Research Bites: Education in Ohio’s State of the State cities
Last week, Governor John Kasich announced that Wilmington will host his 2015 State of the State address. While Ohio governors have traditionally given their State of the State at the capitol, the address has been held outside of Columbus since 2012. This led me to wonder about education in the cities that have hosted the address ever since Governor Kasich has taken it on the road. The cities are Steubenville (2012), Lima (2013), Medina (2014), and Wilmington (2015). Here’s a quick look at the education in these four Ohio towns, district only, since just Lima has brick-and-mortar charters (two of them). As you’ll notice, Medina and Steubenville have relatively strong student achievement, while Lima lags behind. Given the sluggish student performance in Lima, it is of particular concern that the district does not have a single A-rated school along the Ohio’s value-added measure, which estimates the academic impact of schools measured as achievement gains tracked over time.
Student Enrollment (left) and % Economic Disadvantage (right), 2013-14
Medina City Schools is by far the largest and most affluent of these school districts. Lima and Steubenville are of similar size and practically all of their students are considered economically disadvantaged. Wilmington has considerably fewer economically disadvantaged students than Lima or Steubenville, though it is of similar size.
3rd Grade Reading Proficiency (%), 2013-14
Steubenville City Schools takes top honor in the percentage...