Published Online: January 3, 2006

Ohio's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 3,836
Public school teachers 121,735
Pre-K-12 students 1,845,428
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $15.9 billion
Minority students 20.2%
Children in poverty 18%
Students with disabilities 13.9%
English-language learners 1.3%

Summary of Grades

Ohio scores at or above average in each of the four graded policy categories in Quality Counts.

The state earns its highest grade for policies related to standards and accountability. Ohio scores particularly well in the area of academic standards. Its standards for the four core subjects at nearly every grade span have been rated as clear, specific, and grounded in content by the American Federation of Teachers. The single exception is for elementary-level standards in social studies.

Ohio also posts a better-than-average grade in teacher quality. The state receives full credit for its measures related to professional support and training for teachers. Ohio is one of 15 states that require and finance mentoring for new teachers. However, Ohio loses points in the area of teacher education and qualifications because it does not require a minimum amount of student-teaching or other types of clinical experiences.

The state receives an average grade for school climate, with room for improvement on indicators related to parent involvement and student engagement. Ohio fares better on measures of class and school size. And it has a strong showing for school facilities because it tracks the condition of its schools and provides funds for school construction.

Ohio earns an average grade for resource equity. Ohio’s wealth-neutrality score shows that, as in most states, its wealthier districts tend to have higher per-pupil funding levels than its poorer districts.

State Policy Report Card
OhioAvg. State Score
Standards and accountability A- B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality B C+
School climate C+ C+
Resource equity C C
Overall Grade B- C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 37.92 40
Assessment 25 30
School accountability 27 30
90 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 25.9 35
Teacher assessment 27.3 30
Professional support and training 19.55 20
Accountability for teacher quality 13.5 15
86 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 10 15
School safety 15.33 20
Parent involvement 9.6 15
Choice and autonomy 16 20
Class size 7.94 10
School size 8.5 10
School facilities 10 10
77 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 26 33.3
McLoone Index 22.67 33.3
Coefficient of variation 25 33.3
74 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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