Making the Grade (or Not)
Too many of America's youngsters--Ohioans among them--are still being left behind. So says The Fordham Report: How Well Are States Educating Our Neediest Children?, which evaluates state education efforts in three major categories: student achievement for low-income, African American, and Hispanic students; achievement trends for these same groups over the last 10-15 years; and the state's track record in bold education reform. Ohio's record is decidedly mixed. While the Buckeye State received high marks for its improved state testing program and school choice programs, Ohio falls short (earning a "D") in minority and low-income student achievement on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Access the full report, complete with Ohio's evaluation, here.