The Biological Sciences Greenhouse at OSU has been fortunate to have multiple bloomings of the Titan Arum, aka, the corpse flower. They have its smaller but also smelly cousin, the Voodoo Lily. From its bruise-colored bloom that resembles a corpse, to its stench of rotting flesh, this tropical flower masks its beauty to attract its pollinators.
Normal Fanfare Missing In Ohio Report Card Release
Ohio’s latest ratings of public school performance will land with more of a thud than a bang this year.
That’s because the full release of the 2011-2012 report cards for 614 traditional public school districts has been delayed for months because of a statewide attendance tampering investigation.
Many elements of the report cards already are known. The Ohio Department of Education plans Wednesday to release two final elements: the overall performance index for each district and building, and the “value-added” measure that rates students’ annual academic growth.
Ohio’s performance index scale ranges from academic emergency to excellent with distinction. A traditional A-through-F scale is being phased in beginning next year.
Rankings for about 80 districts with apparent irregularities will be flagged as the department re-examines their attendance data.