Spectrum

May 23, 2016

STATE OFFICIALS ARE QUESTIONING THE AMOUNT OF LEARNING TIME RECEIVED BY STUDENTS AT OHIO'S LARGEST ONLINE SCHOOL AS THEY PREPARE TO RELEASE FINDINGS OF AN UPDATED ATTENDANCE AUDIT NEXT MONTH


STATE OFFICIALS ARE QUESTIONING THE AMOUNT OF LEARNING TIME RECEIVED BY STUDENTS AT OHIO'S LARGEST ONLINE SCHOOL AS THEY PREPARE TO RELEASE FINDINGS OF AN UPDATED ATTENDANCE AUDIT NEXT MONTH.  SCRUTINY OF THE ELECTRONIC CLASSROOM OF TOMORROW COMES AS STATE LAWMAKERS CONSIDER CHANGING A RATING SYSTEM THAT HAS REPEATEDLY GIVEN THE SCHOOL FAILING MARKS. THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S LETTER TO ECOT WHICH HAS ABOUT 15,000-STUDENTS WAS BASED ON PRELIMINARY AUDIT RESULTS, WHICH COULD CHANGE AFTER ANOTHER REVIEW IN JUNE. CHARTER SCHOOL SUPPORTERS HAVE BEEN PUSHING LAWMAKERS TO ALTER OR REPLACE A STATE VALUE-ADDED SYSTEM DESIGNED TO GAUGE WHETHER A STUDENT IS GETTING A FULL YEAR'S WORTH OF EDUCATION. DISCUSSIONS HAVE BEEN TAKING PLACE ABOUT WHETHER THE STATE SHOULD IMPLEMENT A CALIFORNIA-BASED PROGRESS SYSTEM THAT CONSIDERS STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS SUCH AS DISABILITY AND POVERTY.


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