Academic & Fiscal Success

Ohio 8 Coalition Academic & Fiscal Successes

 

The Ohio 8 Coalition is a strategic alliance composed of superintendents and teacher union presidents from Ohio’s 8 largest urban school districts—Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown. Like many school districts, each has faced fiscal, academic and operational challenges; but each also has overcome significant barriers to improve academic performance. Below are just a few highlights of our academic and fiscal successes.

 

Academic Success Highlights

 

Akron Public Schools: 

Firestone High School was named one of the best schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine based on graduation rate, college acceptance rate, SAT/ACT test scores, and scores of students enrolled in Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate. 

 

Canton City School District:

Canton City School District has transformed its 14 neighborhood elementary schools to seven K–2 Reading and Math Preparatory Schools and seven 3–5 Leadership Schools, which provide opportunities for grade-level collaborations among teacher teams, better designed classrooms and greater flexibility to innovate and explore.

 

Cincinnati Public Schools:

A total of 97% of Cincinnati Public Schools’ third grade students were promoted based on the Third Grade Guarantee.

 

Cleveland Metropolitan School District:

Cleveland Metropolitan School District has been monitoring school performance and developing strategies to improve student outcomes. This is evidenced by gains on its 2013-14 State Report Card that include:

  • Graduation rate is up 5% this year and up a total of 12.1% since 2011
  • Significant gains in grades 4–8 math achievement
  • Significant gains in 10th grade achievement
  • The continued growth is true for every student subgroup

 

Columbus City Schools:

African-American students’ performance increased by 11.6 points in reading (to 79.4%), by 3.6 points in writing (to 76.8%), by 3.5 points in science (to 48.4%), and by 5.4 points in social studies (to 68.4%), which outpaced the district’s overall improvement by 2.1 points on the Ohio Graduation Test.

 

Dayton Public Schools:

Dayton Public Schools opened Dunbar Early College High School, where a freshman who remains with the program for four years has the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma in one hand and a two-year college degree in the other, at no cost to the student or family.

 

Toledo Public Schools:

Toledo Public Schools has improved from an F to an A grade in the All Student Growth category.

 

Youngstown City Schools:

Youngstown Early College has been named “School of Promise” for 6 consecutive years and School of Honor for High Performance.

 

Click here to view and download the Ohio 8 Coalition's Academic Successes.

 

Fiscal Success Highlights

 

Akron Public Schools: 

Akron Public Schools received a clean financial audit from the Ohio Auditor of State.

 

Canton City School District:

Canton City School District  is engaged in a HB 264 energy conservation project that is projected to save the district approximately $6.7 million in utility costs over the next 15 years.

 

Cincinnati Public Schools:

Cincinnati Public Schools received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFAO) award for excellence in financial reporting in 2013 and a clean financial audit from the Ohio Auditor of State.

 

Cleveland Metropolitan School District:

Cleveland Metropolitan School District refunded bonds, which led to saving taxpayers over $10 million.

 

Columbus City Schools:

Examples of Columbus City Schools’ fiscal responsibility include reduced fiscal year 2015 budget expenditures by $50 million and reduced human resource costs by more than $6.5 million through a benefit premium holiday.

 

Dayton Public Schools:

Dayton Public Schools utilizes a zero-based budget process and positions control to manage staffing costs.

 

Toledo Public Schools:

Toledo Public Schools spent more than $100 million less than previous years in part due to Toledo’s Transformation Plan, which restructured the district’s elementary and middle school buildings into K-8 elementary neighborhood schools and implemented an inclusionary model for special education, saving approximately $8 million per year.

 

Youngstown City Schools:

Youngstown City Schools implemented a district reorganization plan that resulted in a $1.8 million savings district-wide.

 

 Click here to view and download the Ohio 8 Coalition's Fiscal Successes.