Tue March 27, 2012
Study Says Ohio Making Progress in School Changes
A report says Ohio is meeting expectations for making changes to its education system that were a condition of a $400 million federal Race to the Top grant.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the nonprofit Center for American Progress cites "significant progress" in the study released yesterday.
The report says the state's most significant achievement has been moving from a compliance-based system toward a support-based system during district reviews. It also points to efforts to create new ways to attract and develop teachers, adopt common core standards and pilot a teacher-evaluation program.
It says the state's challenges include developing specifics of the teacher-evaluation program and improving academics at failing schools.
Sixty districts, 10 percent of the state total, have dropped out of the program, some saying the funding is inadequate.
(Information in the following story is from: The Columbus
Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com )