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39,202 Ohio students may not graduate in 2010

Diplomas Count: Graduation by the Numbers, a report produced in conjunction with Education Week and Editorial Projects in Education (EPE) was released today. The intensive study measures high school graduation rates across the nation. The class of 2007 is the most recent graduating cohort to be profiled by the annual report.

According to the study, a total of 74.6 percent of Ohio students from the class of 2007 graduated. This represents more than a six percent increase in the state’s high school graduation rate over the past ten years. The increase in Ohio’s graduation rate is double the national average increase. The graduation rate for Ohio’s class of 2007 was four percentage points higher than the national average of 68.8 percent.

Diplomas Count forecasts that more than 1.29 million students from the class of 2010 will fail to graduate. Ohio’s share of projected non-graduates for this school year amounted to 39,202 students—an average of 217 students per day, three percent of the nation’s total non-graduates.

To calculate the graduation rates, EPE used the Cumulative Promotion Index (CPI), multiplying the four grade to grade promotion rates (including those that actually graduated). This information was found in the Common Core Data maintained annually by the U.S. Department of Education.

Ohio does not use the CPI to calculate its graduation rate, relying instead on the Leaver Rate. This formula defines the state’s graduation rate as the percentage of students who leave high school with a diploma when compared to the number of other students who leave with alternative credentials or drop out.

According to the Leaver rate, Ohio posted an 84.6 percent graduation rate for the class of 2007. When the CPI was used in Diplomas Count, Ohio’s graduation rate was found to be 74.6 percent.

Click for a larger version of this image. Data Sources: Ohio Department of Education, Diplomas Count

Regardless of which formula is used to calculate Ohio’s graduation rate, serious achievement gaps persist in Ohio that are exemplified by the class of 2007. According to Diplomas Count, White and Asian students graduated at a much higher rate (79.6 and 79.3 percent, respectively) when compared with Black (47.5 percent), Hispanic (46.4 percent) or American Indian (54.7 percent) students. Additionally, female students’ average graduation rate was more than 4 percent higher than male students’ graduation rate. No data was included in the study for Special Education students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Ohio is seventh state to adopt common standards

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By a 17-0 vote of Ohio Board of Education, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Ohio has become the seventh state in the nation to adopt common math and language arts standards. The Common Core Standards Initiative (CCSI) was originally spearheaded by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

CCSI enlisted the participation of 48 states, two territories and the District of Columbia in their creation. Only Texas and Alaska refused to participate in their creation. Since the Common Core standards were released earlier this month, Virginia decided to opt out, keeping its existing academic standards.

State adoption of the Common Core Standards has a significant connection to the Department of Education’s Race to the Top (RttT) competitive grant program.

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Ohio in Race to the Top's second running

"Race Track - Start 50" by Flickr user Celikins.

Ohio is among 35 other applicants competing for federal funding in the second round of Race to the Top (RttT). A total of 41 applications were submitted for consideration in the first round of RttT.

Despite being one of only 16 states achieving finalist status, Ohio lost out to Tennessee and Delaware. The two states will receive a combined total of $600 million over the next four years.

More than $3 billion remains in the RttT fund, yet nine states who submitted an application in the first round have decided not to participate again. None of the non-participating states were among the 16 finalists for the first round.

The number of districts and community schools that have signed on to Ohio’s RttT application has increased since the state’s first round application was submitted. A total of 537 eligible signatories have joined Ohio’s second round effort, up from only 480 districts and community schools.

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