Standards and Accountability

We support high quality learning standards for K-12 schools as well as rigorous state assessments aligned to the standards. Ohio should maintain high expectations for all schools and students—as reflected in graduation requirements, the third-grade reading guarantee, and more—and must communicate honestly back to students and families about college and career readiness. We support smart accountability systems and metrics that accurately prioritize proficiency as well as progress, and that accurately identify schools and districts for intervention as well as recognition. See below for research reports, blog posts, videos, and more content on this important issue.

In fashion these days are craft breweries, shabby-chic decor, and farm-to-fork restaurants. But what’ll get you a seat at the...
 
 
At this month’s meeting of the State Board of Education, members debated a draft proposal for a new set of graduation...
 
 
Setting a high standard and then backing away from it the way Ohio policymakers have done repeatedly over the last few years is...
 
 
Last Thursday, Ohio released annual school report cards that offer parents and communities an objective review of the academic...
 
 
In the final days of August, the Ohio Department (ODE) of Education and the State Board of Education released their five-year...
 
 
On a recent visit to Xenia schools, State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria said : “I think so many times we underestimate what...
 
 
In Ohio, debate over high school graduation requirements has raged for over a year . At various points, policymakers have...
 
 
I recently wrote about some big changes that are coming for Ohio’s dropout prevention and recovery schools (DPRS), thanks to...
 
 
At the most recent State Board of Education meeting, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) reported preliminary test results...
 
 
Over the past two years, Fordham has been an outspoken critic of some of the efforts to modify Ohio’s graduation requirements. It...
 
 
In a pattern now becoming all too familiar, the State Board of Education recently got spooked by the prospect of tougher...
 
 
If kicking the accountability can down the road were an Olympic sport, Ohio policymakers would win the gold medal. The latest...
 
 
In a recent analysis of the Academic Distress Commission (ADC) system currently in place in Youngstown City Schools, my colleague...
 
 
Ohio is no stranger to district turnarounds. Back in 2007, academic distress commissions (ADCs) were added to state law as a way...
 
 
Education is hard, so we should celebrate success at every opportunity. A sky-high graduation rate, for example, should make us...
 
 
The debate around Ohio’s school report cards continues to simmer. An outspoken critic since last year’s report card release,...
 
 
Achievement gaps between poor and minority students and their peers are well documented and persistent. For years, data indicate...
 
 
A recent paper from the left-leaning Center for American Progress (CAP) examined high school graduation requirements across the...
 
 
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education released data from the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Given...
 
 
Ohio’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan doesn’t include many changes to the state’s current accountability system, but it does...
 
 
Jack Archer
NOTE: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute occasionally publishes guest commentaries on its blogs. The views expressed by guest...
 
 
Ohio’s State Board of Education recently voted in favor of recommending that the legislature extend softer graduation...
 
 
Malcolm X once said, “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” Wise...
 
 
Education Week just released its 22nd annual report and rankings of state education systems. Faster than we can read the report...
 
 
In my book, state-level policymaking should be like good parenting. It should incentivize the behaviors you’re looking to inspire...
 
 
Jessica Shopoff, M.Ed. and Chase Eskelsen, M.Ed.
NOTE: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute occasionally publishes guest commentaries on its blogs. The views expressed by guest...
 
 
In its version of the state budget bill , the Ohio House included language that would place more weight on student growth...
 
 
In politics as of late, there’s been a lot of talk about “ going nuclear ” in order to accomplish a goal. Ohio now has its own...
 
 
On September 15, Ohio released report cards for approximately 600 school districts and 3,500 public schools (district and charter...
David Burns
NOTES: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute occasionally publishes guest commentaries on its blogs. The views expressed by guest...
 
 

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