HB 555 encourages student performance and achievement
Specifically, House Bill 555 establishes a new school report card system that includes six components:
• achievement status (which includes performance index and performance indicators similar to what exists on the current report card)
• student progress (which includes additional measures to the existing value-added composite measure)
• gap closing (which measures progress toward reducing achievement gaps by 50% over the next six years)
• graduation rate (which will be a separate component rather than combining it with other indicators)
• K-3 literary progress (which will allow proper monitoring of the reading intervention provisions in Senate Bill 316)
• to what extent high school graduates are prepared for success after high school Performance components on the report card will be graded using an A-to-F grading system beginning with the current school year, but no overall grades will be assigned to schools or districts for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.
“House Bill 555 is a good first step for evaluating school districts’ strengths and weaknesses so they can accurately assess their performance and improve their effectiveness,” said Rep. Butler. “Having a report card for district and school performance with easy-to-understand components will provide parents with a clearer picture of many aspects of their children’s education. The ultimate goal of Ohio’s education system should be ensuring that our schools produce well-rounded graduates who possess the necessary skills to eventually find high-paying jobs. Identifying progress on specific measures of school performance will be helpful toward that end. I’d like to thank Chairman Stebelton and all members of the Ohio General Assembly who voted to make Ohio’s education system more focused on school effectiveness and student preparedness.”
House Bill 555 received bipartisan support in the Ohio House and received no opponent testimony in the House Education Committee. It will now be sent to the Ohio Senate for further consideration and debate.