Ohio

Eye on Education

Federal Data Shows Ohio Has Room For Improvement on High School Graduation Rates

Xiaobo Song / Flickr

New data from the federal government puts Ohio’s high school graduation rates for the 2010-2011 school year nearly in the middle of the nationwide average.

With an average of 8 out of every 10 high school students graduating within four-years, roughly half the other states outperformed Ohio while the other half did worse than the Buckeye State.

But a deeper look into the numbers shows some troubling statistics. When it comes to African American students, just five states and the District of Columbia had worse graduation rates than Ohio.

“The results for the African-American population and I would also include the students who are limited English proficient from my perspective are unacceptable and somewhat disheartening,” says Michael Sawyers, Ohio’s acting superintendent of public instruction.

Among Ohio African-American students, 59 percent graduated last year, and 53 percent of Ohio students with a limited English proficiency got their diplomas.

As part of the state’s Race to the Top federal grant program, Ohio met its goal of increasing its graduation rate. But Sawyer says that bar was set pretty low – a 2 percent increase over four years.

Now the state is working on once again raising its overall graduation rate, this time by a loftier goal of ten percent.

 

Comments

About StateImpact

StateImpact seeks to inform and engage local communities with broadcast and online news focused on how state government decisions affect your lives.
Learn More »

Economy
Education