OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Education and Career Readiness Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:
Proponent and Interested party testimony on SB216 SCHOOL REGULATIONS (Huffman) To enact the “Ohio Public School Deregulation Act” regarding the administration of preschool and primary and secondary education programs.
Ohio Alliance for Art Education Executive Director, Tim Katz testified as an interested party last week on the bill intended to reduce regulations and mandates for local schools to increase local control and improve efficiency. The bill would affect major areas of education law including teacher evaluations; highly qualified teachers; teacher licensure and employment; substitute teachers; and teachers in career-technical education programs.
While Katz praised the Senate’s amendments regarding gifted education, he said some provisions of the bill don’t go far enough to address concerns with teacher preparation and licensure. “We are concerned about the potential negative impact that this bill could have on education programs and students, who deserve well-trained teachers in all their classes so that they can achieve at the highest levels,” said Katz. “We would like an amendment to SB216, regarding its provision to revise the grade band structure for which teacher licensure is received, to clarify that the bill does not eliminate or affect the future issuance of the multi-age, preK-12 teaching license. This is the teaching license by far most commonly held by Ohio’s professional pre-K-12 educators who are assigned to teach the specific disciplines of visual arts, music, dance, or theatre/drama.”
Katz was reassured by committee Chair Andrew Brenner that an amendment relevant to his concerns was already in the works. Several amendments were accepted including a gradual adjustment of the the n-size, the numerical threshold for when a group of students is large enough to be included in data reporting and accountability calculations, to 10; allowing only the third-grade state tests to be administered in paper; and an amendment to require the State Board of Education to revise the OTES framework, instead of the Ohio Department of Education.
OAAE’s Positions on SB216: The bill’s intent is to reduce regulations and mandates for local schools to increase local control and improve efficiency. The bill would affect major areas of education law including teacher evaluations; highly qualified teachers; teacher licensure and employment; substitute teachers; and teachers in career-technical education programs.
OAAE supports the changes in the teacher evaluation framework in Section 3319.112 of the bill, including the elimination of shared attribution and student learning objectives. We also believe that the changes in new Section 3319.361 will discourage a superintendent from hiring a licensed teacher to teach the arts without a multiage license in the arts. The changes made to this section in the substitute bill would require that a teacher, who is employed to teach a subject area for which the teacher is not licensed, attain a passing score on an examination prescribed by the state board of education in the teaching area.
OAAE still opposes the changes in the license grade bands included in Section 3319.22. While the Senate Education Committee listened to the concerns of some stakeholders and retained the Middle Childhood License (grades 4-9) and the Adolescent – Adult License (grades 7-12), the committee expanded the grade bands for the Early Childhood License from preK-3 to preK-5. OAAE is disappointed that the Senate Committee did not address our concerns about clarifying the subjects that a teacher with the preK-5 license could teach. Currently general education teachers with the preK-3 license are certified to teach the arts. We recommended that the bill be amended to require that all courses in the arts at all grade levels be taught by a teacher with a multiage preK-12 license in a specific arts discipline of dance, drama, music, or visual art, or an equivalent license in a specific area. We will continue to advocate for this amendment in the House.
Dayton Daily News: Ohio School Deregulation Bill Gets Dozen Amendments, But No Vote
“Wednesday’s expected Ohio House vote on a bill supporters claim will reduce red-tape for local schools did not happen, as the House session was canceled amid Republicans’ continuing struggle to choose a new Speaker of the House.”
All testimony on HB591 SCHOOL REPORT CARDS (Duffey) To revise the state report card rating system for school districts and public schools.
OAAE submitted written testimony on HB591. While the recent substitute bill addresses a concern OAAE had with the measure, there are still several areas of concern. OAAE recommend that school districts be required, rather than allowed, to report the number of specialists under the enrichment and support measure, and opposed repealing the section that requires the Ohio Department of Education to annually report the availability of courses in the fine arts. OAAE testimony pointed out, “This measure provides different information than the new enrichment and support measure, which focuses on the number of arts teachers, “Current Section 3302.034 identifies the range and depth of arts education opportunities offered to students and allows parents and the public to compare course offerings in the arts among school buildings in a district.”
HB591 would change Ohio’s annual report card for school districts, school buildings, community schools, and STEM schools beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Duffey said the purpose of the bill is to create a state report card that is transparent, understandable, useful, and trusted by school districts, parents, and legislators. The principles the new report card include:
- Dashboard approach: precise information presented in an intuitive format for natural response
- Understandable: use the simplest methodologies that still get the job done/illustrate the metric
- Transparent: educators/public can do the math themselves if they want, which leads to trust
- Parent-centric: present the data to parents so they see how their children are likely to do, as opposed to looking at all children generally
Proponent and Opponent testimony on HB200 SCHOOL CHOICE (Koehler) To eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and to create the Opportunity Scholarship Program
HB200, which would establish a statewide, income-based voucher program for students at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level, had its ninth hearing last week. Opponent testimony was hear from school districts including Marysville EV, Toledo City, and Elida Local. Representatives from American Federation for Children and Excellence in Education in Action gave proponent testimony.
Proponent testimony on HB549 SCHOOL YEAR (Arndt) The bill would require public and private schools to open for instruction after Labor Day.
Sponsor testimony on HB628 EDUCATOR LICENSES (Stein, Retherford) The bill creates an alternative pathway for qualifying for a resident educator license.
The committee passed the following bills:
- HB108 FINANCIAL LITERACY (Hagan, McColley) requires one-half unit of instruction in financial literacy
- HB428 STUDENT EXPRESSION (Ginter, LaTourette) concerning student religious expression in public schools
- HB502 YOUTH SUICIDE (Anielski) requires certain public school employees to undergo biennial youth suicide awareness and prevention training
- HB540 TEACHER EVALUATIONS (Gavarone, Manning) changes the teacher evaluation framework
Senate Education Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:
Opponent testimony on SB241 NONPUBLIC SCHOOLS (Terhar, Thomas) To establish a category of nonpublic schools called “accredited nonpublic schools” and to prescribe requirements and exemptions for such schools.
The committee heard from nearly a dozen opponents of the bill, with the majority from Catholic and Christian based schools. The general concern was that the term ‘accredited nonpublic schools’ could put religiously-oriented schools at a disadvantage because of their more diverse student population and different value-oriented philosophies.
Sponsor testimony on SB289 STUDENT EXPULSIONS (Kunze) With respect to authorizing the expulsion of a student from a school district, community school, or STEM school for communicating a threat of violence to occur on school grounds.
Reported out of committee: HB21 COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Hambley) The bill requires charter schools, instead of school districts, to verify charter school student residency and enrollment.
The Senate passed the following bills:
- HB438 ESC BOARDS (Hambley, Kick) The bill permits the addition of appointed members to educational service center boards, and allows a local school district to sever its territory from one educational service center and annex that territory to an adjacent service center. It also requires the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to conduct a third round of classroom facilities grant funding for high-performing community schools. The bill now goes to the House for a concurrence vote.
- HB21 COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Hambley) The bill requires charter schools, instead of school districts, to verify charter school student residency and enrollment. The bill now goes to the House for a concurrence vote.
Governor Kasich Executive Order: Technology First
Governor John Kasich signed an executive order launching the “Technology First” initiative. “Technology First” is the product of efforts launched in the Governor’s last budget that called upon the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to explore the use of technology such as apps, cell phones, smart pads, and smart speakers to augment the supports delivered by caregivers.
“Ohioans with developmental disabilities will now have the opportunity to improve their lives with the help of innovative supportive technologies thanks to the new “Technology First” initiative launched today by an executive order signed by Gov. John R. Kasich.”
“Smart wheelchairs, speakers that can turn on lights and other technology will be considered as part of care plans for Ohioans with developmental disabilities under an executive order signed Thursday by Gov. John Kasich.”
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
“More than $33 million was awarded today by the Ohio Department of Education to 46 school districts and consortiums of districts to improve the language and literacy development of our state’s children.”
“State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria announced 33 Ohio schools that received the Purple Star designation for their commitment to serving military-connected students and families.”
“Ohio launched the new School-Based Health Care Toolkit, a set of resources for schools and communities as they work together to address common health issues and keep students in class and learning.”
“Schools must annually certify to the Ohio Department of Education that their safety plan documents are current and accurate. School and district administrators with compliant school safety plans, from 2017 and earlier, have until July 1 of each year to complete this annual review.”
State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria’s presentation to the Joint Educational Oversight Committee.
U.S. Department of Education releases its annual Condition of Education
The report includes data on key education indicators from prekindergarten through postsecondary, as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons.
“This website contains key indicators on the condition of education in the United States at all levels, from prekindergarten through postsecondary, as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons. The indicators summarize important developments and trends using the latest statistics, which are updated throughout the year as new data become available. In addition, this website has Spotlight indicators that provide more in-depth analyses on selected topics. The Condition of Education is a congressionally mandated report that is provided to Congress each year.”
Columbus Dispatch: Bill to Ease Reporting on Minorities for Ohio Charters, Other Small Schools
“Many of Ohio’s smaller charter schools, and even a few traditional public schools, would not have to report on academic performance by small groups of students including racial minorities if a Senate-passed bill also gets through the House.”
“For the first time, [the National Transportation Safety Board] recommended all new large school buses be equipped with lap and shoulder belts. Additionally, it recommended new buses have automatic emergency braking and electronic stability control.”
2018 AEP Annual Convening
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) invites partner organizations and leaders in the field to share their exemplary work supporting the role and contribution of the arts to prepare all students for success in school, work and life. Click here to learn more about this opportunity and to submit a proposal. AEP will accept concurrent session proposals until 5 p.m. PST Friday, June 1.
Destination Integration: ARTS Education
Teacher Workshop, Grades 3-12 June 6 – 7, 2018
Join teachers from around the state for fun, new and engaging instructional ideas taught by national John F. Kennedy Center teaching artists! The Ohio Kennedy Center Collaborative invites you to Wooster, Ohio for a 1 & 1/2 day conference on June 6-7. Teachers will deepen their understanding and practice of arts integrated teaching to improve instruction and increase student learning through visual art and creative writing strategies. Enjoy the exploration of the creative process and the experience of the arts!
Dates: June 6-7, 2018
Location: Wooster, OH
Graduate Credit is available through Ashland University
Download the printable flyer here.
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
To schedule professional development sessions for your district’s fine arts teaching staff contact:
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.
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This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.