Arts On Line Education Update April 10, 2017


Arts Honor Diploma Now an Option

Beginning this school year, students are able to receive an honors diploma from six different academic areas, one of which is the Arts.  The Arts Honor Diploma includes dance, drama/theatre, music and visual art.  The other two recently added academic areas for honor diplomas include STEM and Social Science & Civic Engagement.  Students can also continue to receive honor diplomas in the original academic areas of Academic Honors, International Baccalaureate, and Career Tech.

Teacher Evaluations – Final summative rating is now open in eTPES

“As the final summative rating section of eTPES opens, those who are conducting evaluations should be aware of three things. ”

State Impact Ohio: Ohio Teacher Evaluation System May Change Again

“For all the talk about local control of schools, a great deal of education policy comes from the state.  And that includes the appraisal of teachers.   Most K-12 instructors in Ohio are graded and classified according to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System. That assessment has changed several times since it was written in 2011.  Now a new version has been submitted to the Ohio Board of Education that could resolve some long-held complaints.” 

Notice from ODE: New School Schedules – Making Up Time

Ohio district and school schedules now are measured by hours, not days. As a result, there are no longer calamity days in Ohio schools. Instead, schools should schedule hours above the minimum number required by Ohio law to accommodate weather-related situations that delay or cancel school. Districts do not have to make up hours they had scheduled above the required minimum. However, if a school closes enough hours to fall below the minimum number required, the school must make up those hours by extending its scheduled year.  One way to make up time missed within the minimum required hours is a plan that requires students to complete classroom lessons posted on the district or nonpublic school’s web portal or website. A district’s plan should include the written consent of the teachers’ employee representative, per Ohio law.


State of the State 2017 Coverage – Governor Kasich delivered his seventh State of the State speech Thursday, April 4 in Sandusky.

Cleveland Plain Dealer: John Kasich, during State of the State address, says Ohio must innovate to keep up with changing economy

Cincinnati Enquirer: Trump, GOP disagreements and 2020? 3 takeaways from John Kasich’s State of the State

Columbus Dispatch: State of the State: Kasich wants $20 million to fight addiction 

Other Ohio News Clips

Columbus Dispatch: Do Ohio students take too many standardized tests?
“Does Ohio have a student-testing problem? Teachers, school administrators and other critics argue that students spend so much time taking standardized tests that it distracts from student learning and takes the joy out of teaching.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial: Sen. Matt Huffman’s school voucher bill good for students and parents: pro editorial

“Debate over school choice is so passionate and politically divisive, we must make sure not to lose sight of what ought to be the primary – actually the only – objective: giving students their best chance for a good education.  In pursuit of that, decision-makers need to acknowledge that a good education comprises more than test results purporting to reflect what students learned in a classroom. Social growth in a positive setting, along with a safe, healthy environment, is also a critical factor.” 

Dayton Daily News: Ohio schools finally get a year without major changes in state testing platform

“State testing for local schools is in full swing this week, but the process has been a little quieter than past years, because Ohio is finally using the same test platform in back-to-back years.  Ohio students had to take the Ohio Achievement Assessments in 2014, then the PARCC tests in 2015, followed by tests from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in 2016.” 

Canton Repository: School tests matter, but how much is too much?

“Get out your No. 2 pencils, there’s going to be a test.  It’s a phrase Ohio students may hear about 1.7 percent of the 12,376 hours they’re in school from kindergarten through high school graduation.

Students in the Buckeye State spend an average of 215 hours during their school careers taking tests.

According to the Ohio Department of Education, about a third of those hours are put toward assessments mandated by the state — reading and math tests in grades three through eighth, social studies exams in grades four and six, science in fifth and eighth grades, and seven high school end-of-course exams. The remaining 144 hours are devoted to local tests.” 



Senate Finance – Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee        

HB49 – State Operating Budget

Although the House has yet to send their version of the state’s operating budget to the Senate, members of the Senate Finance Primary & Secondary Education Subcommittee were interested in gathering facts and establishing a deeper understanding of the executive budget.   Office of Budget and Management Director Timothy Keen testified on April 5 reassuring the subcommittee and urging them to trust the results of the funding formulas presented to the House.  In HB49’s current form, it’s estimated nearly half of all school districts are expected to lose funding. 

Highland County Press Opinion: Report – Kasich budget cuts funding for 2/3 of districts

“Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s 2018-19 budget cuts funding for 390 or about two-thirds of Ohio’s school districts, according to a report released today by Policy Matters Ohio.  The budget increases funding for K-12 education over the last two-year budget by 3.2 percent, but that’s not enough to keep up with inflation, Policy Matters found. Moreover, changes to the foundation funding formula hurt districts with enrollment declines, place caps on funding increases, freeze per pupil funding and decrease state aid for transportation, according to the report.”


First Quarter State Revenues Even Lower than Anticipated

Office of Budget Management Director Tim Keen shared with the Senate Finance Committee April 5 that state revenue projections are even lower than originally anticipated when Governor Kasich introduced his budget in January.  The first three months of 2017 have continued to fall short of the predicted revenue, potentially resulting in fewer funds for the state’s upcoming operating budget for 2018-2019. 

Columbus Dispatch: Budget Crunch: Ohio $615 Million Below Revenue Estimate for Year

“State revenue is tumbling, led by weakening Ohio income tax collections, and the state budget director is warning lawmakers to prepare for less available money in the upcoming budget.”

Plain Dealer: Ohio tax revenues fell 33 percent short of estimates in March

“Ohio Budget Director Tim Keen told lawmakers on Wednesday he will likely lower revenue projections for the 2018-2019 budget.  Ohio tax revenues fell about 33 percent short of projections in March, fueled by yet another month of sluggish income tax payments.” 

ON THE CALENDAR – Week of April 10

Monday, April 10

8:00 a.m. Ohio Department of Education, 25 South Front Street, Columbus.

State Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, April 11

8:00 a.m. Ohio Department of Education, 25 South Front Street, Columbus.

State Board of Education Meeting



US News & World Report:  Trump Promises to Spend Big on Education Weeks after Proposing Billions in Cuts

“Just weeks after President Donald Trump proposed axing $9 billion in federal education programs, he said his administration is planning to “spend a lot of money” on education in order to increase the number of students graduating with the skills needed to fill current employment gaps.”

The Epoch Times:  The Gap in Art Education in Schools

“In the last half-century, it seems that few attempts have been made to hold on to the classical methods of producing fine art, or even seeing it. According to Arthur Efland in his essay “Art Education in the Twentieth Century,” this may be due to the tendency in education to swing back and forth between focusing either on the arts or on the sciences. Depending on the social issues of the time, we have focused on either the “objective detachment and precision” of science or the “affective engagement and participatory learning” through art.”

Arts On Line keeps arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities.  The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education Association (, Ohio Art Education Association (, Ohio Educational Theatre Association (; OhioDance (, and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education ( This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator. 


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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