How Does YOUR School District Compare?
Studies using Ohio Department of Education Data to Compare Ohio School Districts 

Ohio School District historical expenditure and performance comparisons


Excel spreadsheets for district Salaries for 2015 are now available!  The data comes from ODE through their EMIS system.
Click here to download data for the districts.


Charts/graphs for the Five Year Forecasts for October, 2015 have been completed.

At the end of February, the performance numbers for the ODE's 2015 Reports Cards were released.  We are currently in the process of downloading and compiling historical databases for each district from these data.

The financial data won't be released until sometime in March.  We'll retrieve those as soon as they are available.  

When all of these are done, we'll issue the 2015 Reports.

In the interim, if you have any questions, email us at


Accountability and Stewardship

School district boards, administrators, and staff are accountable to students, parents, and taxpayers for providing a quality education while practicing good stewardship of taxpayer funds.  Both have been a challenge.  Near- and long-term anticipated budget deficits have resulted in districts asking for additional funding from resident-taxpayers and/or implementing cost reduction measures subject to the restrictions imposed by bargaining contracts.

With household finances being tight as a result of a lackluster economy (during the 2001-2014 timeframe, average resident income rose 25%, not even keeping pace with inflation at 30%), taxpayers have been reluctant to contribute more to schools, whose expenditures have risen over 47% during that period.

Has student performance improved commensurately?  

While state-mandated test results lead us to believe that schools have improved in their ability to provide a quality education, the Ohio average percentile on the nationally-normed ACT test has increased by 3 points in the last 18 years, and the graduation rate has increased 6 percentage points.

These data are confirmed in the report, "State Education Trends," researched and released in March of 2014 by The CATO Institute. This study reports SAT scores and per pupil spending trends for each state.  Ohio's data are provided here.

The "2015 Ohio Districts Performance and Expenditure" series of reports presented here provides a historical view of school district expenditures and student performance.  They provide "pictures" of the extent to which each district has contained costs and/or has been able to justify expenditure increases by achieving commensurate performance improvements

Some districts have performed well.  Others show room for improvement.  These reports can serve as the starting point for conversation among board members, administrators, teachers, parents, and taxpayers for addressing district finance while maximizing student outcomes.

This 2015 study is a followup to studies from 2011, 2013, and 2014, and incorporates the latest data (as of 9/2015) from the Ohio Departments of Education and Taxation.

How has YOUR district performed?

Reports for all districts are found under the "2015 District Reports" tab, here.

Please feel free to contact us at with any questions or comments you may have.