Ohio Questions Learning Time at Online Charter School

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – State officials are questioning the amount of learning time received by students at Ohio’s largest online school as they prepare to release findings of an updated attendance audit next month.

The state Department of Education’s letter to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow was based on preliminary audit results, which could change after another review in June.

Scrutiny of the 15,000-student school comes as state lawmakers consider changing a rating system that has repeatedly delivered ECOT failing marks.

Charter school supporters have been pushing lawmakers to alter or replace a state value-added system designed to gauge whether a student is getting a full year’s worth of education.

Discussions have been taking place about whether the state should implement a California-based progress system that considers student demographics such as disability and poverty.