Policy Analyses

Accountability

Standards
Common
Core academic standards: Moving beyond adoption in the Buckeye
State

Common
Core standards best most states’ standards, including Ohio’s


Seeing
all sides of the state’s new science standards
Common Core standards are a smart move for the Buckeye State
Value-added data
Tackling
the Yo-Yo effect: Improving Ohio's value-added model

Adding
value to value-added: Getting more out of the data we have

Use
value-added data to measure teacher effectiveness; but
humanely

Is
Ohio’s value-added system broken?

The
data is already holding everyone else accountable; why not
teachers?
Value-added
analysis is more art than science

Ohio’s
rating system

NCLB’s
teeth now sinking into high-performers

Changes
to Ohio’s academic rating system about to become law

Should
school ratings be available before start of new school
year?

 Achievement

National Assessment for Educational Progress
Surprise,
Surprise? Not in Ohio’s NAEP reading results

Losing
LeBron isn’t Cleveland’s biggest problem
Other
achievement trends

Ohio
districts that have grown in poverty are holding steady on
achievement (true story)

College
outlook not bright for Ohio grads, says ACT report

Fordham-authorized
school ranks among very best urban public middle schools

Running
in place – Ohio’s reading and math scores stagnate

Also
running in place – Ohio’s e-school performance
The Chinese delegation to... Ohio?

 Charter schools

Sponsorship & accountability
Closed
charter school returns $423,421 to state’s coffers
Fordham
plans to merge its sponsorship effort

Fordham's
charter school sponsorship contract 2.0

Buckeye
State holding charter school sponsors accountable

Quality must trump quantity when it comes to new charter
schools

Charter
sector needs to shear its black sheep

What
do you think--second half of the charter school bargain?

Fordham
is lots of things, but hypocrite is not one of them

Toward
excellence in charter school authorizing

Charter-district
cooperation

Ohio can learn from Gates' District-Charter Compact endeavor
Other
Ohio districts should take a cue from Cleveland
Quality
education should trump district damage control

Cincinnati:
We’ll sell you a school building, just don’t use it for a
school

Charters
in Ohio hope for equal-opportunity hospitality

The
wheels on the bus go… late, off-route, and terribly
mismanaged

District-charter
relationships are love/hate

Romeo
and Juliet have nothing on Ohio charter schools

Can
the school-choice genie go back in the bottle?

Top
non-profit charter models leave Ohio behind

ODE
sets charter accountability sights on district conversion
schools

Other
Cincinnati’s
magnet schools: Of campfires and enrollment apps

Bias,
faulty research cloud valid message in charter school report

Accolades,
grant dollars, and high-flying charters bypass the Buckeye
State

Skepticism
about Chicago’s charter unionization

 Decade in review

Buckeye
Education in Review: 1999 to 2009

 Federal education policy

Race to the Top
The
race is on and teachers are front and center

If
Ohio wins Race to the Top, what type of students will funds
reach?

RttT
reforms are good, but can we afford them over the
long-haul?

Extra!
Extra! Read all about it! (Now drop it.)

Ohio’s
Race to the Top application rewrite should improve “Great Teachers
& Leaders” section

Race
to the Top: How Ohio can go from a B- to an A
Vigilant
stakeholders must hold Ohio to its Race to the Top data promises


Race
to the Top isn’t the Oscars

Teachers:’
"new contract higher priority than Race to the Top"

More
Race to the Top drop-outs

Update:
Can Race to the Top decisions really be politics-free?

Can
Race to the Top decisions really be politics-free?

Dayton
Education Association makes (weak) case for rejecting RttT

Bankrupt
of logic: Dayton’s teachers union rejects Race to the Top, despite
$5 million deficit

Majority
of Ohio districts/charters rejected on first RttT try

Will
the timing of Race to the Top force compromises?

Promises,
promises

Ohio
unions are hand in glove with writers of Buckeye State’s Race to the
Top application – why this is a bad thing
Ed
Jobs

Ohio
districts smart to sock away Edujobs funding

Edujobs:
What’s hyperbole and what’s real?

Ohio
stands to gain more from RttT than Edujobs bill
School
Improvement Grants

Should
federal dollars be used to try to turn around failing
charters?

Ohio
schools winning School Improvement Grants select easiest
model

Worst
SIG-winning schools get $31 million. Similar charters would be
shuttered

Re: 
Worst middle school in Ohio will turn itself around
?
Worst
middle school in Ohio will turn itself around? (What’s the
definition of insanity again?)

Other
Every
bit counts: Ohio could gain tens of millions under revised Title I
formula

 Pensions

Rep.
guvs: “the public is on our side” (in taking on public employee
& teacher unions)
Public catching on to pension system woes
Pessimistic
scientists: 1, State Teachers Retirement System: 0

State
pension fund execs peering through rose-colored glasses

 School spending

Education facing demands at a time of leaner rations
Unraveling
constant school spending growth
"Reform
dollars” for education are dwarfed by status quo spending

Educating
children while living within our means

When
there is less of it, school funding should encourage
innovation

Search
for cost-savings is nothing new for local school districts


Timing
is right in Ohio for smart district consolidation

Did
you Know? Fiscal impact of raising student-teacher ratios in
Ohio
Just
how top-heavy are some of Ohio’s school districts?

Ohio’s
school funding “fix” hasn’t changed reality for some
communities
Lessons
on class-size reduction from Florida

Weak
links to student achievement in school funding model

Charter
schools bracing for funding cuts, still seeking parity

The
new normal in public education: doing more with less

 Teachers

Did
you Know? Growth in Ohio’s teaching force amidst decline in
enrollment

Ohio
ranks high in number of teachers with master's degrees

McKinsey’s
“Closing the Talent Gap”

Dear
Ohio,

Reevaluating
the meaning of teacher commitment

 Urban education

Dayton Urban League ceases operations after 63 years
Adults
biggest hurdle to reforms that Cleveland’s students
deserve

Becoming
charters could save Cleveland’s most promising schools

Cleveland
teachers union: if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em

Setbacks
in Cincinnati

A
Promising future for charter schools in Dayton

Policy changes necessary for Cleveland to see Baltimore-like success
The
worst news in Cleveland this week has nothing to do with
LeBron

Keeping
Cleveland from going the way of Detroit

Youngstown
needs to think outside the box

Bright
spots in urban education: 16 high-performing schools

“Educational
malpractice” taking place in Ohio’s longest-suffering schools

 Virtual learning

Can
technology rescue school budgets?
Opportunities
abound with online learning

 Vouchers

Ohio’s
voucher program reaches its cap – how much “evidence” will justify
its expansion?

Hundreds
of Ohio students on EdChoice Scholarship (voucher)
waitlist

85,000
students eligible for Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarship (voucher
)

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