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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Ohio’s Year-One Race to the Top Experience: Personal Accounts from Local & State Leaders

The local and state leaders implementing Ohio’s RttT plan are recognizing just how quickly four years can tick-tock along, and also just how much can be accomplished in such a seemingly short timeframe.

KidsOhio recently chatted with six of these leaders, each representing a different sector of Ohio’s public education system: Stan Heffner, State Superintendent of Public Instruction; Rhonda Johnson, President of Ohio’s largest local teacher union; Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District; Kyle Newton, Superintendent of Crooksville City Schools, a rural district in Southeastern Ohio; and Chad Carr and Brian Carlton, Principal and Assistant Principal of Columbus Preparatory Academy, a highly- rated charter school.

We talked about the challenges, successes, and lessons learned in year-one of the RttT grant. We also talked about what is in store for year-two. Lessons learned: Common goals, strategic planning, consistent monitoring of success, and quick adjustments to what is not working are essential to making headway in four-years’ time.

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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.

An Independent Guide to Ohio’s $400 Million Race to the Top Application

Ohio Grantmakers Forum and KidsOhio.org are nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations working together to improve academic achievement among Ohio’s 1.8 M public school students.  Our commitment to helping students improve is the reason we produced the Independent Guide to Ohio’s $400 M Race to the Top Application.  This guide describes a unique opportunity for Ohio schools to secure as much as $400 M over the next four years to bolster local efforts for educational improvement in areas ranging from rural Appalachia to urban and suburban communities.

To read the guide, click here.

New KidsOhio policy brief: Can requiring all high school juniors to take the ACT improve college preparation and the number of Ohioans going to college?

KidsOhio’s latest policy brief, Can requiring all high school juniors to take the ACT improve college preparation and the number of Ohioans going to college?, is meant to spur discussion about Ohio’s efforts to increase the number of college graduates from 72,657 to 100,000 by 2017.

A new state law will require Ohio highschoolers to take a nationally standardized college readiness exam (such as the ACT), pass end-of-course exams instead of five 10th grade tests, and complete a senior project. Details are still being developed.

Ohio’s efforts are part of a national initiative to regain America’s world leadership for college attainment by 2020. The United States is currently ranked 15th, down from first place in the 1970s. 

In order to meet these goals, Ohio must reach out to disadvantaged students, who comprise 40 percent of the state’s student body. This policy brief documents ACT scores and poverty rates in the 20 largest school districts.

We hope the brief informs you about an important bipartisan state initiative.

Click here to download the report: Can requiring all high school juniors to take the ACT improve college preparation and the number of Ohioans going to college?

New Analysis: Ohio’s 8 Large Urban Districts and Charter Schools Rank Higher on Educational Progress than on Absolute Test Scores

KidsOhio.org’s new analysis of state education data shows that many of the state’s lowest-rated schools, both Ohio 8 schools and charter schools, rise to near the middle among schools statewide when ranked according to the state’s own “value-added” measure of annual educational progress. The full report is now available.

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