mmm hmm Everything is going swimmingly. Richard Ross is forced to retire after the nation recoiled at the announcement that Ohio was granted a 71 million dollar grant based on an application laced with falsehoods.
The grant, which would probably partly fund the transition of Youngstown schools to a private charter entity, is now in question.
Those same charter schools performed abysmally on state tests. Most students in schools following the previous state commission's plan in Youngstown also either performed poorly or rejected the test as a meaningful use of their time.
The state test results themselves are a mess, with some students taking the test online and others taking it on paper...the online test, the state's recommended method continually glitched during the test.
Yes, these state people are true experts.
November 22, 2015 at 11:07 a.m.
Or maybe the attorneys knew their motion would be denied, but just want to remind everyone that the case against some of these defendants is as ephemeral as the mythical "2,000 hours of tapes" the phrase that the Vindy kept repeating during the first (dismissed) case.
November 22, 2015 at 10:54 a.m.
um....Drone? You do realize that the test is big government imposed on local schools, righhht?
And you probably already know that big state government has spent a billion dollars buying these tests, right?
Because you are sooooo smart.
Maybe you can ask Bertram, and he will explain it.
November 22, 2015 at 10:49 a.m.
And to add to your horror: the current State of Ohio leaders would like to use the "mental health model" for care of the Cognitively Disabled, like folks with Down Syndrome. Closing the Youngstown Developmental Center on County Line Road is part of the plan.Because adults with Down and severe Autism will be able to find their own housing after their parents pass away........right?
November 22, 2015 at 10:41 a.m.
There are not consequences to students for poor performance on these tests (except for 3rd grade reading).By middle school they have figured out that the test does not count toward report cards, promotion to the next grade or graduation.
In fact, parents are starting to "opt out" of the testing. Skipping the test does not affect a student, but counts as a failure for the school district.In some families, especially where parents are competitive with each other, students try because parents react to the report the state sends to the home.In Youngstown, many families don't even get that report, as they have moved from the address it is sent to.
November 21, 2015 at 2:09 p.m.
First of all, be careful. Look by grade level. You will see some good school districts that fared worse than Youngstown.BE AWARE THAT OHIO HAS FIRED THE COMPANY THAT MADE THIS TEST, because it is unreliable.
Because it was an online test, and school districts started experiencing all kinds of glitches, some school districts were allowed to do the test on paper, and others online. This is part of the unreliability.
Are we sure that we were testing the content of subject areas, or were we testing students' ability to use the word processor?
Are students too jaded about the testing program to care?
November 21, 2015 at 1:18 p.m.
Folks, This is pointless.
1. After this test, its producer was FIRED by the state of Ohio because the test is unreliable.
2. By middle school students have figured out that (except in 3rd grade) the test has no consequences at all for them. Any consequence is on the school employees. The test is not counted in grades, not used for promotion to the next grade, except in 3rd grade, not required for graduation until the final high school test. So, yes, there are students in grades 5 and up who just fill in the dots, if theyeven do that, without even reading the items. It all depends on whether they think their parents will react to the parent report sent to them. Bad news for Youngstown: the mailing addresses for many of the parents were no longer their residences, and the parents were never reached.
The test was given on computers, a distinct disadvantage for those students who do not have much practice in using a word processor. Again bad news for low income schools. Some schools opted out of the computer form of the test...so some kids were tested online and others on paper, another reason the test was unreliable.
Parents are also getting jaded about the testing mania, and have opted their child out of test taking. They can do that without consequence, but the test counted as a failure for the school.
It is all just media crap for the public.
November 21, 2015 at 1:12 p.m.
Well, then Oviets. Welcome to the U.S. of Israel, where we strike them, they strike us, we strike them, they strike us. We discriminate against them, that fires up new recruits to terrorism. But the "good" thing about the never-ending cycle of hate is that it gives your government a good excuse to impose more "security" measures on you.Plenty of security jobs. Pretty soon every 5th person will be a security officer watching us. Kind of reminiscent of the good ole KGB.
November 16, 2015 at 8:41 a.m.
kurtw: Maybe you could ask the editor to delete your last comment.
I see that some Ohioans are not waiting for pot to be legal before they get high.
November 7, 2015 at 9:54 a.m.
True Pookie. Also, I don't think rehashing old programs that had failed once (3rd Grade Reading Guarantee) were the ideas of a former district superintendent. I think he was just a mouthpiece for Kasich and his buddies. I think he got this letter from the federal Department of Education, asking for information to back up his request for millions of dollars for charter schools. When he saw he had to provide audits, facts and figures....whoops, time to retire. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/a...
November 7, 2015 at 9:49 a.m.