Week in Review - 09/06/2019

Week in Review - 09/06/2019

EDUCATION

The State Board of Education Dropout Prevention and Recovery Schools Workgroup met Tuesday to continue its discussion about the creation of a report card for dropout recovery schools, with members struggling to come to an agreement on what the best metrics and evaluative measures should be.


The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Office of Integrated Student Supports will hold a statewide "Lunch Menu Playlist" contest through the end of September in support of National School Lunch Week, which will take place from Oct. 14 through 18. ODE is encouraging schools to submit a week-long school lunch menu relating to the "What's on Your Playlist?" theme. According to ODE, the theme is designed to spotlight "the wide variety of flavors, dishes and delivery options available in today's school lunch."


College readiness indicators and rates of credential attainment among high schoolers raise concerns about Ohio students' level of preparation for higher education and the workforce, the Fordham Institute said Thursday in releasing a report on the topic. In "The Mountain Ahead: A report on the college and career readiness of Ohio students," Fordham's research director, Aaron Churchill, analyzes the graduating class of 2017 and found less than half of students were well-equipped to enter college or the workforce.


Ohio moved up a spot to 21st in the annual "Quality Counts" rating of state educational performance by magazine Education Week. Ohio earned a grade of C with 76 out of 100 points, the same as the nation's grade. This year, the magazine stretched the release of rating information across the year, assessing states' work on preparing students for success in January, school finances in June and K-12 achievement this month, along with the overall grade encompassing all three areas.


POLLS/STUDIES

Adults are really good at paying attention only to what they're told to - but children don't ignore anything. That difference can actually help children do better than adults in some learning situations, a new study from Ohio State University suggests.


TOBACCO/SMOKING

State and local public health officials in Ohio have confirmed that three reports of severe pulmonary illness are likely due to vaping and are investigating 11 additional illness reports. Also, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated recommendations on vaping for the public.