You have no doubt seen numerous media stories regarding the recent release of school report card data in Ohio. As supporters of a robust accountability system, we urge you to pay attention to the stories and the ongoing discussion. The success of our public schools (charter and district) in doing the vital work with which they are entrusted must be assessed, reported, and analyzed. Schools which evidence success should be lauded, emulated, and expanded to reach as many students as possible. Schools which struggle in any area should be highlighted and helped to improve if possible.
None of these things can happen without robust data and clear-eyed analysis.
Fordham has worked for many years to be a source of unbiased analysis, research, and commentary on the state’s annual report card data. With Ohio’s most recent data release having occurred in mid-September, we have published the following:
- A look at trends from previous years to which the new data will add depth
- A detailed look at the difference in comparison parameters for charter and district school analysis
- A first-look overview within hours of the data becoming available
- The first comparison between charter and district schools in Ohio’s eight largest urban centers
In the coming weeks, we will be recommending improvements to the state’s report cards to help parents and the public make better use of the vital data.