Ohio sees slight increase in high school graduation rates

OHIO — There are concerns that while some states, like Ohio, have seen their high school graduation rates rise in the United States, many others have seen declines.


What do you want to know

  • A year after the pandemic and at least 20 states have seen a drop in high school graduation rates of one or two percentage points
  • Ohio saw nearly 1% increase in high school graduation rates
  • Dr. Karen Stansberry-Beard believes the influx of new opportunities in the community, such as Intel, gives a boost to students who can see themselves in these areas and take advantage of them.
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Chalkbeat looked at the effects of the pandemic a year after it started and found that at least 20 states saw declines of 1-2% from 2020 to 2021.

Karen Stansberry-Beard, Ph.D., associate professor and educational administration program at The Ohio State University, said that when looking at declines, people need to consider the obstacles of the pandemic, including the duration of the pandemic and the lack of connectivity with peers and teachers.

“The biggest challenge, of course, was initially accessing and ensuring students had good access to online platforms and ensuring teachers had the skills and were equipped to deliver instruction online. “, she said.

Additionally, she said the students were “hyper aware of social media.”

“So there was this issue of attention and distraction and student focus,” Stansberry-Beard said.

She said those things, along with cyberbullying fueling student mental health and wellbeing, were issues. Then there was the great resignation of the teachers.

According to the study, Ohio did not see the drop in graduation like 20 other states did, Ohio saw an increase of almost 1%.

“I owe a lot of that to community collaborations, with schools, and then of course with universities that are doing this particular practitioner-based work, where we actually get issues on the ground, look for issues on the ground , and then we apply the research areas or what we call the research strands to some of these questions that we know are still going on in the field,” she said. “So having this constant dialogue and two-way communication with practitioners is very beneficial to communities in Ohio.

Stansberry-Beard thinks that with the influx of new opportunities in Ohio like Intel and the Ohio research community, it will be an encouragement for students to graduate and capitalize on those opportunities.

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