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New Star Rating System Included in Today’s Ohio School Report Cards Release

The Ohio Department of Education today will release the 2023 Ohio School Report Cards. New this year, schools and districts will receive overall ratings of 1-5 stars in half-star increments. The report cards also include five rated components and various report-only data.

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Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools educator named 2024 Ohio Teacher of the Year

Mark Lowrie, a broadcast journalism teacher at Gahanna Lincoln High School in Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools, has been named the 2024 Ohio Teacher of the Year. Interim State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Chris Woolard made the surprise public announcement today during an assembly with students and staff members at Gahanna Lincoln High School.

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2023 STEM Designated Schools

Ohio’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Committee recently approved schools for five years or five additional years of STEM School Designation.

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Ohio Schools Recognized for Commitment to Serving Students in Military Families

The Ohio Department of Education today announces 165 Ohio schools are receiving the Purple Star designation as members of the Purple Star Class of 2023. Purple Star schools show a significant commitment to serving students and families connected to our nation’s armed forces. Eighty-eight Ohio schools received the esteemed award for the first time, and 77 schools earned a renewal after three years as dedicated Purple Star schools.

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Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Program Doubles Grant Amounts and Expands Eligibility Access Through 2024

The Ohio Department of Education is pleased to announce changes to the Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) educational savings account program. Passed in December 2022, House Bill 45 of the 134th General Assembly expanded access and increased grant amounts for qualifying Ohio students and families.

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