Where are Columbus’ highest and lowest performing schools located?

Seven percent of 115 Columbus district schools and seven percent of 56 public charter schools in Columbus earned an A or B for Performance Index in school year 2012-2013. Seventy-four percent of district schools and 64 percent of charter schools in Columbus earned a D or F. Performance Index is a composite score for all state tests in all tested grades. This is one of nine measures on the 2012-2013 state report card.

Click the links below to view a map of Columbus’ A and B schools and a map of the City’s D and F schools, as well as an analysis of Columbus district and charter school Performance Index grades.

Where are Columbus' highest performing performing school located?

Where are Columbus’ lowest performing district and public charter schools located? 
Performance Index Grades for Columbus District and Columbus Public Charter Schools 




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Reynoldsburg School District Earns A+ with 38% Poverty Rate; Meets All 26 Indicators on State Report Card with Annual Per-­Pupil Spending of $9,300

Many of our readers request positive stories about schools and students.  We think you will appreciate our new report on the innovations that are taking place in Reynoldsburg City Schools.

In the course of preparing this report, we found that:

  •  Reynoldsburg City Schools improved academically despite the percentage of students who are economically disadvantaged increasing from 26 percent in 2007 to 38 percent in 2012.
  •  Every Reynoldsburg school had a Performance Index Score above 94 (out of 120) and a poverty rate above 18 percent.
  • The district has developed one of the largest STEM pipelines in the country with 2,150 students K-12 now enrolled in STEM schools.
  •  The district has found innovative ways to provide choice to all students with an annual per-pupil spending of $9,300.
  • Reynoldsburg students discovered how to keep sidewalks geese free.

Click here to read the full report.


Which public charter schools and voucher-accepting private schools are Franklin County students choosing?

More than 24,000 students from each of the 16 Franklin County school districts are choosing public charter schools or using vouchers to attend private schools.

You will learn the following seven things from this brief:

1) How many students from each Franklin County school district choose public charter schools and vouchers
2) Which public charter schools are most popular among Franklin County students
3) Which public charter schools have an A rating on the state report card and how many Franklin County students attend those schools
4) How Franklin County students are distributed among A-, B-, C-, D-, and F-rated public charter schools
5) Which private school vouchers are used by Franklin County students
6) Which voucher-accepting private schools are most popular among Franklin County students
7) What religions are represented among the voucher-accepting private schools attended by Franklin County students

Click here to read the brief.

Click here to view the data tied to this brief.

Ohio Students and the Common Core: How more rigorous academic standards are influencing Ohio classrooms today.

Ohio is among 46 states to adopt Common Core standards. The standards reflect what today’s students should know to be prepared for tomorrow’s college courses and careers. Schools are encouraged to implement the standards ahead of the 2014 deadline. This report provides an overview of Common Core standards and spotlights two early implementers: South-Western City Schools, Ohio’s 6thlargest school district, and Graham Expeditionary Middle School, a public charter school.

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October 18th Briefing: The State of Education for Columbus Students

Today, KidsOhio briefed Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther, and Honorable Eric Fingerhut on the state of education for Columbus students.

To review the presentation slides, click here.

For a one-page summary, click here.

To watch the presentation, click here.


Ohio’s New Third Grade Reading Guarantee

This ten-page report explains Ohio’s new third grade reading guarantee that was signed into law on June 25, 2012. The new state law applies to all students kindergarten through third grade who attend district and public charter schools in Ohio. Every K-3 student must receive a reading assessment by September 30, 2012.

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New report from KidsOhio and the Columbus Urban League: Franklin  County  and  Ohio’s  Public   School  Students  Are  More   Diverse  Than  Ever

This report, co-released by KidsOhio and the Columbus Urban League, documents that our public school students, district and charter, are more diverse than ever.

  • 43 percent of students in Franklin County school districts were children of color in 2011 – up from 34 percent in 2001;
  • All 16 Franklin County school districts had a higher rate of students of color in 2011 than in 2001; and
  • 63 percent of the 18,518 public charter school students in Franklin County were children of color.

Moreover, nearly half (47.6 percent) of students of color in the 16 Franklin County school districts attend a suburban school, thus dispelling the myth that most minorities live in Columbus.

Growing diversity is one of the great strengths of Franklin County. While we work to close educational and economic achievement gaps, diversity can enrich our students’ educational experiences, promote personal growth, and help connect the Columbus region to the international economy.  Understanding and taking advantage of our community’s demographic shift is key to strengthening Central Ohio’s schools, colleges, and economic competitiveness.  We hope this report educates community leaders about the need to prepare our students for citizenship in an increasingly diverse workplace and global community.

Click here to read the full report.