Arts On Line Update 09.17.2012

Summit on Preserving Our Public Schools
The Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding, Bill Phillis, Executive Director, is hosting a “Summit on Preserving Public Schools” on October 16, 2012 at the Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center, 10561 Sawmill Parkway, Powell, OH 43065 from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM.

The featured speaker is Diane Ravitch, who is a historian of education at New York University and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Ravitch is well-known as an outspoken proponent of public education and critic of corporate education reform and the movement to privatize education. She has written several books and articles about America’s education system, including The Death and Life of the Great American School System and shares the “Bridging Differences” blog with Deborah Meier for Education Week.

The program includes a Keynote Address; Group Discussion; and Next Steps facilitated by Dennis Willard, Precision Media.

The Luncheon Speakers include

  • Todd Alan Price, Professor, National Lewis University, who will speak about “How the Milwaukee Board of Education was Preserved — Lessons for Ohio” and
  • Samuel Kern Alexander, Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois, who will speak about the “Consequences of Privatization of Public Education”

The cost of the summit, which includes lunch, is $20.00.

Register online. The deadline to register is October 5, 2012.
For more information please contact the E & A Coalition at 614-228-6540 and email at ohioeanda@sbcglobal.net.

129th Ohio General Assembly: The Ohio House and Senate are not scheduled to meet this week.

General Assembly Approves Changes in Ohio’s Pension Systems: On September 12, 2012 the Ohio House and Senate approved five pension reform bills: SB340 (Niehaus/Kearney) Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund; SB341 (Niehaus/Kearney) School Employees Retirement System; SB342 (Niehaus/Kearney) State Teachers Retirement System; SB343 (Niehaus/Kearney) Ohio Public Employees Retirement System; and SB345 (Niehaus/Kearney) Highway Patrol Retirement System. The changes in pension laws will ensure that the state retirement systems are solvent in the future by changing the requirements for receiving a pension, increasing contribution rates, increasing the age for retirement, changing cost-of-living increases, etc.

A new provision included in four of the bills, with the exception of SB343, allows the boards of directors of the pension systems to make benefit changes without legislative approval. This change was added to the bills to provide the systems with more flexibility to respond to future funding issues. Governor Kasich is expected to sign the bills into law.

In other action, the Ohio Senate rejected House changes to HB375 (Butler), sale of real estate by school districts to private, nonprofit institutions of higher education. House and Senate differences in the bill are expected to be worked out in a conference committee.

Task Force Formed to Develop Higher Ed Budget: Governor Kasich has asked the presidents of Ohio’s colleges and universities to form a task force to develop a FY14-15 budget for higher education. The task force will be led by Ohio State University president E. Gordon Gee. Governor Kasich directed the task force to set increasing the graduation rate as its overall priority. The task force will also consider the impact of remediation on the budget, sharing services and facilities, utilizing “core assets” to optimize revenue, and enterprise universities.

SBE Member Resigns: Dennis Shelton submitted his resignation from the State Board of Education on September 14, 2012. Mr. Shelton is an appointed member whose term ends in December 2014. The position will be filled with an appointment made by Governor Kasich.

National News:

Funding for U.S. Government Extended: The U.S. House approved on September 13, 2012 a continuing resolution to keep the government operating until March 27, 2013 (H. J. Resolution 117). The Senate is expected to vote on the resolution this week. Neither the House or the Senate are expected to complete work on all appropriations measures before the end of the current fiscal year on October 1, 2012, thus requiring this continuing resolution, which will fund the government mostly at FY12 levels. In January 2013, however, automatic budget cuts are set to take effect (sequestration) unless Congress and the President take other actions. Income tax cuts implemented first by President Bush and continued by President Obama are also set to expire in January 2013, unless further action is taken. More information is available.

2012 Election Update:

Ballot Rewrite: Pursuant to orders issued by the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio Ballot Board, chaired by Secretary of State Jon Husted, met and revised the language for State Issue 2, a proposed constitutional amendment to change the system for drawing congressional and state legislative districts in Ohio on the November 6, 2012 ballot.

The Ohio Supreme Court issued a 6 to 1 decision on September 12, 2012 directing the Ohio Ballot Board to reconvene and rewrite the language for State Issue 2 in response to a suit filed by Voters First, the organization supporting the constitutional amendment. The lawsuit alleged that the ballot language approved by the Ohio Ballot Board did not fairly and accurately describe the amendment. According to the Court, the ballot language contained material omissions and factual inaccuracies.

News services are reporting, however, that Voters First is still not satisfied with the fairness of the language. More information is available.

Update on Provisional Ballots: Secretary of State Husted issued a directive to boards of elections on September 11, 2012 to comply with an order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Alegnon Marbly (Service Employees International Union (SEIU) v. Husted) on August 27, 2012 and count provisional ballots miscast due to poll worker error. Secretary Husted is also appealing the order to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge Denies Stay: U.S. District Court Judge Peter Economus rejected on September 12, 2012 Secretary of State Jon Husted’s request to stay an order restoring early, in-person voting before the November 6, 2012 election. Judge Economus of the U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division ordered on August 31, 2012 Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to restore in-person early voting on the weekend and Monday before the November 6, 2012 election. (Obama for America v. Husted). An appeal of the order was also filed by Attorney General Mike DeWine with the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on September 4, 2012. <pre information about this ruling, is available.

State Board of Education (SBE) Meeting
The State Board of Education, Debe Terhar president, met on September 10-11, 2012 at the Ohio School for the Deaf, 500 Morse Road, Columbus, OH. The major issues addressed by the State Board at this meeting included the search for a new superintendent to replace Stan Heffner; adoption of the FY14-15 Legislative and Budget Recommendations of the State Board; release of the Local Report Cards; determining a cut score for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee; developing rules to waive Operating Standards; and revising Operating Standards.

Update on the Superintendent’s Search
The State Board of Education’s Executive Committee, chaired by Debe Terhar, agreed to serve as a search committee to hire a superintendent of public instruction to replace Stan Heffner, who retired in August 2012. The Executive Committee will interview on October 7, 2012 at 2:00 PM up to five firms to conduct the search. The selection of a search firm must then be approved by the full Board. The State Board has agreed that Deputy Superintendent Michael Sawyers will serve as Acting Superintendent until a new Superintendent is selected.

FY14-15 Legislative and Budget Recommendations
The State Board of Education approved its FY14-15 Legislative and Budget Recommendations entitled “Start Ready, Graduate Ready” on September 11, 2012 after a two-day discussion about whether or not to include additional funding for the third grade reading guarantee, early childhood education, information technology infrastructure, and the Ohio Young Farmers. A decision about possible increases in these areas was postponed until the SBE meeting in October 2012. The final budget proposal, including line items and legislative recommendations, will not be available until September 24, 2012, because State Board members can submit changes through the end of next week.

The State Board is required by Section 3301.07 of the Ohio Revised Code to prepare “a report on the status, needs, and major problems of the public schools of the state, with recommendations for necessary legislative action.” The time line requires the State Board and other state government departments and agencies to submit legislative and budget recommendations to the Office of Budget and Management (OBM) by October 1, 2012. The OBM then develops a FY14-15 state biennial budget proposal, which Governor Kasich will submit to the General Assembly in February 2013 for consideration.

In June 2012 the State Board received the ODE prepared budget document “Start Ready, Graduate Ready”, and reviewed the document in June, July, August, and September 2012. “Start Ready, Graduate Ready” includes a placeholder amount of $6.860 billion each fiscal year for the Foundation Program until Governor Kasich completes work on a new school funding formula, and addresses other policy goals to continue the reforms underway in the Race to the Top grant and HB153. Funding requests for the General Revenue Fund and the Lottery Profits Education Fund total $14.5 billion for FY14-15. (A breakdown of the $14.5 billion will be provided after the final budget is available.)

In July 2012 the Ohio Department of Education was directed by the OBM to submit two additional budget scenarios: a 90 percent budget based on FY13 appropriations and a 100 percent budget based on FY13 appropriations. These scenarios will also be included in the final budget document.

Additional information about the FY14-15 proposed budget for early childhood education and the Third Grade Reading Guarantee is included below:

  • Increases for Early Childhood Education: The ODE recommended an increase in early childhood education from $23.27 million in FY13 to $32.91 million in FY14; and $54.59 million in FY15. Additional funds would be used to increase the per pupil amount to $5000 in FY14 and FY15 and increase the number of children served to over 10,000 in FY15. The number of students currently served is 5,700 children.
  • Third Grade Reading Guarantee: The legislature appropriated $13 million in competitive grants to school districts from the Lottery Reserve Fund to support the Third Grade Guarantee Program enacted in SB316 (Lehner) Mid-Biennium Review. Following the discussion with the ODE staff, Kelly Weir, ODE Executive Director of the Office of Legislative Services and Budgetary Planning, presented to the State Board new recommendations for funding the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, totaling $38 million in FY14 and $66.9 million in FY15. The additional funding would be provided in the following areas to support the program:
  • Reading Coaches – $15 million for 150 literacy coaches through the School Improvement System
  • Professional Development – $10 million to revitalize efforts to build teacher capacity. Within the $10 million, $1 million would be used to create a literacy office with 10 staff at the ODE.
  • Reading Grants – $13 million would be continued as grants, but funded out of the General Revenue Fund.
  • Teacher Credentials – $18.9 million would be provided to support $1,500 in stipends for teachers to upgrade credentials.

The State Board eventually agreed to reconsider this proposal in October 2012 in order to provide the ODE the opportunity to discuss these ideas with stakeholders and fine-tune the recommendations.

Update on the Report Card Release
The State Board voted on September 12, 2012 to release a spreadsheet with preliminary data results for the 2011-2012 Local Report Cards by September 30, 2012. The spreadsheet will include:

  • LEA Name, IRN #, and county of residence
  • Performance for all grades and subjects on the Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests
  • Adequate Yearly Progress status
  • Value-added growth status

The spreadsheet data will not include attendance rates, the Performance Index, the number of indicators met, or an overall rating such as “Excellent” or “Effective.”

The State Board decided to hold the release of the Local Report Card in August 2012 until an investigation about data tampering is completed by State Auditor Dave Yost. The investigation is expected to be completed by January 2013. At that time the State Board will decide whether or not to release a Local Report Card in the traditional format, or release additional information in another spreadsheet.

SBE Sets Third Grade Reading Guarantee Cut Scores
The State Board of Education approved a resolution on September 12, 2012 setting a 390 cut score in 2012-13 and 392 in 2013-14 for the third-grade Ohio Achievement Assessment in English language arts. The cut scores will be used to determine if students in the third grade have achieved the appropriate level in reading in order to be promoted to forth grade reading in accordance with the Third Grade Guarantee (Sec. 3313.608 ORC).

Ohio lawmakers approved the Third Grade Reading Guarantee in SB316 (Lehner) Mid-Biennium Review Education in June 2012. This law emphasizes reading instruction and early-targeted intervention and support in the early grades for students who are not reading on grade level; requires school districts and community schools to diagnose reading deficiencies in students at grades kindergarten through three; requires school districts and community schools to create individualized Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plans; and requires schools to provide intense remediation to students. The law specifies that “intensive, explicit, and systematic instruction” shall be included in the plan (Sec. 3313.608(F) ORC.)

The 390 cut score falls within the basic reading range, while a score of 400 is considered the minimum proficient level. According to Sasheen Phillips, ODE’s Senior Executive Director of the Center for Curriculum and Assessment, an estimated 8,900 students could be retained in reading under the 390 cut score, and 5,700 at the lowest basic score of 385, based on 2010-11 data. The cut scores were set for two years, because starting in 2014-15 schools will be using new assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in reading and math aligned to the new Common Core Standards, and the cut scores for limited, basic, proficient, accelerated, and advanced levels will change.

According to Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Sawyers, most school districts and charter schools (72 percent), have less than 10 students who could be retained based on the score of 390 using 2010-11 data. Most of the students who could be retained attend eleven districts and charter schools in mostly urban areas, such as Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.

Students who are identified as reading below grade level are required to receive reading intervention services from a teacher who has a reading endorsement. But, according to the ODE, only 4,325 teachers actually have an endorsement in reading in Ohio.

Waivers from Operating Standards
The State Board of Education’s Capacity Committee, Tom Gunlock chair, received information about a new rule being developed by the ODE to waive Operating Standards for public schools upon the request of a board of education. HB153 (Amstutz), the FY12-13 budget bill, requires that “…the State Board adopt standards for the approval or disapproval of waivers from Operating Standards” (Sec. 3301.07(O) ORC). Each waiver granted shall specify the period of time that the waiver is in effect, which shall not exceed five years, and a district board of education may apply to renew a waiver.

There are currently provisions in statute that permit boards of education to seek and be granted waivers from statute, but this rule will be limited to provisions in Operating Standards that are not in statute already. To begin a discussion about developing this rule, a document that identified the following provisions in Operating Standards that are not also in statute was shared with the Capacity Committee.

  • The requirement that a school district include the study of foreign languages, technology, family and consumer science, and business education. These content areas are in statute as electives, however.
  • Credit flexibility
  • The requirement that the ratio of teachers to students district wide be at least one full time equivalent (FTE) classroom teacher to 25 students; the ratio of teachers to students in grades K-4 on a district-wide basis be at least one FTE per 25 students.
  • The requirement that five FTE educational service personnel shall be employed for each 1000 students.
  • The requirement that every school shall be provided the services of a principal, and every school with fifteen or more full-time equivalent classroom teachers shall be assigned the services of a full-time principal. No principal shall be assigned to more than two schools.
  • The requirement that the schedule of a FTE classroom teacher with a teacher day of six hours or longer include 200 minutes per week for designing their work, evaluating student progress, conferencing, and team building.
  • The requirement that the school day for students in grades 7-12 be at least five and one-half hours per day. (Statute requires that the day be at least five hours long.)
  • The requirement that in addition to its regular budget process, the school district work with stakeholders at least once every three years to evaluate the district’s allocation of educational resources.

A separate list of possible requirements that could be waived for chartered nonpublic schools was also shared with the Capacity Committee.

Updating Operating Standards
The State Board identified reviewing Operating Standards, Administrative Code 3301-35-01 through 07 and 11, as one of its priorities for action during their July 2012 Retreat. The purpose of the review would be to “… assess and propose revisions to the operating standards to determine what updates, if any, should occur to support Ohio’s reform strategy including, but not limited to, providing flexibility to free dollars and seat-time, etc.” (September 2012 Board Book 5 p. 12)

A joint subcommittee of the Achievement and Capacity Committee was appointed by State Board President Terhar to conduct this work. The subcommittee includes Mike Collins, Dannie Greene, Angela Thi Bennett, Tom Gunlock, and C. Todd Jones. The ODE will make a presentation to the full Board about Operating Standards in October 2012. The process will include public hearings at the scheduled State Board meetings (during public participation) and stakeholder participation.

Another subcommittee, which will report to the Achievement Committee, was appointed to address another State Board of Education priority, early childhood education. Other priorities identified at the July SBE Retreat were assigned to the Capacity Committee (school culture), and the Urban Committee (the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and urban education).

State Board of Education Business Meeting on Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The State Board of Education, Debe Terhar president, convened its business meeting on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, and approved minutes for the July 2012 Retreat and August 20, 2012 Special Meeting.

During public participation the State Board received a question from Charlotte Andrist, Central Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She requested clarification about the student retention requirement of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, being discussed by the State Board. She was concerned that the requirement that students receive intense, systematic, and explicit instruction in reading is not included in the Ohio Department of Education’s guidance document about the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Acting Superintendent Sawyers responded by saying staff would check to ensure that the guidance document reflects the language of the law, and that it was the intent of the ODE to build the capacity of teachers so that they could provide effective interventions.

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Sawyers then presented to the Board his report, which noted the following:

ODE Vacancies: Several vacancies in the ODE are expected to be filled over the next month, including a Senior Executive Director position (replacing Adrian Allison), an Associate Superintendent position (replacing Bill Zelei), and possibly the resurrection of the position of chief of staff.

OBR to Move to ODE: The Ohio Board of Regents will relocate to the ODE building at 25 South High Street by December 31, 2012. Work to renovate the ODE building will take place starting in September.

eTPES Launched: The electronic Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems (eTPES) was rolled-out on September 4, 2012 by the ODE. This system allows an evaluator to collect and store evidence and documented observations to determine educator performance based upon defined rubrics, and report educator ratings to ODE. eTPES is based on feedback from the 122 pilot school districts who implemented the system last year. Acting Superintendent Sawyers recognized Lori Lofton, ODE Senior Executive Director, Center for the Teaching Profession; Jim Herrholz, Association Superintendent, Division of Learning; Julia Simmerer, Director Ohio Department of Education, Office of Educator Effectiveness, and Kathy Harper, ODE Office of Equity and Talent, for their contributions to develop and launch eTPES.

New Assessment System: According to law, the ODE, the State Board of Education, and the Ohio Board of Regents are required to develop a new assessment that includes a college and work ready assessment, end of course exams, and secure vendors to provide the assessments. The new assessment system will replace the Ohio Graduation Tests and will become a prerequisite for students to pass in order to receive a diploma.

The new system will be implemented in 2014-15 and include a national standardized assessment that measures college and career readiness selected jointly by the State Board, the Superintendent, and Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents. This exam will be administered to students as a planning tool in the 10th grade no later than the fall of the 2014-15 school year. But, in order to accomplish this goal, the exam needs to be available for pilot testing in the fall of next year. Some examples of possible national assessments that are already available include the PSAT (College Board), the PLAN (ACT), the Composite exam (Cisco), etc.

The law also requires the selection of end of course exams by the Superintendent, State Board, and Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to replace the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). These exams are not high stakes exams like the OGT, but the student’s score on the exam will be a percentage of the student’s final grade in the course.

Three of the end of course exams for English language arts will be selected by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC); three of the end of course exams in math, which could be Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 11, or integrated math 1,2,3, will also be selected by PARCC. The remaining exams in American History, American Government, biology, and physical science will be selected by the Superintendent, State Board, and Chancellor.

PARCC is also considering how to incorporate exams required by the International Bachelor and the Advanced Placement programs, so that students participating in these programs do not have to take more assessments.

To facilitate the selection of the new assessments the State Board of Education was presented for approval a memorandum of agreement between the ODE, the State Board of Education, and Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents. The agreement allows the President of the State Board of Education to act on behalf of the State Board regarding the selection of the new assessments.

Both Rob Hovis and Jeff Hardin expressed concern about the selection of a national exam to assess college and career readiness, and wanted assurances that the special knowledge and skills that students in career tech programs learn are also acknowledged. Acting Superintendent Sawyers responded by saying that representatives from career tech programs will be part of the deliberations about the selection of the national exam.

The State Board then took action on 16 school personnel items and the following resolutions:

#7 Approved a Resolution of Intent to Amend Rule 3301-24-01 of the Administrative Code entitled Glossary/Definitions.

#8 Approved a Resolution of Intent to Amend Rule 3301-24-05 of the Administrative Code entitled Licensure.

#9 Approved a Resolution of Intent to Adopt Birth to Kindergarten Entry Early Learning and Development Standards and their Successors.

#10 Approved a Resolution of Intent to Adopt a Revised Model Anti-Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Policy.

#11 Approved a Resolution to Confirm and Approve the Recommendation of the Hearing Officer and to Approve the Transfer of School District Territory from the Bethel Local School District, Miami County, to the Miami East Local School District, Miami County, pursuant to Section 3311.24 of the Ohio Revised Code.

#12 Approved a Resolution by Substitution to Reject the Hearing Officer’s Report and Approve the Transfer of School District Territory from the Little Miami Local School District, Warren County, to the Kings Local School District, Warren County, pursuant to Section 3311.24 of the Ohio Revised Code. (The original resolution denied the transfer of territory.)

#23 Approved a Resolution to Amend Rule 3301-51-08 of the Administrative Code entitled Parentally Placed Nonpublic School Children.

#24 Approved the Willard City School District Board of Education’s Determination of Impractical Transportation of Certain Students Attending St. Paul Elementary and St. Paul High School in Norwalk, OH.

#25 Approved a Resolution to Adopt the State Board of Education’s 2014-2015 Budget Request to the Governor and Members of the General Assembly. The document includes budget scenarios A, B, and C. Budgets A & B are OBM scenarios that include a budget that is 90 percent of FY13 levels and a budget that is 100 percent of FY13 levels. Document C is the budget document presented to the State Board in June 2012 and includes the funding priorities of the State Board, and place-holders for Foundation Funding levels.

The Resolution was amended to indicate that the State Board will consider at the October 2012 meeting additional funding for the policy areas of early childhood education, the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, Information Technology Infrastructure, and Ohio Young Farmers, and will make additional recommendations to the Office of Budget and Management at that time.

Board member Deb Cain voted against the budget resolution, stating that it does not fulfill the State Board’s responsibility to address school district needs, and does not reflect the severe financial situations that school districts are facing, including the loss of teachers; cuts in AP and arts/music programs; and the number of school districts that are facing ballot issues this year.

#26 Approved a Motion to Select Michael Collins as a voting delegate to the NASBE Convention.

#27 Approved a Resolution to appoint Wayne L. Wlodarski to the Educator Standards Board.

#28 Approved a Resolution to Adopt the Revised Physical Education and Wellness Report Card Measure.

#29 Approved a Resolution to Adopt Cut Scores for the Third Grade Ohio Achievement Assessment in Reading for the Purposes of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

#30 Approved a Resolution to Accept the Recommendation of the Hearing Officer and to Revoke the Registration of Rays of Hope as an Autism Scholarship Provider, Pursuant to Section 3310.41 of the Revised Code and Rule 3301-103-06(E) of the Ohio Administrative Code.

#31 Approved a Motion to reconsider #17 and #20, personnel matters. The reconsideration was necessary, because State Board member C. Todd Jones, in his position as a State Board member on the advisory board to review consent agreements, had inadvertently voted on cases that had appeared before him, when he should have abstained. Both resolutions were approved again.

#32 Approved a Motion to release the Local Report Cards as a spreadsheet by September 30, 2012. Rob Hovis moved an amendment to require the State Board to issue the regular Local Report Card, but the amendment failed.

#33 Approved a Motion to appoint Krista Taracuk to the Library Board for a full term.

#34 Approved a Memorandum of Agreement between the ODE, the State Board of Education, and the Chancellor of the Board of Regents, that would allow President Terhar to act on behalf of the State Board of Education in a process to select assessments and end of course exams. The document was amended to indicate that the memorandum would terminate if a joint agreement on the assessments and exams cannot be reached.

#35 Approved a Resolution that directs a committee of the State Board to be created to identify successful educational practices related to financial literacy; determine if the State Board should recommend to the legislature that all students complete a discrete course in financial literacy to graduate; and report its findings and recommendations to the State Board by December 31, 2013.

#36 Presented a Commendation to William Zelei, thanking him for his leadership and work with the Ohio Department of Education.

Using NAEP to Predict College and Career Readiness: An article in Education Week on September 11, 2012 entitled “Can NAEP Predict College Readiness” by Sarah D. Sparks, describes the difficulty that educators, researchers, and policy makers have had in using the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores to predict post-high school student achievement in college or careers.

The release of a study that was commissioned by the National Assessment Governing Board to determine the effectiveness of NAEP to predict student preparedness for college, career, and military was delayed last month so that additional data could be collected and analyzed from 2013 NAEP data.

Other researchers have found that the 12th grade NAEP scores in reading and math cover content similar to the SAT. When the NAEP score of proficient is compared to the SAT scores, a proficient score on the NAEP math exam corresponds with an 80 percent chance of earning 500 out of 800 possible points on the math portion of the SAT. A proficient score in reading was associated with a 50-50 chance of scoring 500 on the SAT verbal. 500 is the score that the SAT has established as equivalent to earning at least a B- in freshman level college courses. Researchers have also found that the 12th grade NAEP scores correspond less with the ACT scores than with SAT scores.

According to the article, one of the problems in using NAEP is the lack of a definitive cut score that means that students are college and career ready. According to Cornelia S. Orr, executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board, “The goal for the governing board was to find the point at which students would be prepared academically. As of yet, we haven’t gotten there.”

Using NAEP scores to determine preparation for careers that don’t require four years of college is less likely. College and career ready might not mean the same thing according to Louis M. Fabrizio, a member of the National Assessment Governing Board and director of data, research and policy at the North Carolina Department of Education. A study comparing NAEP scores with career-related WorkKeys tests, for example, found little overlap of content. More research will be conducted next year to compare the skills and knowledge covered in job-training programs in five career areas with the math and reading content in the 12th grade NAEP tests.

The article is available.

Bills Introduced:

SB372 (Brown) Summer Meal Programs: Requires school districts to allow alternative summer meal sponsors to use school facilities to provide food service for summer intervention services regardless of financial reasons if at least half of the students are eligible for free lunches.

HB590 (Boose) Tax Expenditure Review Committee: Creates a Tax Expenditure Review Committee for the purpose of reviewing existing and proposed tax expenditures.

HCR53 (Goyal) Election Contributions: Memorializes the Congress of the United States to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution to overturn the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 50 (2010), and to specify that Congress and the States have the power to regulate contributions and expenditures made for the purpose of influencing elections.

FYI ARTS

Nominations Being Accepted for KCAAEN and NSBA Award: The nomination form for the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) and National School Boards Association Award (NSBA) is available.

Since 1989, the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and the National School Boards Association have recognized a board of education that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality arts education, and includes all four major artistic disciplines – visual art, music, theater and dance – in their arts education program.

Final selection of a board of education is made by a national panel of educators and arts professionals, including representatives of the KCAAEN and NSBA. The winning school board receives a plaque presented at the NSBA Annual Conference, along with a cash award of $10,000 to use for their arts education program.

One nomination is invited to apply from each U.S. state. The deadline to submit a proposal is December 3, 2012. For more information please contact the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education at http://www.oaae.net/.

A list of past winners can be found online.

The EdTA Conference Video Stream: The Educational Theatre Association will video stream two keynote presentations from the EdTA Conference in San Diego. The two events take place on Saturday, September 22 at 8:45 AM and 11:15 AM Pacific Time. The 8:45 AM web stream will present the results of the Survey of Theatre Education in United States High Schools. The 11:15 AM presentation will discuss the revision of the national arts standards, which EdTA is helping to rewrite, along with many other organizations that belong to the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. The video stream is available.

Live Webinar about Using the Arts to Transform Struggling Schools: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Federal Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development will host a live webinar on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM EST. The Webinar will focus on the question, “Can the arts play a role in transforming struggling schools and improving student outcomes?”

The webinar will feature presentations by the U.S. Department of Education and The Center for Arts Education in New York City. Representatives from The Center for Arts Education will discuss findings from the U.S. Department of Education Arts in Education Model Development & Dissemination Programs implemented in New York City and Chicago K-8 schools. CAE will also share findings of a study on the impact of arts education on student engagement and graduation in New York City public high schools. Guest speakers include

  • Sunil Iyengar, Director of Research & Analysis, NEA, will moderate the webinar
  • Jerry Kyle, Management and Program Analyst, Office of Innovation and Improvement, US Department of Education
  • Lori Sherman, Director of Development, The Center for Arts Education
  • Jerry James, Director of Teaching and Learning, The Center for Arts Education
  • Doug Israel, Director of Research and Policy, The Center for Arts Education
  • Ramon Gonzalez, Principal, MS223, The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology

This is the latest public webinar hosted by the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, an alliance of 14 federal agencies and departments that encourage more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life. More information on the Task Force is available.

This webinar is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Join the webinar.

Check the “Enter as Guest” radio button. Type in your name and click hit “Enter Room” to join. Participants can also listen using your computer’s speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 942738. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box.

An archive of the webinar will be available on September 24th.

Reading is Fundamental Adds the Arts: Reading is Fundamental (RIF) released a press release on September 12, 2012 stating that is has launched a multi-year early childhood literacy campaign to integrate the arts with STEM learning. The new RIF program includes a collection of 40 multicultural children’s books and related activities with themes that integrate the arts and STEM subjects.

According to Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF, “This initiative is about inspiring the innovators of tomorrow early with engaging books and resources that connect the dots between science, technology and the arts from broad-ranging cultural perspectives. From DaVinci to Madame C.J. Walker to Steve Jobs, our greatest innovators are those who are as creative as they are precise, as imaginative as they are methodical. STEAM-based learning aims to nurture every facet of innovation.”

This year’s collection will be accompanied by a set of free downloadable activities for parents and educators to engage children in literacy development, based on the Common Core Standards adopted by 45 states in the nation. Each book in the collection was carefully reviewed and selected by RIF’s Literacy Services team with guidelines provided by RIF’s Literature Advisory Board and Multicultural Advisory Committee, national panels of educators and experts in books for children.

Reading Is Fundamental is a national non-profit organization which delivers free books to kids and families in under-served communities.

More information is available.

Target: Field Trip Grants: Target Field Trip Grants are available to fund scholastic outings in situations where monies are otherwise lacking. The maximum award is $700. Teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff in K-12 public, are eligible to participate. The deadline to submit a proposal is September 30, 2012. More information is available.

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About OAAE

Since our founding in 1974, by Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson, our mission has always been to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building. The OAAE is funded in part for its day-to-day operation by the Ohio Arts Council. This support makes it possible for the OAAE to operate its office in Columbus and to work statewide to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Support for arts education projects comes from the Ohio Arts Council, The John F. Kennedy Center, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, and OhioDance. The Community Arts Education programs of Central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from each of these outstanding agencies and organizations.
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