Ohio Gadfly Daily News 6-18-14

  1. As we teased yesterday, third grade reading scores are all over the news across the state today. We start our coverage in Toledo, where the pass rate stands at 76.4% of third graders as of the spring tests. So far, no students have been exempted, officials say, and the district is using the impending summer reading test as a redoubt against “summer slide” for many more third grade students than would perhaps be involved in structured summer learning in previous years.  (Toledo Blade)
  2. In Dayton, there’s a lot of summer opportunities for third graders who still need to pass, but the article mainly focuses on what happens if students don't pass even after all that work/additional test opportunities. (Dayton Daily News)
  3. The story from Youngstown is fairly introspective. “There’s also awareness on the part of the students,” said YCS’s executive director of teaching and learning. “They’ve really taken this on and made it their own.” But, she says, “…I won’t be happy until all of our kids pass to fourth grade.” Indeed. (Youngstown Vindicator)
  4. Finally, the PD has a whole series of articles from various suburban districts that are worth a look. The crux of the story in CMSD: predictability. As Patrick O’Donnell write: “Cleveland's results came back almost exactly as the district had predicted. The district had estimated in March that about 1,000 students would need extra help this summer to pass the test. The new OAA results show that 999 of its 2,701 third graders did not meet the target.” CMSD had a summer bootcamp ready to go for those thousand students; hopefully they’re all working hard for their next shot at the test.  (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  5. Speaking of CMSD, the district and its Transformation Alliance has received a $3M grant to solidify its centralized application system $3M grant to solidify its centralized application system and to increase quality and availability of school choice information for parents. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  6. A $1.3 billion spending plan on a single page with no detail and no discussion to run Columbus City Schools? THIS is the vaunted fully-accountable public common school?! (Columbus Dispatch)
Jeff Murray
Jeff Murray is the Ohio Operations Manager of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,