The 17-page plan will be sent to Ohio Superintendent of Instruction Richard Ross. He has 30 days from Tuesday — the deadline for delivering the plan — to approve the plan or reject it and request revisions. Annual goals include increasing students’ mathematics proficiency by 11 percent and reading by 10 percent on the annual state report card compared to 2011-12 state report card results.
Achieving a C or better in two out of three years is one of the requirements for dissolving the commission. Lorain and Youngstown are the only Ohio school districts controlled by the state.
The plan said the goals are, “ambitious and yet realistic” for the district which has been challenged by shrinking enrollment and finances in the last decade due to deindustrialization and depopulation. Commission member Henry Patterson said the plan sends a message to parents, students and teachers that high standards have been set. “This will be difficult to obtain,” he said.