Many Ohio school districts have improved their reading scores after complying with the state’s new Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Some local districts did better than others.
The Third Grade Reading Guarantee is just over a year old. The law requires schools to provide extra help for struggling readers in kindergarten through third grade. And, it holds students back in third grade if they don’t pass a reading test at the end of the year.
The Springfield School District and the Clark State Foundation have awarded college tuition to 41 students expected to graduate from Springfield High School.
The Champion City Scholars Program targets low-income middle school students who will become the first in their families to earn a college degree. Selected students are eligible for up to three years of college at Clark State or assistance with tuition at another college—but they have to commit early to graduating from high school.
Ohio's rank among the 50 states for average student debt is improving, but education officials, students and researchers disagree on whether progress actually is being made on college affordability in the state.
The Columbus Dispatch reports students who received bachelor's degrees in 2013 at Ohio colleges and universities graduated with an average of $29,090 in student debt, according to a report from the Institute for College Access and Success.