Ohio schools earn a C in nationwide review

Ohio’s education system still outperforms that of most other states, but it has fallen to 18th on a national report card released today.

Ohio earned a C, receiving 75.8 points out of a possible 100, in the annual Quality Counts report by Education Week, an education trade newspaper. That was slightly higher than the national average of 74.3, also a C.

Five years ago, Ohio got a B- and ranked fifth among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“We know we have a literacy problem, and we’ve been addressing that for a few years,” said John Charlton, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education.

“We feel like we’re moving in the right direction and have put some things into motion that we hope will have long-tem positive effects, like the third-grade reading guarantee, but it will take time.”

Most states — 31, including Ohio — were in the C+ to C- range.

(Read more at the Dispatch)