This was the first year where states administered next generation assessments. In addition, the minimum test score needed for students to be deemed “proficient” was raised. The end results is that many school rankings fell.
These tests are not without controversy. Many school leaders feel that the tests do no accurately reflect the student performance and progress. In addition, Ohio students were given the option to opt out of testing, which means not all students are represented in the data. The test given last year (this year’s data) is already in the process of being replaced by one from the American Institutes for Research.
Bearing in mind this controversy over testing, some schools still performed very well. Three of the top 25 schools were early college high schools with whom KnowledgeWorks has or does partner!
Akron Early College High School ranked fourth in the state
Toledo Early College High School ranked eighth in the state
Youngstown Early College ranked twelfth in the state
The report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute examines the challenges facing education throughout Ohio. “How many students have the opportunity to attend such schools?” asks report authors. “A fair number of students do attend schools that are accelerating student growth (high value added), but many more enroll in schools that provide little to no growth beyond the norm.”
How can we take examples of what’s working, like at early colleges in Akron, Toledo and Youngstown, and expand those opportunities to more students across the state?