ESSA Update for Ohio’s Arts Educators

The Ohio Department of Education wants public input on their plans for ESSA implementation. We need arts educators to get involved!

From the Ohio Department of Education:

Every Student Succeeds Act Webinars and Proposed Stakeholder Meetings

To receive updates on ESSA when they are posted,  Sign up and select Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) from the dropdown list. Send your questions to

Under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Ohio will create a plan for how our local, state and federal programs are aligned to help all of our students be successful. The Ohio Department of Education will be seeking your involvement at a series of meetings throughout the state. Everyone is welcome to attend and share their ideas. Please join us at a meeting near you. Additionally, the department will host a series of webinars covering focus areas within ESSA . Participants can learn more about specific topics and share their thoughts through a variety of response options. The Ohio Department of Education is committed to comprehensive and collaborative community engagement leading to the development of our state Student Success Plan. A plan that is deeply rooted in the needs of Ohio’s students, educators and communities requires everyone’s input.

All webinars will be recorded and posted below for viewing

Minimum subgroup (N) size for accountability purposes | Watch the webinar | Topic Discussion Guide
July 27 | 1:30 p.m.
State Assessments using nationally-recognized high school assessments (ACT/SAT) | Watch the webinar | Topic Discussion Guide Aug. 3 | 3:30 p.m.
Nonacademic/quality report card indicator | Watch the webinar | Topic Discussion Guide Aug. 10 | 9:30 a.m.
Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) status transition | Register Aug. 17 | 4 p.m.
Guaranteeing equitable access to effective teachers using the State Equity Plan | Register Aug. 24 | 4 p.m.
Students who are homeless/McKinney-Vento Act | Register Aug. 25 | 3 p.m.
English Learner report card indicator | Register Aug. 31 | 4 p.m.
Report Card summative rating, disaggregation requirements, required report card indicators Sept. 9 | 4 p.m.
Federal funding options and flexibilities Sept.16 | 10 a.m.
Academic content standards’ review process Sept. 23 | 3:30 p.m.
School improvement overview Sept. 30 | 3 p.m.
Students in the foster care system TBD


Columbus King Arts Complex
Nicholson Auditorium
867 Mount Vernon Ave.
Columbus, OH 43203
Aug. 31 | 6-8 p.m.
Akron The University of Akron
Grand Station at Quaker Station
135 S. Broadway
Akron, OH 44308
Sept. 7 | 6-8 p.m.
Dayton Montgomery County ESC
200 South Keowee St.
Dayton, Ohio 45402-2242
Sept. 8 | 6-8 p.m.
Bucyrus The Loft at Pickwick Place
1875 N Sandusky Ave.
Bucyrus, OH 44820
Sept. 14 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Toledo Club
Centennial Room, 1st Floor
235 14th St.
Toledo, OH  43604
Sept. 15 | 6-8 p.m.
Cuyahoga Community College’s Jerry Sue Thorton Center
2500 E 22nd St.
Cleveland, OH 44115
Sept. 19 | 6-8 p.m.
Lorain County Lorain County Community College
Ben & Jane Norton Culinary Arts Center
1005 N Abbe Rd.
Elyria, OH 44035
Sept. 28 | 6-8 p.m.
Cincinnati Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency
Gwen L. Robinson Conference Hall
1740 Langdon Farm Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45237
Sept. 29 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cambridge Zane State College
EPIC Center
9900 Brick Church Rd.
Cambridge, OH 43725
Oct. 5 | 6-8 p.m.
Portsmouth South Central Ohio ESC
522 Glenwood Ave.
New Boston, OH 45662
Oct. 6 | 6-8 p.m.





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, 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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