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.

KidsOhio.org ranked Ohio’s public schools – both traditional district schools and charter schools – according to their Performance Index scores (measuring student achievement on state tests in a given year) and their Value-Added Gain scores (the state’s measure of students’ academic progress from year to year). The analysis covered the 2,688 Ohio schools that received scores for both measures in 2008, and the data revealed that: 

  • Ohio 8 district schools ranked, on average, 2,199 out of 2,688 schools on test scores, but jumped 663 places to an average ranking of 1,536 on student progress.
     
  • Charter schools taken as a group had an average ranking of 2,288 on test scores, but an average ranking of 1,362 on student progress, an increase of 926 places.

(See the graphic here.)

The analysis also identifies further common ground between traditional district schools in the Ohio 8 (Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown) and public charter schools: both groups of schools serve high percentages of economically disadvantaged students and students with special needs.

In addition, KidsOhio.org ranked all of Ohio’s 610 traditional school districts on the two measures. Each of the Ohio 8 districts ranked higher on educational progress than on absolute test scores. Graphics showing each of the Ohio 8 districts’ ranks on the two measures are available here.

You can download KidsOhio.org’s full report on the analysis here

For data on all 2,688 ranked schools, click here; and for data on all 610 school districts, click here.