Arts On Line Education Update June 4, 2018


WOSU: Study: Ohio’s Student Proficiency Standards Are Too Low

“A new Stanford University analysis of state and national test scores shows more Ohio students pass state exams than similar nationwide tests, which researchers say means the state’s proficiency standards are too low.”

Education Next: Have States Maintained High Expectations for Student Performance?

“The report shows that even though states have raised their standards, they have not found a way to translate these new benchmarks into higher levels of student test performance. There was no correlation at all between a lift in state standards and a rise in student performance, which is the central objective of higher proficiency bars.”


Groundwork Ohio: Invest Early or Pay Later: Ohio’s Early Childhood and Juvenile Justice Systems

“Early investments like quality child care, quality preschool, and evidence-based home visiting can help mediate the effects of childhood trauma by increasing a child’s resiliency. Without the buffering impact of resiliency factors, later interventions, like the juvenile justice system, are extremely costly and ineffective in addressing the roots of a child’s behavior.”

Alliance for Excellent Education: The Graduation Effect

“Using data from the 2014-2015 school year, the Graduation Effect, an online tool created by the Alliance, draws a straight line between educational attainment and economic success. As has been well demonstrated, high school graduates are less likely to be unemployed, live in poverty, have poor health, and engage in criminal behaviors.”

See Ohio data here.



Spread the Word: Kids Eat Free This Summer!

“All children ages 1 through 18 are eligible to receive free meals during the summer months at participating program sites. Individuals ages 19 through 21 who have been identified as having mental or physical disabilities and are following Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) through their current enrollment in educational programs also are eligible for free summer meals.”

For more information or to find a location near you call 1-866-3-HUNGRY, or follow the above link to view a clickable map or a list of all 2018 Summer Food Service Program locations.


Summer Food Service Program Sponsors and Sites Still Needed

“This year, the Ohio Department of Education wants to increase participation in summer meal programs. The Department is looking for local nonprofit agencies to serve as sponsors or sites to serve free meals to children. Summer food service sponsors and sites are especially needed in southern Ohio counties where families struggle with food insecurity, as well as in rural communities and areas where migrant families live. Sponsoring organizations receive reimbursements to cover the costs of nutritious meals and snacks to children in eligible areas.”


Opioids and Ohio Children: Tools for School Nurses

“The Ohio Department of Health will host a conference on July 25 to give school nurses information and resources to support students with prenatal opioid exposure and trauma caused by family opioid abuse.”


Local Equity Planning Rubrics Now Available

“During the 2018 fiscal planning year, districts and schools worked to ensure poor and minority students have equitable access to excellent educators. This required equity planning, in alignment with the Every Student Succeeds Act, included identifying equity gaps, conducting a root-cause analysis and developing strategies to close these gaps.”


Early College High School Programs and College Credit Plus

“This document outlines the required information that must be submitted to the Ohio Department of Education in order for an Early College High School (ECHS) to request an exemption of the requirements of College Credit Plus.”



Dayton Daily News: Bill Would Push Ohio Schools to Open after Labor Day

“Under House Bill 549, schools that want to open before Labor Day would need to take extra steps. The school board would have to hold a public hearing on the topic and then wait at least 30 days before voting on a resolution permitting schools to open earlier.”


Columbus Dispatch: Schuring: Ohio House Will Meet Next Week to End Speaker Impasse

“Determined to end a bitter seven-week leadership impasse, Rep. Kirk Schuring says Ohio House members have until Friday to tell him how the chamber will go about picking a new leader next week.”



Wednesday, June 6

3:15 p.m. Senate Education Committee (Chair: Lehner)

Ohio Statehouse South Hearing Room

  • Confirmation hearing on governor’s appointment of Charles Froehlich, State Board of Education
  • SB 294  EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS (Eklund) 1st Hearing-Sponsor
  • SB 276  STUDENT EXPULSIONS (Hottinger) 1st Hearing-Sponsor
  • SB 287  HEALTH EDUCATION (Sykes) 1st Hearing-Sponsor



Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

Final Logo-Color-V crHigh-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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