WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – School report cards released by the Ohio Department of Education in September revealed poor grades for many schools in the area, leaving many districts and parents confused.
On Thursday, the Eastern Ohio Education Partnership organized a luncheon at the Raymond John Wean building in Warren to address the report cards.
There, a roomful of non-profit organizers, business leaders, politicians and educators broke down those scores. Many agreed that a combination of higher standards and inconsistent testing are responsible for the lower grades.
“The standards that we’re teaching to, they haven’t changed. One thing has changed and that’s the test,” said Kim Davis with the Mahoning County Educational Service Center. “Your students, your children, are still getting a great education, they still have great teachers in front of them every day. You’re still sending great students to us and we will catch up to the test as long as we understand the test.”
She says that teachers throughout the Valley are focused on preparing their students for this test, and that her organization looks forward to helping teachers better understand the new standards.
“I think we need to take a step back. Scale it all the way back to where we’re finding out what kids are deficient in and then giving them the support systems in order to get them back up to speed. That’s what the standardized tests in my mind are supposed to do,” said State Senator Joe Schiavoni.
Organizers hoped the luncheon would help educators better understand these new standards, ensuring that next year’s grades actually reflect the efforts of teachers and students.
Schiavoni says that for now, teachers are focused on preparing their kids for the new test. In the meantime, he’s talking with teachers, students and parents to try to figure out what is and isn’t working in the schools and create legislation to help fix it.