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Schools to face 'serious change' in new A-to-F report card

Cary Ashby • Dec 12, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Ohio schools soon might face a new A-to-F report-card system and a harder time earning high marks after the Republican-led House approved sweeping changes to the state's school-accountability system.

Local school officials say it's "do-able," but it will be tough to meet the new standards.

"It's going to be a serious change," said Willard City Schools Superintendent Jeff Ritz, who is "four months into this job."

From the perspectives of Ritz and Norwalk City Schools Superintendent Dennis Doughty, legislators have said they believe too many schools received "excellent" or "effective" marks or were getting graded too high under the previous system.

Norwalk currently has been graded as "excellent." Doughty said the equivalent grade on the new scale would be a "B."

Willard would be "a low 'B' or high 'C,'" Ritz said.

The full version of this story was published in the Reflector.

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