OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Senate Education Committee (Chair: Lehner)
The committee heard testimony on the following bill last week:
Sponsor testimony on Senate Bill (SB) 216: PUBLIC SCHOOL DEREGULATION ACT (HUFFMAN M) To enact the “Ohio Public School Deregulation Act” regarding the administration of preschool and primary and secondary education programs.
Committee Vice Chair Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) delivered sponsor testimony on SB216, also known as the Ohio Public School Deregulation Act. This bill would allow teachers to teach outside of their licensed certification in particular cases and remove the 30 hour annual professional development requirement for teaching gifted children. It would also make changes to testing, teacher evaluations, staffing policies, reporting requirements and more. Huffman said this bill, which was put together with the help of superintendents in Huffman’s district, would remove a variety of mandates and regulations on public schools that he said have become burdensome to many districts in the state.
“Providing a quality education to all Ohio children is a goal that we members of the General Assembly and our partners across the street share,” Huffman stated in written testimony. “But what we view as a smart idea on paper does not always translate into our school districts in practice.” He said removing many of the mandates would restore control to the local districts that would help improve the efficiency of education.
Under section 3319.361 of proposed SB216, a superintendent of a city, local, or exempted village school district may employ a person licensed under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code to teach a subject area or grade level for which the person is not licensed.
SB216 could undermine the sound track record that Ohio school districts have made to hire highly qualified and licensed teachers in the arts. According to OAAE data for the 2012-13 school year, there were approximately 9,000 arts teachers in Ohio’s traditional public schools. Ninety-seven percent of these arts teachers were certified to teach courses in the arts, holding the appropriate multi-age license in an arts discipline. These teachers meet the graduation requirements of their institutions of higher education in their arts discipline, and also meet Ohio’s rigorous standards for beginning teachers, including passing a national assessment for teachers in their content area, and fulfilling all requirements for earning a permanent license. Licensed, professional arts educators are essential to the structure of sound, standards-based arts education in schools.
It is important to note that Ohio Revised Code already includes provisions for non-licensed individuals to teach.
Section 3319.301 Board to issue permits to qualified non-licensed individuals, requires the State Board to “issue permits to individuals who are not licensed as required by sections 3319.22 to 3319.30 of the Revised Code, but who are otherwise qualified, to teach classes for not more than a total of twelve hours a week, except that an individual teaching in a STEM school may teach classes for not more than a total of forty hours a week.” The law also includes minimum requirements, such as “possession of a baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degree in, or significant experience related to, the subject the individual is to teach.” The non-licensed teacher also must work under the supervision of a licensed teacher.
Section 3302.151, relating to exemptions for “high performing schools,” was approved in Senate Bill 3 of the 131st General Assembly and expanded the practice of exempting school districts from the state’s teacher licensing standards. The law exempts a “high performing school district”, which is defined in division (D) of the section, from the following:
- Teacher qualification requirements under the third-grade reading guarantee
- The mentoring component of the Ohio teacher residency program
- Any provision of the Revised Code or rule or standard of the state board of education prescribing a minimum or maximum class size
- Any provision of the Revised Code or rule or standard of the State Board requiring teachers to be licensed specifically in the grade level in which they are teaching, unless otherwise prescribed by federal law. This exemption does not apply to special education teachers, and teachers must still hold a valid Ohio license in the subject area in which the teacher is teaching, and at least some grade level determined appropriate by the district board.
This law also allows the superintendent of a high performing school district to “employ an individual who is not licensed as required by sections 3319.22 to 3319.30 of the Revised Code, but who is otherwise qualified based on experience, to teach classes in the district, so long as the board of education of the school district approves the individual’s employment and provides mentoring and professional development opportunities to that individual, as determined necessary by the board.” The individual must also pass a criminal records check.
Click here for a full analysis of SB216, including proposed changes to teacher evaluation and required professional development for providers of services to gifted students.
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
October Meeting Highlights
October 16 & 17
Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee
At the monthly State Board of Education meeting last week the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) staff presented graduation progress data to the Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee. ODE shared that the Class of 2018 has seen an improvement from a year ago with 76.8% of the students on track to graduate. However, ODE cautioned against using this percentage as a projected graduation rate. The full ODE presentation to the Committee can be viewed here.
Columbus Dispatch: 3 of 4 high school seniors on track to meet Ohio graduation requirements
“About three-fourth of Ohio high school seniors are on track to earn a diploma in the spring, but more likely will graduate thanks to new, softer standards for the class of 2018. An evaluation by the state Department of Education shows 77 percent of students in the class of 2018 either already met or are highly likely to meet graduation requirements passed by lawmakers a few years ago, according to data provided Tuesday to the state Board of Education.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio’s high school graduation “crisis” has eased – some
“The high school graduation “train wreck” that some have worried would hit this year’s senior class may not be as bad as predicted. The Ohio Department of Education reports today that nearly 77 percent of high school seniors are “on-track” to earn a diploma in the spring by meeting the state’s higher test score requirements to graduate.”
AP / WSYX Channel 6: 3 in 4 Ohio seniors on track to graduate based on testing
“Education officials say roughly three-fourths of Ohio’s high school seniors have met or are considered highly likely to meet higher test score requirements for graduation this school year. Educators had warned last year that a third or more of that class could be at risk of not meeting the test score requirements to graduate on time. The state subsequently added flexibility in how students can earn a diploma this year, through career training or other specified alternatives.”
Educators & Student Options Committee
The Educators & Student Options Committee received an update on the results of the Ohio Assessment for Educators program. The committee opted not to recommend changes to the exams or the cut scores. Matt DiBartolomeo, who works for test-maker Pearson and leads the OAE program, said results were similar to past years, when a majority of future teachers passed the exams that have been administered since 2013. To be eligible for licensure, individuals must take and pass the tests that correspond with the grades and subjects they plan to teach.
Ohio Department of Education Strategic Plan
Discussion regarding the State Board of Education Strategic Plan continued during this month’s Board meeting. A Vision Statement and four Guiding Domains were drafted to date. The Guiding Domains are intended to help guide and measure goals to be met by a student’s completion of the twelfth grade.
The four guiding DOMAINS discussed by the Steering Committee:
- Foundational Skills & Knowledge: literacy, numeracy & technology
- Well-Rounded Content: social studies, sciences, languages, arts, coding, etc.
- Critical Knowledge: thinking, problem solving, design thinking, creativity, information analytics
- Social-Emotional: growth mindset, perseverance, self-awareness, team work, collaboration
The Strategic Planning Workgroups will continue to meet with the hope of wrapping up by December. The full presentation can be viewed here.
ON THE CALENDAR
Tuesday, October 24
4:00 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Senate Room 121
Senate Education and Career Readiness Chair: Brenner
HB224 Ingram, 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony
Allow schools to re-serve time-and temperature-controlled food
HB360 Greenspan, 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony *PS
Enact Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act
HB176 Thompson, 3rd Hearing, Opponent Testimony
Address school assessments and curricula and teacher evaluations
Wednesday, October 25
11:00 a.m. Ohio Statehouse Senate Room 115
Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Chair: Duffey
HB66 Young, 4th Hearing, Interested Party Testimony
Require tenured faculty to teach minimum load
HB240 Barnes, 3rd Hearing, Opponent Testimony
Require state higher ed to adopt sex offense policies
HB363 Goodman/Brenner, 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony
Enact Campus Free Speech Act
NEWS AROUND OHIO
Columbus Dispatch: Bill seeks changes in testing, teacher evals, school mandates
“During a recent visit to the Botkins School District, Sen. Matt Huffman said teachers questioned him about why each was required to complete 30 hours of training for gifted students, even though many had none, or very few. “It seemed obvious to a guy like me … Why doesn’t the superintendent decide who should have to get the gifted training and how to pay for it?” the Lima Republican said.”
“The state of Ohio is working across multiple agencies to lend schools a hand when it comes to approaching bullying. For a long time, the issue was relatively unchartered territory but in 2015, the current K-12 school safety law went into effect here in Ohio and from there the Center for P20 Safety and Security was created. P20 stands for preschool through the highest level of education, which is a doctorate.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Schools add “social, emotional” skills to reading, writing, arithmetic
“Jennifer Pelko sees more and more students in the Strongsville schools struggling with stress. They struggle when relatives are sick or die. They struggle with bullying, both at school and online. Students and the adults around them struggle with drugs and alcohol. ‘We focus so much on the academic side of things,’ said Pelko, that district’s assistant superintendent. ‘But a lot of our students have a lot of emotional issues and are ill-equipped to deal with them.'”
Columbus Dispatch: HS partnerships help community colleges grow enrollment
“Community college enrollment is up across Ohio this fall, according to preliminary data from public colleges and universities, likely because they’re providing affordable programs and partnerships and college credit for high school students. Approximately 164,800 students are enrolled at community colleges across the state, according to the data. That’s up nearly 1.8 percent from last year.”
Finding Our Voice: An Arts and Education Summit Professional Development Day
Join the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education for this exciting event where we will “Find Our Voice”! The morning session includes a keynote address by Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Manager from Americans for the Arts, followed by a lively panel discussion to take a deeper dive into the importance of arts education from a local perspective.
The afternoon will provide a number of Professional Development sessions for teachers including topics such as:
• Arts Integration/STEM2STEAM
• Social/Emotional Learning with the Arts
• Moving beyond the THINK System
• New STEAM resources from Americans for the Arts
• Intro to the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative
• Emerging Careers in the Arts
The day promises to have opportunities for you to interact with colleagues and share ideas along the way.
Location: Cincinnati Art Museum
Date: November 7, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Event registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-our-voice-an-arts-and-education-summit-professional-development-day-registration-37735910123
Registration is open for the Ohio Art Education Association’s November conference! OAAE staff and board members will present several sessions during the conference. The event schedule is available online.
Location: SeaGate Convention Center
Date: November 2-4, 2017
Ohio Music Education Association 2018 Professional Development Conference
The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is giving OAAE members the opportunity to attend their 2018 Professional Development Conference at a discounted rate. This is a great opportunity to learn from the wide variety of clinics that will be presented during the conference.
Use the attached flyer to register for OMEA’s conference: http://files.constantcontact.com/4f0fafd9001/1f361256-90b5-42f4-8ef4-e670726bbf63.pdf
Renew your OAAE membership: http://www.oaae.net/index.php/en/about-us/join-the-oaae-online
Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success
High-quality assessments are an integral part of measuring and monitoring student growth and informing classroom instruction. Arts educators are often left on their own to develop assessments and identify student growth measures, often without adequate background in assessment design and implementation.
Our Arts Assessment Professional Development workshop will help educators acquire skills in developing, reviewing, and selecting high-quality assessments. Sessions will focus on foundations of assessment literacy, quality assessment design and an understanding of why they are important to instruction and student learning. Workshops are appropriate for all fine arts disciplines (including dance, music, theater and visual arts.)
Workshops will focus on these topics:
- How to prioritize fine arts standards
- Deconstruction of standards
- Aligning assessments with standards
- Principles of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
- Arts assessment blueprints – plan of action and creating assessments
- Sharing with & learning from colleagues
- Assessment resources on the Ohio Arts Collaborative website
To schedule professional development sessions for your district’s fine arts teaching
Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues: http://files.constantcontact.com/4f0fafd9001/1b5630a4-43c0-4c81-baee-ad930f9b9173.pdf
The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is a leading member of the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative, a consortium of Ohio school districts, Battelle for Kids, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and the Ohio State University.
Upcoming public sessions hosted by Educational Service Centers:
Host: ESC of Lorain County
Date: November 6, 2017
To register contact: http://www.esclc.org/
Host: Summit ESC
Date: March 7, 2018
To register contact: http://summitesc.org/events
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The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education Association (www.omea-ohio.org), Ohio Art Education Association (www.oaea.org), Ohio Educational Theatre Association (www.ohedta.org); OhioDance (www.ohiodance.org), and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (www.oaae.net).
This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.