Ohio Department of Education, Harvard announce schools selected for continuous improvement opportunity

7/29/2019

The Ohio Department of Education and the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University have announced that 19 rural Ohio schools have been selected to join the Proving Ground network of rural school districts. Network members will address the challenges of chronic absenteeism, college readiness and college enrollment in rural schools.
 
The National Center for Rural Education Research Networks will facilitate the work among rural schools to develop, implement and evaluate interventions that address chronic absenteeism, college readiness and college enrollment. The work is funded as part of a $5 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences. Proving Ground’s current work with Ohio urban districts has reduced absenteeism in Ohio’s Canton City and Maple Heights City schools.
 
These districts will join Ohio’s NCRERN network:
Ansonia Local School District; Bethel-Tate Local School District; Black River Local School District; Caldwell Exempted Village School District; Cardington-Lincoln Local School District; Clear Fork Valley Local School District; Clermont Northeastern Local School District; Crooksville Exempted Village School District; East Guernsey Local School District; Edison Local School District; Franklin Local School District; Goshen Local School District; Licking Heights Local School District; New London Local School District; North Union Local School District; Northwest Local School District (Scioto County); Ridgewood Local School District; Scioto Valley Local School District; Western Local School District
 
Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research has worked with urban and suburban school districts across the country since 2006, pursuing joint research projects and training analysts to use data for action. Through its Proving Ground project, the Center for Education Policy Research has helped a set of urban districts and charter schools diagnose attendance challenges and systematically identify, pilot and test solutions. Now, the Center for Education Policy Research will adapt what it has learned to launch an evidence-based improvement model for rural schools. 
 
The National Center for Rural Education Research Networks will produce tools to identify students most at risk for absenteeism and being unprepared for college. It also will design change-management resources to guide rural schools as they address chronic absenteeism, college readiness and college enrollment. Over the next five years, the center will host several national conferences open to the public and offer updates on the intervention network schools have implemented. Rural districts in New York also were selected to participate.
 
Find more information on Proving Ground by clicking here.