Ohio student achievement rising to meet tougher standards

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In this Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 photo, students Samah Hussein, 13, and Abdulraheem Qadour, 11, study on their laptops in a class filled with refugee children at Cajon Valley Middle School in El Cajon, Calif. According to the U.S. State Department, nearly 80 percent of the more than 11,000 Syrian arrivals over the past year […]

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s education department says student achievement in the state improved in every subject area last year.

State superintendent Paolo DeMaria says district report cards released Thursday show more first-time test takers in 2017 than in 2016 scored proficient or higher in every subject area.

But DeMaria says families should judge their schools by more than report cards because they don’t measure teacher engagement, arts offerings and more.

The percentage of students testing proficient fell for only two tests; 5th grade math and high school history.

Public schools’ overall performance index rose nearly 2.5 points, and graduation rates improved.

The state says educators and students are continuing to adjust to new tests, higher achievement targets and more challenging expectations.

Districts won’t face consequences for poor report cards until 2018.FIND |District Report Cards

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