TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The preliminary numbers are out and according to The Ohio Department of Education, Toledo Public Schools are not meeting yearly progress goals.
Each year the state measures progress and student achievement in public schools. The superintendent of Toledo Public Schools said he is not surprised
"We were anticipating that we were going to have a year where results declined and we've been saying that all year," said Superintendent Dr. Jerome Pecko.
TPS has gone through some major changes. Pecko said moving from the middle school concept to the K-Eight concept is a big transition and scores could be down while some teachers and students adjust.
"Of course it worries me because education is power, and if our children aren't educated there's a problem," said parent Carlinda Boyd.
Superintendent Pecko said there are programs in place to improve the scores. The results have already been seen in the eighth grade test numbers. Pecko said he does not think this preliminary report will lose the district any funding.
"Finding doesn't depend on the scores.I think funders will look at the work we're doing," said Pecko.
Boyd said she will keep her kids in the district for now hoping to see these results.
"I want to see change. If I don't see change I mean it's like what to do?," said Boyd.
The report card data for TPS is preliminary. Final report cards will not be issued until after the state auditor finishes up an investigation into alleged false attendance information.
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