MAP: How do charter, private schools compare to Dayton Public Schools?

Of the 70 school buildings in Dayton that receive public money to educate the city’s children, only 27 are actually Dayton Public Schools. The rest are publicly funded charter schools or private schools for which kids can get vouchers from the state to help cover tuition. In fact, nearly 40 percent of the students DPS is eligible to serve go elsewhere. 

But many charter and private schools have worse test scores than DPS. 

Here is a breakdown of the enrollment numbers: 

- Total number of children in the Dayton school district: 22,576 

- Number attending DPS: 12,394 

- Number attending charter schools: 6,535 

- Number using vouchers at a private school: 2,653 

- Number attending other public districts through school choice: 921

Parents want the best for their children, and Dayton Public Schools has earned a reputation as a failing district; its students have ranked for years at or near the bottom of the state in standardized test scores. 


The region must rally to fix the Dayton Public Schools

5 kids who represent the best of Dayton Public Schools

Plenty of parents love Dayton Public Schools; others plan to move

But if you look a little deeper, the story is more nuanced. Within Dayton Public Schools, some school buildings perform much better than the district-wide average in the state “performance index” derived from standardized state tests. 

Furthermore, exactly half of the 18 charter schools that report test scores have a lower performance index than the DPS average. The parents of more than 2,100 kids took their children out of DPS and put them in charter schools that have lower test scores than Dayton Public Schools. 

Another two charter schools had so few students they didn’t have to report test scores, and seven are “dropout recovery” schools, so they aren’t held to the same standards. 

FACEBOOK GROUP: Join the discussion on The Path Forward: Dayton Schools

Private schools don’t have to give students standardized tests and don’t get state report cards. But students who use state money to help pay for tuition at a private school with a voucher do have to report their proficiency in English and math. 

The overall proficiency rate for Dayton Public Schools is 42.3 percent. Eight private schools have lower proficiency scores than DPS, and six have better scores. State enrollment numbers for private schools are incomplete, but the schools with lower proficiency scores than DPS have at least 1,783 students. 

So, putting that all together, here’s a map of Dayton’s educational landscape including DPS buildings, charter schools and private schools. Schools that perform better than the DPS average are colored blue, those that perform worse are colored red and those that don’t have enough data to compare are colored yellow. 


Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

2 transported to hospital following head-on crash in Greene County
2 transported to hospital following head-on crash in Greene County

Two people were transported to Miami Valley Hospital following the crash that closed Treibein Road for about one hour and thirty minutes, according to Sgt. Rod Murphy of the Xenia Ohio State Highway Patrol. A man and woman were trapped inside a 2007 Honda Civic after it hit head-on with another vehicle, said Murphy. He said he does not believe their...
Male reportedly stabbed in the neck in Springfield
Male reportedly stabbed in the neck in Springfield

Police responded to a second reported stabbing in Springfield Sunday. Emergency crews were dispatched on a report of a male with a neck wound from a stabbing in the 1700 block of Mound Street around 7:50 p.m. The two reported stabbings occurred within an hour of each other. We are on our way to the scene to learn more.
Female reportedly stabbed in Springfield
Female reportedly stabbed in Springfield

Emergency crews responded to Rice Street in Springfield Sunday around 6:55 p.m., according to Springfield dispatch. Initial reports indicated a female was stabbed in the 200 block of Rice Street, but we are working to confirm these reports. No further information was provided. We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes...
Homearama announces 2019 location
Homearama announces 2019 location

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the 56th Homearama will be held 10 a.m. Oct. 9 at Deerfield Twp.’s Kensington community, according to the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati. Homearama 2019 will be held June 8-23. It will mark the 18th time Homearama is being held in Warren County. Developed by Erbeck Development Co., Kensington...
Habitat for Humanity home dedicated in Sidney
Habitat for Humanity home dedicated in Sidney

A Sidney Habitat for Humanity home was dedicated Sunday afternoon. Kelly Beemer and her three daughters were ready to move into their new four-bedroom home in the 500 block of Second Ave. “This is somewhere for my girls to come home and just be able to do whatever they want in their own room,” Beemer said on what the home means to her. ...
More Stories