Ohio Governor John Kasich says he will sign a newly passed bill giving school districts letter grades for their performance.
The legislation calls for developing a letter-grade scale for school districts, school buildings, community schools, STEM schools and college-preparatory boarding schools based on more than a dozen performance measures. Letter grades would be phased in to replace the 5-tier system of excellent, effective, continuous improvement, academic watch and academic emergency. No overall grades for districts would be given this coming year. Community schools serving mostly academically challenged students would see a different scale developed.