EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA)
Ohio Department of Education (ODE) announces submission delay
ODE has listened to concerned stakeholder feedback regarding Ohio’s draft ESSA plan and announced the decision to delay the submission until September. ODE will also launch the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Assessments to focus solely on addressing testing concerns. Thank you to all OAAE members and partners who joined us in making our concerns known to the department!
In a statement released on March 13, 2017, Superintendent Paolo DeMaria stated “Federal law now gives states the flexibility to make choices that best suit our needs. We are convening a Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Assessments to focus on the full range of testing issues — including state-required tests, as well as district -level tests. From the beginning, we also have envisioned a more comprehensive strategic planning process that would not be limited by the narrow focus of federal regulations. We are excited to begin that work. To allow this work to advance and drive needed change, the Department will delay the ESSA submission to the U.S. Department of Education to September. This also will allow more time to ensure that feedback received on the draft template can be considered carefully.”
Dayton Daily News: Ohio delays plan on new federal education law
3/14/2017 – The Ohio Department of Education has decided to delay until September submission of its plan to implement new federal education law.
Cleveland Plain Dealer: State to delay its ESSA plan, will examine testing, teacher evals
3/14/2017 – State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria will delay finalizing Ohio’s education and accountability plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) until September.
Columbus Dispatch: Complaints get state of Ohio to review amount of testing in schools
3/14/2017 – Responding in part to demands for less student testing, Ohio school Superintendent Paolo DeMaria announced Monday that the state will delay submission of its education plan to federal regulators to allow for building a consensus and additional study of assessment concerns.
3/14/2017 – The Ohio Department of Education will delay submitting an education plan to the federal government, a victory for educators who have clamored in recent weeks for the state to incorporate more public feedback.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION – March Meeting
Revised Teacher Evaluation System Proposed to Board
The Ohio Educator Standards Board presented their recommendations for revising the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) to the State Board last Monday. The six recommendations included:
- Update OTES Rubric to improve clarity.
- Embed the current student growth measures as sources of evidence within the rubric indicators in five of the ten specific domains in the OTES rubric: Knowledge of students, Differentiation, Assessment of student learning, Assessment data, and Professional responsibility.
- Remove shared attribution as it does not accurately measure individual teacher performance or student growth because the measure uses assessments for a cohort of students that the educator does not teach.
- Embed the Alternative Framework Components as sources of evidence in the revised OTES rubric by integrating alternate measures (like student surveys and portfolios) into the regular scoring rubric.
- Tailor the structure and timing of observations to meet the needs of teachers in order to focus on improvement and growth.
- Provide a professional growth process for teachers Rated ‘Accomplished’ and ‘Skilled’ to include a teacher-directed professional growth plan for the ‘Accomplished’ teacher and a professional growth plan (PGP) for the ‘Skilled’ teacher.
The full report can be read here.
Board to determine model “zero tolerance” policy
The Board began discussions on their role of adopting a model “zero tolerance” policy by July 5, 2017 for violent, disruptive or inappropriate behaviors, including excessive absences. Last year’s HB 210 prohibited schools for suspending or expelling students for missing too much school. As stated on ODE’s website, the Board’s new zero tolerance policy must ‘stress preventative strategies and alternatives to suspension and expulsion and assist districts with amending or creating district policies.’ The Board’s Educator and Student Options Committee plans to discuss the policy during their April meeting with the hopes of sending a plan for full Board vote at the June meeting.
Highlights of HB210 and more information are available here
STATUS UPDATE: PROPOSED STATE OPERATING BUDGET (HB49)
The House Finance Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee continued to receive interested party testimony last week on Ohio’s proposed FY 2018-2019 Operating Budget (HB49). The two day period marked the subcommittee’s 8th and 9th hearing on the matter. Among the many who testified last week, the Ohio School Boards focused on school transportation.
Pete Japikse, senior consultant for the Ohio School Boards, cited the critical role buses play in a school day and Ohio school’s aging bus fleet as reasons for the subcommittee to consider changes to school transportation funding. Mr. Japikse discussed several recommendations including the return of school bus purchasing assistance for school districts, adjustments in the base funding formula for transportation, and adjustments to the transportation supplement to help those districts that are most challenged with providing transportation.
The subcommittee has set public testimony on HB49 for Wednesday & Thursday, March 22 & 23 at 9 a.m. Anyone planning to testify should prepare written testimony and submit it to the subcommittee chairman’s office, Rep. Robert R. Cupp (R-Lima), via email at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. FinanceSubPrimary&SecondaryEducationCommittee@ohiohouse.gov
Parkersburg News: Ohio teachers give low marks to proposed ‘externships’
3/11/17 – Both the Ohio Federation of Teachers and Ohio Education Association have made statements in opposition to the proposal, saying the externships are a good continuing education option but shouldn’t be mandatory.
Proposed Federal Budget – Cuts to Education and Elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts
Under the Trump Administration budget proposal the $62 billion federal education budget would be cut by over $9 billion, or 13.5 percent. Also included in the proposal is the elimination of four cultural agencies: the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting endowments.
Department of Education budget details include:
- Cuts billions in grants for teacher training, after-school and summer programs, and aid programs to first-generation and low-income students
- Increases charter school funding by $168 million
- Creates new private-school choice program with $250 million
Trump Administration Budget Blueprint – White House Office of Budget and Management: America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again
Education Related News Clips:
3/16/17 – The Trump administration is seeking to cut $9.2 billion — or 13.5 percent — from the Education Department’s budget, a dramatic downsizing that would reduce or eliminate grants for teacher training, after-school programs and aid to low-income and first-generation college students
Associated Press: DeVos Promotes School Choice, Local Control
3/13/17 – Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sought to convince public school leaders that school choice and local control are important in education
Arts Related News Clips:
The New York Times: Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments
3/15/17 – A deep fear came to pass for many artists, museums, and cultural organizations nationwide early Thursday morning when President Trump, in his first federal budget plan, proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. President Trump also proposed scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a key revenue source for PBS and National Public Radio stations, as well as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
3/16/17 – Although the budgets of the four organizations slated for elimination are negligible as a percentage of the larger federal budget, they play a vital role in a cultural economy built on a system of federal stimulus. Federal dollars are used to leverage state, local and private funding that supports a complex network of arts organizations, educational entities, museums, libraries and public broadcasting affiliates.
OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
HB80: PASSED the HOUSE
The summer food program bill passed the House after an amendment was added that eliminated the requirement, and instead made it optional, for schools not currently providing summer food programs to enter into contracts with approved third party operators.
The House Education and Career Readiness Committee
HB98 Career Information
3/14/17 – Bill sponsor, Mike Duffey, described the bill as an opportunity to establish minimum access standards for recruiters of skilled trades to communicate with students in grades 9-12. Duffey testified that companies seeking skilled labor are often denied access by the high schools to present in-person career information.
Newly Introduced Bills:
HB149: Education Externship
Summary – To require the Governor to complete a forty-hour externship consisting of on-site work experience in city, local, and exempted village school districts in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years.
ON THE CALENDAR – Week of March 20
Tuesday, March 21
4:00 p.m. Ohio State House Room 121
House Education & Career Readiness Committee
- Presentation by the Ohio Department of Education, Superintendent Paolo DeMaria
- HB108 Financial Literacy 1st Hearing-Sponsor
Wednesday, March 22
10:00 a.m. Senate North Hearing Room
Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee
- SB54: Summer Food Program
3:15 p.m. Senate South Hearing Room
Senate Education Committee
- Confirmation hearing on governor’s appointment of Kara Morgan, State Board of Education
- SB85: School Choice 1st Hearing-Sponsor
- SB82: School Absences 1st Hearing-Sponsor
OHIO NEWS CLIPS
Findlay Courier: FHS principal: Many may not graduate in 2018
3/14/2017: About 30 percent of Findlay High School juniors are in danger of not graduating next year, Principal Craig Kupferberg told the school board.
Columbus Dispatch: Truancy bill would require call to parent within hour of student’s absence
3/13/17 – Ohio students who miss school without an excuse can expect a phone call home within an hour of failing to arrive if a truancy bill in the legislature becomes law. Sen. Sandra Williams, D-Cleveland, proposed the bill after the disappearance and killing of 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze.
Columbus Dispatch: Mosaic Program Helps Central Ohio Students Find Their Place in the World
3/10/17 – During the half-day program, enrollees set aside their textbooks and leave the traditional classroom to immerse themselves in Columbus’ diversity. Throughout the year, they hear from an array of guest speakers, visit art galleries and complete internships with nearby organizations. They also learn about politics by hearing from elected leaders and about religion by visiting mosques, temples and churches.
Cincinnati Enquirer: Private Schools’ $400M Public Check
3/8/17 – More than $400 million was diverted this year from public schools in Ohio to private schools. The money was collected from taxpayers, pooled in state coffers and then passed through public schools and on to private institutions
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Almost all of Ohio’s voucher cash goes to religious schools
3/13/2017 – Almost all of the money from Ohio’s main tuition voucher programs – 97 percent of it – flows to private religious schools, a Plain Dealer examination.
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