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Pupil Performance, Poverty Linked In School Assessment System

Groups representing Ohio school boards, administrators and treasurers have released an analysis of data collected under the state's new school assessment system that confirms the link between poverty and student performance in the classroom. The review released Monday found a direct correlation between income-related factors and the new performance index measured as part of the A-F report card system Ohio began phasing in this year. It found that Ohio's 123 suburban school districts scored the highest on the new performance index and also recorded the highest average income, the lowest poverty rate and the highest concentration of college degrees. The analysis was conducted jointly by the Ohio School Boards Association, the Ohio Association of School Business Officials and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.