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Grades Released for Ohio Schools (LINK TO ALL SCHOOL GRADES)
COLUMBUS -- The state has released its revamped report cards for Ohio schools and some area districts are now flunking out.
This is the first statewide report where the districts are receiving A through F letter grades, similar to student grades. Previously, districts and schools received grade terms such as "Excellent or "Continuous Improvement."
Dayton City Schools are receiving a D for Performance Index in the Achievement section and an F for Indicators Met.
In the Gap Closing category, Dayton is getting another F for Annual Measurable Objective. The district is receiving Ds and Fs in six other categories.
Springfield City Schools are faring slightly better.
Although they are still getting F and D grades, they do have As for Value-Added Progress in "Overall," "Lowest 20% in Achievement" and "Students with Disabilities."
Some districts, as expected, performed much better. Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools got straight A's on Standards Met, Performance Index, Value Added-Overall and 4-Year Graduation.
Kettering, Miamisburg and Troy scored A's and B's while Fairborn and Huber Heights received grades from B to F, depending on the category.
The state says that lower grades are expected at first, which should then balance out after a few years.
UPDATE: Ohio to Release New A-F Report Cards to Schools
COLUMBUS (AP) -- Ohio is preparing to release the first round of school performance assessments using new A-F report cards.
Thursday's release by the Ohio Department of Education will include results for school districts and buildings in nine of 18 performance categories. Districts and buildings aren't scheduled to receive overall grades until 2015.
The revamped system replaces the six-tier assessment system that featured such labels as "Excellent" and "Continuous Improvement" with more familiar letter grades. It also requires schools to meet some tougher performance standards intended to help Ohio students compete on a global stage.
Changes are expected to result in poor grades in some categories for many districts. The initial adjustment is expected to even out as the system is fully phased in between now and 2015.
Ohio Report Cards: http://newreportcard.education.ohio.gov
Ohio Teachers Feeling Pressure of New Evaluation System
DAYTON -- Most Miami Valley students are back to school, but what if their teacher just isn't cutting it? A new state law holds teachers more accountable, and if their performance is consistently bad, they can get a pink slip.
Teachers know the pressure is on.
Wednesday's lesson in Mrs. Larsen's fifth-grade class is a review of whole numbers.
"It's been good and the kids are really excited to be back," said Larsen, who has been teaching for 27 years and admits she is good at her job. Now she has proof.
Larsen is one of seven teachers in Dayton who underwent the new state teacher evaluation in the 2012 school year. It was a trial run, but now all teachers are under the same microscope.
"The process is scary," said Larsen, though she scored higher than expected.
"Fifty percent of that tool is based on our test scores. And if you're in a low-performing school, that's already low performing, that just adds that much more pressure on us to do better on the test," explains Larsen.
The new law is designed to hold teachers accountable, and identify their strengths and weaknesses. That way if they need more training, they get it. Then, over time if they don't improve, they would be let go.
"Our part in that is to make sure the supports are there, make sure the supports have been given, offered, taken advantage of," said David Romick, with the Dayton Education Association.
Parents we talked with love the idea, they just hope teachers don't focus too much on those test scores.
"Make sure that they're meeting a standard that we can measure and have some idea about what kind of success our children should have," said parent John Weske.
Mrs. Larsen says she'll continue working, one lesson at a time.
"It's so important to me that our focus becomes the children and it's not a test score and not an evaluation, none of that gives you a whole picture of what goes on in a classroom."
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