Arts On Line Education Update December 4, 2017


STEAM School Designation Applications Now Available

The Ohio General Assembly recently passed legislation to designate STEAM schools in Ohio, which are STEM schools that also emphasize the arts.  The Ohio Department of Education is now accepting applications for schools interested in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ARTS, and mathematics) designations.  Proposals will be reviewed by the STEM committee and the Ohio STEM Learning Network, and new designations will be effective beginning Fiscal Year 2019.

Schools planning to apply for STEM or STEAM designation should submit a letter of intent before 5:00 p.m. December 20, 2017, to

Proposals for STEM and STEAM schools must include at least all of the following:

  • Evidence of a working partnership with both public and private entities, including higher education entities and business organizations; (If the proposal is for a STEAM school, this partnership must include arts organizations.)

Evidence that the school submitting the proposal will offer a rigorous, diverse, integrated and project-based curriculum to students in any of grades kindergarten through twelve, with the goal to prepare those students for college, the workforce, and citizenship, and that

  • emphasizes the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in promoting innovation and economic progress, incorporates scientific inquiry and technological design,
  • includes the arts and humanities, and
  • emphasizes personalized learning and teamwork skills.

Proposals for STEAM schools must also specifically demonstrate how the curriculum will integrate arts and design into the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to foster creative thinking, problem-solving, and new approaches to scientific invention.

The Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) offers technical assistance to schools interested in the designation process. OSLN is hosting a live webinar on December 13, 2017, for schools interested in applying for STEM or STEAM designation this school year. Registration information is available here, or by contacting OSLN directly at

Ohio Department of Education STEM/STEAM website.



House Education and Career Readiness Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following last week:

Presentation from ODE: Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and Brian Roget, associate director of the Department of Education’s Office of Curriculum and Assessment, detailed the proposed revisions to social studies, financial literacy and math standards.   The presentation can be viewed here

More information on the ODE process for revising standard can be found on the ODE Ohio Learning Standards Revisions webpage.  This page provides information about the revisions to Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts and mathematics, which were approved in February 2017, as well as the ongoing updating process for science, social studies and financial literacy standards. Also, find links to learn about revisions to standards for several career-technical programs. 

Proponent and Opponent testimony on HB200 (Koehler)  To eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and to create the Opportunity Scholarship Program.

With its eighth hearing, the committee continued to hear from both supporters and opponents of HB200.  The bill was amended to reduce the financial threshold for eligibility from family incomes at or below 400 percent of the federal poverty level to family incomes at or below 300 percent.  However, according to bill sponsor Rep. Kyle Koehler, students who enter the program under the 300 percent threshold could continue to receive a voucher if family income later rises, so long as it stays below 400 percent.

The threat to public school funding was the common theme of HB200 opponents, including Joseph Spiccia, superintendent of the Wickliffe City School District and chair of the Lake/Geauga Superintendents’ Collaborative.  “While the provision has been made that school districts will not see direct deductions from district state funding amounts, it is reasonable to assume that the proposed voucher program will further reduce the collective amount available to fund the PK-12 budget at the state level,” he said in written testimony. “As a result, public school districts will see an overall indirect reduction in state funding amounts that will continue to impact their financial outlook.”

Proponents of the bill included the testimony of two students, one who was able to attend a private school through vouchers and one who was excluded with the current criteria for eligibility.   Sharla Elton, superintendent and principal of Heritage Christian School, said the school boasts a 100 percent graduation rate and test scores that supersede those of area public schools. “Simply stated, different environments can serve children differently. Each child deserves a learning environment that best suits his or her needs,” Elta said.  “Increased choice means that everyone must raise their standards in order to compete for students. That means we do a better job of educating children, for a lower cost to the taxpayer.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Plan to Expand Tuition Vouchers for Private Schools Gaining New Life in Ohio House

“A plan to expand Ohio’s private school tuition voucher program to more middle-class families could soon go to vote in the Ohio House, despite stalling out in the Senate earlier this year.  House Bill 200, just like the earlier proposal in the Senate from State Sen. Matt Huffman, would combine the three voucher programs Ohio has now — one with strict income requirements, one for students in “failing” schools and one for only Cleveland residents — into a single program.”  

Proponent and Opponent testimony on HB21 (Hambley) Regarding verification of community school enrollments.

Testifying on behalf of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO), was Tom Ash, director of governmental relations for BASA.  He praised updates to the bill that require charter school governing authorities to set enrollment and attendance policies focused on residency verification.

“One of the principal challenges in the present system of verifying the district of residence for community school students is that the resident district has no authority to require the parents of community school students to verify their addresses with the resident school district,” Ash said.

“We feel that this version of the bill appropriately assigns the responsibility for the monitoring of students’ residences to the entity that ultimately is responsible for the supervision and oversight of the community school.”

Under the bill, the governing authority would be required to conduct a monthly review of residency records and verify addresses of students to the Department of Education on an annual basis, he said. Currently, district schools must do so for the students who attend charter schools.



HB418 (Ingram)  To require a public or chartered nonpublic school to transmit a student’s records within five business days when the student transfers to another school.

Rep. Ingram introduced HB418 in an effort to standardize the timeframe for transferring education records.   The legislation requires traditional, private and charter schools to submit records to schools that students are transferring to within five school days of a request.  According to Ingram, there is no standard timeframe for a transfer of records, however the new measure does not impose penalties on schools that fail to meet the timeline.

HB428 (Ginter, LaTourette) Regarding student religious expression and to entitle the act the “Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2018.”



Speaker Releases Schedule for First Half of 2018

Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has released the schedule for January through June, 2018. The first session for the new year is set for Wednesday, Jan. 17; the last is set for Wednesday, May 23. Sessions after May 23 through June are all “if needed.” 

Tuesday, December 5
4:00 p.m.  Ohio Statehouse Room 121
House Education & Career Readiness Committee Chair: Brenner

Presentation by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria on Revisions to Ohio’s English Language Arts and Math Model Curriculum
HB338  (Ginter) 4th Hearing, All testimony
HB176  (Thompson) 4th Hearing, Interested party

Wednesday, December 6
2:00 p.m. Senate South Hearing Room
Senate Education Committee Chair: Lehner

Presentation from State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria on model curricula
SB216  (Huffman) 3rd Hearing, Opponent & interested party



Cleveland Plain Dealer More than 68,000 High School Students Took College Courses in 2016-2017 Academic Year

“More than 68,000 high school students took in Ohio college classes during the 2016-17 academic year, earning college credit while meeting their high school graduation requirements and collectively saving more than $144 million on the cost of higher education, the Ohio Department of Higher Education announced Monday.” 

Columbus Dispatch: Computer science instead of Algebra II in Ohio high schools?

“Ohio schools could allow students to take a computer science class instead of algebra II under a bill that supporters say can focus students on today’s in-demand jobs.  But some lawmakers are concerned it could hinder the ability of students to get into universities that require algebra II as a prerequisite for admission.  House Bill 170 passed the House in June and last week was approved by a Senate committee, setting up a vote by the full chamber. It has earned praise from technology companies who say they are struggling to fill jobs.”



State Impact Ohio: Congressional Changes To 529 Plans Won’t Mean Much For Ohio Officials

“When members of Congress return to Washington next week, they’ll continue working on a tax reform plan that supporters say will aid the middle class in a number of ways, including expanding school choice options.  Both the House and Senate versions of the bill include a provision to change the 529 college savings plan.”



Chance to Dance

monentum-excellenceMomentum-Excellence at the Speed of Dance invites dance instructors and educators from across the state to take part in one or all of a series of workshops designed to support inclusive dance instruction. The workshops are open to all educators, with the workshop content focusing on dance/ movement.

These workshops are presented in collaboration with VSA Ohio and Ohio Dance. The workshops are free of charge to participants, thanks to funding provided by the Ohio Department of Education.

The full-day workshops take place at varying locations in Columbus. Visit the website for full details. 

Autism/ Sensory Sensitivities
Date: November 13, 2017
Presenter: Andrew Palermo, Founder of Creatively Abled

Physical Disabilities
Date: January 12, 2018
Presenters: Mary Verdi Fletcher, Founder and Sara Lawrence Sucato, Touring Manager, Dancing Wheels

Visual Disabilities
Date: January 22, 2018
Presenter: Dr. Jenny Seham, Director of Dance Education, National Dance Institute

Ohio Music Education Association 2018 Professional Development Conference

OMEA_logoThe 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:

Renew your OAAE membership:


Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

PD logoHigh-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
staff contact:

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues

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: Summit ESC
Date: March 7, 2018
To register contact:


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

It is the mission of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education to ensure that the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. We believe that: * All children in school must have quality arts education provided by licensed arts educators * All Ohioans have the right to expect quality arts education * All arts programs must have adequate resources * All arts and cultural organizations and artists have a critical role in arts education Learn more at
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