Standardize evaluations of Ohio schools

A special panel looking at how charter schools in Ohio are evaluated focused on honest, accurate reports on their achievements. That was appropriate, given the fact that earlier this year, the state’s top charter school oversight official resigned after admitting he withheld some data that would have reflected badly on certain charters.

But the panel had other recommendations that should be pursued. Chief among them is that the types of achievement data collected from charters and reported to the public ought to be roughly the same as that involving public schools.

That seems obvious. Charter school advocates say they are a needed alternative to some failing public schools. But how are Ohioans to judge whether that is true if they cannot compare the two types of institutions on a level playing field?

It is simply a matter of comparing apples to apples. State officials should make evaluation changes suggested by the special panel, so that can happen.