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 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.

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.

Wells Academy: School in Steubenville, Ohio Beats Academic Odds Year after Year

The report, Wells Academy: School in Steubenville, Ohio Beats Academic Odds Year after Year, contains hopeful news about one of Ohio’s highest performing public schools, Wells Academy in Steubenville. In 2008, few other elementary schools in the state did better academically— and Wells did it with a student body that faces significant challenges.

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