Mon., 9:13am: Wealthier districts outperformed others on Ohio report card

Analysis of the most recent school district state report cards confirms research that shows poverty has a direct correlation to student performance, the Ohio School Boards Association, Ohio Association of School Business Officials and Buckeye Association of School Administrators announced today.

Using the report cards’ Performance Index (PI) as the measure, analysts examined the relationship between the PI and average income in a school district; poverty rate; percentage of residents with college degrees; and minority population.

The Performance Index is a measure of how well students performed on the state assessments. According to a news release, the 123 Ohio school districts considered by the Ohio Department of Education to be suburban showed the highest PI scores and the highest average income, lowest poverty rate and highest concentration of college degrees.