CPS Ranks in Ohio’s Top 5% For Students’ Learning Growth

 A recent analysis of data by the national nonprofit group Battelle for Kids and Ohio SOAR shows that Cincinnati Public Schools’ students demonstrated a high level of learning growth during the 2010-11 school year — among the top 5 percent of districts in the state.

 CPS – the first and only urban district in Ohio to earn an Effective rating – ranked 13th among Ohio’s 609 districts on the state’s value-added growth measure, according to the data.

 Battelle for Kids, established in 2001 and based in Columbus, is a partnership with the Ohio Business Roundtable supported with an initial grant from the Battelle Memorial Institute. The SOAR Collaborative is a school improvement initiative of 100 Ohio districts committed to using comprehensive value-added analysis to improve teaching and accelerate progress.

 Part of the Ohio Report Card rating every district and school, the value-added measure indicates whether students gained a year’s worth of expected learning growth (yellow), less than a year’s worth of growth (red), or more than a year’s worth of growth (green). CPS’ classification is green, with a composite index of 8.376 value-added growth.

 “We are extremely proud of this accomplishment because it shows that our teachers and community partners are helping our students make the strong learning gains they need to reach high academic standards,” Superintendent Mary Ronan said.

 By contrast, other Ohio urban districts made less progress on the measure: Akron ranked 323 (of 609 districts); Cleveland, 568; Columbus, 199; Dayton, 59; and Toledo, 609.

 Greater Cincinnati school districts that also fared extremely well on the state rankings of value-added learning growth include Lakota, rated first among the 609 districts; Mason, rated fifth; Indian Hill, sixth; and Middletown, 12th.

Complete rankings of school districts in Hamilton County follow:


State Rankings of Value-Added Growth

Hamilton County, 2010-11 School Year

Ranking (among 609 Districts) District Composite Index Classification
13 Cincinnati 8.376 Green
270 Deer Park 0.495 Yellow
173 Finneytown 1.676 Yellow
64 Forest Hills 3.764 Green
6 Indian Hill 9.890 Green
467 Lockland -1.748 Yellow
157 Loveland 1.888 Yellow
247 Madeira 0.668 Yellow
193 Mariemont 1.342 Yellow
562 Mt. Healthy -3.539 Red
580 North College Hill -4.459 Red
537 Northwest -2.907 Red
139 Norwood 2.188 Green
422 Oak Hills -1.035 Yellow
478 Princeton -1.886 Yellow
554 Reading -3.358 Red
303 Southwest 0.183 Yellow
491 St. Bernard-Elmwood Place -2.215 Red
127 Sycamore 2.370 Green
360 Three Rivers -0.382 Yellow
592 Winton Woods -5.492 Red
218 Wyoming 0.954 Yellow