Open enrollment extended for another year
The Reynoldsburg school district will continue its open enrollment policy for another year.
Tricia Moore, director of partnerships and shared services, said the application deadline is 4 p.m. June 21 of the school year preceding the year for which open enrollment is sought.
All applicants will be notified by mail of acceptance or denial by July 12 of that year, according to the policy.
According to Moore, all approved transfers are for one year only; the school board reserves the right to deny any applicants and cancel the open enrollment program at any time for any school year.
The policy also states that no open enrollment student will be allowed to join a class if doing so would exceed district capacity limits for the grade level, school, program or class.
Based on information compiled by Tina Thomas-Manning, executive director of middle level education, students attending Reynoldsburg schools under the current open enrollment policy "are performing much like resident students in grades, discipline and attendance, based on first-quarter data," Moore said.
The report compared attendance and test scores of open enrollment students in kindergarten through eighth grade with the rest of the students in each grade.
Kindergarten OE students scored 92.27 percent in reading and 95.5 percent in math during the first quarter, compared to 82.9 percent and 81.4 percent for other students, respectively. Days absent were 1.85 days for open enrollment students and 2 days for the other students.
First-grade OE students scored 79.67 percent in reading, while other students scored 80.2 percent, according to Thomas-Manning. OE students scored 85.17 percent in math and other first-graders scored 83.31 percent in math.
Second-grade OE students scored 77 percent in reading and 90 percent in math, while other students scored 81.06 percent in reading and 82.11 percent in math.
Percentages were comparably close in most of the elementary grades in the report.
Eighth-grade OE students scored 83.21 percent in reading and 79.41 percent in math, with other students scoring 81.02 percent in reading and 80.99 percent in math.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Reynoldsburg City Hall, 7232 E. Main St.