FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Catherine West
Sept. 15, 2017 614-301-1329
BCSB Research Project: 2016-2017 school report card analysis released
Brick and mortar charters out-perform Big 8 counterparts in student growth measure
An analysis of 2016-2017 state report cards for brick and mortar charter schools and their Big 8
district school counterparts reveals that, overall, charters continue to out-pace urban schools in
student growth (value-added).
Statewide, 26 percent of charter schools earned an “A” or “B” grade in overall value-added (a
portion of the Progress component) from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), compared to
17 percent of districts; and, only 56% of charters earned “D” or “F” grades, compared to 72
percent of district schools.
“Student growth is the best metric to use in assessing the performance of schools that serve
highly challenged student populations,” said Catherine West, spokesperson for Buckeye Charter
School Boards (BCSB). “Many students enroll in charter schools two to three years behind in
terms of their levels of proficiency. Schools with strong value-added performance demonstrate
effectiveness in bringing them up to speed.”
Charter schools out-performed their district counterparts in six of the Big 8 districts: Akron;
Canton; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus; and, Youngstown.
The difference between charter and district performance was most significant in three urban
areas — Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown — with charters earning considerably more “A”
and “B” grades, and considerably fewer “D” and “F” grades.
Charters in Akron also outperformed the district at both the top and bottom of the grades scale.
In Cincinnati, the district earned a slightly greater percentage of “A” and “B” grades than
charters (8 percent compared to 6), but also had a greater percentage of schools receiving “D”
and “F” grades (86 percent vs. 73).
In Toledo and Dayton, the districts out-performed charter schools in terms of both strong and
weak performance.
Traditional Big 8 district schools also generally outperformed charter schools in the
“Performance Index” letter grade on state report cards.
“The data indicates, that while charter schools are helping to accelerate learning for many
students in Ohio’s biggest cities, a tremendous amount of work still needs to be done across the
state to ensure our children become proficient and achieve more,” West said. “Ohio’s focus
shouldn’t be a debate on school structure, charter vs. traditional public schools, but rather on
how all schools can overcome the clear barriers to learning, like poverty, that far too many of our
students face. That’s a much more constructive conversation that could lead to better
educational outcomes for all economically disadvantaged kids.”
The BCSB Research Project is spearheaded by Buckeye Charter School Board, Inc., a not-forprofit
organization dedicated to increasing the knowledge, skills and effectiveness of Ohio’s
charter school boards. Learn more about BCSB at:



Public Media Release: Community Eligibility Provision

Horizon Science Academy Denison Elementary School will be participating in the Community Eligibility for the 2017-2018 school year. Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 amended section 11(a)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1759a(a)(1))(the law) to provide an alternative to household applications for free and reduced-price meals in local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with increased levels of low-income students. This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision. All students enrolled in the school/district may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge them. Families will not have to fill out meal applications.


Breakfast and lunch meals follow the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for healthy school meals. Please encourage students to participate in the school meal programs.


You may contact your school’s Director for additional information. Parents or guardians that do not want their child/children to participate to CEP may wish to discuss this matter with the director, on an informal basis.

Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request for a hearing to appeal the decision either orally or in writing to the director, Horizon Science Academy Denison Elementary School whose address is:


Horizon Science Academy Denison Elementary School

2261 Columbus Road

Cleveland, Ohio 44113



In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Leave a comment