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Race to the Top Year-Two Progress Report Released

Release date: 5/7/2013

COLUMBUS, OH – The goals of Race to the Top have become the education goals of Ohio, and progress is already being made toward achieving those goals.

According to the Year-Two Progress Report released today, Ohio has increased its graduation rate by 1.7 percent at Race to the Top schools, closed the graduation gap between white and non-white students, increased the math scores of economically disadvantaged students, and increased the number of eighth graders who scored proficient or better in math.

“Our Race to the Top strategy is having a positive impact on graduation rates and math scores in Ohio,” said Dr. Richard A. Ross, Ohio superintendent of public instruction. “The reforms we are making are establishing high standards of excellence and ensuring that our students will graduate with the skills to live successful lives. Still, we have much work to do. Our state Race to the Top staff and district teams understand this, and they are completely committed to carrying out our grant strategies. We will continue to fervently pursue these and other education reform goals.”

The Year-Two Progress Report, produced by the Ohio Education Research Center summarizes Ohio’s progress toward those goals, measures its performance and lists activities approved by the United States Department of Education.

This report includes success stories from Akron Buchtel Community Learning Center, Reading Middle School and Maysville High School.

“I am grateful for the commitment and effort of our Race to the Top office and Race to the Top district teams,” added Ross. “Their work has helped shape and drive change in education for the students of Ohio. They continue to implement each of the grant’s reform strategies with passion and care to benefit Ohio’s 1.8 million students.”

In 2010, Ohio was awarded a $400 million Race to the Top grant, which is part of a federal program designed to create a world-class education system in Ohio in which all students will graduate with a sense of purpose and be well prepared for college, work and life. Ohio's Race to the Top strategy is poised to transform its education system over a four-year timeframe.

The Ohio Education Research Center is a collaboration of six universities and four research organizations in the state of Ohio that connect research, education, and policy for Ohio’s schools.

The Ohio Department of Education has developed the report to be transparent and accountable in sharing progress toward the reform strategy outlined at the beginning of Race to the Top.