Ohio districts to see test performance estimates

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - This year's report cards evaluating Ohio school districts are expected to include estimates of how they might perform under tougher state tests being implemented in three years.

The information is aimed at urging districts to consider how they'd fare with the new tests and, if needed, to make changes in what they're teaching. The Columbus Dispatch reports about 4 in 10 Ohio students would have passed math or reading under the new testing system.

Matt Cohen of the Ohio Department of Education says the performance estimates can show schools where their rankings could end up if they don't make changes.

The state is changing the way children and schools are evaluated and the curriculum they use as part of an overhaul aimed at better preparing students for college.

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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