Pathway to Proficiency Report Published by the OERC

The Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) recently released Investigating the Pathway to Proficiency from Birth Through 3rd Grade, a report examining the impact of early childhood risk factors on kindergarten readiness and third grade reading proficiency. This study was conducted by Claudia Coulton, PhD and Robert Fischer, PhD, co-directors of the Poverty Center.

This large-scale study used an integrated data system (IDS) to combine data from three different data sources. They used county-level individual data from the ChildHood Integrated Longitudinal Data (CHILD) System, state-level individual data from the Education Management Information System (EMIS), and neighborhood-level data from the Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing (NEO CANDO).

Connecting these different data types provided a more comprehensive picture of the interactions of different risk factors, and allowed the researchers to investigate the connection between neighborhood poverty level and academic success.

Dr. Robert Fischer was previously interviewed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer about this report and its implications.