September 28, 2017 - Get Focused and Gain Control

Hi James Leonard,

It's amazing to think that a typical charter school board has less than 24 cumulative hours annually to govern a multimillion dollar business!

If your board is like most, it probably includes:

  • Volunteers who have day jobs with full-time workloads
  • Board members with other competing priorities such as family commitments
  • Successful business leaders who have never worked with a charter school board before

So, how are you expected to achieve excellence?

Take a deep breath and read our blog.

Our quick guiding principle will help you focus on the things that truly create great outcomes for kids.

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September 27, 2017 - How do Charters Measure up to the Big 8?

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2017 Ranking in the Big 8 Districts!

How do Charter Schools in the Big 8 Districts in Ohio measure up?


BCSB is committed to bringing YOU the most recent and up-to-date information!


Information provided here is taken from most recently released data in the 'Ranking Study' found on the BCSB website

This information will help in comparing the schools and interpreting the information.

Three measures are vital to the success of any school:

PI = Performance Index

The Performance Index measures the achievement of every student, not just whether or not they reach “proficient.” Schools receive points for every student’s level of achievement. The higher the student’s level, the more points the school earns towards its index.

ED = Economically Disadvantaged

Economically Disadvantaged is a term used in allocating free school meals to "a student who is a member of a household that meets the income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced-price meals (less than or equal to 185% of Federal Poverty Guidelines)".

VA = Value Added

Value Added is now part of the Progress component of the report card which looks closely at the growth that all students are making based on their past performances.

The BCSB comparison report for each of the Big 8 can be found on our website.  

Or feel free to email us for charter school rankings of the metro area of your interest. We'll send it to you!


September 26, 2017 - Assistance for Displaced Students   

Dear Superintendent,

In light of the recent hurricanes that struck several parts of the United States, the Ohio Department of Education wants to provide some guidance for displaced students that may now be residing in your districts. In many cases, a school experience can provide the stability children and their families need to help rebuild their lives after a natural disaster.

The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) provides resources for schools to help with utilizing the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which applies to students displaced by natural disasters. The act requires all public schools to enroll eligible students immediately, assess their needs, and provide or refer them to additional services as needed.

Below is another link from the NCHE that includes resources specifically for school administrators as they work with displaced students and their families:

What School District Administrators Should Know About the Educational Rights of Children and Youth Displaced by Disasters

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Susannah Wayland in the Department’s Office of Improvement and Innovation at (614) 387-7725 or

September 2017

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