COLUMBUS (WCMH) – They’re used to giving grades, but now Columbus City Schools has got a grade themselves, and it’s an F.
The Ohio Department of Education gave the district the low grade. Parents, like Jahaya Mattox, are in shock.
“Initially it was disheartening because you never want to see a bad reflection of something you’re a part of. I also see it as a challenge. As parents, we have to be more involved. We can’t leave it all on the teachers,” said Mattox.
Jahaya Mattox has a child in kindergarten. She says despite the district’s grade, she’s pleased with her child education thus far.
I actually think the district is a lot stronger than a grade can represent. I loved going to Columbus City Schools and my daughter’s school is a great school to this point,” said Mattox.
That’s exactly what the interim superintendent Dr. John Stanford feels too. He said the grade doesn’t reflect what type of education children in the district are getting. He attributes much of the low score to the way the state changed its tests that the students are being graded on and the way the tests are scaled. Dr. Stanford says teachers do have computer programs that would allow them to adjust their curriculum to help get students caught up. He also says the graduation percentage is at 78.1 percent and says that’s up by four percent just from the previous report card. He says he’d put CCS programs, teachers and it’s quality against any other district.
“How many schools districts have a Spanish immersion program?” said Stanford.