Governor John Kasich ceremonially signs legislation that implements A-F school report cards (Am. Sub. H.B. 555) The governor is joined at Hamilton Elementary School in Columbus by Senator Peggy Lehner; Hamilton Local School District Superintendent Christopher Lester; the 2013 Ohio Teacher of the Year and Math Teacher from Hamilton Township High School, Carole Morbitzer; and Judy Blackburn, Parent of students in Hamilton Local School District.
The bill modifies and adds to the duties of the State Board of Education and Ohio Department of Education. Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the bill establishes a performance rating system under which the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) will create an annual report card for each public school, district, and the state as a whole consisting of "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" letter grades on separate performance measures and, beginning with the report cards issued for the 2014-2015 school year, on overall performance.1 The new system will be phased in over four years. Once fully phased in (for the 2015-2016 school year), the system will use 15 performance measures, including new measures reflecting college or career readiness.