Dear Friends of Public Education…

Friends of Public Education!  Welcome to my 2018 Re-Election Campaign!

It is a distinct honor and privilege to serve as your District 4 State Board of Education member! A review of my work on the SBOE and over 8000 miles logged meeting with my constituents in 2017 alone has led to my decision to run for re-election!

As an educator, I believe we are at a seminal moment in Ohio’s Education System. With the end of the No Child Left Behind era of repressive testing and over-reaching regulations, we have an opportunity to reinvent Ohio Department of Education as a service-based partner with our school districts. Key components are in place to position the ODE again as a top world-class system. In June, 2016, we hired Paolo DeMaria as State Superintendent of Instruction and in January, 2017, ten new board members, both elected and appointed, were sworn in. I am energized by DeMaria’s collaborative leadership style, our Board’s desire to speak as one voice for all Ohio students, and the significant stakeholders’ input in our reform process.

Our 5-Year Strategic Plan: Each Child-Our Future and Ohio’s Every Student Succeeds (ESSA) Plan will provide the reform framework. Promises Made. Promises Kept. Summary reflects my contributions to reform that honors the development of the whole child and provides the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue his/her dreams throughout an ever-changing future.

With your support, I promise to remain committed to policies that further strengthen our public schools and give them the resources they need and to make charter schools more accountable for public tax dollars. I promise to remain committed to reduce/eliminate state-mandated testing, expand career-tech/graduation options, and promote problem-based learning and the Arts for all students. I promise to remain committed to encourage innovative and challenging education environments that place high quality teaching and learning at their heart.

   THE A, B, C’s OF HOW YOU CAN HELP MY RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN!

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Thanking you in advance for your support!  

FYI:

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Send education questions/concerns to me at pat.bruns@education.ohio,gov

 

APRIL 16, 2018 EDUCATION UPDATE FROM OAAE

OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Education and Career Readiness Committee

(Chair: Brenner)

The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:

Proponent testimony on HB540 TEACHER EVALUATIONS (Gavarone, Manning) With regard to teacher evaluations.

Several proponents testified last week in favor of the teacher evaluation changes in HB540.  Supporters included Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, and Jonathan Juravich, an elementary school art teacher who is also the Department of Education’s 2018 Ohio Teacher of the year.

“Ohio teachers are currently working under an evaluation system that uses testing data in an inappropriate and ineffective way to evaluate teachers by counting test results as a percentage of a teacher’s evaluation,” Cropper said.

The legislation consists of recommendations provided by the Educator Standards Board after reviewing the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System.

The proposal would include the following changes:

– Update OTES Rubric to embed student growth indicators, clarify descriptors to decrease redundancy, and improve clarity in the distinctions between performance levels.

– Student growth data will be linked with improving instruction, as opposed to an isolated evaluation factor linked to an arbitrary percentage.

– Shared attribution would be removed as it does not accurately measure teacher performance or student growth because of the use of assessments for a of students that the educator does not teach.

– Alternative framework components like student portfolios, student surveys, peer review, self-evaluation, and district-determined measures, will remain as optional sources of evidence of teacher effectiveness.

– For teachers on a full evaluation cycle, the two required formal observations and optional number of walkthroughs will be maintained, along with a required end of annual cycle conference with the evaluator.

– The off-year evaluation schedule for teachers rated skilled or accomplished will be maintained but adds the requirement of a conference in off-years for skilled and accomplished teachers to discuss professional growth and progress toward goals. There would also be a requirement for teachers who are rated as skilled to submit professional growth plans developed with their evaluations in off-years.

“HB540 would make the OTES process more coherent,” said Mr. Juravich. “By using student growth measures as a source of evidence in the conversations between educator and evaluator, we are emphasizing the importance of our impact on our students.”

Sponsor testimony on HB549 SCHOOL YEAR (Arndt) To generally require public and chartered nonpublic schools to open for instruction after Labor Day.

Bill sponsor Rep. Steven Arndt (R-Port Clinton) said the measure to require schools to begin after Labor Day would give students a boost by allowing school-age children opportunities to pursue work experiences and address the state’s “workforce shortage and skills gap.” He also noted that a later starting date would keep students out of school during the hottest days of the year.

Arndt acknowledge the concern of passing another state mandate down to schools, but said he added a provision that would allow local control. School Boards can opt out of the mandate if they conduct one local hearing at least one month before the start date to allow the public to voice their concern.

Sponsor testimony on HB591 SCHOOL REPORT CARDS (Duffey) To revise the state report card rating system for school districts and public schools.

Representative Mike Duffey laid out a plan for an Ohio School Report Card reform last week. Duffey testified that the current report card system left districts frustrated, damaged teacher morale, and confused parents and the community. His proposal outlined the principles the new report card would include to make it more effective than the current one:

• Dashboard approach: precise information presented in an intuitive format for natural response

• Understandable: use the simplest methodologies that still get the job done/illustrate the metric

• Transparent: educators/public can do the math themselves if they want, which leads to trust

• Parent-centric: present the data to parents so they see how their children are likely to do, as opposed to looking at all children generally

Duffey indicated his work in developing HB591 has included discussions with many partners including the Joint Education Oversight Committee, State Board of Education members, the Ohio Department of Education, various school associations and parents. The full presentation on the proposed changes can be reviewed here.

Passed by the House:

• HB318 (LaTourette, Patterson) It establishes qualifications and training for school resource offices and includes a $10 million school safety training grant.

• HB360 (Greenspan) The bill sets a standard framework for schools to use an even-handed approach to address bullying.

Senate Education Committee (Chair: Lehner)

The committee heard testimony on the following last week:

All testimony on HB21 COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Hambley) Regarding verification of community school enrollments.

The committee heard several proposed amendments from witnesses. Among them was Michael Uhrin, president of Grove City-based K12 School Consultants, who asked for amendments that would allow local school districts to join in the verification process.  “Charter schools may not have the necessary staff to review court and other legal documents,” he said. “Many public schools have legal staff to review these documents.”

HB21 takes the onus of verifying residency of community school students from public schools and would instead require charter schools to keep track of the home districts in which their students reside. HB21 changes the obligation from the public schools to community schools on the foundation that each school should only be responsible for verifying the residency of the students they serve.

Sponsor testimony on HB87 COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Roegner) Regarding public moneys returned to the state as a result of a finding for recovery issued pursuant to an audit of a community school.

Rep. Kristina Roegner told the committee that HB87 provides the Department of Education with specific guidance on distributing funds returned to the state from a community school as the result of a finding for recovery from the Auditor of State.

Sponsor testimony on HB438: ESC BOARDS (Hambley, Kick) To permit the addition of appointed members to educational service center boards and to permit a local school district to sever its territory from one educational service center and annex that territory to an adjacent service center under specified conditions.

Co-sponsors Rep. Steve Hambley and Rep. Darrell Kick both testified and explained the three provisions of the bill. HB438 passed the House with a unanimous vote last month.

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

ODE Seeks Public Comment on Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education

The last chance to submit comment on the recently released draft of the state’s five-year strategic plan is this week. The final regional community conversation to discuss the plan directly with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and Ohio Department of Education staff is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17 in Hamilton County.

The Ohio Department of Education and State Board of Education’s plan is a tool to inform policy development at the Ohio Statehouse and education practice in Ohio’s schools. More than 150 preK-12 educators, higher education representatives, parents and caregivers, employers, business leaders, and philanthropic organizations worked collaboratively over the last six months to develop the plan.

For more information and to register for the last regional community comment session, click on the following link: Hamilton County: April 17, 2018 – 6-8 p.m.

Dayton Daily News:State considers new 5-year education plan that shifts away from tests

“The Ohio Department of Education is constructing a new five-year strategic plan – dubbed Each Child = Our Future – aimed at building a more effective state education system to help position students for success upon graduation. A draft version of the plan earned praise from some for moving away from emphasizing test results.”

Lima News: Meeting held in Wapak to discuss Ohio’s education plan

“The future of Ohio’s education is being discussed across the state as the State Board of Education holds stakeholder meetings on a new strategic plan. A meeting held Wednesday at Wapakoneta High School gave people a chance to weigh in on a draft strategic plan that is being considered.”

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Ohio would merge its school, university and workforce systems into one under new bill

State Rep. William Reineke explains his plan to merge the state departments of Education, Higher Education and Workforce Development into a single department at a press conference this morning.(Ohio Channel). http://s.cleveland.com/GHe3IDX

Voters who believe that All STUDENTS, no matter their zip code, deserve equitable and adequate access to high-quality education, should pay close attention to HB 512! Elected State Board of Education members are accountable to tax-payers, not just who sits in the Governor’s seat.

Ironically, the rationale for this proposed reorganization are being addressed in the ODE/SBOE Strategic Plan that we have been working on for 6 months and included over 150 educators, business, parents, and community in evidence-based discussions!

PLEASE JOIN US AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD…BECAUSE, THIS IS HOW A DEMOCRACY WORKS!

Help Chart the Future of Education in Ohio:

Review and Respond to Ohio’s Strategic Plan!

Mark your calendar for April 17, 2018

6-8 pm. (Registration opens at 5:30 PM)

Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency

1740 Langdon Farm Road

Cincinnati, OH 45237

Please RSVP BY MARCH 28 @

http://education.ohio.gov/About/Ohios-Strategic-Plan-for-Education

MEDICAID $$$ For Most Vulnerable in Jeopardy

The Ohio Department of Education’s Ohio Every Student Succeeds (ESSA) Plan was recently approved by the federal government.

It replaces the No Child Left Behind State Plan that has been in place for over a decade.

See our Ohio ESSA Plan @

http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Every-Student-Succeeds-Act-ESSA

It appears that Congress’ proposed cuts to Medicaid will undermine the availability of resources as outlined in our plan…resources we all know our most vulnerable students need to thrive and grow into their full potential. See EdWeek Blog below.

Republicans in Congress may have kicked the can down the road—for now—on ditching the Affordable Care Act.

But advocates for school superintendents, who mobilized against a potential reduction to Medicaid funding last year, are still warning of serious consequences for schools if lawmakers decide to make changes to the program.

Schools receive about $4 billion a year from Medicaid, a health-care program for the poor. That makes Medicaid the third-largest source of federal K-12 funding, behind special education grants and Title I grants for disadvantaged kids.

The money is used for a slew of purposes, among them: vision and hearing screenings, medical equipment, and salaries for staffers who work with Medicaid-eligible students, such as speech therapists. It’s also used to connect students with community health services.

GOP lawmakers have pitched distributing Medicaid funds on what’s called a “per capita” basis, based on how many people a state has from particular groups, including children and the elderly. Fans of this approach argue that it would spur states to think more innovatively about how they structure their Medicaid programs. But detractors, including a lot of education advocates, worry it would mean big cuts to the program over time.

That proposal was part of health care bill that bill that failed to make it over the finish line last year. But isn’t going away just because a Republican health care bill faltered. In fact, it was part of President Donald Trump’s recent budget proposal for fiscal 2019.

So what could that mean for schools? AASA, the School Superintendents Association, surveyed its members last December, asking what would happen if Medicaid were cut. It found that 57 percent of school districts have concerns about meeting special education mandates, 36 percent of districts would have to reduce mental health services, and more than a quarter would have to cut general education funding and positions.

For more info:

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2018/02/trump_medicaid_cuts_AASA_survey_2017.html

http://aasa.org/uploadedFiles/Policy_and_Advocacy/Resources/CuttingMedicaid2018Addendum.pdf

To contact your Congressional Legislator:

Senator Sherrod Brown (D- OH)

202-224-2315 

FAX 202-228-6321

http://www.brown.senate.gov/contact

Senator Rob Portman (R- OH)

202-224-3353

FAX 202-224-9075

https://www.portman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/conta …

Representative Steve Chabot (R – 01)

202-225-2216

FAX 202-225-3012

http://chabot.house.gov/contact/

Representative Brad Wenstrup (R -02)

202-225-3164  

FAX 202-225-1992 http://wenstrup.house.gov/con

Paolo DeMaria, Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Much of DeMaria’s 30-year career has focused on school finance and promoting higher student achievement, college readiness and completion, and school choice for families. DeMaria is an unabashed cheerleader for Ohio’s public schools, having sent his children to Columbus Public Schools and The Graham School.

The son of European immigrants, the West Virginia native is the product of the public education systems of Easton, Pennsylvania; Charleston, South Carolina; Scotch Plains, New Jersey; and Greenville, South Carolina. DeMaria has a 25-year record of public service for the state of Ohio, having formerly served as a staff member in the Ohio Senate, assistant director and director of Ohio’s Office of Budget and Management and as chief policy advisor to former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft.

Later, as associate superintendent for the Ohio Department of Education’s Center for School Options and Finance, he supervised the distribution of more than $7 billion annually to Ohio K-12 school districts and developed policies and legislative recommendations on school finance and educational choices for families. Afterward, he served as executive vice chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, leading initiatives to improve college completion, increase credential attainment, make textbooks more affordable and increase college readiness.

Before being chosen as chief executive officer of Ohio’s K-12 education system, DeMaria served for six years as principal consultant for Education First Consulting, guiding policy, implementation and strategy projects for K-12 and higher education clients in several states.

DeMaria earned his bachelor of arts, summa cum laude, from Furman University of Greenville, South Carolina, and a master’s of public administration from The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs. He has co-authored several publications, including K-12/Higher Education Alignment: An Action Agenda for Increasing Student Success, for Core to College and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.

His honors include The Ohio State University Alumni Association’s Distinguished State Government Service Award and being named by Columbus Business First Magazine as one of 20 [People] to Know in Education.

DeMaria speaks fluent Italian. He lives with his wife, Patty, and their cats in the Schumacher Place neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, and often bicycles to work. The DeMarias have two grown children, Sara and Tristan.

Contact Information

877-644-6338
superintendent@education.ohio.gov

SBOE HIRES NEW SUPERINTENDENT

May 13, 2016

To My Fellow Public School Advocates,
After two days of excellent candidate interviews and candid conversations amongst our board members, we have hired Paolo DeMaria as our new state superintendent. As many of you, I, too, was looking for someone who had experience in the field. Although Shonda Hardman was my top choice, I do believe that the sSate Department of Education will benefit from someone with Paolo’s background in policy at all levels of state government, his strong organizational skills, and his ability to build consensus. He has worked for governors from both sides of the aisle and those who I respect and who know him, spoke very highly of his persistence, honesty and genuineness.

Several of his remarks during the interview struck a particular cord with me. They included:
“I believe in servant leadership that creates the conditions to succeed…We should start with the locals’ challenges and know that you do not earn trust overnight…I believe in the power of a collective look at best practices to advance the strategic plan…and [to be ing] diligent in the leadership to implement it…We need to get things done, monitor and measure, and celebrate when we get there…This is a collaborative effort and if people are not involved, they will not own it…We must be much more deliberate in engagement and build consensus around policy.”

In regard to my question about the teacher and administrator shortage, his remarks included:
“We don’t often give teachers the resources they need to be successful…We somehow have failed to keep children at the center of our perspective and we need to bring the students’ voice to the table to help shape policy and implementation…We need to create a climate where teachers want to come to Ohio to teach and a condition so that every day is a joyful day of learning.”

Finally, I was very pleased with the transparent process that President Gunlock put in place and the spirit of collaboration amongst my colleagues. I believe that our unanimous endorsement by a vote of 19/0, speaks to a new day and a new way of communicating at the Ohio Department of Education.

We have much work to do together to make ODE a true partner in your work and through the ESSA process to develop our Ohio Plan; a roadmap that will guide our education system for the next decade.

We have a real opportunity to make Ohio the “go to” state for 21st Century Best Practices. We have a sacred responsibility to create a learning environment that honors the potential of each child and gives them the tools they need to be successful. I believe we have hired an individual who can thoughtfully and creativity lead us through this journey.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer article can be found at http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/05/who_is_paolo_demaria_new_state.html

Together, we can build a brighter tomorrow for all our children! I am looking forward to our work with a renewed energy!

Respectfully,

Pat Bruns

SBOE DISTRICT 4

A Repot from Ohio: John Kasich is N ot a Moderate and Ohio is Paying the Price

From the HuffPost Politics

Posted by ODP Chair, David Pepper

03/23/2016 02:46 pm ET | Updated Mar 24, 2016

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Here in Ohio, Democrats are watching the Republican debates intently like everywhere else. But there is one man on the stage we are especially fascinated by — the one who claims to be a moderate. The self-proclaimed adult in the room. The one who says he works across party lines. The one who is tired of everyone else being so gosh darn negative.

This Republican appears so reasonable that Chris Matthews now suggests that Hillary Clinton should choose him as her running mate. And Democrats in other states are beginning to wonder if he is reasonable.

But here in Ohio, Democrats are asking a different question — who is this man and what has he done with the governor we have dealt with since 2010?

Because the John Kasich we have endured since 2010 has been neither a moderate, nor an adult in the room. To the contrary, the far-right policies he has pursued have left a trail of problems that our next governor will have to contend with beginning in 2018. Here are just a few examples:

Attacking Workers

Kasich now claims to have a unique relationship with blue-collar workers. However, he has dedicated much of his time in Ohio to attacking those very workers. In one of his first acts as governor, Kasich attacked public employee unions more fiercely than even Scott Walker did in Wisconsin. He pushed a bill called Senate Bill 5 that would have destroyed collective bargaining for every state and local worker in the state. He declared the legislation essential to Ohio’s economic future, crisscrossing the state to convince low-income workers and other Ohioans that their life would only improve once teachers, nurses, police officers and firefighters made less money and had fewer rights in the workplace. Ohio voters strongly disagreed with Kasich’s cynical effort, placing the issue on the ballot and handing the governor an embarrassing defeat.

But his attacks on workers didn’t stop there. Just last year, with one stroke of the pen, he unilaterally eviscerated the bargaining rights of child care and home care workers. Thousands were instantly dumped from a union they had voted to join.

Trickle-Down Economics

Guided by the same philosophy, Kasich has been a one-trick pony when it comes to Ohio’s budget. Unfortunately, that trick has been the same trickle-down economic philosophy which has never worked nationally and doesn’t work at the state level either.

Budget after budget, Kasich simply gives bigger tax breaks to the wealthiest Ohioans, paid for by the following:

Raising taxes (primarily through a higher sales tax) on those with less, and
Raiding funds previously dedicated to local communities and schools.
On the former strategy, Kasich proposed raising taxes even further on those unable to afford them, and giving out even bigger tax cuts to those who didn’t need them. But his own legislature stopped him.

And the latter strategy has led to continued, painful cuts and layoffs in thousands of communities across Ohio, combined with a flood of measures adding or increasing taxes at the local level. Some villages are literally disappearing from existence, and many other communities remain in fiscal distress years after the end of the Great Recession.

On the debate stage, Kasich is fond of saying that power and resources must be returned to the local community level. As governor, he has done the exact opposite, using the funds of local communities and schools as his piggy bank for greater state spending and tax cuts.

For-Profit Education Scandal

Kasich not only gutted school funding across Ohio to pay for his high-end tax cuts, his broken “model” of school choice has become the laughingstock of the nation. The model is simple: major Kasich and Republican donors have created for-profit schools that are consistently the worst-performing schools in the state. But as public schools and higher performing non-profit charters have been slashed, these failing for-profit schools have only seen their support increase over the same period of time. Their owners and operators are making millions of dollars in profits while delivering abysmal results for Ohio’s kids.

To conceal the failure of this corrupt system, Kasich’s Department of Education was caught changing the scores of the worst-performing for-profit schools — even including the “baked” scores in an application for federal Department of Education funds. The grant was awarded, but it’s now on hold pending an investigation into the falsified data. This burgeoning scandal — known as “Chartergate” — eclipses even Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” in terms of the dollars wasted, lives impacted and clear connections back to campaign donors.

Kasich attempts to dismiss this activity as coming from deep within the state’s chain of command. However, the official who altered the scores — who has since been terminated — is the husband of Kasich’s then-Chief of Staff, who now serves as his presidential campaign manager.

Most recently, a new scandal has emerged where for-profit “electronic” schools have been caught billing the state for “ghost” students that were never enrolled. More to come.

Women’s Health Care

Ohio Right to Life claims Kasich is “the most successful pro-life governor we’ve ever had in the state of Ohio.” And it’s clear why.

He recently defunded Planned Parenthood even though an investigation into the state’s Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing whatsoever, and even though no state money given to Planned Parenthood could be used for abortion services. The “defunding” simply led to the evisceration of critical health services to families in need.

But that was just the latest of dozens of pieces of legislation the governor signed, sinking Ohio to the level of states such as Texas when it comes to interfering with a woman’s personal decision whether or not to end a pregnancy, choose adoption or raise a child. Kasich even signed a bill imposing a gag-rule on rape counselors from explaining to rape victims all of the options available to them.

Marriage Equality

In 2013, Ohioan Jim Obergefell married his long-time partner John Arthur in Maryland, where the law allowed them to get married. When John died from ALS a few months later, all Jim wanted was to be listed on John’s death certificate as the surviving spouse. Jim prevailed at the district court level and was listed on John’s certificate. Kasich didn’t like this outcome, so he appealed (even as the Republican governor in Pennsylvania chose not to appeal a similar case). Kasich spent a year and thousands of taxpayer dollars trying to remove Jim’s name from the death certificate and erase their lawful marriage from history.

Jim Obergefell had to take the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to finally have his marriage recognized.

Voting Rights

Since 2010, Kasich has signed bill after bill that have been struck down by federal courts as unconstitutional violations of basic voting rights. At the same time, Kasich put into place the most gerrymandered map in the history of Ohio and one of the worst in the country.

Results? A Model — of What Not To Do

Beyond the misleading ideological label Kasich has now adopted, what the debates and media coverage have also masked have been the dismal results of Kasich’s far-right policies. Trickle-down is failing Ohio just as it has always failed the nation, and Ohio’s education system is in shambles. Here are just a few data points:

Ohio is now in its 39th consecutive month trailing the nation’s job recovery — we have benefited from national policies like the auto rescue and the stimulus, but Kasich’s attacks on local communities and Ohio’s middle-income workers have eroded those benefits versus most other states because Ohio’s middle class is still struggling.
Average Ohio wages are lower now than they were in 1984.
There are more Ohio kids living in poverty today than there were in 2008, and as recently as 2014, our infant mortality rate for African-American babies was the worst in the nation.
One in four Ohio kids live in food-insecure households.
Ohio’s major cities remain largely distressed, with critical funds that would otherwise help alleviate urban challenges having been seized by the state and turned into tax cuts for the wealthy
Ohio’s public school system is seeing a meltdown in its national ranking. When Kasich became governor in 2010, Ohio’s public schools were ranked 5th in the nation by Education Week. The most recent ranking placed them at 23rd and falling fast.
America, don’t be fooled by the purposeful rebranding of John Kasich on the debate stage or the failure of the national media to explain his real record here. He has not been moderate as Ohio’s governor. Anything but.

Sadly, the ramifications go beyond presidential politics, into the real lives of everyday Ohioans in all corners of our state. The far-right policies he has pursued as governor are rendering deep damage to the communities, families and children of Ohio — damage that will take years and a dramatic new direction to fix.

Dem education leaders call for pause on state report cards that harm students

 

A special thanks to State Board of Education member, A. j. Wagner and Representative Teresa Fedor for standing up for our students and Ohio’s Public Schools!

Dem education leaders call for pause on state school report cards that harm students
State Representative
Teresa Fedor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELESAE: FEB. 25, 2016
Contact: Jordan Plottner, Communications Director (614) 466-9034
Dem education leaders call for pause on state school report cards that harm students
Say PARCC test inaccuracies render report cards useless, damage schools
COLUMBUS— State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) today joined Ohio Board of Education member A.J. Wagner to call for a pause on faulty state school report cards that the duo says hurts kids, communities and school districts. The lawmakers contend that the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests used to develop the Ohio School Report Card – at an estimated cost of $200 million – were not properly vetted, but in fact were hastily designed and put into use without sufficient validation.
“Every grade on these report cards is tainted by unverified, arbitrary, poorly designed and implemented tests that have been thrown out by the Ohio legislature,” said Fedor, who serves as ranking minority member on the House Education Committee. “The flaws are so pervasive that the grades on the Ohio School Report Cards should not be counted for anything. The state calls it a safe harbor, which should lead one to question: why there are there report cards at all?”
Ohio pulled out of the PARCC Common Core testing consortium in late June with the signing of the biennial budget bill. The move followed months of angry complaints from parents and teachers about technology glitches related to the new online tests, as well as concerns over how much learning time the tests ate up.
“The tests, and therefore the grades, violate standards of fairness. My colleague and I urge students, parents, and communities to ignore them,” said Wagner. “These report cards are not just inaccurate, they are harmful to our children, our schools and our communities.”
More than 17,000 PARCC tests were questioned by school districts after the release of the preliminary results and many of those appeals remain unresolved. PARCC admits that the 35 percent of the tests taken by pencil and paper may have significantly different outcomes than the 65 percent taken on a computer. The state made no adjustments for these anomalies.
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