A Study of Educator Equity in Ohio

As part of the Excellent Educators for All Initiative led by the U.S. Department of Education, this plan meets Ohio’s requirement to develop a State Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators. The purpose of the state plans is to work toward ensuring that poor and minority children are not taught by unqualified, inexperienced or out-of-field teachers at higher rates than other children. Our study was carried out under contract with the Ohio Department of Education in 2017, with the express purpose of determining the extent to which the equity plan was working in Ohio, and where there was notable variance, the likely fault-lines of this variance (rural versus big urban districts, for example, and other factors).

Access & Success -- Appalachian Ohio

This project was a fascinating two-year research effort addressing postsecondary education access and completion for students from the 29 Appalachian Ohio counties. Appalachian Ohio is of particular importance for research that informs education policy, as the region has historically had a lower college going rate, a less educated workforce, and a higher rate of poverty and overall unemployment than the rest of the state. A series of reports were generated from primary and secondary data, and these reports can be found here, here, and here.

Initial Use of Student Learning Objectives in Ohio

Ohio, along with several other states, has included the use of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) as one approach to measuring student growth to determine teacher effectiveness. Presently, little is known about how schools and districts are developing and using SLOs for teacher evaluation purposes, and if and how SLO-generated data are being used for designing appropriate student-centered performance improvement plans. This study examines the work of 30 Ohio early adopter districts developing and using SLOs, so as to assess the fidelity of SLO use, the utility of SLOs for improving student performance and measuring academic growth, and the use of SLOs in evaluating teachers. The mixed-methods research design includes data drawn from interviews, focus groups, document analysis, a teacher survey, and teacher ratings data reported in Ohio’s electronic Teacher and Principal Evaluation System (eTPES). This study was carried out under contract with the Ohio Department of Education in 2017 under a Race to the Top sub-award.

Ohio's Student Growth Measures: A Study of Policy and Practice

This study sheds light on how student growth measures are being implemented in Ohio, their impact on improving educator quality, and on establishing a robust statewide educational accountability system.

Student Growth Measures (SGM) Mini‐Grant Program for Extended Value‐Added Testing

During the 2011‐13 academic years, 81 of Ohio’s Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) received mini‐grants to implement extended testing and received value‐added data in selected grades and content areas not covered by the Ohio Achievement Assessments. An OERC research team developed a two year research plan to evaluate specific aspects of the implementation of these mini-grants.