Ohio Policy

Now is the time for a renewed commitment to charter school quality in Ohio.
We think outside the box on a thorny education issue often at the heart of the school choice debate.
A recent EducationNext article pinpoints some weakness in online credit recovery programs which Ohio is experiencing first hand.
A look at the past year in teacher-policy reforms in Dayton.
Indiana's departure from the Common Core was a bold step, but not the end of the story. We take a look at what Indiana's travails might mean for Ohio.
The starting point for charter school improvements should be sound research.
Vocational education is big news and big business in Ohio - we attempt to unravel the layers to see just what students are getting for all the investment.
Much work has been done to transform Cleveland schools, with much more still to be done. We take a look at progress so far.
Proposals to change Ohio's value-add calculation have passed the House and are moving on to the Senate; Aaron takes a look.
The proposal of a few members of the state legislature to increase the transparency around charter schools is a fine idea. But their allegation that charters “waste” public funds—apparently without acknowledging the infirmity of Ohio’s urban districts—is shameful discourse that conceals the woeful...
School boards matter. Indeed, in Fordham’s new report Do School Boards Matter? researchers found that knowledgeable, hard-working boards that prioritize student achievement govern higher-performing districts. Perhaps this is no surprise, particularly given the wide-ranging authority of boards. In...
Chad proves to a be a particularly prescient prognosticator of political proposals.
Two bills currently pending in the Ohio General Assembly seek to address the needs of Ohio's high school dropouts, each with a very different focus.
Ron F. Adler
Guest commentary on the need for diligence on the part of authorizers at the front end of charter school creation.
Two pieces of pending legislation promise to derail long-planned changes to K-12 testing in Ohio if passed; we take a look at the implications of holding the line vs breaking ranks.
Online charter schools have been the primary driver of sector growth; with a number of implications
Duplication is not always a good thing. Think about it, most of us don’t carry two cell phones. In a world with limited pants-pocket space, two phones would be senseless, right? Ohio’s school report cards have two essentially-the-same achievement components, both of which receive an A-F letter...
Ohio is facing a potential “storm” in relation to the reading success of its third grade students. It’s critical that parents, teachers, administrators, and policymakers stay calm and remind themselves how important reading is to a child's long-term success.
There are strong calls for a Renaissance in vocational education in Ohio. Here's what we think.
Ohio is deeply mired in a dropout crisis, with more than 20,000 of its high-school students leaving school each year. A recent analysis found that 112,610 dropouts occurred between 2006 and 2010 in Ohio’s public-school system. It is absolutely crucial that the Buckeye State address dropouts, with...
Roughly 30,000 kids in Ohio take advantage of a publicly funded voucher (or “scholarship”). But as students flee public schools for private ones, how does life change for the private schools that take voucher kids? Can private schools coexist with a publicly-funded voucher program? Can they adapt...
A brief review of EducationFirst's take on PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments
We take a look at the hubbub over Fordham's recent voucher toolkit with an Ohio insider's view.
Authorizers are crucial cogs in the charter-school system in Ohio, both before a school opens its doors and while it is under contract to operate.
John Mullaney
Guest blogger John Mullaney provides valuable insight into Ohio's first ever education innovation fund grants.
Fordham's 2012-13 sponsorship annual report addresses our schools’ perspective regarding persistent challenges and how the schools address those challenges.
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Results from the annual Education Next poll are out this week, and the news is not good for us proponents of the Common Core. Support among the public dropped from 65 percent to 53 percent in just one year (from June 2013 to June 2014); Republicans are now almost evenly split on the issue, with 43 percent in support, and 37 percent opposed. What’s more...

Nearly all American K–12 students are exposed to it every day. It decides, in large part, what students will learn in school and how they will learn it. It is never evaluated for quality in any serious way, but when it is rigorously evaluated, its impact on student achievement is significant.

Most reformers know there’s no cure-all for American education. Nevertheless, in The Science and Success of Engelmann’s Direct Instruction, the authors argue that a panacea not only exists but has been around for half a century. The book is a collection of essays about different aspects...

We know that disadvantaged children tend to enter Kindergarten behind their more advantaged peers in math and reading—and that they rarely catch up. But which socioeconomic factors correlate most with these gaps? And have these factors improved over time? Analysts looked at data compiled by...

Common Core: The right stuff or into the great abyss?

Michelle and Robert unpack New York State’s test-score results, applaud the launch of a “Consumer Reports” for Common Core textbooks, and measure the deep impact of ed-policy polls. Amber sums up the many poll results that weren’t about the CCSS.

Amber's Research Minute

"Eighth annual Education Next poll on public opinion about education policy," by Michael B. Henderson, Paul E. Peterson, and Martin R. West, Education Next (August 2014).

Common Core & Curriculum Controversies

Does three times four equal eleven? Will "fuzzy math" leave our students two years behind other countries? Will literature vanish from the English class? Is gifted-and-talented education dying? A barrel of rumors and myths about curriculum has made its way into discussions of the Common Core State Standards for math and English language arts. Experts will tackle these fears and claims at Fordham on October 23, 2013. Hear from Jason Zimba on math myths, Tim Shanahan on the texts that teachers may assign, and a panel of practicing K--12 educators for an early look at Common Core implementation in their states and districts.
 
Common Core math myths: A conversation with Jason Zimba
 
Are teachers assigning Common Core aligned texts? A conversation with Tim Shanahan
 
An early look at Common Core implementation: A panel discussion
 
Moderated by Michael Petrilli

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