Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee law is in full swing this year and since we’ve had last year’s achievement test results, we thought it was a good time to look at the probable impact it will have at the end of this school year. In addition to the statistics, some of the recent rhetoric surrounding the implementation of Common Core in Ohio has exposed the hypocrisy of Ohio’s Republican-adopted Third Grade Reading Guarantee law.
Let’s start with the hypocrisy around the law (we’ll discuss the statistics in a later post). When the latest version of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee [...]Full Story... →
Ohio Representative Andy Thompson is the primary sponsor of House Bill 237, better known as the anti-Common Core legislation. Thompson is a Tea Party Republican whose efforts to repeal the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) should not be trusted by Ohio progressives who have more recently expressed concerns about the new educational standards.
In Ohio and nationwide, concerns about the CCSS have brought together people from both sides of the aisle. Likewise, support for the new standards is widely bipartisan. So, who is right? Are the CCSS transforming education in a positive way or were they delivered out [...]Full Story... →
When we posted about this bill last weekend, it quickly became one of the most read posts in Plunderbund history. This speaks to the dramatic effects the new teacher evaluation system in Ohio is having on the practice of both teachers and administrators. You can find our detailed post from last Saturday here.
When the bill is introduced in the Education Committee on Tuesday morning, only sponsor [...]Full Story... →
Back in March of 2011, when Ohio was in the midst of the Senate Bill 5 fight, Republicans in the General Assembly passed a law that didn’t garner much attention save for a moronic statement by Governor Kasich at the bill’s signing.
The change in Ohio Revised Code 3319.22(1) now requires the Ohio Department of Education to grant a 4-year Resident Educator License (new teacher license) to Teach for America, Inc. participants. These individuals clearly do not meet the qualifications that are spelled out in Ohio Administrative Code for teacher preparation programs in the State of [...]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... →
In what may be a sign that the legislature is gaining a better understanding of the problems with implementing the new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES), the Ohio Senate introduced a bill this week that reduces the impact of student achievement scores on a teacher’s evaluation while also reducing the amount of time principals would waste continually re-evaluating good teachers.
Senator Randy Gardner, along with co-sponsors including Senator Peggy Lehner, the chair of the Senate Education Committee, introduced Senate Bill 229 this week that contains three significant changes to the evaluation process.
The first important change is a [...]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... →
A little over a week ago, we posted about a video that surfaced regarding the school board race in the Olentangy Local School District. You can read that post here (recommended before reading on).
The video that was referenced was posted by a group named Olentangy United trying to inform voters in Olentangy about connections to the Springboro School District. As such, a group of independent individuals from the Olentangy Schools area had begun the process of fact-checking the video for the purpose of confirming the details contained within. Unfortunately, that fact-checking was silenced by threats.
The group, ONE Olentangy, [...]Full Story... →
Pretend you’re a teacher in Ohio. As a teacher, your job is to educate the children in your class. You do this through a variety of methods – talking, listening, correcting, etc. – but it always includes some form of assessment of the students’ knowledge. An assessment takes many forms, but it is always used to gauge how well the students have learned AND is used by you, the teacher, to assess your own teaching and where you may need to reteach and improve your own knowledge going forward. The way you do this is by looking at the assessments [...]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... →