Ohio’s Third Grade Guarantee law will require schools to retain most third graders who don’t attain the proper score on the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) that will be administered in April 2014. Yesterday, we discussed how the State Board of Education set the mark for kids to attain at 28 points, equaling a scaled score of 392, which is slightly below the scaled score of 400 that earns these children the label of being “proficient” in reading. Today, we’re going to take a look at how many children are likely to be retained due to this law.
On a single day in April 2014 during the week after Easter, schools across Ohio will administer the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) in Reading to approximately 120,000 third grade children across the state. For Ohio’s young 8- and 9-year-old children, the stakes have never been higher.
We must hope that those young boys and girls show up to school that day ready to take the 2.5 hour test in the right frame of mind and can appreciate the magnitude of their work during that once-in-a-lifetime event. For these young children, it is imperative that they perform to the top [...]Full Story... →
Bryan Williams should resign from the State Board of Education.
As the lobbyist for a conflicting private entity, he should end all doubts about his commitment to public education.
As the Beacon Journal so clearly reported Williams’ true allegiance is to his better paying employer, the non-union Central Ohio Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., which, among other things, runs the Ohio Construction Academy in Columbus and on-line. It has 24 students. Unlike others in the field it gets $200,000 in state money for vocational training.
As the BJ reported, the money is sapped from the Columbus public school district’s [...]Full Story... →
Doug Livingston’s excellent series in the Beacon Journal documenting the rightward ooze of the State Board of Education should be a primer on the private agendas of those overseeing public education in Ohio today. Much of it has occurred during Gov. Kasich’s reign, who hastened the Tea Party/evangelical take-over of what should be a non-political non-sectarian approach to preparing students for whatever greets them when they leave the classroom.
Nothing better illustrates the board’s political fault lines than its chairman, Debra Terhar, an avowed Tea Party member appointed by Kasich to the current 17 member panel. Her arrival from [...]Full Story... →
If it wasn’t so appalling, we might be able to laugh at the continued insistence that Ohio’s charter (community) schools are held to the same level of accountability as are traditional public schools. In fact, some charter school proponents actually insist that charters are held MORE accountable than their public school counterparts.
The Ohio Association of Public Charter Schools (OAPCS) promotes this idea readily through their website materials, including their Ohio Charter Law Guidebook (p. 12) and a PowerPoint that is titled Understanding Ohio’s Public Charter Schools. From page 5 of that presentation:
In June, the Cleveland School District entered into a contract with Teach for America, Inc. (TFA, Inc.) to have the entity provide beginning teachers to work in the district. The contract requires the school district to pay TFA, Inc. up to $9,000 just for the privilege of being able to hire the teacher for two years. That money is on top of the regular salary and benefits that are fully covered by the school district.
We’ve written a couple of posts about TFA, Inc. going back to March of 2011 when the Ohio General Assembly first passed laws [...]Full Story... →
This is a farewell post from me. I’ll be enrolling people in health insurance for the next 6 months, so it’s pretty unlikely that I’ll have time to blog. Thanks for reading my stuff, and thanks for sharing it. And a hearty thanks to Joseph for letting me bloviate.
As a final bloviation, I’m here to report on a pretty dismal Election Day in Cincinnati–very similar to the one in 2009 that presaged the statewide 2010 loss.
There were two Democrats running for mayor, and Cincinnati has a field election1 for City Council. The incumbent council was 7 Democrats and [...]Full Story... →
Ohio House Bill 153, one of John Kasich’s partisan budget bills, added new criteria for ranking Ohio’s school districts. Back in 2011, we posted a series of articles looking at the ranking system as it was initially introduced. Since then, some minor modifications have been made to the rankings, and the State Board of Education adopted a set of standards to clarify how the new financial ranking components would be implemented.
Once again, Ohio’s urban districts will be penalized by the state’s push to expand charters.
Going into effect in June 2014, districts will now be ranked based [...]Full Story... →
State Impact reports that Ohio Board of Education President Debe Terhar wants to remove Toni Morrison’s first novel, ,the Bluest Eye, from state common core guidelines. Terhar called the book, which is recommended reading for 11th graders, “pornographic” because it contains a rape scene. “I don’t want my grandchildren reading it and I don’t want anybody else’s grandchildren reading it,” Terhar said.
Terhar was hand-picked by the Kasich administration as part of their effort to take control of the board. She is a member of multiple Tea Party groups and a vocal advocate of Ohio’s failed charter school experiment. [...]Full Story... →
State Rep Andy Brenner seems to love charter schools. In January he introduced a resolution to create a “School Choice Week” in January to “honor the hardworking educators, staff and parents of students for their roles in providing a quality public charter school education within Ohio.”
Andy and his wife, Powell City Councilman and Conservative Blogger Sarah Marie, have no children attending Ohio’s schools, but Andy does represent one of the most affluent and high-performing school districts in the state, Olentangy Local Schools.
Earlier this week Greg reported that low-performing online charter schools and charter schools in neighboring [...]Full Story... →
The Olentangy Local School District is located in Delaware County, north of Columbus, and is in the top ten in the state in student enrollment with over 17,000 students. The district has received a rating of either Excellent (“A”) or Excellent with Distinction (“A+”) since 2005 from the Ohio Department of Education. Despite their top rating, the district has continually lost students to charter schools (see our post explaining why this is allowed to occur).
This year, with the new state report card, Olentangy once again received high marks with 6 A’s and 3 B’s. Using a traditional [...]Full Story... →