STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Board Approves Chronic Absenteeism on Ohio School Report Cards
The State Board of Education approved adding chronic absenteeism improvement as an indicator on the schools’ state report cards. The new measurement is part of Ohio’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan and will reflect absentee rates with a focus on measuring improvement in the reduction of students missing regularly. Chronic Absenteeism is defined as missing at least 10 percent of the school year for any reason, which is approximately 18 days of school. Currently Ohio’s rate is 16.9 percent.
Schools can meet the new indicator in one of two pathways ways. The first is by reaching a target goal set by the state. This goal would start at an absentee rate of 13.6 percent and drop each year to the final goal of 5 percent for the 2025-2026 school year. The second pathway would be for schools to see incremental improvement based on their current absentee rate, or Baseline Chronic Absenteeism Improvement Standard. For schools with a 36.7 percent or higher chronic absenteeism rate, they would need to see a 1.1 percent decrease. For schools with an absenteeism rate of 36.7 percent or lower, they would need to improve by 3 percent.
The chronic absenteeism indicator will be included as a measure on the next round of state report cards in the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.
OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Education and Career Readiness Committee (Chair: Brenner)
The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:
Sponsor testimony on SB216 (Huffman) SCHOOL REGULATIONS To enact the “Ohio Public School Deregulation Act” regarding the administration of preschool and primary and secondary education programs.
Sponsor testimony was given by Sen. Huffman. Huffman said, “The bill addresses a myriad of education topics and standards, either contained in the Revised Code or currently sheltered in agency rule. Evaluation System, state assessments, student management and safety, College Credit Plus, and preschool operating standards.”
The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Peggy Lehner, held hearings on the bill over several months, and after several revisions the committee approved the bill on March 7, 2018. The Ohio Senate approved the bill unanimously on March 21, 2018.
OAAE’s Positions on SB216: The bill’s intent is to reduce regulations and mandates for local schools to increase local control and improve efficiency. The bill would affect major areas of education law including teacher evaluations; highly qualified teachers; teacher licensure and employment; substitute teachers; and teachers in career-technical education programs.
OAAE supports the changes in the teacher evaluation framework in Section 3319.112 of the bill. We also support the changes in new Section 3319.361, including the requirement that a teacher, who is employed to teach a subject area for which the teacher is not licensed, attain a passing score on an examination prescribed by the state board of education in the teaching area, among other controls.
OAAE still opposes the changes in the license grade bands included in Section 3319.22. The Senate Education Committee listened to the concerns of some stakeholders and retained the Middle Childhood License (grades 4-9) and the Adolescent – Adult License (grades 7-12), but the committee expanded the grade bands for the Early Childhood License from preK-3 to preK-5. The Senate Committee still has not addressed arts education stakeholders’ concerns about clarifying the subjects that a teacher with the preK-5 license could teach. Currently general education teachers with the preK-3 license are certified to teach the arts. We recommended that the bill be amended to require that all courses in the arts at all grade levels be taught by a teacher with a multiage preK-12 license in a specific arts discipline of dance, drama, music, or visual art, or an equivalent license in a specific area. We will continue to advocate for this amendment in the House.
In addition to our previous concerns, there are now questions about how the changes in Section 3319.22 could affect the multiage and other types of educator licenses issued by the State Board of Education. Currently grade band licenses are not mentioned in Ohio law. Grade band licenses are included in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule 3301-24-05, developed by the State Board of Education. The main types of grade band educator licenses are “Early Childhood” (grades pre-kindergarten through three), “Middle Childhood” (grades four through nine in named curriculum areas), “Adolescent through Adult” (grades seven through twelve in named curriculum areas), and Multiage Licenses (preK-12) issued in a particular subject area, such as dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art, library/media, health, languages, etc.
SB216 would link some of the grade band licenses (Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, and Adolescent – Adult) and the professional licenses for the first time. The bill doesn’t include the multiage license, however. Section 3319.22(A)(2) of Revised Code allows the State Board to issue any additional categories, types, and levels of educator licenses. The Legislative Services Commission has reviewed Sub. SB216, and suggested adding language to the bill to clarify that the bill would not affect other types of educator licenses issued by the State Board.
Sponsor & Proponent testimony on HB591 (Duffey) SCHOOL REPORT CARDS To revise the state report card rating system for school districts and public schools.
Bill sponsor Rep. Mike Duffey presented a substitute bill that covered a range of topics including “third grade reading; post-graduate outcomes; enrichment and support; student growth measure; dedicated report card pages; geographic tool and others.” The bill’s changes can be viewed here.
The Ohio School Boards Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators and Ohio Association of School Business Officials testified jointly in favor of the measure. Jennifer Hogue of the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) said, “Our members have been asking for changes to the current report card system. They believe that reports of school district quality should provide accurate reflections of district, staff, and student achievement. Publication of district and school report cards must be accurate, fair, and credible. Reports should be communicated to the public in a clear and concise manner. We believe HB591 accomplishes these objectives.”
HB591 would change Ohio’s annual report card for school districts, school buildings, community schools, and STEM schools beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Duffey said the purpose of the bill is to create a state report card that is transparent, understandable, useful, and trusted by school districts, parents, and legislators. The principles the new report card include:
- Dashboard approach: precise information presented in an intuitive format for natural response
- Understandable: use the simplest methodologies that still get the job done/illustrate the metric
- Transparent: educators/public can do the math themselves if they want, which leads to trust
- Parent-centric: present the data to parents so they see how their children are likely to do, as opposed to looking at all children generally
OAAE supports eliminating the use of letter grades and the composite grade; accurately reflecting students with special needs in the graduation rate; measuring student growth through a formula that is understandable and replicable; revising the K-3 Literacy component to measure student achievement; and including measures for identifying and appropriately serving gifted students.
Under the new enrichment and support measure (Section 3302.03 (B)(7)(b)) the bill, as introduced, allowed school districts to report art and music teachers. The substitute bill expands this provision to include (f) fine arts teachers, and (g) music teachers. This amendment ensures that all arts teachers, including dance, drama/theater, music, and visual arts teachers, would be reported.
OAAE recommends, however, that school districts be required, rather than allowed, to report the number of specialists under the enrichment and support measure. For comparison purposes, the information included in this measure would be more helpful to parents or the public, if all school districts report the same type of information.
OAAE also opposes repealing Section 3302.034. This section requires the Ohio Department of Education to report annually on the report card the availability of courses in the fine arts (Section 3302.034 (A)(6)). This measure provides different information than the new enrichment and support measure, which focuses on the number of arts teachers. Current Section 3302.034 identifies the range and depth of arts education opportunities offered to students, and allows parents and the public to compare course offerings in the arts among school buildings in a district.
There is also concern that the bill maintains the current letter grades and ratings for implementing other provisions of law. These include determining eligibility for students to participate in the Educational Choice voucher program; opening and closing community schools; providing state academic interventions; and establishing an academic distress commission.
Many education organizations and stakeholders believe that the current report card is flawed, and its grades and ratings should not be used as a basis to impose sanctions on school districts or schools. OAAE joins them in recommending that safe harbor provisions enacted for the previous three school years be extended until the state can transition to the new report card and a new accountability system is developed.
Proponent testimony on HB540 (Gavarone, Manning) TEACHER EVALUATIONS
Bill sponsor, Rep. Theresa Gavarone amended the bill (AM1918) with two changes that she said served to mirror Senate companion legislation (SB216). The scheduled vote was delayed to give the committee time to review the amendment further.
Sponsor testimony on HB544 (Rogers, Perales) SCHOOL SAFETY STANDARDS To require the State Board of Education to adopt rules prescribing standards for safety enhancements to new public and nonpublic school facilities and to require the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to revise its construction and design standards to comply with the State Board’s standards.
Sponsor testimony was given by Reps. Rogers and Perales. Rogers said, “This bill would take advantage of the critical junction that presents itself when a district designs and constructs a new school building. Quite simply, by requiring that safety features be incorporated into the design of a building before construction begins, these features would be much more affordable as opposed to the expense of remodeling and or retrofitting.”
Passed out of Committee HB517 (Schaffer, Leland) MONTH DESIGNATION To designate the month of October as “Ohio Principals Month.”
Senate Education Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following last week:
Sponsor testimony on HB360 (Greenspan) BULLYING To enact the “Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act” with regard to school discipline and bullying and hazing policies at public schools and public colleges.
Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) said in sponsor testimony the bill “is ultimately a ‘second strike bill,’ once the first offense is deemed as bullying the district can act on the matter as they see fit.”
HB360 lays out a framework schools may adopt to strengthen communication with families and enact more consistency in handling bullying after the second offense. But the plan does require rather than permit a school to notify the families of both the bully and the victim of an investigation into a reported incident and states that a suspended bully cannot participate in extracurricular activities during the suspension.
All testimony on HB438 (Hambley, Kick) ESC BOARDS To permit the addition of appointed members to educational service center boards and to permit a local school district to sever its territory from one educational service center and annex that territory to an adjacent service center under specified conditions.
Sen. Lehner’s amendment to utilize $3.8 million left in a fund established by the General Assembly for construction or renovation efforts at high-performing charter schools won approval. This money would be awarded through a third round of grants from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.
“That money will be lost if it’s not spent before the end of this budget cycle,” Sen. Lehner said. “We don’t want to see that happen.”
Proponent testimony on HB87 (Roegner) COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Regarding public moneys returned to the state as a result of a finding for recovery issued pursuant to an audit of a community school.
Testimony was given in favor of the bill from State Auditor David Yost, the Ohio Education Association (OEA) and Twinsburg City Schools Board of Education.
Passed by the Senate:
SB246 STUDENT REMOVAL To enact the Supporting Alternatives for Education Act “SAFE Act” to revise the procedures for emergency removal of a student, to prohibit certain suspensions and expulsions of students in grades pre- kindergarten through three.
Columbus Dispatch: Ohio Senate approves bill limiting suspensions of young students
“Ohio schools could no longer impose out-of-school suspensions for young students who commit minor offenses under a bill that unanimously passed the Senate on Wednesday. Ohio elementary schools have handed out an average of 35,000 out-of-school suspensions over each of the past two years. Almost half were for disruptive or disobedient behavior, nearly two-thirds were black children, and 90 percent were from low-income households.”
ON THE CALENDAR
Tuesday, May 22
4:00 p.m. House Education and Career Readiness Committee (Chair: Brenner)
Ohio Statehouse Room 121
- HB628 EDUCATOR LICENSES (Stein, Retherford) With regard to qualifications for obtaining a resident educator license. 1st Hearing-Sponsor
- HB540 TEACHER EVALUATIONS (Gavarone, Manning) With regard to teacher evaluations. 4th Hearing-All testimony-Possible vote
- HB108 FINANCIAL LITERACY (Hagan, McColley) To require one-half unit of financial literacy in the high school curriculum, to require the Chancellor of Higher Education to prepare an informed student document for each institution of higher education, to require the State Board of Education to include information on the informed student document in the standards and model curricula it creates for financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and to entitle the act the “Informed Student Document Act.” 6th Hearing-All testimony-Possible vote
- HB428 STUDENT EXPRESSION (Ginter,LaTourette) Regarding student religious expression and to entitle the act the “Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2018.” 4th Hearing-All testimony-Possible vote
- HB549 SCHOOL YEAR (Arndt) To generally require public and chartered nonpublic schools to open for instruction after Labor Day. 2nd Hearing-Proponent
- HB200 SCHOOL CHOICE (Koehler) To eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and to create the Opportunity Scholarship Program. 9th Hearing-All testimony-Possible vote
- HB591 SCHOOL REPORT CARDS (Duffey) To revise the state report card rating system for school districts and public schools. 2nd Hearing-All testimony
- SB216 SCHOOL REGULATIONS (Huffman) To enact the “Ohio Public School Deregulation Act” regarding the administration of preschool and primary and secondary education programs. 2nd Hearing-Proponent & interested party-Possible amendments
Wednesday, May 23
3:15 p.m. Senate Education Committee (Chair: Lehner)
Ohio Statehouse South Hearing Room
- SB289 STUDENT EXPULSIONS (Kunze) With respect to the expulsion of a student from a school district, community school, or STEM school for communicating a threat of violence to occur on school grounds. 1st Hearing-Sponsor
- HB21 COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Hambley) Regarding verification of community school enrollments. 6th Hearing-All testimony-Possible amendments & vote
- HB87 COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Roegner) Regarding public moneys returned to the state as a result of a finding for recovery issued pursuant to an audit of a community school. 3rd Hearing-All testimony
- SB241 NONPUBLIC SCHOOLS (Terhar, Thomas) To establish a category of nonpublic schools called “accredited nonpublic schools” and to prescribe requirements and exemptions for such schools. 3rd Hearing-Opponent
2018 AEP Annual Convening
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) invites partner organizations and leaders in the field to share their exemplary work supporting the role and contribution of the arts to prepare all students for success in school, work and life. Click here to learn more about this opportunity and to submit a proposal. AEP will accept concurrent session proposals until 5 p.m. PST Friday, June 1.
Destination Integration: ARTS Education
Teacher Workshop, Grades 3-12 June 6 – 7, 2018
Join teachers from around the state for fun, new and engaging instructional ideas taught by national John F. Kennedy Center teaching artists! The Ohio Kennedy Center Collaborative invites you to Wooster, Ohio for a 1 & 1/2 day conference on June 6-7. Teachers will deepen their understanding and practice of arts integrated teaching to improve instruction and increase student learning through visual art and creative writing strategies. Enjoy the exploration of the creative process and the experience of the arts!
Dates: June 6-7, 2018
Location: Wooster, OH
Graduate Credit is available through Ashland University
Download the printable flyer here.
Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success
High-quality assessments are an integral part of measuring and monitoring student growth and informing classroom instruction. Arts educators are often left on their own to develop assessments and identify student growth measures, often without adequate background in assessment design and implementation.
Our Arts Assessment Professional Development workshop will help educators acquire skills in developing, reviewing, and selecting high-quality assessments. Sessions will focus on foundations of assessment literacy, quality assessment design and an understanding of why they are important to instruction and student learning. Workshops are appropriate for all fine arts disciplines (including dance, music, theater and visual arts.)
Workshops will focus on these topics:
- How to prioritize fine arts standards
- Deconstruction of standards
- Aligning assessments with standards
- Principles of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
- Arts assessment blueprints – plan of action and creating assessments
- Sharing with & learning from colleagues
- Assessment resources on the Ohio Arts Collaborative website
To schedule professional development sessions for your district’s fine arts teaching staff contact:
Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues: Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success
The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is a leading member of the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative, a consortium of Ohio school districts, Battelle for Kids, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and the Ohio State University.
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This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.