Over­sight may change ca­reer-tech scores

The Columbus Dispatch - - Metro&state - By Shan­non Gilchrist sgilchrist@dispatch.com @shangilchrist

Ca­reer-tech­ni­cal schools might be per­form­ing bet­ter or worse than the grades the state is­sued for them in mid-Septem­ber.

Stu­dents were ac­ci­den­tally ex­cluded from some cal­cu­la­tions that made up the state re­port card, the Ohio Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion in­formed the schools in late Septem­ber.

The im­pact should be min­i­mal on most schools, said spokes­woman Brit­tany Halpin in an emailed state­ment. She said a “sys­temic data com­pi­la­tion er­ror” led to a small num­ber of stu­dents not be­ing fig­ured into the schools’ fig­ures for grad­u­a­tion rates, non­tra­di­tional par­tic­i­pa­tion and “pre­pared for suc­cess,” a mea­sure of how well stu­dents will do af­ter col­lege by look­ing at how many stu­dents earn hon­ors diplo­mas, in­dus­try cre­den­tials or high scores on col­lege en­trance ex­ams.

Of­fi­icials at lo­cal ca­reertech schools all con­firmed that the state had no­ti­fied them about the er­ror, but none have learned yet whether or how the cor­rected data will af­fect them.

Of the re­port-card mea­sures re­leased in Septem­ber that are get­ting a sec­ond look, the grades for grad­u­a­tion rates were high around the state, with 84 out of 91 ca­reertech­ni­cal schools get­ting an A or a B. But that “pre­pared for suc­cess” grade tripped up the ma­jor­ity of schools: 77 earned a D or an F.

Lo­cally, earn­ing D’s in “pre­pared for suc­cess” were the Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ters of Lick­ing County (C-TEC), the Pick­away-Ross Ca­reer & Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter, Colum­bus City Schools (which has its own vo­ca­tional school) and East­land-Fair­field Ca­reer & Tech­ni­cal Schools.

Tolles Ca­reer & Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter in Plain City, the Delaware Area Ca­reer Cen­ter and South-Western City Schools earned C’s in “pre­pared for suc­cess.”

For their grad­u­a­tion rates, Pick­away-Ross earned a B, Colum­bus a C and all the rest earned A’s.

Now those grades are up in the air.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment plans to reis­sue cor­rected re­port cards later this month, but in the mean­time, the scores on­line will get a water­mark to show that the num­bers might change.

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