OH Report Card Release

OH Report Card Release Illuminates Need for State Testing/Reporting Reform
Posted on 09/13/2018

OH Report Card Release Illuminates Need for State Testing/Reporting ReformOur schools reflect what our community values. These community values set a standard far higher than any Report Card grade. We measure academic success in many ways, and carefully monitor our students level of preparation for further learning, meaningful work, and engaged citizenship.

While Ohio's report grade itself seems simple (A-F), over 30 different calculations used to arrive at each grade makes them anything but straightforward. State report card grades mask the actual performance of students by penalizing schools for honoring parents’ decision to refuse testing, and inaccurately combining different assessment results. For example, scores for students who use the Advanced Placement Government test score in lieu of the state End-of-Course Exam for Government are only counted as passing the test, rather than being entered as what would be considered a high score. The overall grades leave plenty of room for statistical error, yet no standard deviation is even reported.

"We appreciate accountability, and look for ways on an ongoing basis to share progress on measures that matter to our community. However, Ohio has struggled to find the right balance. It is time to reduce state testing, and the reliance on the report card to simply rank and sort districts. We agree with the State Board of Education’s working group recommendation to eliminate the A-F grades, and encourage the legislature to follow their lead in reducing complicated and unnecessary grades and rankings,” said Jonathan Cooper, Superintendent.

Quality Profile Presents Fuller Picture of High Quality Education

"In Mason, we know that a high quality education includes a lot more than what is measured on state tests and report card grades. That's why we released our sixth annual Quality Profile this week,” Cooper said.

The Quality Profile helps characterize the overall educational value of public education beyond standardized testing.  

Examples of Mason Quality Profile Benchmarks Not Measured by State Report Card 2,183 high school students engaged in courses that provide hands-on, experiential learning projects and activities. 80% of the Class of 2018 took at least one AP exam, and 85% of the class earned college credit by scoring a 3 or higher. 10% of the Class of 2018 was recognized by the College Board as National Merit finalists (39), commended scholars (43) and Hispanic Scholars (6). 50% of resolved 2017-2018 SafeSchools tips prevented self-harm or suicide. 71% of district’s budget spent on direct classroom instruction. In 2012, 10 Southwest Ohio districts – Forest Hills, Indian Hill, Loveland, Madeira, Mariemont, Mason, Milford, Oak Hills, Sycamore and Wyoming – surveyed residents to determine factors they value in their child’s education that were not represented on the state report card. The result is a collaborative report that shares an expanded story of each participating school district.

Now adopted by over 80 districts in Ohio, the report is supported by the Alliance for High Quality Education, an education consortium that works to improve educational opportunities for students and represent member districts on matters of educational policy and funding.

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