New Richmond Is Shrinking

The latest release of the 2012 School Report Cards is not the end of the road, but there are some interesting bits of information to gather from them. There has been debate about the accuracy and overall validity of these measuring sticks at this site, but also from the entity that puts them out. That’s not the focus of this article, as it will be brought up in the near future. Instead it’s the enormous drop in enrollment in New Richmond Schools. Continue reading

Ohio 2012 School Report Cards (take 2?)

From what’s been written, these are preliminary. It still hinges on the final outcome of the investigation by the Auditor’s Office, but from that article it will remain politically charged regardless. The issuance was done to provide information for those districts with levies on the ballot. The spreadsheet of all Ohio Schools reported is here: 2012 Ohio School Report cards, but I’ve included a quick snapshot of Clermont County below. Continue reading

Public Education’s Not So Excellent Adventure

With apologies to both Bill and Ted for the title, what education needs is a little math lesson to go with the history of information accumulated here. According to a Redstate article (yes, it’s not a neutral site), we are getting less out of our education dollars than other countries. Those countries spend a lot less to educate their population, and yet we continue to beat around the bush to this  problem. More money does not equal better outcomes.

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Public Education's Not So Excellent Adventure

With apologies to both Bill and Ted for the title, what education needs is a little math lesson to go with the history of information accumulated here. According to a Redstate article (yes, it’s not a neutral site), we are getting less out of our education dollars than other countries. Those countries spend a lot less to educate their population, and yet we continue to beat around the bush to this  problem. More money does not equal better outcomes.

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The Money Scramble

It’s not that it’s surprising that certain districts cheat. The Atlanta Cheating Scandal I would guess reaches farther than just Sherman’s old stomping grounds. How widespread we’ll never know. Districts cheat to prop themselves up, while at the same time try to hide that the system in many respects is failing the children. Continue reading

Follow The Leader

Staying at the top is a nice problem to have Walnut Hills. Please read the Cincinnati.com article regarding how they achieve and perhaps there is a take away from those of us who did not measure up as well as we would have hoped. Compare and contrast your school with their school and let me know what you find different. Notice it mentions the culture of success and that kids showing up in the morning seem to get that. Nice.

US News High School Rankings

I must premise this by saying I don’t necessarily agree with their methodology, but that’s how they rank them. Just like the Ohio School Report Cards, they are what they are even if they are flawed . Look for your local district and see if they were ranked, but it also gives a little data that may surprise you about your district. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but you may be disappointed if you school doesn’t rhyme with Milford (see what I did there). Comment away on what you think, and as always feel free to disagree with me.