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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 al

By Jeremy Nobile | Staff Writer Published: July 17, 2013 4:00 AM

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.

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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.

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