Report card recap
This year with the help of researchers
from Public Impact in North Carolina we continued our tradition of conducting
an annual analysis of student achievement in Ohio’s Big 8 districts and
charters. State report card data were released in late August, and we released a
quick turn-around analysis on Big 8 charters and traditional schools. However,
this year we decided to dive deeper into the data and stagger various analyses
day-by-day on the Fordham blog. This approach allowed us to develop a deeper
and more nuanced perspective that a one- or two- day analysis simply couldn’t
deliver. Many interesting findings emerged from the data; a few are
- Fewer students in
Ohio’s urban district and charter schools attended a school rated D or F in
2010-11 (40 percent this year, down from 47 percent last year).
- Dayton student
performance saw an uptick, with far fewer students attending an F-rated school,
and more students meeting or exceeding value-added gains.
- Charter schools
were some of the highest rated schools (according to both absolute achievement
and growth) in the Ohio Urban 8, as well as some of the lowest rated.
- Cincinnati once
again was the highest rated urban district, holding onto its “B” rating for a
second year in a row. Only four percent of CPS students attended a school rated
- While 60 percent
of both charter and district schools made expected growth on the state’s
value-added measure, charter schools generally outperformed their district
counterparts on this measure. A smaller
percentage of charters (16 percent) than district schools (20 percent) failed
to meet growth targets. And nearly a quarter (24 percent) of charters exceeded
academic growth expectations, compared to only one in five district schools.