- We’ll start today not with the obvious story, but with one that is near and dear to my dad heart: . The awesome annual event took place yesterday. Yes, there are lots of adorable photos...and donuts too! But it is way past time to get some charter and private schools in on this, don’t you think? (Canton Repository, 9/15/22)
- OK. Now onto the story of the week: school and district report cards were released yesterday. Our own Aaron Churchill was among the folks interviewed by Gongwer and he provides the general overview: (Gongwer Ohio, 9/16/22) Aaron is also quoted in the Cleveland coverage and Fordham-provided stats are a centerpiece of the big picture, which remains focused on pandemic learning loss and whatever recovery toward pre-pandemic levels might have occurred: Doesn’t sound so hot to me. How about you? (Cleveland.com, 9/15/22) Public media in Cleveland says “Schools across Northeast Ohio are seeing improved marks on key indicators of academic performance as pandemic-related school closures recede into the past, according to the Ohio Department of Education’s new report cards”. . (Ideastream, Cleveland, 9/15/22)
- One of the biggest aspects of the new report cards regards changes wrought to the way various measures are calculated. . The results, she says, are “not indicative” of all the work going on in Ohio’s schools. (Norwalk Reflector, 9/15/22) The , and many of both are still behind where they were in 2019. And this piece is literally only a chart! (Dayton Daily News, 9/15/22) . In one of the pieces above, Ohio Education Association President Scott DiMauro is quoted calling the old system “misleading”, among other choice invectives. If you ask me, there is an irony in the fact that while we call this a “star rating” system, almost all of the media coverage simply lists numbers from 1 to 5 and they seem far more stark and obvious for it. And also like Yelp, star ratings for schools seem inevitably to lead to brutal—and brutally accurate—headlines like this one. (Cincinnati Enquirer, 9/15/22)
- Meanwhile, that’s only been around and guiding everything in education in the city for eight years? (WKSU-FM, Kent, 9/14/22) While public media folks may not recall what the Cleveland Plan is (nor, indeed, the proper usage of “reins” vs. “reigns”, a virulent pet peeve of mine), . And they’re looking to get Mayor Bibb to make some changes to it in the next year or so. (News 5, Cleveland, 9/16/22)
- Back in the real world, too…look out! (Dayton Daily News, 9/14/22) And finally today, for the real real: How about you? (WHIO-TV, Dayton, 9/14/22)
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