Publications

 Renewal and Optimism: Five Years as an Ohio Charter
Authorizer

November
2010

As a charter school sponsor
(authorizer), Fordham submits an accountability report to the Ohio
Department of Education at the end of November each year. The report
includes profiles of each Fordham-sponsored school, as well as
graphics comparing the achievement data of our schools, their home
districts, and charter schools across the state.

Read it here.
View
video profiles of each school here.

Overall, Fordham students outperformed their
district peers but performed slightly below the charter
average in reading... students in Fordham-sponsored schools
performed better than students in their home districts and in
other charter schools in the state in math in all grades
except fifth and eighth.

 

 

 Education Imperatives for Ohio: K-12 Policy Priorities
for the Next Biennium

November 2010

In
this policy brief, Fordham gives its advice to Governor-elect Kasich
and the incoming leaders of the Ohio House and Senate as it relates
to the future of K-12 education policy in the Buckeye State.

Read it here.
Read
what others had to say about it:

Fordham Makes Education Policy Recommendations for Next
Biennium, Hannah Report; subscription
required.
Fordham Institute Offers Education Advice To New
Governor, Gongwer News Service; subscription
required.

No challenge facing the Governor and the General
Assembly is more difficult or urgent than obtaining for Ohio
the education system that it deserves while also reducing the
overall cost of that system...

The bad news is that pulling this off will be incredibly
hard. The good news is that persevering with it might secure
the state's future.

 2009-10 Ohio Report Card Analysis
August
2010


We partnered with Public Impact and analyzed
the 2009-10 academic performance data for charter and district
schools in Ohio's eight largest urban cities.

Read more here.
Read
what others had to say about it:

Fordham
Institute/Catalyst Ohio dig into report cards
, Akron
Beacon Journal
.
High-performing
charters dominate some markets,
Catalyst Ohio.
Academic
Perdition,
State of Ohio Education Blog.
Cincinnati,
Cleveland jump in state rankings,
Catalyst
Ohio
.
Fordham: Charter Performance Up, Down, Depending on
Big Eight District, Hannah Report; subscription
required.
Promising
numbers for Ohio,
Canton Repository.
Changes
to 'value-added' measure may have lowered some districts'
scores
, Catalyst Ohio.
State
Report Cards: Grading Schools Accurately?
Canton
Repository
.

For more analysis from Public Impact on Ohio's value-added model, see these two special editions of the Ohio Education Gadfly: "Adding value to value-added: Getting more out of the data we have" and "Tackling the Yo-Yo effect: Improving Ohio's value-added model."

Having tracked these anemic results
now for seven years it is painful to realize how many children
have failed to receive the basic education they need for a
shot at success. And, worse, how little progress has been made
in creating the conditions for their younger brothers and
sisters to have a better shot at
success.   

But high-performing schools for our neediest
children do not happen by accident. If we want more of them to
serve more kids successfully grown-ups have to make it
happen.

 Student Mobility in Montgomery County Public Schools:
Preliminary Findings

August 2010

Fordham commissioned economist Richard Stock of the Business
Research Group at the University of Dayton to analyze student-level
data from the Ohio Department of Education and track student
movement among schools and across Montgomery County school
districts from 2005-06 thru 2008-09.

Read more here.
Read
what others had to say about it:

Editorial:
Too much moving hurts children and the schools,
Dayton
Daily News
.
Student
turnover a problem in small, low-income districts,
Dayton
Daily News
.

 Ohio's Education Reform Challenges: Lessons from the
Frontlines

July 2010
Chester E. Finn, Jr.,
Terry Ryan, & Mike Lafferty

Published by Palgrave Macmillan, this book is our
commitment to describe and analyze Fordham's efforts as a charter
school authorizer in Ohio - including our successes and failures over
the last decade - so that others committed to school reform and
innovation can learn from our experience.

Theorists don't necessarily fare
well in the world of politics, organizational interests, trial
and error, and human frailty. Experts' theories don't always
hold water. Their ivory tower experience doesn't necessarily
translate. Yet Fordham's engagement in Ohio - beginning in its
hometown of Dayton - has proved deeply instructive.

Read more here.
Read
what others had to say about it:

Foundation
for Change,
Akron Beacon Journal.
Ohio needs to
correct 'mixed bag' of charter schools to guarantee excellence,
education stakeholders say, Gongwer News Service; subscription
required.
Charter
school advocates argue Ohio's system needs reform,

Catalyst Ohio
.
Plain
speaking,
Joanne Jacobs (blog).
Scott
Elliott: DuBois story shows how charters can go wrong,

Dayton Daily News
.
Book
Review: The Virtue of Speaking Plain Truths,
Rick Hess
Straight Up
.
Editorial:
Fordham finds school reform isn't so easy,
Dayton Daily
News
.
Blog:
After Class -- Commentary
, Catalyst Ohio.
Blog:
Skin in the Game,
Eduwonk.
The virtues of charter school failure, Law, Religion, and Ethics Blog.

To read an exerpt from the book featured in Education
Next
, see here.

Also check out our
presentation
of the book's findings, delivered at the 2010
National Association of Public Charter Schools conference, and a video
interview
by Education Next featuring authors Chester
E. Finn, Jr. and Terry Ryan.

 Needles in a Haystack: Lessons from Ohio's
high-performing, high-need urban schools

May
2010
Quentin Suffren & Theodore J. Wallace

This study profiles eight high-performing,
high-poverty schools located in Ohio's urban "Big 8" districts and
distills their successes so that policymakers and educators can
learn from them.

Read more here
and watch a video accompaniment to the
report.
See the individual profiles of the schools and watch
videos highlighting them:

Citizens'
Academy  
& video
College
Hill Fundamental Academy
 & video
Duxberry
Park Arts IMPACT Alternative Elementary
School
 & video
Horizon
Science Academy - Cleveland Middle School
 & video 
King
Elementary School
 & video
Louisa
May Alcott Elementary School
 & video
McGregor
Elementary School
 & video
Valleyview
Elementary School
 & video

Read what others had to say about it:

SPARK Community Newsletter (Fall 2010), SPARK Ohio.  
Opinion: Success
can be kid stuff when adults help
, Canton
Repository
.
McGregor
Elementary gets high marks from think tank
, Canton
Repository
.
Editorial:
Effective lessons
, Columbus Dispatch.
Blog: Proving Murray
Wrong in Ohio
, School Choice Ohio blog.
Study
looks for formula to urban school success
, Catalyst
Ohio
.
Improving Urban
Education
, featured on Cleveland public radio - WCPN.
Three
Cleveland schools lauded in study of Ohio urban districts
,
Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Education Notes: Report
Highlights Success of Handful of Urban Schools, Gongwer News
Service
; subscription
required.
Report Pulls Lessons from High Performing Schools for
Urban Districts, Hannah Report; subscription
required.

We
hope that by uncovering the secrets of their exceptional performance we
can suggest district and state policies and practices that will foster
more such schools - without making it harder on the few we now have.

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