“That [honesty] gap is wide in Ohio, where some 80 percent of students pass state tests and more than 60 percent fail national tests,” says Doug Livingston of the Akron Beacon Journal. He goes on:
“‘It’s kind of a reminder for how low the bar has been set for Ohio students,’ said John Charlton, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education. Ohio has stagnated on national tests despite bolstering its graduation numbers.
Charlton points with hope to recent reforms: a new A-to-F report card and teacher evaluation system; national learning standards called Common Core; the tests that came with them, which some lawmakers want to scrap; and a Third Grade Reading Guarantee, which requires intervention and threatens retention for primary students.”