OHIO’S EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT PLAN APPROVED
The U.S. Department of Education (USODE) officially approved Ohio’s consolidated state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the current name of the federal Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which funds primary and secondary education. “Every Student Succeeds” replaced “No Child Left Behind” in December 2015. Two aspects of Ohio’s plan that are considered unique are the special focus placed on vulnerable student populations and its approaches to assist struggling schools by implementing evidence-based strategies. Ohio’s plan also includes continued use of the local report card A-F letter grade system, a new report card measure focused on chronic absenteeism and discipline, and increased focus on English learners as a subgroup, and more. Many education stakeholders across the state have expressed disappointment with the lack of broader vision and higher aspirations expressed in Ohio’s ESSA plan.
“U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the approval of Ohio’s consolidated state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). “Ohio’s plan met the requirements of the law, and so I am happy to approve it,” said Secretary DeVos. ‘This plan should not be seen as a ceiling, but as a foundation upon which Ohio can improve education for its students.'”
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio’s ESSA Plan Wins Federal Approval – and Few Care
“The U.S. Department of Education has approved Ohio’s new school testing, accountability and improvement plan under ESSA, the national replacement for the controversial No Child Left Behind laws. Though many observers nationally and here in Ohio had hoped states would present grand new visions for schools through the new plans mandated by 2015’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), that hasn’t happened.”
OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
House Education and Career Readiness Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following last week:
Sponsor testimony on 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. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) 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. “While most transfers of student records are done in a timely and efficient manner, that is not always the case, and there is no legal mechanism to enforce timely transfers,” she said.
Rep. Ingram said there is no standard timeframe for a transfer of records, however she does not have data on how often student records transfers aren’t completed in a timely manner. According to Ingram, the new measure does not impose penalties on schools that fail to meet the timeline and there is no provision that provides leeway to schools that must transfer a large number of records in the event of closures.
Sponsor testimony on HB428 (Ginter, LaTourette) Regarding student religious expression and to entitle the act the “Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2018.”
Sponsors Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem) and Representatives Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) told the committee that HB428 was necessary because of the ambiguity in current law on how students can express their religious beliefs. Presently, the law simply prohibits boards of education from promoting religion or forbidding students from exercising religious beliefs. However, HB428 would provide clarity on how school districts should address faith-based organizations and events.
“The extent to which individuals may engage in religious expression in a school setting can be unclear and House Bill 428 seeks to address this issue,” Rep. Sarah LaTourette said.
The legislation eliminates a law that allows districts to limit religious expression to lunch or other non-instructional time. It also prohibits public schools from restricting students from expressing religious beliefs in their homework, artwork, or other verbal or written assignments. The bill also specifically allows students to express their religions through t-shirts, but boards could also determine that they’d be inappropriate, for example, if they included vulgar language or expletives, Rep. Ginter said.
In addition, any religion-based papers graded by teachers would have to be done so under the same standards as secular-based papers, Rep. Ginter said. Currently, teachers may assign failing grades or refuse to give grades to students who use religious examples in coursework because they’re unsure of the laws.
Sponsor testimony on HCR11 (Gavarone) To approve Ohio’s state education plan for implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
The resolution acts as the “final sign-off” on the Ohio Department of Education’s plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, Rep. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) said. Rep. Gavarone detailed the federal feedback on the draft plan, which was sent to the state on December 19. The U.S. Department of Education had cited a total of 24 total concerns with the draft that ODE responded to.
Senate Education Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following last week:
Sponsor testimony on HB98 (Duffey, Boggs) CAREER INFORMATION
HB98 would establish standards for universities, trade schools, employers and military recruiters to present information to high school students. Co-sponsors Rep. Mike Duffey and Rep. Kristin Boggs outlined their bill that would provide recruiters the opportunity to present career information twice per year to students.
Although Rep. Duffey told Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) there is no data to determine how many recruiters are facing challenges gaining access to potential future employees in high schools, Rep. Boggs said the measure is one that can help the state’s economy by better alerting students to available jobs.
“Poor access to career information coupled with a growing number of unfulfilled jobs in Ohio’s skilled labor force has a negative impact on Ohio’s economy,” Rep. Boggs said. “By enacting HB98 we will be able to provide students with additional career opportunities and fill job vacancies as the need for skilled employees grows.”
ON THE CALENDAR
Tuesday, January 23
4:00 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Room 121
House Education & Career Readiness Committee Chair: Brenner
- HB442 SCHOOL ATHLETICS (Antani) 1st Hearing-Sponsor
- HCR11 EDUCATION PLAN (Gavarone) 2nd Hearing-All testimony
- HB224 SCHOOL FOODS (Ingram) 2nd Hearing-Proponent & Interested party
- HB438 ESC BOARDS (Hambley, Kick) 1st Hearing-Sponsor
Cleveland Plain Dealer: ECOT closing: Sponsor votes to shut online school after state rejects settlement offer
“The sponsor of the ECOT online charter school voted Thursday evening to close the school despite parents and teachers begging to keep the school open for the rest of the year. The vote, which shutters a school so politically-connected it was once thought untouchable, came just two hours after the Ohio Department of Education rejected an offer from the school that would keep it open through the end of the school year. Its 12,000 students must now seek new schools.”
Associated Press: New Ohio poet laureate hopes to celebrate poetry in life
“Author readings in the hushed and reverent atmospheres of universities and libraries have their place, but they can also discourage potential readers, says Ohio’s new poet laureate. “It becomes forbidding and intimidating for people who might say, ‘Oh, I don’t read that kind of book,'” said David Lucas. Trying to overcome that perception is one reason why Lucas teaches a class at Case Western Reserve University titled “Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry.” He’s also co-founder of Brews + Prose, a monthly reading series in a Cleveland brew pub.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio congressional redistricting legislation introduced
“State lawmakers have a proposed constitutional amendment to work with as they continue to discuss changing Ohio’s process for drawing congressional districts. Sen. Matt Huffman, a Lima Republican, introduced Senate Joint Resolution 5 on Tuesday. The legislation follows a presentation he gave last week to his colleagues on a Senate committee.”
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
“The Ohio Department of Education has resources available for families and educators affected by the suspension of ECOT by the ESC of Lake Erie West.
“The Ohio Department of Education is prepared to support students and families in identifying new educational opportunities to meet their needs,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “Districts and schools have already taken actions to streamline and accelerate their enrollment processes. We know the entire education community will come together with care and compassion in the best interest of these students.”
Families should visit the Ohio Department of Education website and click the “Find a School” button to learn more about the schools near them. Options include schools in their home district, schools in neighboring districts that may allow non-residents to attend (“open enrollment” districts), private schools, and community (charter) schools, including online schools.”
“Since the beginning of 2018, bomb threats have been reported at several Ohio schools. Ohio Homeland Security’s Center for P-20 Safety & Security reminds all Ohioans about the emotional effects and legal ramifications of an individual making a bomb threat and the impact to the entire community.”
“The shutdown of the federal government entered its third day Monday, but there was hope of a resolution. The Senate was scheduled to vote at 12 p.m. ET Monday on a bill that would fund the government through February 8, a short-term fix that would allow talks on a permanent deal to continue.
Federal workers deemed “essential” will stay on the job. The mail will be delivered, and military and homeland security operations will remain up and running. And, while hundreds of thousands of workers were furloughed immediately, some some employees were allowed to work up to four hours to prepare for the shutdown.”
“The government shutdown will continue into Monday, as restive Senate moderates in both parties continue negotiations over immigration and spending. A 1 a.m. showdown vote was their last chance to reopen the federal government before hundreds of thousands of federal workers were forced to stay home Monday, but negotiations fell apart. A vote to break a Democratic filibuster on a short-term funding bill is now scheduled for noon Monday.”
STEAM Poetry: Teaching Science through Metaphor
The Wooster team of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Partners in Education program will offer an arts integration professional development workshop for grades 4-12 teachers of all content areas on Wednesday, January 31.
Mimi Herman, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, will present “STEAM Poetry: Teaching Science through Metaphor” from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tri-County Educational Service Center. Participants will discover how various concepts and techniques explore the transformation of science into poetry.
Location: Tri-County ESC, 741 Winkler Dr. Wooster, OH
Date: January 31, 2018
Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues: Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success
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: summitesc.org/events
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