From the Superintendent



Auditor of State David Yost released today his final report on his audit of the student data and accountability system. I am pleased that the report found that the vast majority of schools and districts visited have been following the rules for reporting data to the state. However, problems were found in nine districts and in some cases the Auditor has identified significant issues or willful disregard for well-known procedures. These schools and districts are being referred back to ODE for further investigation and possible disciplinary action.

Tomorrow, Auditor Yost will present his findings to the State Board of Education, which is expected to vote on proceeding with the release of the 2011-2012 school and district report cards. Additional information is available here.

With the recent passage of House Bill 555, new credentials are required for any teacher providing all or part of the daily reading instruction for students affected by the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Today, ODE is publishing a guidance document that aims to clarify understanding of this requirement. You can find it here.

Finally, the State Board of Education Accountability Committee is working to develop the new Local Report Card as specified in House Bill 555. Educators from around Ohio are invited to review the work to date and provide their thoughts on report card elements and presentation. For more information and to comment, click here.

Thank you for all you do for Ohio’s children. Have a good week.


Michael L. Sawyers