EdChoice Scholarship: Information for Districts

February 1, 2020 through April 15, 2020

Public school districts play a crucial role in the application process of the EdChoice Scholarship Program.  Once participating private schools submit EdChoice scholarship applications into the secure online application system, the public school districts review the applications to confirm whether or not the students meet the eligibility criteria.

Each year, a list of designated public schools is posted.  Schools on the 2020-2021 list meet one or more of the following conditions:

1) Performance
If any of the following is true for two report cards from 2014, 2018 and 2019: The school received a Performance Index grade of D or F and a Value-Added (overall) grade of D or F on the 2014 Report Card or, the school received an overall grade of D or F or a Value-Added (overall) grade of F on the 2018 or 2019 report card.

2) Graduation
The school serves grades 9-12 and received a Graduation Rate grade of D or F on any two report cards from 2014, 2018 and 2019. 

3) Lowest 10 percent
The school ranked in the lowest 10 percent of public school buildings on the Performance Index on the Ohio School Report Cards for any two Performance Index rankings from 2014, 2018 and 2019; the school did not receive an overall grade of A or B on the 2019 report card. Lowest 10 percent of Performance Index ranking uses the same accountability rules that create the official Performance Index ranking. Cleveland Municipal schools, community schools and STEM schools not operated by a district are removed before calculating the 10th percentile.

4) Literacy
The school received a grade of D or F for Improving At-Risk K-3 Readers on any two report cards from 2014, 2018, or 2019.

5) District Performance* 
The school’s public district has an open enrollment policy under which no student in the grade level is assigned to a specific school building; and the district received a Performance Index grade of D or F and overall Value-Added grade of D or F on the 2013 and 2014 report      card; and the district received an overall grade of D or F or Value-Added (overall) grade of F on the 2018 or 2019 report card.

*No districts would be eligible under this criterion.

6) Academic Distress
The school’s public district has an academic distress commission. 

To find out which students are eligible to apply for an EdChoice scholarship, please visit the Am I Eligible? web page.

Note:  Public school districts do not review EdChoice expansion applications or have access to those applications.

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