Arts On Line Education Update June 18, 2018


Board Approves Strategic Plan for Education

The State Board of Education voted overwhelmingly to approve the state’s five-year strategic plan for education titled EachChild=OurFuture. The approved plan covers the years 2019-24 and will guide the state in working to achieve the stated goal to: “Annually increase the percentage of Ohio’s high school graduates who, within one year of graduation, are enrolled and succeeding in a post-high school learning experience, including an adult career-technical education program, an apprenticeship and/or a two-year or four-year college program (15 semester hours); or serving in a military branch; or earning a living wage.”

The plan lays out a framework for the state’s educational goals and includes four focuses: foundational skills and knowledge; well-rounded content; reasoning; and social-emotional learning. It also establishes three “core principles” of equity, partnerships and quality schools. A key component of the plan is the acknowledgment that critical reasoning and social emotional learning competencies are important, inseparable elements of learning. Because of this, Board member Sarah Fowler was the lone dissenting vote stating she felt the document strayed too far into family matters. The entire plan can be reviewed online.

The Plain Dealer: Emotional, leadership and critical thinking skills are officially equal goals for Ohio’s schools as math and English
“Ohio’s schools should move away from their test-driven focus of the last several years toward helping the “whole child” develop emotional, reasoning, and leadership skills, the state school board decided Tuesday as it passed its new “strategic plan” calling for major changes in schools’ approach. It’s a shift that also values the pursuit of job and career skills as equal goals for graduates as going to college.”




HB512 “Shelved”

Rep. Bill Blessing, R-Cincinnati, chairman of the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee, has indicated that HB512 will not have any further hearings at this time. Blessing cited the overwhelming opposition the bill has received as the reason.

HB512 was introduced in February of this year as a bill designed to significantly alter education policy and governance by creating a new cabinet level agency. This would be done by combining the functions of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation to create the Ohio Department of Learning and Achievement. Also, as part of the new bill, the State Board of Education, which is required under the Ohio constitution, would find its responsibilities and authority significantly reduced, as would the office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

OAAE’s Position on HB512: OAAE issued an action alert in March opposing HB512.

OAAE expressed concerned that the bill would eliminate the policy-making authority of the State Board of Education, which would greatly diminish the public’s ability to participate in preK-12 education policy development, decision-making, and rulemaking. The public and stakeholders would lose their ability to influence education policy at the grassroots level through State Board committee meetings and business meetings, if the bill were to be signed into law.  The bill would also create a huge state agency, that would control 53 percent of the General Revenue Fund, under the direct control of the governor, without any checks.  The focus of this new agency on workforce development and career readiness could marginalize meeting the academic, social, emotional, creative, and physical needs of students in grades preK-12.

OAAE recommended in our March testimony to the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee that lawmakers should support the creation of a non-partisan, independent board by reinstating an elected state board of education, which would facilitate the participation of parents, students, teachers, administrators, business and community members in the development and implementation of education policies. 

Columbus Dispatch:  Proposal to merge Ohio Department of Education put on ice

“A bill pushed by Gov. John Kasich to put the Ohio Department of Education under the governor’s direct control has been shelved. “You were seeing people from the left and the right coming at this,” said Rep. Bill Blessing, R-Cincinnati, chairman of the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee, which held multiple hearings on the bill. “There was too much opposition to move forward with it.” Under House Bill 512, the Department of Education would merge with the Department of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation into a new agency under the governor’s control. Supporters say the consolidation would streamline efforts, improve communications and better prepare students for the workforce of the future.”




Tuesday, June 19

3:00 p.m. House Education and Career Readiness Committee (Chair: Brenner)

Ohio Statehouse Room 121 

  • Sub. SB246 (Lehner, Manning) Revise student expulsion procedures 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony 
  • Am. Sub. SB216 (Huffman) Enact Public School Deregulation Act-primary/secondary ed-testing 4th Hearing, All Testimony 
  • HB544 (Rogers, Perales) Prescribe standards for school safety enhancements 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony  
  • HB680 (Barnes) Require occupant restraining devices on school buses 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony 
  • HB487 (Ingram) Eliminate special school right to school district real property 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony




Toledo Blade: Report-Area school districts lost almost $16.5 million to defunct ECOT

“Democrats and progressive activists continued to ramp up criticism of both a now-defunct virtual charter school and Republican leaders. Innovation Ohio on Wednesday released a breakdown that shows how much each Ohio school district transferred to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow in the past six years, showing districts from Lucas and Wood counties transferred close to $16.5 million to the charter school since 2012. Overall, school districts throughout the state transferred about $590 million during those six years.”


ODE: Ohio Department of Education Celebrates New Graduates Headed to U.S. Military

“In a first-ever ceremony held at The Ohio State University, the Ohio Department of Education celebrated the members of the class of 2018 who are joining the U.S. military.  “Ohio salutes these recent graduates and we beam with pride as they take the first steps into their careers in the U.S. military,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. ‘In service to our country, opportunity of all kinds awaits them. We wish them well as they embark on this new journey.'”




USDOE Launches Website with ESSA Resources

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) recently announced the launch of the Comprehensive Center Network (CC Network) website. The CC Network website brings together a compilation of more than 700 resources developed by 23 Comprehensive Centers and over 200 projects currently underway in states across the country.  Through the single website, the CC Network portal assists anyone interested in learning more of the broad range of education initiatives funded by the U. S. Department of Education’s comprehensive centers and makes searching by state or topic easier.  The site can be visited at




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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