Portage County-area career-tech schools score high on new state report card

Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna, Six District Educational Compact, to which Kent belongs, earn all As and Bs

By Jeremy Nobile | Staff Writer Published:

Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna and the Six District Educational Compact earned high marks in the state's first report card of simulated grades evaluating Ohio's 91 career-tech school districts.

The grades were published Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Education in three areas: four-year graduation rates, five-year graduation rates and job-placement rates.

Maplewood received As in four-year graduation rates and placement rates and a B in five-year graduation rates.

And the Six District Educational Compact -- which comprises school districts in Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge and Woodridge -- earned As in four and five-year graduation rates and a B in placement rates.

Maplewood Superintendent Randy Griffith said the positive marks are in line with what he'd expect, although he questions the information's usefulness to district themselves, particularly those doing well.

Griffith said he's "pleased" with the preliminary grades that were released. When comparing them to other schools he added, "I think we did pretty well."

Noting how the school's five-year graduation rate just missed out on an A by less than 1 percent, he said he's confident a report card with triple A's is in Maplewood's future.

The preliminary grades are part of the state's new career-technical education accountability system. According to the Ohio Department of Education, the system is believed to be the first of its kind to use A-F letter grades and goes beyond the requirements for accountability spelled out in the federal Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act.

The formalized 2012-13 Ohio career-tech report cards will be published in late August along with new A-F report cards for traditional and community schools. The data will be for students from the graduating class of 2011 in each of Ohio's 91 career-technical districts.

The full report can be found online at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Career-Tech/CTE-Performance-Data-and-Accountability/Career-Technical-Education-Report-Card.

A spokesperson for the Six District Educational Compact could not be reached by press time.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1126 or jnobile@recordpub.com

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