Understanding Career Education Options for Columbus Students

KidsOhio’s new report, “Understanding Career Education Options for Columbus Students,” reveals that half of juniors and seniors enrolled in a career program are engaged in one of seven programs: engineering science, health science, performing arts, job training coordinating, visual design, media arts and business management. The other half are divided among 30 other programs ranging from precision machining to cosmetology.

One of 37 career programs, Job Training Coordinating, was designed specifically for students with special education needs, equipping them with soft skills and basic job skills. The program served 97 juniors and seniors.

When Job Training Coordinating was factored out of the equation, the rate of students with special education needs among career education students enrolled in the other 36 programs dropped to 17 percent, which is slightly lower than the rate for all juniors and seniors (18 percent).

Click here to read the report, Understanding Career Education Options for Columbus Students.

Click here to read a data supplement (appendix) to the report.

Click here to read coverage of the report by the Columbus Dispatch.




Nonpartisan KidsOhio.org Report Shows Only 6 Percent of Adults Voted for Columbus School Board Candidates





, Ohio – Only 1 in 16 adults in the Columbus City Schools district voted in the May 2015 primary, according to a new KidsOhio.org report. That means 94 percent of adults did not vote for any of the school board candidates who will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

Those numbers have important ramifications for schools and the students who attend them, said Mark Real, KidsOhio.org president and CEO.

“The Columbus Board of Education oversees a taxpayer-funded budget of more than $1.4 billion,” Real said. “It sets education goals and policies and approves programming for more than 50,000 children.”

Additionally, the board monitors academic progress and operations among the district’s 110 schools and is responsible for hiring and evaluating the superintendent, internal auditor and treasurer.

“And yet only a tiny fraction of adults are engaged in electing school board members,” Real said.

Within the Columbus City Schools district, 40 percent of adults are not registered to vote and 54 percent are registered but didn’t vote in the May primary.

“In fact, more than a half-million adults didn’t vote in the last primary,” Real said. “I doubt that the vast majority of residents are aware of this. Our hope is that by educating the public about the importance of school board elections and highlighting how few people have been engaged, we can motivate more people to vote on Nov. 3.”

Eight school board candidates will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, and voters will elect four. The KidsOhio.org report lists candidates in alphabetical order and provides links to candidate information. It also provides information about how to register and vote this fall.

KidsOhio.org will make the nonpartisan report available throughout the community and can customize it with the logos of additional organizations that want to distribute it to their constituents.


About KidsOhio.org

KidsOhio.org was created in 2002 in response to community, education and business leaders who wanted an effective, data-driven, nonpartisan organization focused on improving public education in Ohio. The organization is funded by the private sector and does not accept any government monies or contracts. KidsOhio.org’s mission is to improve the education of Ohio’s nearly 3 million children, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.



20 Columbus City Parent Trigger Schools Post Improvement Plans

This fact sheet provides eight key facts about each of Columbus’ 20 “Parent Trigger” schools with a link to each schools’ improvement plan. Click here to read the fact sheet. 

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.

New resource shows high schoolers how to earn free college credit

Now is “primetime” for high school students who want to earn college credit for free during their high school career. The application window is open now and closes as early as March 31.

Today, KidsOhio and School Choice Ohio jointly released a guide for parents and students, Get a Jumpstart on College & Your Career: High School Classes Can Count for College without Costing You a Dime.

The brochure showcases four opportunities for students to earn from a few credits up to two years of college credit or more while they are in high school: 1) Early College High Schools, 2) College TechPrep, 3) Post Secondary Enrollment Options, and 4) Advanced Placement.

“Our state and national college attainment goals are to increase the number of degrees awarded in Ohio from 75,000 in 2009 to 100,000 by 2017 and to reclaim the United States’ top rank among nations,” said Ann Bischoff of KidsOhio, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education policy organization. “If we are going to meet these goals, we have to bolster college-going among low-income students and would-be first generation college-goers.”

One way to increase college success is to educate more Ohio students about opportunities for earning tuition-free college credit while in high school, known as dual enrollment. Not only does dual enrollment alleviate a financial burden for families, but it also exposes students to the real-life demands of college. This exposure builds confidence among would-be first generation college students about college-level work.

“The students who need these options the most are the ones who are last to find out about them,” said Sarah Pechan of School Choice Ohio. “Students are excited about the chance to ‘kill two birds with one stone’ and earn both college credit and high school credit for a single class. This brochure is the first place where all of these options have been compiled into one source.”

To download a copy of the brochure, click here. To request copies, please call School Choice Ohio at 614.223.1555 or KidsOhio at 614.228.6400.

KidsOhio.org study: Many Weinland Park parents research schools; find better academics in other district schools

Many parents of Columbus elementary school children in the low-income Weinland Park neighborhood research schools and send their children to district schools with better performance records. Yet, low-income, modestly-educated single parents in the same area are more likely to enroll their child in their assigned neighborhood school even when it performs poorly. Families that stayed at an assigned school are less satisfied with their child’s school than those who conducted their own research and moved their child. These findings were included in a new study by KidsOhio.org. Click the following links to learn more.

Middle School & High School Students, Get a Jumpstart on College and Your Career: High School Classes Can Count for College, Without Costing You a Dime

School Choice Ohio explains opportunities for middle and high schoolers to earn tuition-free college credit now: Advanced Placement, College Tech Prep,  and Post Secondary Enrollment Options.

To learn more about these opportunities, click here.

KidsOhio Slides from RAND Charter School Briefing Now Available

On April 23, KidsOhio.org hosted a briefing and forum on the new RAND research report on charter schools: Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition. Over 90 leaders from across the state attended the event, including members of teachers unions, charter school advocacy groups, the Ohio General Assembly and the State Board of Education.

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RAND Releases Study of Charter Schools in Eight States Including Ohio

The RAND Corporation-a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization-recently released a report titled: Charter Schools in Eight States: Effects on Achievement, Attainment, Integration, and Competition. The report details the findings of a longitudinal study of charter schools in Chicago, San Diego, Philadelphia, Denver, Milwaukee, and the states of Texas, Florida, and Ohio. Out of the research came a number of key findings about Ohio charter schools and their students.

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