Academic Achievement

Relative to other states, student performance in Ohio is higher than average. Forty-eight percent of 4th graders are rated proficient or above on the NAEP math exam, 6 percentage points higher than the national average. 

Academic Achievement for Low-Income and Minority Students

Ohio earns a solid grade on academic achievement for low-income and minority students, with 36% of Hispanic 4th graders scoring at or above the proficient level on the NAEP math exam. The national average is 26%.

Return on Investment

Student achievement in Ohio is low relative to state spending after controlling for cost of living. 

Truth in Advertising: Student Proficiency

Ohio posts mediocre marks on the credibility of its student proficiency scores. The grade is based on the difference between the percentage of students identified as proficient in reading and math on the 2011 state exams and the percentage identified as proficient on the 2011 NAEP reading and math tests.

Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

Ohio earns an average grade preparing its students for college and careers, with 15 students out of 100 passing an AP exam.

21st Century Teacher Force

Ohio does an above average job of creating a strong teacher workforce. The Buckeye State does well expanding the pool of teachers but struggles to deliver well-prepared teachers.

Parental Options

Ohio does an excellent job providing parents with strong school choice options. The state has a number of school choice programs, both statewide and in select cities, as well as a decent charter school law that recently permitted virtual schools. 

Data Quality

Ohio earns a very good grade collecting and reporting high-quality education data. It has a particularly strong longitudinal data system and links student performance data with teacher data.


Ohio receives a poor grade employing technology to provide quality instruction and personalized learning. While students have some access to high-quality digital learning options, the state has not provided the necessary funding to support digital learning.

International Competitiveness

Ohio earns a high grade preparing its students to compete in a global economy. Thirty-six percent of students are proficient in reading and math compared with an international standard, and about 8 students out of 100 pass an AP STEM exam.

Fiscal Responsibility

Ohio receives very low marks on fiscal responsibility. Only 67% of the state’s pension is funded.