The new Ohio Career-Technical Education Report Cards are out, and Great Oaks is on the Honor Roll (if there was such a thing). Great Oaks earned A’s in every category and met all eight federal accountability measures.
In addition, Great Oaks showed fiscal effectiveness; 72.4 percent of funds were spent on classroom instruction, compared to a state average of 67.6 percent.
Now in its third year, the report card grades schools on four measures for students from the graduating class of 2013 in each of Ohio’s 91 career-technical districts: four-year graduation rate, five-year graduation rate, technical skill competency and post-program placement.
“The report card for public career-technical schools is a bit different from report cards for K-12 school districts,” said Great Oaks President/CEO Harry Snyder. “We’re rated on student achievement and graduation, just as other public school district, but we also must track how well graduates are doing a year after they graduate.”
The report card for Great Oaks shows that 92 percent of graduates are continuing their education, working, or in the military.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard A. Ross said that the results across the state were encouraging.
“Our hard work to make career-technical education a valuable pathway to skilled jobs is paying off. Career-technical education in Ohio is strong and getting stronger,” said Ross. “This report card is great news for Ohio’s students, families and economy.”
The graduation rates measure the proportion of career-tech students who graduated within four and five years of beginning ninth grade. Students must be concentrating in career-technical studies by the end of their fourth year of high school to be included in these graduation rates.
Technical skill attainment measures how many students passed the relevant Ohio Career Technical Competency assessments or industry assessments for their career-technical programs.
Post-program placement data reflects how many students were gainfully employed in apprenticeships, enrolled in post-secondary education or advanced training, or entered the military during the first three to six months after leaving school.
The complete report card is available at www.greatoaks.com<http://www.greatoaks.com>.