Some school board members said the idea of a single label – calling one school system a “B” district, or another an “F” school – could be overly simplistic and further alienate educators and residents from the report card process.
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The resolution passed by a 12-6 vote, with all state board members in the Dayton-Springfield-Hamilton area (Charlotte McGuire, Nick Owens, Pat Bruns) voting in favor.
House Bill 591, sponsored by Rep. Mike Duffey, R-Worthington, would be a major reform in the state report card, and Morgan argued it would be prudent to put the overall letter grade on hold until that legislative discussion is complete.
At the first hearing on on the bill in the House Education Committee on Tuesday, three key groups — the Ohio School Boards Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators and Ohio Association of School Business Officials — testified in favor of the measure, supporting the bill’s call to use raw scores, and eliminate the use of letter grades.
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The bill would also change how Ohio calculates graduation rates, student growth, and third-grade reading success.