In what is thought to be the first-of-its-kind rating system in the nation, career-technical education will no longer be left out of Ohio's performance measures.
In what is thought to be the first-of-its-kind rating system in the nation, career-technical education will no longer be left out of Ohio’s performance measures.
The state released its first simulated report-card grades yesterday for Ohio’s career-technical education system in 91 regional districts. The final report cards will be published in late August along with new A-F report cards for traditional and charter schools.
Read the simulated report-card grades for Ohio’s career-technical schools.
Eastland Fairfield Career and Technical School got the best marks in central Ohio, straight A’s on the three categories measured. Columbus got straight B’s, but the education department put an asterisk next to those grades because of questions raised by the state auditor’s office.
“Holding career and technical centers accountable and ensuring they are providing a quality education is vital to the success of those schools and the success of the students that graduate from those schools,” said state Superintendent Richard Ross.
The report cards give grades in three categories: students graduating in four years; students graduating in five years; and a placement grade that measures the proportion of students who either continue with education, training, military service or employment within six months of graduation.
The state also calculates the percentage of students whose data was reported once they left school. Districts with 95 percent or more will see their placement grades rise by one letter, while those under 85 percent will have placement grades knocked down by one letter.
Based on preliminary data, two-thirds of the 91 career-tech schools got an A for four-year graduation rates, while 10 schools got a C or lower. For five-year graduation rates, 54 percent got an A, while 15 percent got a C or lower. One school, Youngstown Career Technical Planning District, got an F in both categories.
However, Youngstown got an A for its placement score, as did 33 percent of districts. Nearly 43 percent of districts got a C or lower. Seven of those districts had F’s, including South-Western.