New Law Changes How Ohio Schools Will Be Graded


UPDATED: Monday January 14, 2013 5:52 PM

Gov. John Kasich will sign a new law on Monday that aims to improve schools in Ohio by changing how they are evaluated.

The new school report cards will assign "A-F" grades to district scores.

The new law will coincide with the more rigorous Common Core curriculum and testing that is coming next year.

Schools will be graded in six categories with an emphasis on early literacy and college and career-preparedness.

Local school officials are not opposed, but some are nervous about how the new grading system will work.

"Our organizations believe in and support accountability.  We think it's necessary.  We think it needs to be clear and transparent, but we also believe it needs to be focused on improvement; not just simply measuring and reporting," said Damon Asbury of the Ohio School Boards Association.

Asbury said the "A-F" system is not that different from the current system that acknowledges schools anywhere from Excellent to Academic Emergency.

Kasich will unveil sweeping changes for the ways Ohio funds education when he presents his official state budget next month.

He's already pushed through a third-grade reading guarantee, so the new grading system is just one of many changes in store.

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