I grew-up watching the cartoon “The Jetsons.” In that 1960’s era cartoon the family dog was named Astro and often at some critical point in an episode he would exclaim “Ruh-roh, Reorge!” in reference to the sitcom father whose name was George. “Ruh-roh Reorge!” seems like an appropriate response to the latest data published by the Akron Beacon Journal.
The Akron Beacon Journal published a story this week regarding the move to help all children in Ohio become college and career ready. You can access this story here:
The article states that “in 2014, Ohio will begin using new online tests to determine how our public school children compare on core subjects with those in other states and whether they are college ready.
And when those tests are scored, the results are likely to send a shock wave through the state.
Today, one out of three Ohio public school children scores as “proficient” on the state proficiency and graduation test. Those students rank in the middle of Ohio’s academic performance spectrum.
However, under the new tests, they’re likely to learn that their performance falls short of national goals, and most likely they’re not prepared for college
Essentially, “accelerated” or “advanced” students — the top two categories in the five-tier OAA ranking system — are college ready. Those who fall into the lower category of “proficient,” long deemed as adequate, are unlikely to be college ready.
Those numbers are huge.
Across the state, about 35 percent of 2010-11 test scores fell into the “proficient” category, including 480,089 students who achieved the minimal passing level on the reading OAA, according to Ohio Department of Education statistics.”
Using the Worthington Schools 2010-2011 data here: 28.8% of Worthington students were in this “Proficient” range. A full 40% were in the “Proficient.” “Basic” and “Limited” categories and thus under the current Akron Beacon Journal projections only 60% of students Worthington students would be “College and Career Ready.”
60% is not acceptable to us. We recognize this increased rigor and if you’ve read this blog you know thart we’re changing what we teach, how we teach, and how we assess, to make certain our students meet the new standard. We’re not yet where we want to be, but the wheels are in motion to make certain Worthington students are ready.