Ohio educators gets ho-hum report card

By Catherine Candisky - The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio has seen little improvement in educating children this year, according to the annual nation’s report card released Thursday by Education Week.

The Buckeye State earned a “C” and ranked 21st among the 50 states and District of Columbia, virtually unchanged from the past few years — but quite a drop from its best performance in 2010 when it ranked 5th in the nation.

The Quality Counts report by the national trade magazine, grades and ranks states on student achievement, education finance and chances for success. The latter includes measures such as preschool enrollment, high school graduation rate and educational attainment of parents.

Ohio earned 76 of a possible 100 points, slightly above the national average of 75.6. The state received its highest score, a “C+” in chances for success, and “C” in each of the other two categories.

Overall, the report “paints a picture of stagnation in K-12 improvement.”

New Jersey was the top-ranked state overall for the first time with a “B+” and score of 87.8, unseating Massachusetts by just a few hundredths of a point.

Nevada was most improved, despite ranking second to last with a “D+” and score of 66.9.

New Mexico was last with a “D” and score of 66.4.

By Catherine Candisky

The Columbus Dispatch

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