Arts On Line Education Update April 2, 2018


Nominations Open for 2019 Teacher of Year!

The State Board of Education is accepting nominations through Friday, April 13 for the 2019 Ohio Teacher of the Year awards. The Ohio Teacher of the Year award program identifies exceptional teachers statewide and celebrates their effective work in and outside the classroom. Awardees are part of a network of exemplary teachers who are engaged in school improvement initiatives. The board recognizes regional teachers of the year in each of the 11 board districts, and one Ohio Teacher of the Year.



New Options Available for Ohio’s High School Equivalence Test

Ohioans now have three testing options for earning a certificate of high school equivalence. The Ohio Department of Education approved GED, HiSET and TASC as the official testing companies for adult learners to use to earn the certificate of high school equivalence, generally considered to be the equivalent of a high school diploma.

“For individuals who haven’t earned a high school diploma, earning the certificate of high school equivalence can be a life-changing event,” Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction, said in a release. “A high school diploma or its equivalent often is a minimum requirement for applying for many jobs or for being promoted. It also is needed to enroll in most colleges and advanced training programs. We are proud to provide more testing choices for individuals seeking better futures.”


ODE Seeks Public Comment on Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education

The Ohio Department of Education and State Board of Education has released a working draft of the state’s five-year strategic plan for education for public comment. The plan is a tool to inform policy development at the Ohio Statehouse and education practice in Ohio’s schools. More than 150 preK-12 educators, higher education representatives, parents and caregivers, employers, business leaders, and philanthropic organizations worked collaboratively over the last six months to develop the plan.

There are two specific ways you can share your thoughts and inform the continued development of this plan:

  1. Review the full working draft or the highlights summary and respond to the companion survey between March 12 – April 13, 2018.
  1. Attend one of the regional community conversations to discuss the plan directly with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and Ohio Department of Education staff.

Register now to attend a local meeting near you.




Governor Kasich signed the following bills into law last week:

HB529 (Ryan) The state’s $2.6 billion capital budget.

SB226 (Bacon) Provides for a permanent three-day holiday during each August.

SB22 (Peterson) Allows tax deductible contributions to Ohio 529 plans for K-12 education expenses, and declares an emergency.

HB98 (Duffey, Boggs) Amends existing law regarding the presentation of career information to students, among other things.

SB287 HEALTH EDUCATION (Sykes) Requires the State Board of Education to develop and adopt health education standards before July 1, 2019, establishing that they do so using the same methods they use for any other subject matter.




The Ohio House and Senate are on spring break through April 6, 2018.



Columbus Dispatch: Vote now: Should Ohio’s education system be changed to give the governor more authority over schools?  

Yes: Let governors lead on education

“This November, voters across Ohio will head to the polls to elect our next governor. As the state’s chief executive, he or she will be expected to lead initiatives that aim to improve the livelihoods of Ohioans and secure the prosperity of the Buckeye State.” 

No: HB 512 would diminish public input in education

“Ohio lawmakers have introduced a proposal — House Bill 512 — that supporters claim solves Ohio’s education workforce readiness challenges. They say it would tackle complex issues like Ohio’s college remediation rates and would better prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. Yet, nowhere in the 2,430 pages of the bill’s “fixes” are there any solutions to these problems.”


Cincinnati Enquirer: Ohioans want a later school start date

“Ohioans have spoken, and they want a later school start date, according to a new poll. The Ohio Travel Association released. The Ohio Travel Association released data from a survey that was done in response to Senator Gayle Manning’s introduction of Senate Bill 34, which would make starting school after Labor Day the default.”


Cleveland Plain Dealer: Majority of Ohio voters support starting the school year later, according to travel association survey

“A majority of Ohio voters, including both parents and teachers, support starting the school year later in the summer — in contrast to a statewide trend that has more districts opening earlier, as early as the first week of August.  A survey commissioned by the Ohio Travel Association found that 71 percent of voters said schools shouldn’t start before the end of August. Among the reasons why: High temperatures in August that make learning difficult.”


Canton Repository: Teen artists display a winning creative spirit

“It’s impressive and encouraging to wander through multiple galleries of the Canton Museum of Art and see walls hung with vibrant, imaginative artwork created by area high school students.

The 27th annual Stark County High School Art Exhibit, on view through April 8, offers young artists the opportunity to have their work displayed in a museum setting. The more than 100 pieces included were selected by the students’ art teachers for both originality and technique. The show contains a variety of styles, themes and media, including watercolor and acrylic paintings, drawings, mixed media, collages and photographs.”


Columbus Dispatch: Editorial: On second thought, Ohio is No. 32 for funding poor and minority students

“Ohio’s not doing such a great job after all, it seems, in directing extra school funding to districts with more poor and minority students. A recent national report that said Ohio was second-best in the nation on this measure probably is mistaken, and that fact is one more illustration of how convoluted the state’s school-funding system is.”



Module One: Program Development – Teaching Artist Preparedness

Presented by the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning in partnership with:
This program is now sold out, but you can click through on the registration link to sign up on the waitlist.
This two-day module is intended for working professional artists in all disciplines who are new to working as a teaching artist, and current teaching artists who would like to enhance or improve their knowledge and skills. This unique opportunity is recommended for artists with interest in working with the presenting partners as a roster teaching artist.
Participants who successfully complete Module One and the corresponding assessment piece will be awarded a digital badge representing their knowledge and competency in arts-integrated program development.
A digital badge provides evidence of achievement as a result of participation and specific accomplishments completed during and after each module. Digital badges may be included in an online portfolio and/or other micro-credentialing sites, such as Mozilla Backpack.
Areas of emphasis include:
  • Arts Integration
  • Youth Development
  • Behavior Management
  • Curricular Connections
  • Outcomes & Indicators
  • Strategies & Activities
Dates: April 19-20, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. both days
Location: McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St. Worthington, OH 43085
Cost: $50
To register visit:
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 6, 2018
Session Presenters:
David Schiopota
Director of Programs
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Emma Parker
Artistic Manager
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Ryan Upp
Resident Teaching Artist of Photography/Visual Arts
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Kara Stewart
Executive & Artistic Director
QUESTIONS? Call 216.561.5005 x23 or email
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: Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

OAAC_logo_finalThe 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.


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 AssociationOhio Art Education AssociationOhio Educational Theatre Association  OhioDance , and the Ohio Arts Council.

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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