Arts On Line Education Update 09.09.2013

Artist Preview Night 2013

Artist Preview Night gives educators the opportunity to meet the teaching artists on the Artists-in-Schools roster, network with colleagues, and discuss opportunities for collaborative programming. This tradeshow-style event will feature artists in mini-performances and demonstrations throughout the evening.

Artists-in-Schools’ teaching artists offer residencies, performances, workshops, and arts-integrated instruction to schools and other educational organizations in central Ohio and beyond. To view the full artist roster, visit www.oaae.net.

WHEN: Thursday, September 12, 2013 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Arts IMPACT Middle School 680 Jack Gibbs Blvd. 43215
VISIT OUR WEBSITE for the performance schedule.

Ohio News

130th General Assembly: Some committees are meeting this week, but the Ohio House and Senate will not hold sessions. The committees that are meeting are the House Tax Reform Study Committee, the House Higher Education Study Committee, and the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission and its committees.

Feedback Sought on Proposed Standards for Gifted Education Programs: The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children, invites public comment and feedback on the proposed revisions to the Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students, Rule 3301-51-15. Please submit comments to gifted@education.ohio.gov by the close of business on September 20, 2013.

The draft standards are available.

Transportation Grants Available: The Capitol Square Foundation’s School Bus Transportation Grant Program will begin accepting grant applications at 9:00 AM on September 12, 2013 for the 2013-2014 school. The grants are approved on a first-come, first-served basis, and only one grant will be awarded to each school. The program helps schools defray bus transportation expenses to visit the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center. Information about the program is available.

More Appointments Made to the Straight A Fund Board: Last week House Speaker William Batchelder appointed Representative Gerald Stebelton and House Republican policy aide Colleen Grady to the Straight A Fund governing board. Governor Kasich appointed on August 28, 2013 Alex Fischer of Columbus and Kristina Phillips-Schwartz of Loveland.

The Straight A Fund was created in Am. Sub. HB59 (Amstutz) the biennial budget, and will provide $250 million for earmarked programs and competitive grants in FY14-15. A nine-member governing board will oversee the program. The governing board includes the Superintendent of Public Instruction, or the Superintendent’s designee, four members appointed by the governor, two members appointed by the Speaker of the House, and two members appointed by the President of the Senate.

Entities eligible to apply for Straight A Fund grants include city, local, exempted village, and joint vocational school districts, educational service centers, community schools, STEM schools, college-preparatory boarding schools, individual school buildings, education consortia (which may represent a partnership among school districts, school buildings, community schools, or STEM schools), institutions of higher education, and private entities that partner with one or more of the educational entities.

The funds will be awarded for projects that aim to achieve significant advancement in student achievement; reduce spending; or increase resources for classrooms.

The governing board will select grant advisors with fiscal expertise and education expertise to evaluate proposals and advise the governing board.

Information about the Straight A Fund is available.

Governor’s Awards for the Arts: The Ohio Arts Council is seeking nominations for the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio.

The annual awards program recognizes individuals and organizations for their contributions to the arts. Awards are distributed in the following categories: arts administration, arts education, arts patron, business support, community development and participation, and individual artist.

Awards will be presented at the Arts Day Luncheon sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. The luncheon will be held at noon on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the Athenaeum in downtown Columbus. The awards and luncheon are held in conjunction with Arts Day, a day-long event demonstrating public value and support for the arts. Arts Day is sponsored by the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, and includes an arts advocacy briefing, legislative visits, arts showcase, Statehouse tours, and student exhibitions.

The deadline for nominations for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts is Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM, and the deadline for submitting support letters is Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM.

Information about the Governor’s Awards for the Arts is available.

Information about Arts Day 2014 is available at http://www.ohiocitizensforthearts.org/

National News

Law Enforcement Officers Endorse Early Childhood Education: A report released on September 3, 2013 by the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids organization supports high-quality early education and care for kids to “lower the devastating impact and cost of crime in the years to come.”

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a national, bipartisan, nonprofit, anti-crime organization, and represents more than 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys, other law enforcement leaders, and violence survivors.

The report is entitled, I’m the Guy You Pay Later, by William Christeson, Sandra Bishop-Josef, Natasha O’Dell-Archer, Chris Beakey and Kara Clifford. Funding for the report was provided by several nationally known organizations, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Pritzker Early Childhood Foundation, and more.

The report is based on research studies about the participation of young children in preschool and home visiting programs and later involvement in criminal activities, and a survey of law enforcement officers about which types of activities prevent crimes. Over 20 preschool programs were studied to prepare this report.

According to the report, preschool programs and home visiting programs have positive long-term results, including reducing the number of people who are incarcerated.

The report states, “These benefits have a tremendous bottom-line economic impact. An independent analysis of over 20 preschool programs demonstrated that quality preschool programs returned an average “profit” (economic benefits minus costs) to society of $15,000 for every child served, by cutting crime and the cost of incarceration, and reducing other costs such as special education and welfare.”

The authors reviewed studies that showed that children who participated in early childhood education programs and home visiting program in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina had fewer behavior problems, improved school readiness, reduced special education needs, and greater literacy and math achievement. Researchers also studied early childhood education programs in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Denver, and Chicago, and found that fewer participants in these programs were involved in criminal activity compared to individuals who did not participate in the programs.

The authors conclude that expanding high quality preschool programs and home visiting programs would have a long-term impact on the number of individuals who commit crimes, compared to using other strategies, such as tougher sentencing for juveniles, and installing metal detectors and cameras in schools.

The report urges bipartisan support for a state-federal partnership to expand high quality early childhood education and parenting programs. The report is available.

State Board of Education to Meet: The State Board of Education, Debe Terhar president, will meet on September 9-10, 2013 at the Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front Street in Columbus.

This month’s meeting includes a Chapter 119 hearing on September 9, 2013 at 8:30 AM on two proposed rules: Rule 3301-13-02 Assessment, and Rule 3301-57-01 In-Service Training for teachers.

The State Board will hold a swearing-in ceremony at 11:45 AM for Ronald W. Rudduck of Wilmington. Mr. Rudduck is a former superintendent of the Clinton-Massie Local School District and serves as an adjunct professor at Xavier University and Antioch University Midwest teaching school finance. He will fill the 10th District seat left vacant when Jeff Hardin passed away in March 2013. The seat is one of the eleven elected positions on the State Board, and so Mr. Rudduck will face an election in November 2014. The term ends on December 31, 2016. Two at-large seats on the State Board are still vacant. Angela Thi Bennett resigned in July, 2013, and Dennis Shelton resigned in September 2012. Both are positions that are appointed by the governor.

The Capacity, Achievement, and Urban Education committees will also meet on September 9, 2013.

The Capacity Committee, chaired by Tom Gunlock, will meet at 8:45 AM in room B008. The committee will consider the following items:
• Discuss Rule 3301-26-01, Examinations for Educator Licensure
• Discuss Rule 3301-24-04, Teacher Residency
• Discuss Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA)
• Discuss Rule 3301-8-01, Payment of Debt Charges, and Rule 3301-71-01, Poverty Based Assistance
• Discuss Updates to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) Framework, Ohio Principal Evaluation System (OPES) and State Agency Teacher Evaluation Framework to Align with House Bill 59 • Discuss Termination of the SEED Contract
• Discuss Proposed Changes to Rule 3301-35-05, Faculty and Staff Focus, and Rule 3301-35-12, Chartered Nonpublic Schools.

The Achievement Committee, chaired by C. Todd Jones, will meet at 9:45 AM in room B001. The committee will consider the following items:
• Discuss Proposed Amendments to Rule 3301-51-15, Operating Standards for Gifted Education
• Receive an update on Financial Literacy
• Receive an update on changes in Graduation Requirements
• Receive an update on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee
• Receive an update on Early Learning

The Committee on Urban Education, Mike Collins vice-chair, will meet at 10:15 AM in room B007. The committee will review and discuss persistently poor performing schools and the Ohio My Voice initiative.

The State Board will conduct a hearing at 1:00 PM on Operating Standards for Schools and Districts. Representatives from the following organizations will present testimony: the Ohio School Boards Association, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Catholic Conference of Ohio, the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio Federation of Teachers, and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.

The Accountability Committee, chaired by Tom Gunlock, will meet following an executive session of the State Board in room B001. (Approximately at 4:30 PM). The committee will approve a resolution about the additional measures on the local report card, approve rules regarding the K-3 Literacy Measure and Gifted Value Added; and receive an update on the launch and use of the interactive report card.

On Tuesday, September 10, 2013 the Graduation Requirements Committee, chaired by C. Todd Jones, will meet at 8:30 AM in room B001. The committee will receive an update from the ODE staff about the recommendations that the committee proposed at their August 28, 2013 meeting. These recommendations would revise the current graduation requirements for students in Ohio.

The Legislative and Budget Committee, chaired by Bryan Williams, will meet at 8:45 AM. The committee will discuss implementation of recent legislation, receive a summary on HB59, and discuss a proposed resolution regarding data.

The State Board will receive presentations about the report card, an education implementation plan, presented by Superintendent Richard Ross, and Air Camp.

The Board will convene its business meeting at 1:00 PM. The following resolutions are included on the agenda:

#8 Approve a Resolution of Intent to Adopt Rule 3301-28-07 of the Ohio Administrative Code Regarding Kindergarten through Third Grade Literacy Improvement and Amend Rule 3301-28-06 of the Ohio Administrative Code Regarding the Value-Added Progress Dimension.

#9 Approve the Negotiated Agreement Between the Columbus City School District, Franklin County, and the Dublin City School District, Franklin County, to transfer property from the Columbus City School District to the Dublin City School District.

#20 Approve a Resolution to Adopt the Revised Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) Framework, Ohio Principal Evaluation (OPES) Framework, and State Agency Teacher Evaluation Framework to align with House Bill 59.

#21 Approve a Resolution to Adopt the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) As the Required Performance-Based Assessment for the Ohio Resident Educator Program.

#22 Approve a Resolution to Terminate the Operator Contract with the Seed Foundation for the Operation of a College-Preparatory Boarding School Under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3328.

#23 Approve a Resolution to Adopt and Specify Measures to Be Reported in Addition to the Measures on the Report Card. The additional measures include a requirement that the Ohio Department of Education report the availability of courses in fine arts starting with the 2013-14 school year.

Updates on Gifted Education: The Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC), Ann Sheldon executive director, has posted on its website an update about the statewide report card results for gifted education (posted on August 27, 2013), and information about the proposed rule changes being considered by the State Board of Education for gifted education programs (posted on September 5, 2013).

According to an OAGC advocacy update, the released by the Ohio Department of Education in August 2013 of the 2012-13 Local Report Cards raises several questions about programs for gifted students in Ohio’s schools.

The update notes, “While the majority of districts received a “C” grade, it is worth it to note that 151 districts received a “D” or “F” grade. And the distribution of those low grades seems to have little correlation with past district overall ratings. One would not expect “D” and “F” grades from districts that were deemed excellent or excellent with distinction just last year, but there are a surprising number of districts that did.”

The update also points-out that 51 districts were not graded at all: 62 districts had no reading grades; and 71 districts had no math grades. Low student enrollment might be the reason that some districts were not rated, but there was an inconsistency among school districts with low enrollment, with some districts receiving ratings and others not.

There are also inconsistencies in the number of gifted students being identified across similar types of school districts.

The update recommends further analysis of the data for gifted education included on the local report card to determine the factors that are contributing to the ratings received this year.

The update is available.

Revisions for Rules 3301-51-15: Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students

According to an OAGC analysis, the proposed revisions of Rule 3301-51-15, presented by the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children, eliminated several provisions that support best practices, high quality, and accountability, and should be changed. For example, the following components are eliminated in the current draft:

  • Criteria that defines quality services, including the amount of instructional time and the requirement that qualified gifted intervention specialists provide services or support in regular classroom settings.
  • Requirements about the size of case loads and direct contact time with gifted students for gifted intervention specialists.
  • The requirements that gifted coordinators have knowledge about gifted education. Gifted coordinators will still be responsible for the proper identification and service placement, development of gifted services, and development of the written education plans.
  • Requirements for reporting qualified personnel, professional development, and assistance to regular classroom teachers.
  • Requirements about reporting how funds for gifted education are spent.
  • The requirement that funding for gifted education be reduced when school districts do not comply with the Gifted Standards.

The State Board of Education’s Achievement Committee will review the proposed draft standards on September 9, 2013. According to the OAGC update, advocates for gifted education should contact their representative on the State Board of Education with their comments about the revisions, and prepare to testify on September 10, 2013 and October 8, 2013.

The OAGC update about the revised standards is available.

The proposed revisions for Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students, Rule 3301-51-15 are available on the Ohio Department of Education’s website.

Comments about the proposed standards should be submitted to gifted@education.ohio.gov by the close of business on September 20, 2013.

Ohio Education Organizations Support the Common Core: On September 4, 2013 Richard C. Lewis, executive director of the Ohio School Boards Association, R. Kirk Hamilton, executive director of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, and David Varda, executive director of the Ohio Association of State Business Officials, published an opt-ed article in support of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). (See Keep the Common Core by Richard C. Lewis, R. Kirk Hamilton and David Varda, Ohio.com, September 4, 2013)

According to the authors, “Ohioans must vigorously resist the efforts by those who are trying to repeal the Common Core Standards that Ohio has adopted and will be implemented for all public schools in the 2014-2015 school year. We must not let the loud voices of a few negatively impact the future of our children and our state.”

The authors state that the new standards in reading and math, were developed by the states, including representatives from Ohio, and adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010. The more rigorous standards will better prepare Ohio students to compete for jobs in the global economy.

The authors also note that, “The Common Core Standards are not a substitute for a local school board’s responsibility for adopting curriculum and providing resources to ensure student achievement. Yet they will allow districts to know what their students must be capable of achieving in order to be prepared for the future. School districts will continue to have the freedom to determine how the standards will be met inside their classrooms.”

Bills Introduced:

  • SJR4 (LaRose) OHIO CONSTITUTION-ARTICLE II: Proposing to enact Section 1h of Article II of the Constitution of the State of Ohio to authorize the General Assembly to invalidate rules proposed or adopted under a statute, and to create and empower one or more joint committees of the Senate and House of Representatives to review rules that have been proposed or adopted under a statute and to make recommendations to the General Assembly regarding those rules.

FYI ARTS

Celebrate Arts in Education Week: September 8-14, 2013 is Arts in Education Week, an opportunity to reflect on the knowledge and skills that students learn through an education in the arts, and promote strategies to ensure that all students have access to high quality arts education programs.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution designating the second week of September as “Arts in Education Week” in July of 2010. The resolution (H.Con.Res. 275) was proposed and introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier from California.

The resolution states: “… Arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

What Can Advocates for Arts Education Do to Support The Arts During Arts in Education Week???

The following are some suggested activities for Arts in Education Week:

•Write an editorial for the local paper discussing the significant impact arts education has had on you, your child, and/or community. Consider writing about the arts as part of a complete education.
•Urge boards of education to recognize outstanding arts education programs in school districts, and students who have received awards or recognitions in the arts.
•Encourage teachers and school administrators to incorporate Arts in Education Week in school activities during the week of September 8th. For example, announce Arts in Education Week prior to the marching band’s halftime show at the football game; include information about Arts in Education Week on the school/district website; send a special message home to families about Arts in Education Week.
•Participate in the American’s for the Arts – Arts Education blog, and describe what you have done to celebrate Arts in Education Week in Ohio. http://www.artsusa.org
•Write to elected officials (school board members, city council, Ohio House and Senate members, the Governor, etc.) describing how arts education is a part of a complete education.
•Work with teachers in other disciplines to incorporate the arts in all classes during Arts in Education Week! Make sure that classroom teachers have resources (books, technology, local newspapers, etc.) to support all students.
•Encourage community leaders and parents to participate in Arts Education by sharing information and ideas about the value of arts education to every child.
•Encourage other civic leaders to participate in celebrating Arts in Education Week. Suggest ideas and activities that tie businesses and the arts together.
•Invite the Chamber of Commerce, City Council, and Visitors and Tourism Bureau to adopt a supportive statement about Arts in Education Week – celebrating the creativity and innovation of learners in the arts.

OAAE Testimony to the State Board of Education: Donna Collins, executive director of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, will present the following testimony to the State Board of Education, Debe Terhar president, on Monday, September 9, 2013. The State Board is holding a hearing on Operating Standards for Schools and Districts, Rules 3301-35-01-11, with the intent to revise the standards by the end of this year. The OAAE testimony explains how Operating Standards for Schools and Districts supports the “conditions for learning” in arts education programs, so that students in Ohio have access to high quality standards-based arts education programs, which prepare students for higher education in the arts; careers in the arts; and lifelong participation in the arts.

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Presentation to the State Board of Education
Support for Operating Standards
September 9, 2013
Donna Collins, Executive Director

President Terhar, Vice President Gunlock, members of the State Board of Education, Senator Lehner, Representative Stebelton, Superintendent Ross, ODE staff, and guests.

My name is Donna Collins and I am the Executive Director of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE). I appreciate this opportunity to share with you the reasons why the OAAE supports certain components of Standards for Ohio’s Schools and School Districts, Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rules 3301-35-01 through 07 and 11, and relies on these components to set the conditions in traditional public schools to support high quality, sequential, arts education programs. The arts are defined as dance, drama/theater, media arts, music, and visual art.

To give you some background, the OAAE represents more than twenty arts and arts education organizations and over 8000 arts educators in Ohio. OAAE members include the Ohio Music Education Association, the Ohio Art Education Association, OhioDance, and the Ohio Educational Theatre Association/Ohio Thespian Society. The OAAE is also affiliated with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Alliance for Arts Education Network, based in Washington, D.C.

The OAAE along with all major national education organizations and the public support the need for students to graduate with an education in the arts. According to the August 2013 PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools “More than 90% of Americans believe activities such as band, drama, sports, and newspaper are very or somewhat important, with a high percentage selecting very important.” (See Table #28)

An education in the arts is a necessary component for the development of the “whole child”. It provides students with opportunities to strengthen 21st Century Skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation, and helps students build knowledge and understanding about culture, history, and careers. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has on its website a map that illustrates the intersection between 21st Century Skills and the arts.
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The OAAE works to ensure that Ohio students are prepared with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in the arts; higher education in the arts; and participate in the arts throughout their lives. Ohio’s creative industries in 2012 supported over 197,000 jobs and generated over $8 billion in employee wages, according to the report, Ohio’s Creative Industries, prepared by Bowling Green State University.

To achieve our goals the OAAE advocates for all students to engage in sequential study of the fine arts in school; study at least one art form in depth; and graduate with at least one high school credit in the arts.

During the 1990s OAAE members were part of a statewide advisory group which was formed to revise the 1983 Minimum Standards for Elementary and Secondary Schools. The 1983 standards were finally revised in 2000 based on the Baldrige criteria for high performing organizations.

Although current operating standards have been revised since 2000, they still reflect the Baldrige organizational structure. Arts education advocates rely on this structure to guide schools and districts as they develop or revise arts education programs, because Ohio, unlike some states, does not have “opportunity to learn standards” for the arts; specific laws or rules that dictate the components of a quality preK-12 arts education program; or standardized assessments in the arts to measure student achievement statewide.

Ohio’s academic content standards for the arts describe the essential knowledge and skills to prepare students for careers in the arts, higher education in the arts, and life-long participation in the arts, while operating standards are equally important, because they establish the “conditions for learning” the arts and all subjects in Ohio’s schools.

The current operating standards ensure that students have access to the study of the arts taught by a credentialed teacher; sequential learning in the arts based on courses of study in the arts; and sufficient opportunity for students to achieve locally developed learning and performance objectives in the arts.

Operating standards help to clarify, elaborate, and strengthen the law, and provide a context for high quality arts education programs in Ohio’s schools.

Please find on your iPads a document entitled Revised 9/9/13 OAAE Comments Regarding Operating Standards Mandates. This document is based on Operating Standards Mandates, prepared by the ODE and distributed to the State Board of Education in July 2013, and includes our comments and explanations about how a particular rule in the current operating standards supports quality arts education programs. The OAAE comments are highlighted in yellow. I want to thank the ODE staff for putting this Excel document together, because it greatly facilitated our ability to respond.

Because of time limitations I will not address all of the comments that we included in the document, but want to bring to your attention the explanations that address stakeholders, courses of study, scope and sequence, sufficient opportunity to learn, and review and compliance. Please contact me if you have questions about the other comments.

Number 14 (Rule 3301-35-01 (B)) defines stakeholders and their roles in decision-making processes in schools. Parents, educators, community members, and organizations are included in the definition, which we support. Some Ohio schools receive a variety of resources and support from community-based arts organizations, and these organizations appreciate the opportunity to be active participants in the decision-making processes in the schools. Boards of education are also required to include stakeholders in the development of courses of study, curriculum, school district evaluations, etc.

Defining stakeholders and defining the role of stakeholders in the standards is just best practice, and ensures that school decisions reflect the wishes and needs of the community.

Number 38 (Rule 3301-35-04 (A-H)). These rules establish the “conditions for learning” for education programs in Ohio’s schools, including those in the arts. The rules require that school districts develop courses of study for each subject taught (with stakeholder input); that the courses of study include learning objectives and a scope and sequence indicating the grade level for instruction; that students have sufficient opportunity to learn course of study objectives; that students are assessed and their progress reported; and that students receive intervention if necessary.

As I mentioned before, Ohio does not have “opportunity to learn standards” that specify the components for arts education programs, such as curriculum, scheduling, staffing, materials/equipment, and facilities. Instead, arts education advocates use these rules to ensure that arts education programs in Ohio’s schools meet standards of operational quality.

These rules again promote best practices for setting the “conditions for learning” in a school and should be maintained.

Number 51 (Rule 3301-35-04 (B)(5)(a)) requires that courses of study include learning and performance expectations and a scope and sequence indicating at which grade level, instruction of learning objectives in the arts should occur. Without this rule instruction in the arts could be “hit or miss” at a particular grade level, and students could be left with learning gaps that could affect their future achievement in the arts.

Number 54 (Rule 3301-35-04 (C)) and Number 95 (Rule 3301-35-06(A)) replace the minimum minutes of instruction for art, music, and physical education, included in the 1983 Minimum Standards, and state that students should be provided “sufficient opportunity” to achieve course of study objectives. (The minimum amount of instructional time was 200 minutes per week for art, music, and physical education at the elementary level; 80 minutes per week in 7th and 8th grade for instruction in physical education; 80 minutes per week for instruction in art, music, and health.)

Providing students with “sufficient opportunity to learn” is an important “condition for learning” and a responsibility of the board of education/school administration. Although it is not defined in the rule, an analysis of student achievement in the arts can provide schools with information about the amount of instructional time students need to achieve the learning objectives in the arts. National Opportunity to Learn Standards for the Arts, developed by the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations, and exemplary arts education programs in Ohio can also provide schools with guidance about “sufficient opportunity to learn.” As an important “condition for learning” this component should be maintained.

Number 186 and 191 (Rule 3301-35-11 (B) & (C)). These rules replace the five-year site visits that were part of the 1983 Minimum Standards.

Part (B) of this rule requires that school districts review educational programs and organizational effectiveness to determine alignment with all applicable laws, the school’s vision, mission statement, goals, objectives, and strategic plan. The OAAE believes that this provision represents best practice, and should be maintained. However, we are not aware of how these reviews are currently being conducted. The OAAE recommends that when schools complete these reviews, the results be made public.

Part (C) of this rule states that failure to comply with applicable rules in this Chapter shall be cause for initiating efforts to revoke the school district’s charter, and permits the ODE to investigate allegations of noncompliance.

Arts education advocates use this rule to ensure that school districts provide instruction in the arts from an appropriately licensed teacher in the arts; based on courses of study in the arts; provide students with sufficient opportunity to learn the learning objectives in the arts; and comply with other standards that support high quality “conditions for learning”. The OAAE supports this provision, which holds school districts accountable for meeting operating standards.

We have also attached another OAAE document entitled “Requirements that Support Arts Education Programs in Ohio’s School Districts Based on the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code”. This is a one-page outline of current laws and rules that can be used to support arts education programs in Ohio’s schools.

This concludes the presentation. We look forward to working with the State Board of Education to revise operating standards and also ensure that Ohio students continue to have access to a complete education that includes the arts. We welcome questions and comments about these documents.

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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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