Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after the Ohio Department of Education released report cards for all the schools districts in the state.  The report cards are the first since Ohio switched testing companies from PARCC to AIR.

"Today’s results confirm what I’ve heard traveling around the state meeting with parents, students, teachers and school administrators: There is too much emphasis on standardized tests and the tests are constantly changing.

"I know today’s results are difficult for many to understand because the report cards are overly complicated.  The letter grades don’t necessarily represent the learning that is going on every day in our classrooms.  In fact, 14 of the 16 report card categories are based, at least in part, on standardized tests.

"It is important for everyone to realize that we are in transition to new tests and higher standards, and because of that, districts are not yet receiving overall grades.

"I have faith that our schools will continue to improve through the hard work and dedication of our students and teachers.  But, clearly we have to do more at the state level to work with everyone to ensure our schools have the resources they need to succeed." 

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