dayton scored among the worst in the state.

Eighty-eight percent of the 110,000 kids who took the test statewide passed this spring. That’s up from a little over 63 percent who passed the test in the fall.

The Ohio Department of Education says it's almost done reviewing how altered attendance data affected state report cards for schools in eight districts.

The Northridge district in Montgomery County and Winton Woods in Hamilton County  are among those that will get recalculated district and school report cards for the 2010-2011 school year once the investigation is finished.

The Ohio Department of Education released report cards for Ohio’s schools Thursday.  The 2013 report cards rate schools and buildings in the first nine of 18 new performance criteria. The new assessment system features letter grades that the DOE says are more familiar to people. 

According to Ohio's top public schools official, Superintendent Richard Ross, no district received all As or all Fs, but in the first round of new scores - districts did fall at all points on the scale.  He said tougher performance standards will make Ohio's schools better and state more competitive.

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