Report: Three Columbus City Schools Earn All As and Bs on State Report Card

In this report titled, “Three Columbus City Schools Earn All As and Bs on State Report Card,” details successes achieved at Columbus Alternative High School, Eastmoor Academy and Centennial High School. All have poverty rates ranging from 55 percent to nearly 70 percent, but economically disadvantaged students at these schools are consistently beating the odds on the state’s 10th grade math and reading tests. interviewed principals at all three schools to understand why these schools are achieving high marks. The principals most often cited these factors: • A clear goal of preparing all students for college • Long-serving teachers and principals • Expectations that parents will be engaged in their students’ education • Positive peer pressure among students to achieve academically • Parental choice to enroll students in these schools • Strong relationships among students, teachers and principals.


Understanding Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Full Report: Understanding Ohio’s New Third Grade Reading Guarantee Law

Press Release: Understanding Ohio’s New Third Grade Reading Guarantee

Data Supplement: More Information about Your School District or School

Ohio’s new Third Grade Reading Guarantee law requires third graders in public schools – both district and charter – to achieve a specified score on the state reading test in order to advance to the fourth grade. To provide community leaders with meaningful information about the 5,500 third graders in Columbus district and public charter schools, has prepared the report, Understanding Ohio’s New Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

The report provides the rates of third graders scoring at each of the five performance levels on the fall 2013 test in every Franklin County school district, in each of the Ohio Urban 8 school districts, in 74 Columbus City Schools, and in the 39 Columbus-based brick and mortar charter schools. For context, the report also provides the rates of economically disadvantaged third graders, students learning English as a second language and students with disabilities.

The report found:

  • While more than 42 percent of Columbus third graders scored high enough on the October 2013 reading test to be promoted to fourth grade next fall, 58 percent have up to two more chances this spring or summer to score high enough to be promoted.
  • More than 20 percent of Columbus City Schools third graders scored at the two highest of the five performance levels, but more than 49 percent scored at the lowest level.
  • Among the 16 Franklin County school districts, Columbus City Schools had a higher rate of students scoring at the top performance level than Whitehall. However, that rate was lower than each of the county’s 14 other school districts.
  • Among third graders in Columbus-based public charter schools, over 18 percent scored at the highest two performance levels while 47 percent scored at the lowest level. The report also includes a sample reading passage and test questions, answers to frequently asked questions about the new Third Grade Reading Guarantee law and interviews with Columbus City Schools and public charter school leaders about what they are doing to help students improve their reading skills.

Columbus District and Charter School Students: Similar Demographics

Click here to read a one-page summary documenting that both types of Columbus public schools, district and charter, have high percentages of economically disadvantaged students and students of color.

Color-coded snapshot of which Columbus district and charter schools earned As and Bs in 2013

Columbus district schools: State Report Card Grades for 115 Columbus City Schools Buildings, 2012-2013 School Year

Columbus public charter schools: State Report Card Letter Grades for 60 Columbus-based, Brick-and-Mortar Charter Schools, 2012-2013 School Year



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.

Click here to read the report.


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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.