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Superintendent Tony Orr’s comments regarding the State Report Card: “While Hamilton City Schools recognizes the importance of continually improving student achievement and growth, we understand that the state report card is a misleading tool that does not reflect the quality of education at Hamilton City Schools. State testing is damaging to our students, teachers, and economy, and it appears that it is designed to justify the existence of the Ohio Department of Education.

Our graduates earned over 300 scholarships, totaling over eight million dollars last year, some of them attending Yale University, Miami University and West Point Academy, just to name a few. As a result, it should become clear that this is by far a better measurement of the outstanding education our students are receiving. Taxpayers and legislators need to demand that state testing be abandoned, replacing it with local control. We need to let our teachers teach and our students learn without interference.”

Mr. Orr’s opinion that the Ohio Department of Education’s testing is flawed is supported by the following articles.

Cincinnati Enquirer article:

Ohio released its annual school report cards Thursday morning.
To put it bluntly: The grades are bad.

There are 608 school districts listed in the state’s report, and only eight earned As for the overall achievement grade. Thirty earned Fs.

In Gap Closing, which compares different subgroups of students, only two of 608 districts earned an A. Five hundred twenty-six got Fs.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria cautioned against clinging to the report cards as solitary truth. There’s plenty of good data, he said Wednesday during a pre-release conference call, but state benchmarks are shifting upward, which can make schools look worse. And tests have changed frequently, so it’s impossible to compare scores from one year to the next.

For some schools, even if they are slowly improving, “it doesn’t always show up on the report cards,” DeMaria said.

“We shouldn’t let the report cards define us,” he said. “We need to keep these grades in perspective.”

Journal News article:

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