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Department of Education Announces First-of-its-Kind Career-Tech Report Card And Releases Grade Simulations for Career-Tech Schools

Release date: 7/16/2013

COLUMBUS, OH – The Department of Education today released simulated report card grades for Ohio’s new career-technical education accountability system. The new rating system is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation to use A to F letter grades and to exceed the requirements of the federal Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act.

“Career and technical education is an important educational option available to students in Ohio,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard A. Ross. “Holding career and technical centers accountable and ensuring they are providing a quality education is vital to the success of those schools and the success of the students that graduate from those schools.”

The new career-tech report cards were developed by legislatively required representatives from the Ohio Board of Regents, the Office of Workforce Transformation, the Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents, the Ohio Association of City Career-Technical Schools, the Ohio ACTE and the Ohio Department of Education.

The 2012-2013 Ohio career-tech report cards will be published in late August along with new A-F report cards for traditional and community schools. The data will be for students from the graduating class of 2011 in each of Ohio’s 91 career-technical districts.

“We want to continue to encourage these districts to find ways to expand their pathways for career readiness through innovative training programs, partnerships with business and quality credentialing,” added Ross.

A simulation that includes preliminary grades has been posted to the Department of Education website and can be accessed here.

The report card will include A-F letter grades in three areas: four-year and five-year graduation rates and post-program placement.

The graduation rates measure the proportion of career-tech students who graduated within four and five years of beginning ninth grade. Students must be concentrating in career-technical studies by the end of their fourth year of high school to be included in these graduation rates. They will be graded using the same scale being used on the new A-F report cards for traditional and community schools.

The Post-Program Outcomes component has two pieces:

The Post-Program Placement measure receives a letter grade based on the proportion of students who were enrolled in postsecondary education, advance training, military service or employed within six months of leaving secondary education.  A report is given on the Industry Credentials measure, which measures the proportion of students earning an industry credential within six months after leaving secondary education.

The Status Known Rate reflects the proportion of career-technical students who left school for whom follow-up data was reported during the March reporting period.

Once the initial grade has been determined career-tech districts with Status Known Rates of 95 percent or above will have their placement grade increased by one letter grade. Districts with Status Known Rates between 85 percent and 94.9 percent will see no change in their initial grade. Districts with rates below 85 percent will have their placement grades decreased one letter grade.

Additional components, measures and grades will be added to the career-tech report card over time. Information regarding report cards for 2014 and beyond will be made available after receiving State Board approval, likely in late 2013.

Career-technical programs will continue to report data to the federal government as previously required.