Upcoming Report Card Reforms

The Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 82 in June 2021, which included changes to the Ohio School Report Cards for schools and districts. Governor DeWine signed the bill into law on July 1, and it becomes effective on Sept. 30, 2021.

The key provisions of this bill reform Ohio’s school accountability system starting with the 2021-2022 school year. This reform was passed after years of collaborative research and design by education stakeholders, including the major education associations, business community and General Assembly. The Ohio Department of Education will begin work to implement these new reforms after the release of this year’s 2020-2021 report cards in October.

Some of major highlights are listed below.

  • Starting with the 2021-2022 school year, the report card will include six components: Gap Closing, Achievement, Progress, Graduation, Early Literacy and College, Career, Workforce and Military Readiness.
  • The rating system will stop using the A-F grade scale and start using a 1-5 star scale. The components will be rated using the 1-5 star scale starting with the 2021-2022 school year, except for the College, Career, Workforce and Military Readiness component, which will not be rated until the 2024-2025 school year. The overall rating will be added starting with the 2022-2023 school year.
  • The Achievement component will be based solely on the Performance Index. The previously graded Indicators Met measure now will be reported for informational purposes only.
  • The Progress component will include three years of data, and the calculation will weight the most recent year higher than the two prior years. This means the calculation will include student growth over a three-year period, but the most recent year will impact the component rating more than the two prior years.
  • The Early Literacy component will be expanded to include the percent of students scoring proficient or higher on the third-grade reading segment of the English language arts state test, whether the school or district is making progress to improve off-track readers and the percent of students promoted to fourth grade.
  • New Student Opportunity Profiles will be phased in starting with the 2022-2023 school year. These profiles will include data on educators, staffing, enrollment and participation in specialized courses and extracurriculars — among many other items. This data will be reported for informational purposes only and will not factor into a school or district rating.

More information will be released throughout the implementation process.

Last Modified: 10/5/2021 3:03:14 PM