Local schools concerned about standardized testing in Ohio

By: Akii Butler and Shelbie Goulding In recent years, standardized testing has been one of the major issues when it comes to education. During this time, many felt that schools put too much emphasis on testing and not on making sure students understand the learning material they have been introduced to. In 2018, during his campaign for Governor, Gov. Mike DeWine echoed the same sentiments when he introduced his new plan for education, which included less standardized testing and more focus on the students. On his website www.mikedewine.com/education Gov. DeWine states: “Standardized tests are limiting educator’s creativity and forcing them to teach to a test. This interferes with a child’s

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Kent State fares poorly on diversity report card

By Collin Cunningham Recently, the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center gave Kent State low scores on a comprehensive report card called “Black Students at Public Colleges and Universities: A 50-State Report.” The study looked at public learning institutions from each state and compared four factors factors: equity in terms of gender, graduation rates of black students representation equity and black student-to-black faculty ratio. The only criteria for which Kent received a grade higher than D was the student to faculty ratio, and there they got a C. “I think faculty recruitment, student body, in terms of helping students feel at home, that’s the most important thing,” said

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The importance of state funding to Ohio’s public schools.

By Linda Stocum Parma City School District’s levy failed on Election day with a vote of 53 percent of citizens against issue 7.  The 4.5 mill levy, if passed, would have been the first time since 2011 that the district had more money coming into the schools.  Sean Nuccio, the treasurer for the Parma City School District, said the levy would not affect any of the current courses the district offers.  “The levy was for programs we wanted to bring back and programs we wanted to add,” Nuccio said. “Right now we don’t have any plans to cut because the levy failed.” The levy would have cost an owner of a $100,000

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Ohio districts respond to “Prepared for Success” grades

The Ohio school report cards are designed to give parents, educators and policymakers information about the performances of districts and schools and celebrate success.  So when most Ohio schools received poor grades in the “Prepared for Success” category, there wasn’t much to celebrate. Without a requirement from the federal government, the Ohio Department of Education has created the “Prepared for Success” category to the school report card. The 2018 report cards revealed that just nine of 608 school districts in Ohio received an A in the “Prepared for Success” section. Out of the 608 districts, 520 of them received either a D or an F, implying that Ohio students are

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