This work builds from the success in Ohio with the Ohio Smart Schools initiative supported by KnowledgeWorks and Ohio Education Matters beginning in 2010. During the years of the initiative (2009-2012), the number of Ohio school districts in the top ratings increased by 43.5% while state aid to schools declined 5%, or about $400 million. Over the two-year period, the state invested $345 in innovation funds to spur improvements. Smarter Schools has put together a model that builds on those learnings from Ohio to benefit other states.
"States and schools will continue to be asked to do more with less," said Benson. "My hope is that we can be helpful in seeing they are able to do that in a way that is best for students, families and communities."
Smarter Schools is advancing the work of Ohio Smart Schools that led to significant reforms in Ohio to promote efficiency and effectiveness in education.
The Ohio Smart Schools initiative was spearheaded by Andrew Benson for KnowledgeWorks and
Ohio Education Matters beginning in 2010 and undergirds the Smarter Schools work.
"The Ohio Smart Schools work under KnowledgeWorks contributed significantly to a shift in how Ohio pursues education," said Benson. "Smarter Schools is helping to carry that forward in Ohio and in other states."