Report: Ohio Making Progress On “Race To The Top” Promises

File photo(Photo: Simon Shek (Flickr))
File photo(Photo: Simon Shek (Flickr))

A new report says Ohio is meeting expectations for making changes to its education system that were a condition of a $400 million federal “Race to the Top” grant.

The report from the Center for American Progress says the state’s most significant achievement has been moving from a compliance-based system toward a support-based system during district reviews. It also points to efforts to create new ways to attract and develop teachers, adopt common core standards and pilot a teacher-evaluation program.

The report says about ten percent of all Ohio school districts have dropped out of the teacher evaluation program because of inadequate funding.

The report also says the state’s challenges include developing specifics of the teacher-evaluation program and improving academics at failing schools.