COLUMBUS: Ohio schools will see their state-issued ratings drop under a new system of evaluating their progress.
Several newspapers report that state Superintendent Stan Heffner has told districts the new system is ''far more rigorous.'' He alerted superintendents in an email this week that grades on state report cards will be lower by one or even two levels.
Last year, 382 school districts and charter schools in Ohio received the equivalent of an A, or excellent rating. The Dayton Daily News reports 22 would have gotten that top grade if the new system were in place.
The state outlined the plan last month as it seeks a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind requirements.
Heffner says the new system will provide a better picture of how schools are performing.