Each year the Thomas B. Fordham Institute conducts an analysis of urban school performance in Ohio. We found that in 2009-10, 26 percent of public school students (district and charter) in Ohio's Big 8 urban communities attended a school rated A or B by the state, 28 percent attend a C-rated school, and 47 percent attended a school rated D or F.

In partnership with Public Impact, we analyzed the 2009-10 academic performance data for charter and district schools in Ohio's eight largest urban cities:

Ohio Urban School Performance Report, 2009-10

Ohio Education Gadfly: Special Edition (our coverage of 2009-10 data)

We also conducted city-specific analyses:

Note: The pdf for Dayton's performance has been updated as of September 1, 2010. The old version had an error in Table 1 - the list of charter and district schools in the city, and has since been corrected.

Emmy formerly served as director of Ohio policy & research for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. In this role, she advocated to state policymakers for smart improvements to Ohio education laws and policies; conducted research and policy analysis on a wide variety of education issues facing the Buckeye State; and managed the development, production, and dissemination of Fordham’s Ohio research studies and policy events.…

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Terry Ryan was Vice-President for Ohio Programs and Policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and a Research Fellow at the Hoover Research Institution.

He is the author, with Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Michael Lafferty of Ohio’s Education Reform Challenges: Lessons from the Frontlines (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

Bianca was a policy and research associate in the Dayton office. Prior to this role, she worked as a research assistant and a research intern for Fordham. She came to Fordham as a recent graduate from Ohio State’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs, where she earned a Master’s in public administration. Prior to working at Fordham Bianca worked as a research assistant analyzing Ohio’s Step up To Quality Initiative.…

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