ODE: 2016 Ohio Report Cards Update

The Ohio Department of Education has published a new fact sheet about the Achievement component and its two measures – Performance Index and Indicators met. Another fact sheet explains the components that are receiving their first letter grades on the Ohio School Report Cards in September. Read them here.

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ODE Plans ESSA Regional Meetings & Web Briefings

The Ohio Department of Education has scheduled 10 regional meetings and a number of web briefings on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  For the complete schedule and additional information, go here http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Every-Student-Succeeds-Act-ESSA

 

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

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COLUMBUS
, 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.

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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. 

Fact sheet on students with disabilities in Columbus

Columbus City Schools and the Ohio Department of Education have entered into a first-of-its-kind agreement to improve services for children with disabilities. Read a copy of the signed 21-page agreement detailing their joint work here.

In addition, KidsOhio.org has prepared this two-page fact sheet, Students with Disabilities in Columbus, Ohio,” which provides an overview of the 8,249 students who comprise one in six members of the student body in Columbus City Schools.

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,” KidsOhio.org 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.

KidsOhio.org 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.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REPORT

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, KidsOhio.org 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.

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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