ICYMI Sen. Lehner Tells Parents Not to Sweat State Report Card Grades

ICYMI Sen. Lehner Tells Parents Not to Sweat State Report Card Grades

“Don’t sweat it. That is the message lawmakers and state education officials have for parents who will soon see last year’s school report cards..."

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Sen. Peggy Lehner Tells Parents Not to Sweat State Report Card Grades

Today, January 14, 2016, the State of Ohio will release the first part of the Ohio schools’ state report card scores. At Deer Park Community City School District, we know the state report card only tells one side of the story because it does not capture the additional accountability measures we hold our teachers, staff, and administration team to each year. We know it does not evaluate the effectiveness of a school district beyond standardized testing measures and we know it does not tell our story.

Early reports indicated district scores will be lower than in years past, so the Columbus Dispatch interviewed Senator Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, and she gave a frank interview on the scores. Lehner argues parents and community members should not take these scores “as a sign that anything bad is happening in your school.”

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New evaluations to drop Ohio schools’ state report-card scores
The Columbus Dispatch
By Jim Siegel & Catherine Candisky
December 27, 2015

“Don’t sweat it. That is the message lawmakers and state education officials have for parents who will soon see last year’s school report cards that, for most districts, are going to show lower scores...

‘The scores will drop. They will drop precipitously,’ said Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee. ‘It is not to be taken as a sign that anything bad is happening in your school…’

“Portions of the report-card scores will be based on the controversial PARCC assessments, the online tests that Ohio officials recently scrapped after one year following waves of complaints from parents and school officials...

A number of students opted out of taking the PARCC test, Lehner said, and although schools won’t be penalized for low participation, it’s an incomplete student representation...

“Ohio is changing to new tests this (school) year…‘That’s all the more reason why we shouldn’t spend a whole lot of time sweating about that one-year test,’ Lehner said

“The new report cards, half of which will be released on Jan. 14 and the other half on Feb. 25, will have a new look with scores for six components. Each component will receive an A-F letter grade…

“In January, the state will release scores for: graduation rate; K-3 literacy improvement; and preparation for success, a factor computed using honors diplomas, remediation-free scores on the ACT, advanced-placement courses and international baccalaureate scores.

Parents should be leery about putting too much emphasis on those categories that are based on PARCC test results, Lehner said…’Any data that was derived from the test last year, no one should really pay any attention to it,’ she said.

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