Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Summary:

Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School is a public high school in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving grades 6-12 with 709 students. The school faces significant challenges, with consistently low academic performance, high chronic absenteeism, and graduation rates below the state and district averages.

Taft High School has a student population that is 90.83% African American, which is much higher than the surrounding area. Academically, the school consistently ranks in the bottom quartile of Ohio high schools, with test scores well below state and district averages across all subjects and grade levels. Its four-year graduation rate has fluctuated between 64.9% and 80.0% in recent years, lower than the state and Cincinnati Public Schools district. Chronic absenteeism is also a major issue, with rates ranging from 73.3% to 79.9%, far exceeding state and district norms.

When compared to nearby schools, Taft's performance is particularly concerning. For example, Walnut Hills High School, just 3 miles away, ranks 1st in the state and has significantly higher test scores and graduation rates. Taft's subgroups, such as African American, low-socioeconomic, and special education students, also perform in the bottom quartile of Ohio high schools, indicating significant achievement gaps. Addressing the root causes of chronic absenteeism and providing targeted support for vulnerable student populations should be top priorities for improving outcomes at Taft High School.


Detail:

Public 7-12

 420 Ezzard Charles Dr
       Cincinnati, OH  45214-2806


(513) 363-8200

District: Cincinnati Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
760th of 867 Ohio High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,055 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  17.7 Help
Number of students:  709

Racial breakdown:

African American:
90.8%
White:
4.1%
Two or more races:
3.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  96.8% Help


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Compare Details Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School ranks worse than 96.9% of middle schools in Ohio. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 5.26. (See more...)
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Compare Details Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School ranks worse than 87.7% of high schools in Ohio. It also ranks 6th among 12 ranked high schools in the Cincinnati Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 8.14. (See more...)
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The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) measures the percentage of Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School freshmen who graduate within four years, adjusting for students who transfer in or out.
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (90.8%), White (4.1%), two or more races (3.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School is 17.7. 8 high schools in the Cincinnati Public Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School is $13,055. 7 high schools in the Cincinnati Public Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School 1015th of 1048 Ohio public middle schools. (See Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School 760th of 867 Ohio public high schools. (See Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School in the ranking list.)

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SchoolDigger ranks Cincinnati Public Schools 607th of 835 Ohio school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

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Rank History for all middle school students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2014 0.67 1003rd 1008 0.5%
2015 2.40 1023rd 1035 1.2%
2016 3.07 1042nd 1050 0.8%
2017 4.04 1006th 1038 3.1%
2018 3.54 992nd 1010 1.8%
2019 6.50 969th 1050 7.7%
2021 9.55 928th 1037 10.5%
2022 8.23 933rd 1017 8.3%
2023 5.26 1015th 1048 3.1%
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Rank History for middle school Special Education students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 16.64 563rd 590 4.6%
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Rank History for middle school Low Socio Economic Status students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 3.66 916th 924 0.9%
2019 6.92 884th 945 6.5%
2021 9.34 854th 923 7.5%
2022 8.20 883rd 947 6.8%
2023 4.50 956th 974 1.8%
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Rank History for middle school Homeless students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 42.62 12th 23 47.8%
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Rank History for middle school Female students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 2.16 885th 897 1.3%
2019 5.95 855th 917 6.8%
2021 7.34 838th 910 7.9%
2022 5.20 881st 925 4.8%
2023 4.00 910th 943 3.5%
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Rank History for middle school Disabled students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 25.12 548th 658 16.7%
2021 26.17 468th 576 18.8%
2022 36.71 350th 565 38.1%
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Rank History for middle school Male students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 2.68 912th 916 0.4%
2019 4.11 905th 933 3.0%
2021 5.74 893rd 924 3.4%
2022 5.35 905th 946 4.3%
2023 3.03 960th 963 0.3%
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Rank History for middle school African American students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.54 362nd 384 5.7%
2019 18.82 346th 405 14.6%
2021 20.07 339th 385 11.9%
2022 21.88 331st 413 19.9%
2023 13.41 410th 436 6.0%
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Data source: test scores: Ohio Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

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Rank History for all high school students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 2.86 658th 681 3.4%
2005 0.02 683rd 689 0.9%
2006 35.87 553rd 696 20.5%
2007 58.32 415th 756 45.1%
2008 69.80 209th 767 72.8%
2009 76.03 97th 791 87.7%
2010 72.13 188th 819 77.0%
2011 72.95 170th 818 79.2%
2012 61.20 439th 832 47.2%
2013 22.60 674th 767 12.1%
2014 0.37 757th 769 1.6%
2015 1.17 757th 778 2.7%
2016 1.57 771st 784 1.7%
2017 6.06 729th 773 5.7%
2018 3.72 747th 800 6.6%
2019 6.80 750th 836 10.3%
2021 8.35 729th 819 11.0%
2022 5.73 763rd 836 8.7%
2023 8.14 760th 867 12.3%
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Rank History for high school Special Education students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 17.86 561st 614 8.6%
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Rank History for high school Low Socio Economic Status students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 4.81 716th 758 5.5%
2019 9.03 708th 779 9.1%
2021 12.41 671st 763 12.1%
2022 7.42 707th 773 8.5%
2023 10.35 709th 805 11.9%
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Rank History for high school Homeless students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.89 26th 28 7.1%
2019 32.89 21st 32 34.4%
2022 43.55 11th 24 54.2%
2023 18.99 29th 30 3.3%
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Rank History for high school Female students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 1.71 728th 751 3.1%
2019 3.81 740th 781 5.2%
2021 7.16 695th 775 10.3%
2022 3.72 736th 794 7.3%
2023 5.92 736th 813 9.5%
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Rank History for high school Disabled students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 13.06 589th 628 6.2%
2021 33.53 400th 596 32.9%
2022 14.13 568th 606 6.3%
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Rank History for high school Male students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 2.29 744th 763 2.5%
2019 5.97 736th 792 7.1%
2021 5.94 715th 778 8.1%
2022 3.87 759th 808 6.1%
2023 6.08 746th 819 8.9%
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Rank History for high school African American students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools OH State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 15.71 237th 279 15.1%
2019 20.23 250th 303 17.5%
2021 24.27 207th 284 27.1%
2022 17.38 258th 306 15.7%
2023 20.07 250th 323 22.6%
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Data source: test scores: Ohio Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 178 902 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 1080
1989 124 845 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 969
1990 202 764 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 966
1991 269 672 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 942
1992 252 685 0 0 0 n/a n/a 1 938
1993 214 648 2 0 0 n/a n/a 2 866
1994 212 706 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 919
1995 274 896 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 1172
1996 274 896 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 1172
1997 190 822 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 1013
1998 189 815 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 1004
1999 149 798 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 948
2000 138 792 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 931
2001 108 673 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 782
2002 37 629 0 1 0 n/a n/a 3 670
2003 37 629 0 1 0 n/a n/a 3 670
2004 22 620 0 1 0 n/a n/a 5 648
2005 13 682 0 0 0 n/a n/a 7 702
2006 13 746 0 0 0 n/a n/a 11 770
2007 20 715 0 0 0 n/a n/a 10 745
2008 21 639 0 0 0 n/a n/a 10 670
2009 16 514 0 0 0 n/a n/a 7 537
2010 19 453 6 2 0 n/a n/a 11 491
2011 31 481 7 0 0 0 9 0 528
2012 17 584 8 0 0 0 8 0 617
2013 15 582 5 0 0 0 6 0 608
2014 12 666 5 1 0 0 11 0 695
2015 6 699 5 0 0 1 11 0 722
2016 7 712 3 1 0 0 22 0 745
2017 14 630 3 0 0 0 19 0 666
2018 10 566 2 1 0 0 14 0 593
2019 16 575 1 2 0 0 19 0 613
2020 21 627 0 4 0 0 16 0 668
2021 27 613 0 6 0 0 23 0 669
2022 31 611 0 12 0 0 24 0 678
2023 29 644 0 10 0 0 26 0 709

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1080 78.0 13.8 0
1989 969 81.0 11.9 n/a
1990 966 110.0 8.7 n/a
1991 942 92.7 10.1 n/a
1992 938 108.3 8.6 63.2
1993 866 106.3 8.1 67.8
1994 919 85.7 10.7 69.2
1995 1172 61.4 19.1 0
1996 1172 61.4 19.1 0
1997 1013 78.0 13.0 71.4
1998 1004 95.1 10.6 58
1999 948 85.7 11.1 62.9
2000 931 73.2 12.7 55
2001 782 60.8 12.9 58.7
2002 670 44.2 15.2 71.8
2003 670 44.2 15.2 71.8
2004 648 49.0 13.2 71.7
2005 702 47.3 14.8 76.1
2006 770 45.0 17.1 70.4
2007 745 46.0 16.2 54
2008 670 36.0 18.6 n/a
2009 537 33.8 15.9 64.2
2010 491 27.0 18.1 72.3
2011 528 26.8 19.7 68.6
2012 617 30.8 20.0 84.4
2013 608 31.0 19.6 83.9
2014 695 46.6 14.9 97.1
2015 722 n/a n/a 87.5
2016 745 44.0 16.9 96.8
2017 666 32.6 20.4 n/a
2018 593 24.0 24.7 n/a
2019 613 36.0 17.0 n/a
2020 668 70.4 9.4 n/a
2021 669 36.5 18.3 n/a
2022 678 37.3 18.1 n/a
2023 709 40.0 17.7 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1080 78.0 13.8 0
1989 969 81.0 11.9 n/a
1990 966 110.0 8.7 n/a
1991 942 92.7 10.1 n/a
1992 938 108.3 8.6 63.2
1993 866 106.3 8.1 67.8
1994 919 85.7 10.7 69.2
1995 1172 61.4 19.1 0
1996 1172 61.4 19.1 0
1997 1013 78.0 13.0 71.4
1998 1004 95.1 10.6 58
1999 948 85.7 11.1 62.9
2000 931 73.2 12.7 55
2001 782 60.8 12.9 58.7
2002 670 44.2 15.2 71.8
2003 670 44.2 15.2 71.8
2004 648 49.0 13.2 71.7
2005 702 47.3 14.8 76.1
2006 770 45.0 17.1 70.4
2007 745 46.0 16.2 54
2008 670 36.0 18.6 n/a
2009 537 33.8 15.9 64.2
2010 491 27.0 18.1 72.3
2011 528 26.8 19.7 68.6
2012 617 30.8 20.0 84.4
2013 608 31.0 19.6 83.9
2014 695 46.6 14.9 97.1
2015 722 n/a n/a 87.5
2016 745 44.0 16.9 96.8
2017 666 32.6 20.4 n/a
2018 593 24.0 24.7 n/a
2019 613 36.0 17.0 n/a
2020 668 70.4 9.4 n/a
2021 669 36.5 18.3 n/a
2022 678 37.3 18.1 n/a
2023 709 40.0 17.7 n/a

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $9,419
2022 $12,190
2023 $13,055

Data source: Ohio Department of Education
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Impact of COVID-19 on Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 969th of 1050 Middle schoolsRanks 1015th of 1048 Middle schools
 4.6%
Ranks 750th of 836 High schoolsRanks 760th of 867 High schools
 2.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade Mathematics (Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School)105.1
 4.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Cincinnati Public Schools)38.726.4
 12.3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Ohio)57.547.6
 9.9%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School)28.816.5
 12.3%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Cincinnati Public Schools)50.541.4
 9.1%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Ohio)67.764.8
 2.9%
8th Grade Science (Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School)24.417.1
 7.3%
   8th Grade Science (Cincinnati Public Schools)44.739.4
 5.3%
   8th Grade Science (Ohio)68.264
 4.2%
8th Grade Mathematics (Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School)24.25.8
 18.4%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Cincinnati Public Schools)26.919.2
 7.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Ohio)57.346.4
 10.9%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School)12.613.5
 0.9%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Cincinnati Public Schools)40.439.2
 1.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Ohio)58.357.5
 0.8%
End of Course American Government (Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School)43.750
 6.3%
   End of Course American Government (Cincinnati Public Schools)68.658.3
 10.3%
   End of Course American Government (Ohio)77.772
 5.7%
End of Course American History (Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School)27.734.1
 6.4%
   End of Course American History (Cincinnati Public Schools)64.353
 11.3%
   End of Course American History (Ohio)78.169.7
 8.4%
End of Course Biology (Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School)42.414.9
 27.5%
   End of Course Biology (Cincinnati Public Schools)57.934.9
 23%
   End of Course Biology (Ohio)73.763.7
 10%
End of Course English II (Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School)15.817.5
 1.7%
   End of Course English II (Cincinnati Public Schools)50.144.7
 5.4%
   End of Course English II (Ohio)66.260.8
 5.4%
End of Course Geometry (Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School)12.88
 4.8%
   End of Course Geometry (Cincinnati Public Schools)33.225
 8.2%
   End of Course Geometry (Ohio)50.141.8
 8.3%
End of Course Algebra I (Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School)25.612
 13.6%
   End of Course Algebra I (Cincinnati Public Schools)51.629.9
 21.7%
   End of Course Algebra I (Ohio)61.153
 8.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students613709
 15.7%
African American575644
 12%
American Indian00
Asian10
 100%
Hispanic210
 400%
Pacific Islander00
White1629
 81.3%
Two or More Races1926
 36.8%


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Students at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School are 91% African American, 4% White, 4% Two or more races, 1% Hispanic.

Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School ranks in the bottom 12.3% of Ohio high schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 709 students attended Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School.


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