The review found that Ohio’s 123 suburban school districts scored the highest on the performance index calculated as part of Ohio’s new A-F grading system while also recording the highest average income, the lowest poverty rate and the highest concentration of college degrees.
The analysis was conducted jointly by the Ohio School Boards Association, the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.
The groups “are absolutely not saying that students who are economically disadvantaged could not do well,” said Barbara Shaner, representing the business officials’ association.
“What we’re saying is that there are things that affect whether or not a student performs well other than just what happens in the classroom,” Shaner said. “We just want to make sure that everyone is aware of this correlation so that going forward as we determine public policy and as we choose where to spend our resources we have this information in front of us.”
Race was a less consistent factor than income in performance, the analysis found.