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School admins support change to state report cards

Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal |

The superintendent of a district with a level of poverty so high that all students are eligible for free meals said the report card puts them at an immediate disadvantage. Montgomery County’s Trotwood-Madison City Schools is a predominantly African-American district with 2,800 students, according to the district’s superintendent, Dr. Reva Cosby.

Cosby told the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee that many of the district’s students arrive “well below the level of the students who arrive in financially secure districts,” and some parents hold distrust of the educational system based on previous bad experiences.

Cosby and other supporters that testified before the committee said they support the change to rankings ranging from “significantly exceeds expectations” to “in need of support” to give them something to build upon, rather than a lead balloon repelling families and staff. 

“Taken together, (the bill’s) changes clarify the meaning of report card ratings, offer more positive and actionable feedback for districts/schools, and avoid oversimplification that often obscures or conceals what is really happening in a district or building,” said Jeff Wensing, Vice President of the Ohio Education Association. The OEA offered one “area of improvement” for the bill, which would create a “student opportunity profile,” including staffing/student ratios, programs, services and activities.

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