Several of the nine groups argued that the state’s “value-added” formula for measuring student growth needs changes, either in how many years of results go into the calculation, or in how the performance of certain student subgroups affects overall grades.
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At least four groups suggested getting rid of the “indicators met” grade, measuring whether a certain percentage of students scored proficient or better on state tests.
The panel included four Republican state legislators, including Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering. Also on the committee were two Democratic state legislators, state schools Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, and superintendents of three individual school districts, including Middletown schools chief Marlon Styles.
Ohio’s Department of Education has been issuing school report cards since 1998. The system was reformed in 2012 to use A-F letter grades rather than such designations as “effective” or “continuous improvement.”
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There has been significant recent debate about the value of the report card, partly because some research shows the state test results on which the report card is based have a significant correlation to community poverty and wealth. The current panel, which was created by last summer’s state budget bill, met three times between Nov. 6 and Dec. 4.