Arts On Line Education Update September 25, 2017


September Meeting Highlights
September 18 & 19

Ohio Department of Education Strategic Plan

State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria presented the Board with an update on the development of the ODE strategic plan.  He began by discussing the State Board Priorities:

  1. Meeting the learning needs and aspirations of all STUDENTS
  2. Ensuring excellent EDUCATORS (teachers and leaders) who know how to meet the learning needs and aspirations of all students
  3. Fostering engaging, supportive SCHOOLS that maximize student learning.
  4. Maintaining an EDUCATION SYSTEM that supports students, teachers, and families.

DeMaria also outlined a plan to quickly wrap up the strategic planning process by launching workgroups that will meet three times over the next 4 weeks.  He stated the purpose of the Workgroups is to review data, research evidence-based practices to identify strategies within their focus areas, and inform goal development.  The groups will be comprised of approximately 25 participants with a mix of educators, external experts and stakeholders as well as members of the State Board and Legislature.

The Workgroups and their schedules follow:

Standards, Assessments & Accountability

September 20, 4:30-7:00PM

October 5, 4:30 -7:00PM

October 19, 4:30-7:00PM

Early Learning & Literacy

September 25, 4:00-6:30PM

October 10, 4:00-6:30PM

October 23, 4:00-6:30PM

Excellent Educators & Instructional Practices

September 28, 4:30-7:00PM

October 9, 4:30-7:00PM

October 23, 4:30-7:00PM

Student Supports & School Climate and Culture

September 21, 4:30-7:00PM

October 5, 4:30 -7:00PM

October 19, 4:30 -7:00PM

High School Success & Postsecondary Connections

September 25, 4:00-6:30PM

October 10, 4:00-6:30PM

October 23, 4:00-6:30PM


DeMaria’s presentation on the ODE strategic plan can be viewed here.

2016-2017 Report Cards

The State Board of Education heard an overview of the Ohio Schools’ 2016-17 report cards from State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria and Chris Woolard, senior executive director for Accountability and Continuous Improvement for ODE.  They indicated the report cards showed statewide performance increases among some lagging achievement grades. Because of the new standards Ohio’s educational system is still rolling out, DeMaria warned the board from making broad assumptions based on the report card results.

State Impact Ohio: Ohio House, Senate Leaders Differ on A-F Grades

“Days after state report cards grading school districts were released, parents, educators, and even state Board of Education members are still trying to figure out just what those grades mean.  Superintendent Paolo DeMaria and employees of the state Department of Education drilled down into what each of the 11 graded measures stand for and how the department came up with each letter grade during the state Board of Education meeting Monday.”

Statehouse News Bureau: Lawmakers Mulling Changes To State School Report Cards

“The report cards show how schools are doing in areas such as test scores, elementary school literacy, progress, graduation rates, and preparedness for what comes after high school.  This time, traditional public schools saw a slight improvement overall in the performance index, which measures individual student achievement.” 

State Impact Ohio: Low Grades on State Report Cards Mean Challenges for Urban School Districts 

“If David James could pick just one word to describe the Akron City School District, it’s  “growing.”  “We’re growing academically,” he said. “There are a lot of things we’re putting into place, really trying to change the face of education and how we engage our kids. So, we’re in an exciting period of growth.”  James made the assessment of the school district he leads just hours after the Ohio Department of Education released the 2016-2017 academic year report cards for the state’s 608 school districts.” 

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Even Experts Disagree on What State Report Cards Mean

“The congratulations started flowing Friday for schools and districts that earned high scores and grades on state report cards. So did the bashing of schools whose “inexcusable” scores made some decide their district had “gone in the dumper.” But are those reactions valid? Do these grades really mean anything?”



Wednesday, September 27

3:15 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Senate South Hearing Room
Education Committee Chair: Lehner

SB39 Schiavoni, 2nd Hearing, Proponent Address
Regarding community school operations
SB105 Tavares, 2nd Hearing, Proponent/Opponent/Interested Party*
To designate Ohio Principals Month
HB170 Carfagna/Duffey, 2nd Hearing, Proponent
Address computer science curriculum

Governor’s Appointments: Stephanie Davidson, Ph.D. – Midwestern Higher Education Compact Commission John (Jack) Hershey – Midwestern Higher Education Compact Commission

Thursday, September 28
10:30 a.m. Verne Riffe Center, 31st Floor West Room BC
Education and Poverty Task Force Chair: Cupp



House Bill 235 was passed by the House with a vote of 81-9. This bill outlines procedures for the General Assembly’s approval or disapproval of the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan.  Although the state’s ESSA plan has already been submitted to the federal government for review, this bill includes a provision that would prohibit the Department of Education from putting the plan into effect if the legislature disapproves of components through a concurrent resolution.

Delaware Gazette: Bill would give Ohio lawmakers ‘additional oversight’ over education

“The Ohio House has passed legislation that would give the legislature additional oversight regarding the state’s education plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

House Bill 235, sponsored by Rep. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, requires the Ohio Department of Education to submit a written copy of the state plan required by ESSA to each member of the House and Senate education committees. This plan must be submitted no later than 30 days before it is implemented.”



eSchool News: Putting the “A” in STEAM Education This School Year

“As more students head back to school, we will continue to hear about how educators can successfully incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education into curriculums from as early as Kindergarten. Whether it’s providing students with hands-on robotics tools where they can learn to code, program and design on their own, or using more in-class devices like Google Chromebooks that familiarize students with technology and problem-solving skills, there are many ways to integrate STEM into the classroom. “

Columbus Dispatch: Sherrod Brown pitches federal money for school construction

“Ohio has spent billions on school buildings over the past 20 years, but U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and local school officials say it hasn’t been enough. Between state funding caps, diversions to charter schools and other issues, the Columbus City School District has scores of buildings in need of renovation, they said.” 

Toledo Blade: ODE submits federal education plan

The Ohio Department of Education sent its plan to meet federal education requirements off to the U.S. Department of Education on Friday after delaying the submission by months to consider feedback from educators and community members.  The Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act in 2015 and gives states and local districts more flexibility, requires states to show how they would use federal funds to improve student achievement and hold districts accountable. 

Columbus Dispatch: Years after DeRolph, some gained and some lost

The Ohio Supreme Court gave Ohio lawmakers a 1998 deadline to fix the state’s unconstitutional school-funding system. Since then, the state has poured tax money into operating public education — about $1.4 billion more last year than in 1998, adjusted for inflation.  Even as Ohio’s public school enrollment has dropped by about 140,000 students, the total doled out by the state increased almost 23 percent in real terms, a response to the high court’s finding that Ohio’s funding formula was arbitrary and in no way connected to what it cost to educate a student.

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This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.



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