The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE) announced in late December a challenge grant campaign in partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC). Proceeds from the fundraising campaign will support OAAE’s Community Arts Education programs. Every dollar donated to OAAE’s Community Arts Education programs up to a total of $50,000 will be matched one-to-one by the Greater Columbus Arts Council for a total of $100,000.
OAAE’s Community Arts Education programs serve more than 150,000 central Ohio residents each year. Much of the work involves long-term commitments to urban youth in some of Columbus’ most challenging neighborhoods. This requires an investment of both public and private resources. Supporters of arts education are urged to take advantage of this opportunity to double their investment in strengthening these unique and inspiring arts education programs. Donations are tax deductible.
Donations can be made online by clicking here or by sending a check to: OAAE / Community Arts Education, Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St., 2nd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215-6108. For more information, contact Tim Katz at 614.221.4680 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to donate now.
Special Event: Linda Darling-Hammond, the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, will be speaking at a City Club of Cleveland Friday Forum on January 25, 2013. Professor Darling-Hammond launched the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network, and served as faculty sponsor for the Stanford Teacher Education Program. She is the former President of the American Educational Research Association and a Member of the National Academy of Education. Her research, teaching, and policy work focuses on issues of school restructuring, teacher quality, and educational equity. She has been an outspoken proponent of public schools and teacher evaluation systems based on research.
Professor Darling-Hammond is the author of over 400 publications including: The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity will Determine our Future (2010), and Powerful Teacher Education (2006).
This event is sponsored by the City Club of Cleveland, Policy Matters Ohio, the Greater Cleveland School Superintendents Association, the Center for Educational Leadership at Cleveland State University, and the Cleveland Teachers Union.
130th General Assembly Begins: The Ohio House and Senate officially convened last week, electing Keith Faber Senate President and William Batchelder House Speaker. Speaker Batchelder also announced that the House Finance and Appropriations Committee meetings will be broadcast over the internet and on public access channels this session, and that more legislative documents will be available online for the public, including amendments to bills.
House and Senate Schedules Posted: The Ohio House and Senate have posted a schedule of hearings and sessions for the first half of the 130th General Assembly. The Senate sessions will start at 1:30 PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 11:00 AM on Thursdays. The House sessions will start at 11:00 AM on Tuesdays, and 1:00 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Committee hearings will begin January 24, 2013, with sessions and committee meetings scheduled most weeks through June. A spring break is scheduled for March 25 – April 5, 2013.
Senate Committee Members Announced: Ohio Senate President Keith Faber announced last week the committee rosters and chairs for the Ohio Senate. He also noted that some committees will meet every other week.
The Finance Committee will be chaired by Senator Oelslager (R) and Senator Coley (R) will serve as vice chair. Other members of the committee include Senators Burke (R), Gardner (R), Hughes (R), Jones (R), LaRose (R), Patton (R), Peterson (R), Sawyer (D), Schiavoni (D), Smith (D), and Tavares (D).
The Finance Committee, Subcommittee on Education, will be chaired by Senator Gardner (R), and Senator Lehner will serve as vice chair. Other members of the subcommittee include Senators Beagle (R), Hite (R), Hughes (R), Manning (R), Sawyer (D), Skindell (D), Turner (D), Uecker (R), and Widener (R).
The Education Committee will be chaired by Senator Lehner (R) and Senator Hite will serve as vice chair. Other members of the committee include Senators Balderson (R), Beagle (R), Coley (R), Gardner (R), Manning (R), Sawyer (D), Schiavoni (D) and Turner (D).
House Committee Leadership Announced: House Speaker William Batchelder announced last week the committee leadership for the 130th General Assembly.
Representative Ron Amstutz will continue to chair the Finance and Appropriations Committee, and Representative Jeff McClain will serve as vice chair.
The Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee under the Finance Committee will be chaired by Representative Bill Hayes, and the Higher Education Subcommittee will be chaired by Representative Cliff Rosenberger.
Representative Gerald Stebelton will again chair the Education Committee, and Representative Andrew Brenner will be the vice chair.
Some committees will be merged, and two new committees have been created: the new Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee will be chaired by Representative Mike Dovilla with Representative Jim Buchy as vice chair, and the Manufacturing and Workforce Development Committee will be chaired by Representative Kirk Schuring, with Representative Mark Romanchuk as vice chair.
State Board Appointments: Governor Kasich announced on January 11, 2013 appointments and reappointments to the State Board of Education. There are a total of 19 members on the state board: eleven members are elected and represent three State Senate Districts; eight at-large members are appointed by the governor.
The Governor appointed, for a term ending December 31, 2016, Mark A. Smith of Circleville. He will replace Dannie Greene, originally appointed by Governor Strickland. The Governor also reappointed to the Board Angela T. Bennett of East Cleveland and C. Todd Jones of New Albany for terms ending December 31, 2016. The Governor has yet to reappoint Stanley Jackson, whose term ended on December 31, 2012.
Update on 98th House District Challenge: Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor on January 8, 2013 denied “at this time” a motion filed by former Representative Joshua O’Farrell (D) seeking a recount in the 98th House District race, won by Representative Al Landis (R) by eight votes. The order requires all ballots to be sealed, and directs the boards of elections in Tuscarawas County and Holmes County to show cause why the ballots should not remain under seal and should not be transferred to the chief justice for safekeeping. A procedural order issued on January 9, 2013 directs the contestor (Joshua O’Farrell) and other parties to submit evidence to the Court regarding the contested ballots.
The motion was filed under R.C. 3515, which requires the Ohio House to decide a contested election, after the chief justice gathers evidence, conducts a trial, and files a transcript of the trial with the House Clerk.
January is School Boards Month in Ohio: Governor Kasich issued a proclamation on January 10, 2013 designating January 2013 as School Boards Month in Ohio in recognition of the more than 3,400 citizens who serve as elected board members for Ohio’s city, village, local, joint vocational, and education service centers. Information about Ohio School Boards Month is available.
Education Week Issues its Annual Quality Counts Report: Education Week released on January 10, 2013 Quality Counts 2013: Code of Conduct, Safety, Discipline, and School Climate, a collaboration between Education Week and the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. This is the 17th edition of the report, which tracks and grades the states on education policies and outcomes through indicators. This edition provides overall letter grades for states and the nation, and updates letter grades in three of the six major categories that are tracked: the Chance-for-Success Index, School Finance; and Transitions and Alignment. State information was updated in 2012 in the other three categories: K-12 Achievement Index; the Teaching Profession; and Standards, Assessments and Accountability.
The report also includes a variety of reports and survey results about how the social and disciplinary environment of a school affects student learning and the working conditions for teachers and administrators.
According to the report the nation’s schools earned an overall C+ (76.9) across six categories of policy and performance. This represents a small increase in the score since last year. Maryland was the highest rated state overall again this year earning a B+ and 87.5 out of 100 points. Other top scoring states, Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia, all earned Bs. South Dakota finished in last place with a D+.
Ohio came in 12th place with a B- and a score of 79.6 percent. Ohio was ranked in 5th place in 2010, but dropped to 10th place in 2011. Ohio earned the following scores in the categories tracked:
- Chance for success – Ohio’s grade C+. This index combines information from 13 indicators that span childhood through adulthood in three life stages: the early-childhood years, participation and performance in formal education, and educational attainment and workforce outcomes during adulthood. Massachusetts received the highest score in this category, followed by Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont.
- K-12 Achievement – Ohio’s grade C-. The score in this category was not updated this year and is the same score reported in Quality Counts 2012. This index evaluates the overall strength of a state’s public school system on 18 indicators including current achievement, improvements over time, and poverty-based disparities or gaps.
- Standards, Assessments, and Accountability – Ohio’s grade A. The score in this category was not updated this year and is the same score reported in Quality Counts 2012. This index examines indicators for standards for English/language arts, math, science, and social studies; supplemental guides for the standards; and support for particular student populations. (Please note: States are not recognized for having content standards for the arts.)
- Transitions and Alignment- Ohio’s grade C+. This index tracks state-policy efforts to better coordinate the connections between K-12 schooling and early-childhood education, college readiness, and career readiness. It is based on a set of 14 policies, each of which factors equally into a state’s grade. The state’s final score reflects the number of policies a state has implemented. Georgia received a maximum of 100 points in this category. The nation earned an overall B-.
- Teaching Profession – Ohio’s grade C. The score in this category was not updated this year and is the same score reported in Quality Counts 2012. This index evaluates 44 individual state indicators. According to Quality Counts 2012, the impact of the recession led to declines in this index, which includes indicators for teacher preparation; state policies for unlicensed teachers; evaluating teaching performance; accountability for the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs; and data systems to monitor quality. The report shows that the Pay-Parity Index, the national pay-gap between teachers and other comparable workers, has narrowed in the past several years. “Public-school teachers earn about 94 cents for every dollar earned in similar occupations nationwide.” The median salary for public school teachers was $49,974 compared with $52,972 for comparable workers.
- School Finance – Ohio’s grade C+. This category examines a set of eight school-finance indicators, which focus on school spending patterns and the distribution of resources within a state. The index is based on 2010 data, the most recent available, and examines expenditures relative to certain benchmarks, such as the total size of a state’s budget. The national grade in this category is C. Wyoming earned an A, followed by West Virginia, Connecticut, New York, and Vermont.
Quality Counts 2013 is available.
Schools to Receive Casino Payments: The Ohio Department of Taxation released last week the amount of casino tax revenue school districts will receive on January 31, 2013. Voters approved in 2009 a constitutional amendment that authorizes the establishment of four casinos, and specifies how tax revenue from the casinos will be distributed to counties, cities, and schools. School districts and charter schools will receive a total of $37.9 million for the first of two annual casino payments, which will be made in January and August.
Tax revenue from casinos is distributed in the following ways: Schools receive 34 percent of casino tax revenues, which is distributed based on student enrollment; county governments receive 51 percent; eight of Ohio’s largest cities receive half of their county’s casino tax revenue; cities that host a casino also receive another 5 percent of revenue quarterly; the Ohio Casino Control Commission and State Racing Commission each receive 3 percent of the tax revenue; and two percent of tax revenue is directed to support gambling and addiction prevention services.
The amount of tax revenue distributed to schools by their IRN is available.
The amount of tax revenue distributed to schools by county is available.
BOR Releases Report About Teacher Education Programs: The Board of Regents (BOR) released on January 8, 2013 its first evaluation of teacher preparation programs at Ohio’s public and independent universities. The report, which will be published annually, is required in law (HB153-129th Ohio General Assembly), and will be used to improve each educator preparation programs and create opportunities for faculty from different institutions to share effective practices. The report is divided into a statewide report and separate reports for each of the 51 educator preparation programs (13 public and 38 private) that are approved by the BOR. The teacher preparation programs are evaluated on the following metrics:
- Licensure Test Scores
- Value-added Data (EVAAS)
- Candidate Academic Measures
- Field/Clinical Experiences
- Pre-Service Teacher Candidate Survey Results
- National Accreditation
- Resident Educator Persistence Data
- Excellence & Innovation Initiatives
This first report includes baseline data for the educator preparation programs. Only data for individuals with license effective dates 2008-2011 are included in this report, and only teachers and principals in public K-12 schools and district administered community schools in Ohio are included. The report does not include data on teachers who teach in private schools or are out of state. The report also includes SAS ® EVAAS® value-added data available for 68 percent of Ohio teachers of reading and mathematics in grades 4-8 serving in public or district-administered community schools, and 100 percent of the principals serving in public or district-administered community schools with building level Value-added data.
According to the BOR press release about the report, refinements will be made to improve the report, and trend data on the current measures and additional metrics will be added in the future.
The following are some of the results published in the statewide report:
- Teacher Licensure Test Scores. Individuals Completing Educator Preparation Programs in 2010-11: Completers Tested: 5818; Completers Passed: 5562; Rate: 96 percent. (99.53 of teachers passed the Praxis II assessments for arts content.) The passage rates for students graduating from public institutions ranged from a low of 21 percent for students at Central State University to a high of 100 percent for students attending the University of Toledo and Shawnee State University. Most public universities posted passage rates over 93 percent.
- Principal Licensure Test Scores. Individuals Completing Principal Preparation Programs in 2011-12: Completers Tested: 709; Pass Rate: 96 percent.
- Value-added Data for Individuals Completing Educator Preparation Programs: Above Expected: 20 percent; Met Expected: 68 percent; Below Expected: 12 percent.
- Percent of Newly Hired Teachers Completing the Year 1 Residency Program: Entering: 3307; Completing: 3230 (97.7 percent).
The statewide report and reports for institutions are available on the Board of Regents’ website.
Some Charter Schools Avoid Closure: Policy Matters Ohio released on January 9, 2013 a report entitled Avoiding Accountability: How charter operators evade Ohio’s automatic closure law by Jennifer DePaoli and Piet van Lier.
The report examines the loopholes in current law that enable closed charter schools to open as new schools at the same address and often with the same staff, but under a different name; identifies the ways governing boards, sponsors, and management companies get around the closure law; and provides recommendations to make the closure laws more effective and accountable to the public.
According to the report seven of twenty closed charter schools skirted the closure law, and an eighth charter school closed before it was required to do so, but then opened as a new school. The report explains that Ohio’s laws require a charter school to close if it serves any grade levels four through eight; is rated in Academic Emergency for at least two of the three most recent school years; and shows less than one year of academic growth in either reading or math in that time period. The law also prohibits the governing board of a school targeted for closure to enter into a contract with another sponsor after the school has closed.
The authors write that the closure laws were passed by the General Assembly to address the “glut of ineffective charter schools” in Ohio so that students and parents would have access to quality educational options.
However, Policy Matters Ohio found through its investigation of 20 charter schools the following loopholes that enable a closed school to reopen at the same location, and with essentially the same staff, but under a new name.
- Management companies have expanded the charters of other charter schools to add or subtract grade levels, to absorb the students and staff from the closed school.
- Management companies have replaced a closed school with another school operated by the same management company.
- Sponsors have been able to prematurely close a school targeted for closure, and then open a new school at the same address and with essentially the same staff, which extends the existence of the “so called closed school” for at least five years, even if it is not academically successful.
- Management companies are not held accountable for the poor performance of a school that they are managing.
- Management companies can appoint a new governing board for a charter school, if the current board decides to change management companies.
The report provides details about the following eight charter schools which closed, but then “re-opened”, skirting the intent of Ohio’s closure laws. According to Policy Matters Ohio, five of these eight schools are ranked in Academic Watch or Emergency, but continue to receive millions of public funds to stay in operation.
- Eagle Heights Academy, Youngstown, closed in June 2010 and opened in August 2010 as Southside Academy, Youngstown at the same address, with the same sponsor, with a different management company (White Hat); and with 36 overlapping staff, including the same principal.
- Lawrence Dunbar Academy, Toledo, closed in June 2010 and opened in July 2010 as Northpointe Academy, at the same address, with the same sponsor, with the same management company, and with 16 overlapping staff, including the principal.
- Hope Academy Canton, Canton, closed in June 2010; merged with Life Skills Center, Canton, to become Brighten Heights Academy, and then opened in August 2011 as Garfield Academy, at the same address, with three different sponsors, but with the same management company (White Hat); and with 23 overlapping staff.
- Academy of Arts and Humanities, Warren, closed in June 2011, but opened in August 2011 as STEAM Academy at the same address; with a different sponsor; with the same management company (Mosaica), and with eight overlapping staff.
- Summit Academy for Alternative Learners of Youngstown closed in May 2009, but another charter school, Summit Academy Middle School, expanded to grades K-8 and in August 2010 changed its name to Summit Academy Youngstown, and moved to the address of the closed school; with the same sponsor (ESC of Lake Erie West, which was Lucas County ESC); with the same management company (Summit Academy), and with 54 overlapping staff.
- Hope Academy Cathedral, Cleveland, closed in May 2011, but opened in August 2011 as Woodland Academy, at the same address, with the same sponsor and management company (White Hat), and with 15 overlapping staff.
- Hope Academy Broadway was closed in June 2010, but opened in August 2011 as Broadway Academy, at the same address, with a different sponsor, with the same management company, and with eleven overlapping staff.
- W.E.B. DuBois Academy, Cincinnati, closed in June 2010, but in July 2010 an expanded sister school, Cincinnati Speech & Reading Intervention Center, moved into the address, with a different sponsor, without a management company, and with three overlapping staff.
The report includes the following recommendations:
Revamp the closure law – Legislators must change the law to include accountability measures for the sponsors and charter management organizations of schools meeting closure criteria. The reworked law should ensure that sponsors, management companies, and school boards do not sign new contracts that circumvent the closure of academically failing schools.
Strengthen oversight – The ODE should have, and exercise, increased capacity to provide meaningful oversight. This should include the power to refuse the expansion of charter contracts, which has allowed charter managers to merge closed schools with the other schools that they run.
Legislators, ODE, and the state school board must also push forward on proposed legislation to better measure sponsor performance, increase the accountability of sponsors, and revoke the approval of non-compliant sponsors.
ODE and the state board, as they promote quality practices and standards for charter sponsors, should include tough penalties for sponsors that help keep failed charter schools open.
Hold charter managers accountable – Ohio’s charter closure law does not hold management companies accountable for the performance of the schools they operate. Ohio lawmakers need to push for stronger accountability measures for charter management organizations, and reinstate a provision that prohibited charter school managers with no schools rated at least in Continuous Improvement – the equivalent of a C grade – from authorizing new schools.
The report is available.
State Board of Education to Meet: The State Board of Education, Debe Terhar president, will meet on January 14 & 15, 2013 at the Ohio School for the Deaf, 500 Morse Road, Columbus, OH.
Meeting on Monday, January 14, 2013
On Monday, January 14, 2013 the State Board will meet at 8:30 AM for a swearing-in ceremony conducted by Justice Sharon Kennedy, Ohio Supreme Court, and will hold its biennial organizational meeting. The Board will elect a president and vice-president for the two year session, and then adjourn the organizational meeting.
The Executive Committee, chaired by the State Board president, will meet at 10:00 AM, and discuss relocating State Board of Education meetings to downtown Columbus, and the meeting dates for 2013-14.
The Achievement, Capacity, and Urban Education committees will meet at 10:30 AM.
The Achievement Committee will adopt a Resolution to approve an ODE Policy on Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, and Restraint and Seclusion; approve a Resolution of Intent to Enact Rule 3301-35-15 of the Administrative Code Entitled Standards Concerning the Implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports and the Use of Restraint and Seclusion; and receive an update on the Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project.
The Capacity Committee will discuss Rules 3301-102-01 to -07, Community School Rules; discuss Rules 3301-24-19 to -22, Alternative Resident Educator License Rules; receive an update on issues related to the SEED School of Cincinnati; and receive an update about the teacher evaluation framework for state agencies.
The Committee on Urban Education will receive presentations regarding Early Childhood Education and the value added measures and implications for urban school districts.
Following lunch at 12:00 PM the Board will convene in executive session. The Board will resume its business meeting after executive session and receive committee reports. The Board will then recess.
Meeting on January 15, 2013
The Legislative and Budget Committee will meet at 8:30 AM to receive a year-end legislative update and discuss the IDEA federal platform.
The Board will then reconvene its business meeting and receive the report of the Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction, who will discuss school safety and changes to Ohio’s accountability system.
The State Board will then vote on the Report and Recommendations of the Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction; consider Old Business; New Business; and adjourn.
Report and Recommendations of the Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
#3 Approve a Resolution of Intent to Amend Rule 3301-24-08 of the Administrative Code entitled Professional or Associate License Renewal.
#4 Approve a Resolution of Intent to Amend Rules 3301-24-19 to -22 of the Administrative Code regarding Alternative Resident Educator Licenses.
#5 Approve a Resolution of Intent to Amend Rule 3301-35-15 of the Administrative Code concerning the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Supports and the Use of Restraint and Seclusion.
#6 Approve a Resolution of Intent to Consider Confirmation of the Tuslaw Local School District’s Determination of Impractical to Transport certain students attending Heritage Christian School, Canton, OH.
#7 Approve a Resolution to confirm and approve the Recommendation of the Hearing Officer to approve the transfer of school district territory from the Northwestern Local School District, Wayne County, to the Norwayne Local School District, Wayne County, pursuant to Section 3311.24 of the Ohio Revised Code.
#16 Approve a Resolution to Amend Rules 3301-13-01, -02, -05, AND -06 and to Rescind Rule 3301-13-08 of the Administrative Code regarding statewide assessments.
#17 Approve a Resolution to Approve ODE Policy on Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, and Restraint and Seclusion.
Vans Custom Culture Competition: The Vans Custom Culture invites high school arts classes to compete in a competition to win money for their visual art program. Registered schools will receive four pairs of blank Vans sneakers to be customized in four themes: ART, MUSIC, ACTION SPORTS, AND LOCAL FLAVOR.
Custom Culture is a national high school shoe customized contest where schools from all over the United States compete for a chance to win money for arts programs. The Top Five finalists will be flown to New York City for an exclusive final event where the winner will be selected. The grand prize winning school will receive a $50,000 prize for their arts programs and the chance for their shoes to be produced and sold in Vans’ retail stores. The four runner up schools will also receive money for their arts programs. Additionally, national retail partner Journeys will award a separate $10,000 prize to one of the final five schools with the best local flavor themed pair of shoes.
Registration for the competition begins on January 2, 2013.
Information is available.
VSA International Art Program for Children with Disabilities. VSA and the Kennedy Center invite student-artists with disabilities from around the world to present their artwork in an online exhibition. A selection of artwork from the online entries will be chosen for a live exhibition at the United States Department of Education in Washington D.C.
The theme of this exhibition is “I Am…My Family”. Children with disabilities are encouraged to create a family portrait that illustrates themselves among the people that provide love, support, and encouragement in their lives – their families!
Children with a disability, ages 5 to 18, are eligible. Artwork must be two-dimensional works and no larger than 18 x 24 inches. The deadline to submit artwork is May 1, 2013.
Information is available.
Teach Creativity Through World Music: Anthony Jackson writes in Education Week’s Global Learning blog that music and the arts support the Common Core standards that require students to “consume information and build literacy across media and disciplines, to analyze it, and then create their own projects.” (Teach Creativity Through World Music by Anthony Jackson, Education Week, January 5, 2013.)
According to the blog, when students listen, analyze, and create world music they are exploring other cultures, learning other languages, identifying universal moods and themes, and building communication and analytical skills. The author suggests some publishers, composers, musical groups, and web sites to introduce students to world music. Some of the resources include lesson plans to link music standards with the common core standards.
The blog is available.