Ohio Public School Mapping | Schools

So how does your school in Ohio compare with others?  In our fourth blog of the education blog series, we focus on different measurements of school district quality.  These maps include school enrollment, school designation, the number of standards that each school district has met, graduation rate, and the on time graduation rate.  The first map below shows the enrollment of every school district in Ohio.  As usual, the areas with high population totals have the highest enrollment numbers.  The largest school district in Ohio is Columbus Public Schools with an enrollment of 49,500 students.  Cleveland and Cincinnati Public Schools follow behind.  The smallest school district in Ohio is Bettsville School District, located in Seneca County, with an enrollment of only 175 students.

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The second map focuses on school designation.  Ohio schools are designated by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), and the ODE uses these designations as a main component for their accountability system for all school districts in Ohio.  There were originally five designated rankings: Excellent, Effective, Continuous Improvement, Academic Watch, and Academic Emergency.  According to a recently passed bill, if a certain public school district is under Academic Emergency for a number of years, the state will take over the school district and it could be converted into a charter school.  Starting with the 2010-2011 school year, Value-Added Calculations were introduced. Value-Added schools that show significant improvement over a period of three years or display above expected growth, the school district would be ranked in a higher category.  Value-Added also introduced a sixth designated ranking called Excellent with Distinction (ODE 2010).  The map below shows the school district designation of every school district in Ohio for the 2010 – 2011 school year. Ironically, not one school district in the state was given the Academic Emergency designation, yet several charter schools were, as we’ll examine in more detail in an upcoming blog post.

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The third map shows how many standards each school district has met. There are 26 standards designated by the ODE that all school districts in Ohio are to meet. These standards include standardized testing from the third through eighth grades, the OGT, attendance, and graduation rate. Only two school districts had only one standard met, and those were the Cleveland Public Schools and the Springfield School District. There are 183 school districts in Ohio that meet all 26 standards.

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The last two maps focus on each school district’s graduation rate.  These two maps vary dramatically though.  One graduation map looks into the on time graduation rate, which shows the percentage of students who graduated within a four year period.  The school with the highest on time graduation rate is the Anna Local School District in Shelby County.  The other graduation rate shows the total number of students who started high school in the ninth grade and eventually graduated from high school.

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Sources

“Guide to Understanding Ohio’s Accountability System 2010 – 2011.” Ohio Department of Education. September 2010. <http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/DocumentManagement/DocumentDownload.aspx?DocumentID=110337>.