Arts on Line Education Update December 12, 2016

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Arts on Line Education Update
Joan Platz
December 12, 2016

 

 

131st GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Ohio House and Senate have not officially adjourned “sine die” the 131st General Assembly, but have not scheduled sessions this week. There might be a chance that Governor Kasich vetoes one or more bills passed last week by the House and Senate, and lawmakers want to make sure that they can re-convene to over-ride any veto.

A few committees are meeting, including the Joint Education Oversight Committee, which will meet on December 15, 2016, at 9:00 AM in the South Hearing Room.  The committee will receive presentations about school transportation and teacher preparation programs in Southeast Ohio.

Legislative Update:  The Ohio House and Senate completed work on a number of bills that run the gamut from abortion restrictions to unemployment compensation, and sent them off to Governor Kasich to sign. In fact Christmas arrived early for some lobbyists, as lawmakers added controversial provisions to bills already passed by one chamber, speeding-up the legislative process.

The number of significant changes in education law, relating to teacher licensing, suspensions, truancy, graduation requirement, and assessments, will take time to register, and will require school districts and schools to make significant changes in how they operate.

The following is a summary of some of the education-related bills that were approved and have been sent to the governor to sign into law.

-Sub. HB493 (Sears, Ryan) Child Abuse Legislation:  The original bill would clarify the role of a health-care professional in reporting child abuse or neglect.

With little warning this bill was amended on the floor of the Senate to include the controversial “heartbeat” bill, HB69 (Hagen, Hood), which would prohibit abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which occurs around the 6th week of pregnancy.

After heated procedural challenges were found out of order by Senate President Keith Faber, the Senate approved the bill with all Democrats and three Republican Senators, Gayle Manning, Bill Seitz, and Bill Coley, voting against it.

Later the Ohio House concurred with the Senate amendments, and the bill was sent to Governor Kasich to sign.

House and Senate lawmakers have been debating bills that include this provision for years, but Democratic lawmakers were surprised when a heartbeat bill was amended into a bill with a completely different subject. Similar laws restricting abortion have been struck down in other states as unconstitutional.   But Ohio Republicans were emboldened by the election of Donald Trump, who as president will appoint the next member of the U.S. Supreme Court.  The Republicans hope that a more conservative court will overturn Roe v. Wade, and make abortion a state by state decision.

Opponents of the heartbeat provision are urging Governor Kasich to veto it, saying that it will cost the state millions to defend it in the courts.  The bill includes an appropriation, so the governor could use a “line-item” veto to eliminate this provision.

-Sub. SB235 (Beagle, Coley) Industrial/Commercial development-tax exemption:  The House Finance Committee decorated this bill like a Christmas tree, including a variety of amendments “associated” with “tax policy.”

The bill was already controversial, and was opposed by most statewide education organizations, because of its potential impact on the ability of local school districts to raise local revenue.

The original bill would allow local government authorities to grant a temporary tax exemption for land planned for industrial or commercial development, thus freezing the value of the property, and preventing taxing authorities, such as school districts, from receiving increased revenue as the property value increased.

The House Finance Committee amended the bill to clarify that the development property has to be part of an existing tax increment financing district (TIF), and that authorities considering taking advantage of this provision must notify boards of education and other local government agencies of their intent.

The committee also adopted an “omnibus amendment” that included a variety of unrelated provisions dealing with pawnbrokers; wandering chickens; oversight of rock wall climbing facilities; tax exemptions on digital jukebox downloads, TV series productions, oil and gas production, and small business investment companies; hospital board meetings using telecommunications; water and sewer development in Stark County, and more.

The committee also amended the bill to include changes in the unemployment compensation fund (UCF).  The changes were negotiated among lawmakers after opponents halted action on HB620 (Schuring) Unemployment Compensation Fund Reform.

The compromise amendment provides a temporary solution to improve the solvency of the UCF until April 1, 2016, when lawmakers and labor and business leaders agreed to work out a permanent solvency plan.

The UCF amendment would freeze unemployment benefits for two years starting in 2018, and increase from $9000 to $9500 the employer taxable wage base.  Also repealed is an automatic tax increase on businesses that would go into effect if the state has to borrow from the federal government to cover unemployment benefits in the state, which happened during the last recession.

The Senate approved the House amendments on December 8, 2016, sending the bill to Governor Kasich to sign.

-Sub. HB410 (Rezabek, Hayes) Habitual and Chronic Truancy and Compulsory School Attendance. The bill mandates new reporting requirements for school districts when students are truant, and requires some schools to create absence intervention teams and plans for truant students to increase school attendance.

The bill was approved by the Ohio Senate after the Senate Education Committee added the following amendments:

-Exempts school districts and schools with rates of chronically absent students 5 percent or less;

-Prohibits student suspensions from being carried over the summer;

-Permits districts to allow students to make-up courses as a result of suspensions;

-Changes the effective date of the law;

-Creates a pilot project for intervention teams;

-Requires schools to create tiered discipline models; and

-Changes a deadline for an attendance officer to file truancy complaints with the courts.

The House concurred with the amendments, sending the bill to the governor to sign into law.

-Am. HB438 (Patterson) Public Education Appreciation Week: The original bill would designate the week prior to week of Thanksgiving Day as “Ohio Public Education Appreciation Week.”

The Senate Education Committee added two unrelated bills, HB137 (Grossman, Phillips) and HB148 (Patterson, LaTourette).

HB137 would require health curricula to include information on organ donation.

HB148 would change the formula used by the Ohio School Facilities Commission to calculate state contributions for school construction projects to benefit school districts that have merged.

The committee also accepted two other amendments. One would provide an evaluation process for school counselors, and the other amendment would streamline the bidding period for the sale of district school buildings.

The House concurred with the amendments, sending the bill to Governor Kasich to sign.

-Am. SB3 (Hite, Faber) High Performing School Districts:  The House Education Committee added several amendments to this bill before it was approved by the full House and Senate, and sent on to Governor Kasich to sign.

The original bill would exempt about 18 “qualified” high-performing school districts from certain laws.

“Qualified” school districts are defined as those that meet the following criteria:

-Earn at least 85 percent of total possible points on the performance index score;

-Earn a grade of “A” for performance indicators met;

-Demonstrate a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate of at least 93 percent; and -Demonstrate a five-year adjusted cohort graduation rate of at least 95 percent.

The bill exempts these school districts from meeting the state’s maximum class-size ratio of 25 students-per-teacher across a district; exempts them from meeting teacher requirements under the third-grade reading guarantee; and exempts them from laws that affect teacher licenses:

-Section 3302.16 (A)(4) exempts high performing school districts from requiring teachers to be licensed specifically in the subject area or grade level in which they are teaching.

-Section §3302.16 (B) (1) allows the superintendent of a high performing school district, with board approval, to employ an individual “who is not licensed as required by sections 3319.22 to 3319.30 of the Revised Code, but who is otherwise qualified based on experience, to teach classes in the district.”

The original bill also reduces standardized testing time to no more than 2 percent of the school year with no more than 1 percent of the year spent on practice tests; permits school districts to contract with hospitals, health care professionals, and educational service centers for school health services; revises the competitive bidding threshold for school building and repair contracts; and requires the School Facilities Commission to develop a legislative proposal assisting high-performing school districts in purchasing technology, building expansion, and physical alterations to improve school safety or security.

Additional amendments to the bill require an unlicensed teacher to “register” with the Ohio Department of Education and pass a criminal background check; prohibit school districts from hiring unlicensed teachers that have committed felonies and sex crimes; change the effective date of the law to the 2017-18 school year; and specify that the duration of exemptions earned by qualified school districts is three years.

The following are just some of the unrelated amendments added to the bill:

-Incorporates three other bills into SB3:  HB487 (Roegner) Seal of Biliteracy, HB441 (McColley) Allow Private School Students to Play Sports in School Districts, and HB416 (Schuring) Joint Self-Insurance Pools for Colleges and Universities

-Exempts the Nationwide Arena from property taxes.  The Columbus City Schools had already agreed to this provision, and will receive about $500,000 a year in lieu of the property taxes.

-Provides the auditor with permissive authority for conducting performance audits of educational service centers

-Gives priority to students to enroll in a charter school in which a parent also works, but limits enrollment to five percent of the total enrollment

-Addresses errors in 2012-2014 affecting the Granville and Clearfork local schools

-Allows career-tech students to take an ODE approved career-based math course in lieu of Algebra II

-Specifies the proficiency scores on the Advanced Placement as a score of two and International Baccalaureate exams as a score of two or three, which can be substituted for end of course exams

-Extends eligibility status for students currently receiving EdChoice scholarships through the 2018-2019 school year

-Identifies the conditions for exemption from the statewide administration of the SAT or ACT

-Requires school districts to notify students of advanced educational programs beginning in sixth grade rather than in eighth grade

-Expands the grade levels in STEM schools to K-12

-Requires the ODE to accept an industry-recognized credential as an acceptable measure of technical skill attainment

-Specifies that exemptions from teacher license requirements do not apply to special education teachers

-Changes the requirements of a school district superintendent regarding the high school diploma of students who are homeschooled

-Modifies the law regarding the Bright New Leaders of Ohio nonprofit corporation

-Modifies the definition of “immediate relatives” for membership on community school governing boards to include in-laws residing in the same household as the person serving on the governing authority.  Current law prohibits members of community school governing boards from being an owner, employee, or consultant of the community school’s sponsor or operator within the last year.

-Allows boards of education to elect not to conduct an evaluation of a teacher who is participating in the teacher residency program

-Prescribes components of a teacher residency program for career-technical teachers in the third and forth year of the program

-Allows superintendents to permit a student enrolled in a nonpublic school to participate in an extracurricular activity under certain conditions

-Changes membership requirements for Joint Vocational School Districts

-Exempts certain students from college and career readiness assessments

-HB384 (Schaffer, Duffey) Performance Audits Higher Education Institutions:  The Senate Finance Committee on December 6, 2016 approved several amendments to HB384, which would allow higher education institutions to undergo performance audits by the state auditor’s office. The bill also includes a series of tax law changes that were included in an “omnibus amendment.”  Some of the amendments were similar to those added to SB235.

The House concurred with the Senate amendments, sending the bill to the governor to sign.

See the text and status of the bills at the Ohio Legislative Service Commissions’ website at http://www.lsc.ohio.gov

See “Chickens, climbing walls loaded into Ohio legislators’ lame-duck “Christmas tree’ bill,”by Jim Siegel, The Columbus Dispatch, December 7, 2016 at http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/12/07/chickens-climbing-walls-loaded-into-christmas-tree-bill.html

See “Temporary fix for jobless fund rolled out, many questions remain,” by Catherine Candisky, The Columbus Dispatch, December 6, 2016 at http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/12/05/jobless-fund-bill-on-shaky-ground.html

 

 

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

The State Board of Education, Tom Gunlock president, will meet on December 12 & 13, 2016 at the Ohio Department of Education, 25 South Front Street, Columbus, OH.

This will be the final meeting for seven board members, whose terms end on December 31, 2016.  They include elected board members A.J. Wagner, who recently resigned; Ann Jacobs, Mary Rose Oakar, and Mike Collins, who are term-limited; Ron Rudduck, who did not seek a second term; and Roslyn Painter-Goffi, who lost her bid for re-election.  The term of C. Todd Jones, an appointed member to the board, will also end on December 31, 2016.

The terms of Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings, Melanie Bolender, and Frank Pettigrew expire on December 31, 2016, but they are eligible for reappointment by Governor Kasich.

On Monday, December 12, 2016 the committee meetings will start at 8:00 AM and run consecutively, breaking for lunch and resuming at 1:00 PM.

There will be a Chapter 119 hearing on Ohio Administrative Code Rule 3301-16-02:  Criteria for Awarding the Diploma with Honors, followed by an Executive Committee meeting to discuss the professional development recommendations.

The Urban & Rural Renewal Committee and the Accountability Committee will meet at the same time, followed by the Achievement Committee and the Capacity Committee.

The Urban and Rural Renewal Committee, chaired by Mary Rose Oakar, will discuss the ESSA stakeholder summary, which was presented to the board last month.

The Accountability Committee, chaired by Melanie Bolender, will discuss and approve the overall grade calculation for the Career-Technical Report Card.

The Achievement Committee, chaired by Rebecca Vazquez-Skilling, will discuss exemptions for students with limited English proficiency.

The Capacity Committee, chaired by Frank Pettigrew, will discuss OAC Rule 3301-102-07, Revocation of Community School Sponsorship Authority, and receive a presentation about Teach for America.

The State Board will convene its business meeting at 1:00 PM and receive three presentations. Dr. Joseph Keferi, Dean, College of Education and Human Services, Wright State University, will discuss the Pax Good Behavior Game; Montgomery County ESC officials will discuss data; and the committee will receive an overview of the Gifted Education rules, OAC 3301-51-15.

The board will then move into Executive Session and adjourn when finished.

On Tuesday, December 13, 2016 the Standards & Graduation Requirements Committee, chaired by C. Todd Jones, will meet at 8:00 AM and review an update of the English language arts and math standards.

The committee will also discuss a proposal to temporarily ease Ohio’s new high school graduation requirements, offered last month by SBE Vice President Tess Elshoff.  The proposal would require students in the Class of 2018 to earn 15 points on end of course exams.  The number of end of course test points required to graduate would increase by one point each year until it reached 18 in 2022. The requirement that the points be earned in different subjects would be waived until 2022.

The proposal was developed in response to reports from superintendents and educators about the number of high school students who are not on track to graduate, because of the stricter requirements.  According to the ODE’s own preliminary analysis, 29 percent of 11th grade students are not on track to graduate in 2018.

The graduation standards for the Class of 2018 and beyond were approved by the legislature in 2014.  In addition to meeting certain course requirements in law, Ohio students in the Class of 2018 can earn a high school diploma in the following three ways:

1) Earn 18 points on 7 end of course exams in English I and English II; algebra I and geometry or integrated math I and II; biology; and American history and American government. Students must earn a minimum of four points in math, four points in English, and six points across science and social studies.

Students studying Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses in biology, American history, or American government can substitute test scores in these subjects for end of course state exams.  Students also may substitute grades from College Credit Plus courses in science and social studies subjects for end of course state exams.

2) Earn a “remediation-free” score on a college entrance exam, such as the ACT or the SAT, in English language arts and mathematics.

3) Earn an industry credential and workforce readiness certificate.  Students are required to earn 12 points through a State Board of Education approved industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field, and achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment.

Following the Standards and Graduation Requirements Committee meeting the board will reconvene its business meeting, which includes public participation on voting items; voting on the report and recommendations of the Superintendent of Public Instruction; public participation on non-agenda items; old business; and new business.  The board will then adjourn.

Report and Recommendations of the Superintendent of Public Instruction:

1)  Approve a Resolution to Rescind Rule 3301-40-01 through 3301-40-02 and 3301-40-06 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC); to Amend Rules 3301-40-03 and 3301-40-05; and to Make No Change to Rules 3301-40-04 and 3301-40-07, Entitled Nonpublic Schools Administrative Cost Reimbursement.

2)  Approve a Resolution to Rescind Existing Rule and Adopt New OAC Rule 3301-51-15, Entitled Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Students Who Are Gifted.

3)  Approve a Resolution to Adopt Updated Rules 3301-102-02 through 3301-102-05 of the OAC Regarding Community Schools.

4)  Approve a Resolution to Rescind OAC Rule 3301-102-08 and File New OAC Rule  3301-102-08, Entitled Standards for Measuring Sponsor Compliance with Applicable Laws and Rules.

12) Approve a Resolution to Confirm the Recommendations of the Hearing Officer and to Approve the Transfer of School District Territory from the Benjamin Local School District, Logan County to the Triad Local School District, Champaign County, Pursuant to Section 3311.24 of the Ohio Revised Code, but not until such time as the Territory Boundaries are Re-configured to Conform with Existing Property/Parcel Boundaries and that a Map of the Territory is Resubmitted Clearly Delineating the Property/Parcels Encompassed within the Territory.

See http://education.ohio.gov/State-Board/State-Board-Meetings

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Government Shutdown Averted: The U.S. House and Senate agreed on December 9, 2016 to a continuing resolution to keep the government running until April 28, 2017.  The measure also authorizes water projects, and includes provisions to extend health insurance to retired coal miners for four months.

Senate Democrats led by West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, and Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, hoped to find a permanent solution for more than 23,000 retired and active coal miners, who could lose health benefits in the next few months.  The coal miners had worked for mining companies that have since gone bankrupt, or are out of coal-mining business, and their health care plans are running out of money. Coal miners were guaranteed lifetime health and retirement benefits under President Harry S. Truman in 1946.

The continuing resolution also includes a provision that exempts retired General James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of defense, from a law that requires that former members of the military wait seven years after they leave the military before being hired to work in another government post.

See “Senate approves spending bill minutes before deadline, averting government shutdown, by Kelsey Snell, The Washington Post, December 9, 2016 at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/12/09/red-state-democrats-flirt-with-a-brief-government-shutdown-over-coal-miners-healthcare/?utm_term=.150d0c129df4

SSAE Webinars Offered: The U.S. Department of Education (U.S. DOE) is offering the following series of webinars for school and district leaders who want to take advantage of the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grant program under Title IV:

-January 12, 2017: Overview of the Department of Education Non-Regulatory Guidance: Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants

-January 26, 2017: The role of state educational agencies, local application requirements, and implementing effective SSAE program activities

-February 9, 2017: Allowable activities to support well-rounded educational opportunities, safe and healthy students, and the effective use of technology.

The purpose of the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program, which is authorized under subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A of ESSA, is to increase the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and local communities to: provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; improve school conditions for student learning, and improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.

In October 2016, the U.S. DOE released non-regulatory guidance for SSAE, which provides key information about the provisions of the new SSAE program, including a discussion on the allowable use of funds, role of the SEA, fiscal responsibilities, and the local application requirements.

The Webinar series will share information from the Non-Regulatory Guidance.

All webinars will be held from 2:00 to 3:30 PM eastern time.

Recordings and slides of each Webinar will be posted within a week of the event, and the responses to questions will be posted as soon as possible.

See https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/resources/essa-title-iv-part-A-SSAE-non-regulatory-guidance-webinar-series

 

 

OHIO NEWS

State Revenue Down in Ohio: Governor John Kasich addressed the Ohio House on December 6, 2016 and reported that the state was “on the verge of a recession.”

A combination of lower than estimated tax revenue and the loss of $1.5 billion in sales tax revenue from Medicaid managed care organizations, could lead to an austere FY2018-19 state budget.

The General Revenue Fund has been running below estimates by 2.8 percent or $259 million so far this year.

The downward trend is a concern for state leaders in the long term, although the state has resources to balance the budget this fiscal year, which ends on June 30, 2016.

The Akron Beacon Journal responded to the governor’s projection in an editorial on December 11, 2016.  In it the newspaper cites that the National Association for Business Economics predicts growth in the national economy at least until 2018.  Ohio’s recent economic growth has been steady, but slower than the national average.

The newspaper offers another reason why tax revenue is below estimates.  The General Assembly under Republican control and the Kasich administration have reduced tax rates by “roughly one-third” over the past six years.  The amount of revenue foregone by tax cuts is about $3 billion per year.

According to the article, “A fraction of that sum would cover the current shortfall in revenue. Reduce the tax reductions by half, and the state would have more resources available to invest in the foundation of a strong economy–in early education, in more affordable college tuition rates, in local services and learning in poor rural and urban classrooms.”

The article asks “What is the governor admitting?” and suggests that perhaps lawmakers and the governor have “cut taxes too much.”

See “They cut taxes and now a recession?  The governor projects a recession for the state,” by the Beacon Journal Editorial Board, The Akron Beacon Journal, December 11, 2016 at http://www.ohio.com/editorial/editorials/they-cut-taxes-and-now-a-recession-1.732897

The Ohio Department of Education App: The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) announced on December 6, 2016 a new app to navigate the ODE’s web site.

The app provides access to ODE resources including report card information, updates and notifications, and can contact schools directly.

The app is available free of charge from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store by searching for “Ohio Department of Education.”

 

 

FYI ART

Plan to Participate in the Vans Custom Culture Contest: The Vans Custom Culture shoe design contest was created to “inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets.”

Students in participating schools create a customized design on a pair of blank Vans Shoes based on a specific theme, and submit their designs between March 1 and April 10, 2017.

Fifty designs are selected to compete for the top five school designs, which are selected by the voting public, and go on to compete in the final event.

The schools with the top five designs are invited to a judging in Los Angeles on June 5-8, 2017, when the school selected with the top design will win $50,000 for its art program.

Registration for the 2017 Vans Custom Culture Contest begins on January 3, 2017 and runs through February 10, 2017. Designs must be submitted between April 26 – May 10, 2017.

See http://sites.vans.com/customculture/


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Arts on Line Education Update December 5, 2016

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Arts on Line Education Update
December 5, 2016
Joan Platz

 

131st GENERAL ASSEMBLY

This Week at the Statehouse: The Ohio House and Senate will hold committee hearings and sessions this week.

The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Andrew Brenner, will meet on December 5, 2016 at 1:30 PM in hearing room 121.  The committee will receive a presentation from Superintendent Paolo DeMaria about revisions to the English and math content standards, and receive testimony on HB498 (Kunze) Expulsion-Threat of Violence, SB168 (LaRose) Student Violent Behavior Information, and SB247 (Lehner, Brown) Summer Meals.

The committee will also consider amendments to SB3 (Hite, Faber) High Performing School District Exemption. The bill would exempt about 120 high-performing school districts from certain laws, including laws that affect teacher licenses:

-Section 3302.16 (A)(4) exempts high performing school districts from requiring teachers to be licensed specifically in the subject area or grade level in which they are teaching.

-Section §3302.16 (B) (1) allows the superintendent of a high performing school district, with board approval, to employ an individual “who is not licensed as required by sections 3319.22 to 3319.30 of the Revised Code, but who is otherwise qualified based on experience, to teach classes in the district.”

The bill was approved by the Ohio Senate on March 25, 2015, and received its fourth hearing in the House Education Committee on January 27, 2016.  The committee is expected to add amendments to tie-up some lose ends as lawmakers prepare for the close of this legislative session.  Some of the possible amendments include provisions that the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) might need to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act; requirements for purchasing textbooks under the College Credit Plus program; and extending the term of the EMIS advisory board.

There is also a concern that charter school advocates will convince lawmakers to include a “hold harmless” provision in the bill for online charter schools that have received over payments for students.  The ODE has determined through audits that students at several online charter schools are not participating in 920 hours of instruction, although the charter school received funds for them.  The overpayment for one of the online schools, ECOT, amounts to $60 million.

It is unlikely that another provision, the “Similar Students Measure” (SSM), sought by charter school advocates, will make it into the bill.  The ODE was required through 131-HB2 to conduct a study of this method used in California to analyze student demographics as part of the state’s accountability system for schools.  The ODE released last week a study of SSM, and found that the measure would “neither be valid nor useful.”  More details about the results of the study are included below under OHIO NEWS.

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Lehner, will meet on December 6, 2016 at 4:00 PM in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.  The committee will receive testimony on HB410 (Rezabek, Hayes) Habitual and Chronic Truancy and Compulsory School Attendance, and HB438 (Patterson) Designating “Ohio Public Education Appreciation Week.”

Legislative Update:

The Ohio House passed on November 29, 2016 HB148 (Patterson, LaTourette) Classroom Facilities Assistance. The bill requires the Ohio School Facilities Commission to provide classroom facilities assistance to a school district that was created as a result of the consolidation of two or more school districts, or from the voluntary transfer of the entire territory of a school district, under certain conditions.

The House also approved HB487 (LaTourette, Roegner) State Seal of Biliteracy.  This bill requires the State Board of Education to establish the state Seal of Biliteracy, and boards of education to include the seal on the high school transcripts of qualifying students.

The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Brenner, received sponsor testimony on HB372 (Phillips) Educational Service Personnel.  The bill would place into law a modified “5 of 8” rule, which the State Board of Education changed in April 2015 when it approved new Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools, Ohio Revised Code Rules 3301-35-1 to 10.

According to sponsor testimony, the bill would require school districts to employ five education personnel in nine areas, rather than the original eight, for every 1000 students.  The areas are art teacher, music teacher, physical-education teacher, counselor, librarian, school nurse, school social worker, English language arts teacher, and technology instructor.

The purpose of the bill is to ensure that students have access to a broad curriculum and services to address barriers that affect learning.

The Senate has held two hearings on another bill to address the changes in the “5 of 8” rule.  SB241 (LaRose), Education Professionals Employment, would require school districts to provide students in grades K-12 with an education that includes the fine arts, music, and physical education, and the comprehensive services of counselors, librarians or library media specialists, school nurses, and school social workers.  Districts would be permitted to employ qualified individuals in these positions, and would be recognized for employing a minimum of five out of the seven educator categories per 1000 students.

See the testimony at http://www.ohiohouse.gov/committee/education.

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Lehner, met on November 29, 2016 and received an update from Paolo DeMaria, Superintendent of Public Instruction, about the recommended changes for the English language arts and math academic content standards.

Ohio adopted these content standards, aligned to the Common Core, in 2010. As part of the five year review process for all rules, the ODE convened an advisory committee and working groups in early 2016 to update and revise the standards.  The process included surveys and public feedback about the proposed changes in the standards.

The committee is recommending certain changes in the standards to make them more clear, by defining specific terms in the standards, and including more descriptors.  The State Board of Education will consider the changes and vote on them in early 2017. The standards would go into effect for the 2017-18 school year.  Assessments aligned to the standards would be implemented during the 2018-19 school year.

See http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohios-Learning-Standards/Standard-Revision-Overview

The Senate Education committee also reviewed six amendments to HB410 (Rezabek, Hayes) Habitual and Chronic Truancy and Compulsory School Attendance.  The proposed amendments would create a threshold for requiring schools to form an absence intervention team; change the effective date of the ban on suspension for truancy from 2016 to 2017; prohibit pausing a student’s suspension over summer vacation; permit a district to allow a student to make-up the work they missed while being suspended; create a pilot project at the district level to implement multidisciplinary truancy teams; and change the deadline for an attendance officer to file a complaint.

The committee will vote on the amendments and the bill this week.

The Senate Committee also accepted a substitute bill for HB89 (Devitis) Medicaid School Program, and reported it out.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Continuing Resolution to Expire:  Members of Congress came back to Washington, D.C. last week for the remaining weeks of the 114th Congress.

One of the immediate issues that lawmakers will address is funding the national government for FY17.  House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) proposed an extension of the current continuing resolution that funds the government through December 9, 2016. The stop-gap resolution was approved in September 2016 when lawmakers were not able to approve FY17 appropriations by the October 1, 2016 deadline.  The proposed extension will fund the government through March 2017, which will give President-elect Trump a chance to weigh-in on federal priorities for spending for the second half of FY17.

Democrats Re-Elect Pelosi as Minority Leader: The House Democratic Caucus re-elected Representative Nancy Pelosi (CA) as their leader in the next Congress by a vote of 134-63.  Ohio Representative Tim Ryan (Niles) had challenged Minority Leader Pelosi, who has been Minority Leader since 2007, saying that the caucus needed a new direction and leadership.

Minority Leader Pelosi has promised to expand her leadership team to ensure that different points of view are included in decision making.

New Chair for the House Education Committee: The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce will have a new chair in the 115th Congress.  The House Republican Steering Committee selected North Carolina Representative Virginia Foxx (R) to replace Representative John Kline, (MN), who is currently chair.  Representative Kline is retiring at the end of this session.

According to Education Week, Representative Foxx opposes federal intervention in K-12 education, supports ESSA and less emphasis on testing, and is a fiscal conservative.

See “Rep. Virginia Foxx Will Lead the House Education Committee,” by Andrew Ujifusa, Education Week, December 2, 2016 at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2016/12/rep_virginia_foxx_lead_house_education_committee.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=campaignk-12

ESSA Accountability Rules Released: The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) issued rules on November 28, 2016 that provide a framework for states to design new accountability systems to evaluate schools and improve struggling schools under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The final rules address accountability, data reporting, and state plans.

The USDOE released proposed rules in May 2016 for public feedback, and received push-back from House and Senate Republicans, administrator organizations, educators, and state leaders on certain parts of the proposal. The final rules include some changes to address those concerns:

-Allow states more time, until 2018-19 school year, to identify the lowest 5 percent of schools and high schools with graduation rates below 67 percent.   States must also identify under-performing subgroups of students, as defined by the state, but the final rules allow states to propose a longer time frame,  “…if they can show that the additional time will better support low-performing subgroups in making significant academic progress and closing statewide proficiency and graduation rate gaps.”

-Extend the date for states to submit their ESSA state plans to the USDOE for review.  States can submit their plans by either April 3, 2017 or September 18, 2017.

-Provide states more options when creating a summative rating system for schools.  The summative rating could “…be the same as those the law sets out or unique categories determined by the state.”  For example, states could use broad terms such as “comprehensive support and improvement”, “targeted support and improvement”, and “unidentified schools” as summative determinations for schools.  States may also choose to provide other kinds of summative determinations to help differentiate schools and share useful information with parents and stakeholders, and can provide information through a “data dashboard” or “another user-friendly approach.”

-Clarify that measures of academic progress or school quality and/or student success “…can include a wide range of measures beyond test scores.” These measures should emphasize “….a holistic view of student and school success, without losing the focus on helping all students reach college and career readiness.” Such measures should be supported by “…research indicating that high performance or progress on these indicators is likely to increase student learning, or, for high schools, graduation rates, postsecondary enrollment, persistence, or completion, or career success.”

-Allow states to propose their own options for how to address school and subgroup participation rates below 95 percent on state assessments.  “The final rules retain options that states may choose to use, but allow more flexibility in the state-developed option for factoring participation rates into accountability systems, requiring states to develop “sufficiently rigorous” actions to improve school participation rates. This will allow states the flexibility to take into account nuances related to low participation rates, such as the extent to which a school missed the 95 percent requirement. Under the final regulations, districts must still develop plans with these schools to improve participation rates in the future.”

-Allow states to develop and “…adopt their own college- and career-ready standards, clarifying that in their consolidated plans, states must simply assure that they will meet the requirements of the statute and any applicable regulations.”

-Require school districts, as a part of supporting school improvement, to identify the following: resource inequities related to per-pupil expenditures; access to advanced coursework; assignment to ineffective, out-of-field, or inexperienced teachers; and access to specialized instructional support personnel and in elementary schools, full-day kindergarten and preschool programs.

-Require states to set a “researched-based”, “rigorous”, and “realistic” maximum time line for English learners to attain English language proficiency. “This change will help ensure that states are setting reasonable expectations that are informed by evidence and encourage schools to help all English learners make sufficient progress each year toward English language proficiency so that students don’t languish for too long or receive services for too short a period of time.”

Even though the USDOE responded to comments and made changes in final rules, Representative John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN), chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, issued on December 2, 2016 a joint statement criticizing the rules.

In the statement the lawmakers say that the rules do not adhere to the letter and intent of the law, and propose that the next Congress and administration will have to ensure that “states and schools will have the flexibility they need to provide every child with an excellent education.”

See http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=401144

See a summary of the rules at http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-department-releases-final-regulations-promote-high-quality-well-rounded-education-and-support-all-students?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

The final rules are available at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/essaaccountstplans1129.pdf.

 

OHIO NEWS

Secretary of State Certifies Election: Secretary of State Jon Husted certified on December 1, 2016 the results of the November 8, 2016 election.

Out of 7,861,025 registered voters in Ohio, 5,607,641 (71.33 percent) voted.

President-elect Donald Trump won 51.69 percent of the votes in Ohio, Hillary Clinton won 43.56 percent, Gary Johnson won 3.17 percent, and Jill Stein won 0.84 percent.

Over 1.8 million Ohio voters cast absentee ballots, which, according to Secretary of State Husted, is more than any other election, and 99.45 percent were counted. There were also 154,965 provisional ballots cast, and 85.17 percent were counted.

See http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/elections/Research/electResultsMain/2016Results.aspx

State Auditor Reviews Open Enrollment: State Auditor Dave Yost released on November 28, 2016 a report about open enrollment based on the performance audits of four northeast Ohio school districts:  Austintown Local School District, Coventry Local School District, Hubbard Exempted Village School District, and Madison Local School District in Lake County.

The report was prepared in order to “…help local school leaders and taxpayers understand the factors they should consider when establishing policy for open enrollment.”

The report shows that open enrollment, which started in 1989, is not a “passing fad but an increasingly popular option in the Buckeye State”.

In 2013, there were 71,827 students using open enrollment to attend a school outside of their home district, and most school districts, 74 percent, accepted open enrollment students.

However, the report notes that open enrollment is an efficient and effective policy option when it is used to fill empty classroom seats, but becomes a cost for school districts when they have to add staff and resources to accommodate the open enrollment students.

In Austintown and Coventry, for example, open enrollment cost the school districts $25,652 and $1,002,554 respectively.

In Hubbard and Madison, open enrollment students brought in $1,002,763 and $178,284 respectively.

The report recommends that school districts implement open enrollment policies that contain “important parameters, such as capacity limits and student-teacher ratios.”

The report is available at https://ohioauditor.gov/news/pressreleases/Details/3304

ODE Opposes Using “Similar Students Measure” in Ohio: The ODE issued a report on November 29, 2016 that examines how California’s state accountability system measures the progress of students in charter schools based on a number of demographic factors, and found the method to be “neither valid nor useful.”

The ODE was directed to conduct a study of a measure developed by the California Charter School Association called the “Similar Students Measure” (SSM), in House Bill 2 (Dovilla,Roegner), approved in October 2015, and report the results by December 1, 2016.

Advocates for SSM, including charter schools and the Ohio Coalition for Quality Education, Ron Adler president, believe that using scores based on the “Similar Students Measure” would provide more information to judge the performance of the charter schools, including factors such as the level of poverty in the school, student mobility, students with disabilities, and English language learners.

The ODE found, however, that the Similar Students Measure would “lower expectations for disadvantaged students,” and produce different results based on the variables used, making it invalid.

According to the report, “Such a measure runs counter to basic principles of accountability in that it creates a measure based on defining lower expectations for students with different characteristics.”

The ODE report notes that the SSM is more appropriately used to compare the performance of schools based on similar student characteristics, but Ohio already does that through school district typologies.

See “School rating system that charter schools sought gets thumbs down from state ed department,” by Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer, November 29, 2016 at http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/11/school_rating_system_that_char.html

Online Charter Schools Seeking Hold Harmless Provision: Patrick O’Donnell of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) is asking lawmakers to pass a hold-harmless provision that would prevent the ODE from collecting overpayments from online schools that have over-reported student attendance.

According to the article, ECOT could face a loss of $65 million, because the ODE determined that it was not providing 920 hours of instruction to 9000 of its 15,300 students last year, but still collected on average $6000 per student.  Nine other online schools could also lose state funds, because they over-reported student attendance, including Provost Academy in Columbus, Akron Digital Academy, and Buckeye Online School for Success.

The ODE audits charter school attendance every five years, and, according to the article, asked the schools to document the amount of time that students spent engaged in learning.  In the past the online charter schools had to show the ODE that they had met their obligation to provide students with a computer and online lessons, and document that students had logged in periodically.

According to the article, Representative Andrew Brenner, chair of the House Education Committee, said that lawmakers are discussing other ways to determine student participation in online charter schools so that the ODE can accurately calculate state aid for these schools.

In the meantime, online charter schools want a “hold harmless provision” to avoid losing state funds as a result of the audits.  The online schools believe that the audits were unfair, because the schools were not told by the ODE in advance about how attendance would be verified, and, as a result, didn’t have the proper documentation of student participation.  The ODE disputes this claim, because the law clearly states that students attending charter schools must participate in 920 hours of instruction (ORC 3314.03(A)(11)(a).

Some of the online schools have appealed the ODE’s audit findings to the State Board of Education (SBE), which has appointed hearing officers to investigate their claims. The SBE will then take action based on the findings.

See “ECOT loses court appeal as e-schools ask legislature to excuse giant attendance issues,” by Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer, November 29, 2016 at http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/11/ecot_loses_court_appeal_as_e-s.html

REPORTS

Results of TIMSS Released: The USDOE’s National Center for Education Statistics released on November 29, 2016 the results of U.S. students performance on the 2015 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and the TIMSS Advanced results.

TIMSS assesses the mathematics and science knowledge and skills of fourth- and eighth-graders in the participating countries, and also collects background information on students, teachers, and schools to enable comparisons.

TIMSS Advanced is an international assessment that measures the knowledge of students enrolled in advanced mathematics and physics courses.

More than 50 education systems participated in the 2015 TIMSS at the 4th-grade level, and more than 40 education systems participated at the 8th-grade level.

In addition to the United States, Florida participated as an education system, although the results only pertain to public schools. The U.S. national sample, as well as the samples in the other participating education systems, included both public and private schools.

Summary of Results

-For 4th grade students in the U.S., the average mathematics score (539) was higher than the TIMSS scale centerpoint of 500. Ten education systems had a higher average mathematics score than the United States.  The ten education systems with average mathematics scores above the United States are Singapore, Hong Kong-China, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Northern Ireland-Great Britain, the Russian Federation, Norway, Ireland, and Flemish Belgium.

Fourteen percent of U.S. fourth-graders reached the Advanced international benchmark, placing the U.S. in 8th place among education systems.

-For 8th grade students, the U.S. average mathematics score (518) was higher than the TIMSS scale centerpoint of 500. Ten education systems had higher averages and 10 were not measurably different. The education systems with average grade 8 mathematics scores above the U.S. average were Singapore, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong-China, Japan, Quebec-Canada, the Russian Federation, and Canada.

Ten percent of U.S. eighth-graders reached the Advanced international benchmark, placing the U.S. in 9th place among education systems.

-For 4th grade students, the U.S. average science score (546) was higher than the TIMSS scale centerpoint of 500. Seven education systems had higher averages than the U.S., including Singapore, Korea, Japan, the Russian Federation, Hong Kong-China, Chinese Taipei, and Finland.

Sixteen percent of U.S. fourth-graders reached the Advanced international benchmark, placing the U.S. in 5th place among education systems.

Trends in Performance in Science

-For 8th grade students, the U.S. average science score (530) was higher than the TIMSS scale centerpoint of 500. Seven education systems had higher averages and nine were not measurably different.  The 7 education systems scoring higher than the U.S. were Singapore, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Korea, Slovenia, Hong Kong-China, and the Russian Federation.

Twelve percent of U.S. eighth-graders reached the Advanced international benchmark, placing the U.S. in 7th place among education systems.

-In Advanced Mathematics at the12th grade, seven percent of U.S. twelfth-graders reached the Advanced benchmark in advanced mathematics. Males had an average score of 500 and females had an average score of 470.

-In Advanced Science at the 12th grade, five percent of advanced U.S. twelfth-graders reached the Advanced benchmark in physics. Three education systems, Slovenia, the Russian Federation, and Norway, placed higher.  Males had an average score of 455 and females had an average score of 409.

Overall, the U.S. average score in math at the 4th grade level did not change between 2011 and 2015, but the U.S. average score in math at the 8th grade level increased between 2011 and 2015.

The U.S. average scores in science at both the 4th and 8th grade levels, were not “measurably different” in 2015 compared to 2011.

The U.S. average scores for 12th grade math and science were also not “measurably different” in 2015 compared to scores in 1995.

See https://nces.ed.gov/whatsnew/commissioner/remarks2016/11_29_2016.asp

 

FYI ARTS

CPS is Revitalizing the Arts: The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) approved in 2012 an Arts Education Plan to ensure that students have access to the arts in Chicago Public School’s 660 schools. The plan, which was implemented starting in 2013, designates the arts as a core subject, and requires two hours per week of arts instruction in every elementary school and schools to meet certain teacher pupil ratios.

The most recent report about the state of the arts in CPS shows that two thirds of CPS students, 250,000 students, now attend a school considered “strong” or “excelling” in the arts.

The report is the fourth status report examining student access to arts education in CPS published by Ingenuity, a non-profit organization that partners with CPS and community organizations to monitor and support the expansion and implementation of arts education programs in the CPS.

The status report is based on data reported by the schools and Arts Liaisons in the schools. Schools receive a Creative Schools Certificate with one of four ratings, either emerging, developing, strong, or excelling in the arts.  The rating is based a rubric that takes into account student access to the arts; minutes of instruction in the arts; the number of arts instructors per students; and the number of arts disciplines and depth of courses offered to students at the high school level.  For example, elementary schools rated “excelling” provide students with 120 minutes of arts instruction per week.  Excelling high schools provide students with courses in at least three of the five arts disciplines.

According the report, on average, 96 percent of elementary school students had access to arts instruction; 59 percent of schools offered 120 minutes of arts instruction per week; 96 percent of schools partnered with at least one community arts partner, including groups such as The Joffrey Ballet, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Contemporary Art; and 73 percent of CPS schools reported that they met the 1:350 instructor to student ratio.

The report also notes that CPS received nearly $10.9 million from the private sector, and 579 active community arts partners were serving the schools.

CPS’ Arts Education Plan and the status report provide a step by step process for school districts to follow to expand arts education programming in schools, including how to establish a monitoring network and how to engage community partners to support the effort.

See “State of Arts in Chicago Public Schools Progress Report 2015-16,” by Yael Silk & Ingenuity, October 2016 at

http://www.ingenuity-inc.org/filebin/StateoftheArts_2015-16_FINAL_web_compressed.pdf

See “Chacago Arts Survey Finds Revitalized Programs, Lingering Gaps,” by Jackie Zubrzycki, Education Week, November 28, 2016 at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2016/11/chicago_arts_survey.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=curriculummatters


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Arts on Line Education Update November 28, 2016

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Arts on Line Education Update
November 28, 2016
Joan Platz
131st OHIO GENERAL ASSEMBLY
This Week at the Statehouse: The Ohio House and Senate are holding hearings and sessions this week.
The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Lehner, will meet twice.
On November 28, 2016 the committee will meet at 2:00 PM in the Senate Finance Hearing Room and receive testimony on the following bills:
  • SB136 (Tavares) School Seclusion Rooms:  Requires the State Board of Education to update its policies and standards for student behavioral interventions and the use of physical restraint and seclusion to prohibit the use of seclusion on students.
  • SB346 (Manning)  School Year-Start Date:  Generally requires public and chartered nonpublic schools to open for instruction after Labor Day.
  • HB89 (Devitis) Medicaid School Program:  Revises laws governing the Medicaid School Program, which provides federal Medicaid Aid to qualifying schools and other providers of Medicaid services.
  • HB383 (Hagan) Informed Student Document:  Requires one-half unit of economic and financial literacy in the high school social studies curriculum; requires the Chancellor of Higher Education to prepare an informed student document for each state institution of higher education; requires the State Board of Education to include information about the informed student document in the standards and model curricula it creates for financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
  • HB85 (Ramos) Child Sexual Abuse Prevention:  Revises laws pertaining to age-appropriate student instruction in child sexual abuse and sexual violence prevention and in-service staff training in child sexual abuse prevention.
The Senate Education Committee will also meet on November 29, 2016 at 4:00 PM in the Senate Finance Hearing Room to receive a presentation by Superintendent Paolo DeMaria about revisions to the English and math standards, and receive testimony on the following bills:
  • HB410 (Rezabek, Hayes) Revises the laws pertaining to habitual and chronic truancy and compulsory school attendance.
  • HB89 (Devitis) Medicaid School Program:  Revises laws governing the Medicaid School Program, which provides federal Medicaid Aid to qualifying schools and other providers of Medicaid services.
  • SB126 (Sawyer) Interdistrict Open Enrollment:  Repeals interdistrict open enrollment laws; requires the Ohio Department of Education to study and determine the effectiveness of interdistrict open enrollment; and allows a repeal of laws prohibiting interdistrict open enrollment based on the outcome of the study.
The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Andrew Brenner, will meet on November 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM in hearing room 017.  The committee will receive testimony on HB498 (Kunze) Expulsion-Threat of Violence, and HB372 (Phillips) Educational Service Personnel.
The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Oelslager, will meet on November 29, 2016 at 2:30 PM or after session in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.  The committee will receive testimony on SB230 (Schiavoni) Academic Distress Commission.
OHIO NEWS
ECOT Loses Appeal:  The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) won another round in its legal battle with the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), a statewide online charter school founded by William Lager.
ECOT had appealed a recent ruling by Judge Jenifer French of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, that allowed the ODE to use the amount of time students attending online schools were working online to determine student participation rates to calculate attendance. The ODE uses attendance data to calculate the amount of public funding charter schools receive.
Using this method, the ODE had found that about 60 percent of ECOT students were not meeting the requirement that students participate in 920 hours of learning opportunities during a school year. ECOT is in jeopardy of losing a portion of the $106 million it received from the ODE last year as a result.
The10th District Court of Appeals dismissed ECOT’s appeal of the ruling based on its lack of jurisdiction, because Judge French’s decision was not a “final” decision that could be appealed.  The case now returns to the lower court where a decision will be made.
ECOT’s administrative hearing before the State Board of Education is scheduled for December 5, 2016.
See “ECOT Loses Initial Appeal,” by Catherine Candisky, The Columbus Dispatch, November 24, 2016 at http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/11/23/ECOT_loses_appeal_in_state_attendance_audit.html
Changes Proposed for College Credit Plus Program:  Statewide education organizations have been working on a plan to address certain issues that school administrators have raised about the College Credit Plus (CCP) program.  The organizations include the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, and the Ohio School Boards Association.
Some of the issues were raised last May in testimony on HB474, the Higher Education Mid Biennial Review Bill.  The bill, which the organizations believe would expand a “government” entitlement program that is paid for by the taxpayers in their school districts, is not expected to pass this session, but the statewide organizations wanted to be on record about several of the proposed changes in law that they oppose.
Overall the organizations would like more flexibility to negotiate dual enrollment agreements with institutions of higher education (IHEs) as was done in the past.
They also would like to see more data collected about CCP to determine what barriers students face when trying to participate in college level courses.  Right now the only data available is about the former Post Secondary Enrollment Program (PSEO) and not dual enrollment programs initiated by school districts and IHEs.
The organizations also believe that there should be a way to keep the cost of textbooks and tuition down.  School districts should be allowed to charge some tuition and textbook costs to parents,  perhaps through means-testing, to determine if parents have the ability to pay.  In the past the cost of textbooks and tuition was part of the negotiated dual enrollment agreements between school districts and IHEs, and there were several ways used to reduce costs for school districts, IHEs, and parents.
School districts should also have the discretion to determine which students are eligible to participate in the CCP program.
The statewide organizations also reported widespread opposition to a HB474 proposal, which would allow students to take remediation courses at IHEs.
The following are some other recommendations that the education organizations support to improve CCP:
Negotiated Dual Enrollment Agreements
  • Require all school districts to enter into a minimum of one locally negotiated dual enrollment agreement with an institution of higher education, and eliminate the requirement that school districts participate with every IHEs in a district.  The education organizations believe that his provision would increase competition among IHEs to offer college courses to high school students, and find the best value for all parties, including students, parents, school districts, IHEs, and taxpayers, while still ensuring that qualified students have access to college credit programs.  A partnering secondary school could still enter into multiple agreements with IHEs, but they would not be required to do so.
  • Eliminate the funding floor requirement.  The education organizations believe that this provision would not be necessary if school districts could negotiate dual enrollment agreements with IHEs, as they did in the past.  The floor per credit hour rate is $41.50 for the 2016-17 school year, while the ceiling per credit hour rate is $166.  If the funding floor provision is not eliminated, the organizations oppose eliminating a provision in HB474 that allows the Chancellor of Higher Education to waive the funding floor requirement.
Textbooks
  • Develop standards for how to pay for textbooks.  These standards could require, for example, that textbooks be used for at least two years, and specify that the cost for one textbook should not exceed 25 percent of the “ceiling” amount for the course.  The standards should also require that textbooks have an ISBN#.  School districts should be allowed to charge parents for the cost of textbooks based on a sliding scale.  The state could also create a statewide textbook depository or a resource list for purchasing textbooks.  Restrictions about where or how the textbooks are purchased should also be eliminated, and IHE bookstores should not profit from textbooks purchased for high school students.
Student College Readiness
  • Convene stakeholders to develop uniform standards for college readiness to eliminate the inconsistencies in student participation in CCP.
  • Eliminate the requirement that permits students below the 9th grade to participate in college courses, but allow exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
  • Allow school districts to limit student participation in college courses to those deemed to be college ready.
College Courses
  • Require courses taught on the college campus to be at least equal in rigor to those available at the high school level.
  • Require school districts to agree with the IHEs determination of comparability, before students participate in the course.
  • Limit courses qualifying for college credit to core subject areas.
  • Require the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Providers (NACEP) to approve IHE courses, and assure the rigor of the courses.
  • Require school district policies about weighting grades to ensure that the college level courses are weighted the same as high school courses when they are comparable courses, and not simply courses in the same subject area (i.e., an algebra I course should not be equal to AP Calculus).
Teachers
  • Allow school districts more authority to determine the qualifications of teachers under local dual enrollment agreements, and require IHEs to allow qualified district teachers to provide instruction in college courses.
Equity
  • Ensure that CCP does not adversely affect the quality of the overall education program provided by the school district to the vast majority of students.  Allow the majority of dual enrollment courses to be offered at high schools, and permit schools to blend traditional and dual enrollment students in the same classes.  According to the education organizations, “Because some districts have such limited resources, the funds deducted for CCP has the effect of eating into the funds (resources for programs) meant for the students that are left in the district – those not wishing to take CCP courses. Therefore, the education opportunities for those students are affected.”
Communication Between Schools and IHEs
  • Require IHEs to inform secondary schools, school counselors, school districts, and parents, in a prescribed manner, about the students that have been admitted to their institutions and the courses that they are taking, and allow a means to enforce this provision.  Require the Chancellor to publish a list of IHEs suspended from participating in CCP due to noncompliance with this provision.
Joint Oversight of CCP
  • Establish a college credit plus advisory committee to assist in the development of performance metrics and monitor the CCP.  The committee shall include an equal number of representatives of partnering secondary schools and partnering colleges.
  • Drug Prevention Committee Examines SEL Standards:  Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Joint Study Committee on Drug Use Prevention Education met last week to review programs that support social and emotional learning in the Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois Social and Emotional Learning Standards (SEL).
Ohio lawmakers and policy makers are working on legislation and other strategies to eliminate Ohio’s drug abuse and addiction epidemic.  According to the Ohio Health Department 3,050 people died in 2015 of unintentional overdoses, the highest number on record for our state.
The 22 member joint study committee was appointed in August 2016, and is meeting with communities across the state to examine the status of drug use prevention education in Ohio schools in grades K-12.  According to the research, education programs that help students make positive choices and develop responsible behaviors are the most effective ways to combat drug abuse and addiction among young adults.
The Illinois Social and Emotional Learning Standards (SEL) support a process that helps children develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success; use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships; and demonstrate decision making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community context.  The standards are supported by research that shows that SEL competencies “… improve students’ social/emotional development, readiness to learn, classroom behavior, and academic performance.”
Illinois’ SEL Standards are correlated with the Illinois Learning Standards, and especially align with the Illinois standards in health and social sciences, and can be integrated throughout all curricula.
The joint study committee expects to issue a report in January 2017 with recommendations to implement “…an effective drug abuse prevention curriculum for each grade level, from kindergarten to twelfth grade.”
NATIONAL NEWS
President Elect Nominates Secretary of Education:  President-Elect Donald Trump nominated on November 23, 2016 Betsy DeVos to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education.
Ms. DeVos is a billionaire from Michigan and the chairwomen of the American Federation for Children, an advocacy organization for school choice, charter schools, voucher programs, and tax-credit scholarships for students.
She also served as chair of the Michigan Republican Party for several years.
She and her husband Dick DeVos, the son of the founder of Amway, supported the passage of Michigan’s charter school law in 1993.  She has also headed a PAC that has directed funds to charter school and voucher advocates running for office.  According to an article by Stephen Dyer at Innovation Ohio, in 2008 Betsy DeVos’ Virginia-based All Children Matter PAC was fined $5.2 million by the Ohio Elections Commission for illegally funneling $870,000 into Ohio campaigns.  David Brennan, president of White Hat Management, a charter school operator, also donated $200,000 to the same Virginia PAC between 2004-2007.
The fine was the largest ever filed against a PAC by the Ohio Elections Commission, but, according to The Columbus Dispatch, was never paid.  Ms. DeVos is no longer the director of All Children Matter.
Her brother, Erik Prince, is the founder of Blackwater, a security firm that worked in Iraq during the war.  In 2007 Blackwater employees were involved in the shooting deaths of Iraqi civilians, and four of the employees were later found guilty in the deaths.  Erik Prince is currently the chairman of Frontier Services Group, and is reported to be under investigation by several federal agencies for alleged unlawful dealings with foreign governments.
The Washington Post also reports that from 2004-2010 Ms. DeVos served on the board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  She donated $22.5 million to support arts leaders, and created the DeVos Institute of Arts Management based at the University of Maryland.
See “Pac backed by Education pick owes Ohio millions,” by Randy Ludlow, The Columbus Dispatch, November 24, 2016 at http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/ColumbusDispatch/AfterLogin.ashx?id=platz.1%40osu.edu&d=2016-11-24&r=none&c=20df55f625e35deacbf606bf92b594fa
See “All Children Matter Hit with $5.2 Million Fine for Illegally Funneling Campaign Money,” One Wisconsin Now, April 8, 2008, at http://onewisconsinnow.org/press/all-children-matter-hit-with-5-2-million-fine-for-illegally-funneling-campaign-money/
See “Betsy DeVos:  Five Things to Know About Trump’s Pick for Education Secretary,” by Andrew Ujifusa, Education Week, November 23, 2016 at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2016/11/betsy_devos_education_secretary_five_things_to_know.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=campaignk-12
See “Trump picks billionaire Betsy DeVos, school voucher advocate, as education secretary,” by Emma Brown, The Washington Post, November 23, 2016 at
See “Is PAC skirting election limits? Charter-school operator used Virginia group to funnel cash to Ohio GOP races, state says,” by Jim Siegel and Mark Niquette, The Columbus Dispatch, August 12, 2017 at
See “Erik Prince in the hot seat,” by Matthew Cole and Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept, March 24, 2016 at https://theintercept.com/2016/03/24/blackwater-founder-erik-prince-under-federal-investigation/
REPORTS
Report Examines the School Privatization Movement:  A new report examines how billionaires and private school advocates have promoted the privatization of public schools by understating the performance of traditional public schools and undermining the value of locally elected boards of education.
The report traces the charter school movement and the legal and policy framework that supports parallel K-12 education systems, one of which is less regulated and transparent than traditional public schools. The report found that charter schools have become a multibillion-dollar industry dominated by large chains and franchises, prone to fraud, fiscal abuses, and overall poor student performance.
The report includes the following recommendations:
  • States should adopt a moratorium on charter school expansion.
  • State and federal authorities should conduct an audit and account for all public grants awarded to charter schools.  A recent investigation conducted by the Center for Media and Democracy identified unaccountable federal and state grants totaling millions of dollars.
  • Charter school governing boards should be subject to public meetings and open records laws, and should be required to post contracts and all financial information.
  • Charter operators and governing boards should comply with conflict of interest and ethical standards that prohibit self-enriching schemes and employment of family members.
  • Federal charter school grant programs should award grants based on research, best practices, and peer review.
  • Charter schools should adopt national standards for competitive bidding and contracting.
  • Local boards of education should oversee the charter schools in their districts.
  • Charter school enrollment policies should be open and inclusive, and prohibit discipline policies that exclude certain students.
  • Charter school trade associations and lobbyists should disclose political donors and activities.
  • Online charter schools should be banned, except for programs that are carefully overseen by local school districts and meet certain standards.
See “Who Controls Our Schools? The Privatization of American Public Education,” by Don Hazen, Elizabeth Hines, Steven Rosenfeld, and Stan Salett, The Independent Media Institute, at https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.alternet.org/images/Who_Controls_Our_Schools_PDF_Ebook_1_1.pdf
What Can the Expansion of English Academies Tell Us About US Charter Schools?:  A report by Professor Helen Ladd and Edward Fiske raises several questions about the expansion of charter schools in the United States.
Helen Ladd is the Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy Studies and economics at the Stanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and Edward Fiske is the former education editor of The New York Times.
They have been studying the plan in England to replace schools governed by locally elected officials with charter schools, known in England as “academies,” and have identified some insights and lessons learned that can be applied to the charter school industry in the United States.
They found, for example, that managing a system in which two sets of schools operate under different rules created inefficiencies and challenges.
As more and more government funds were directed to the academies, the local schools in England lost revenue and were forced to reduce teachers and learning opportunities for students.  The public schools were left with the most needy students to educate, because the academies were not required to accept these students.
The expansion of the academies led to the proliferation of “relatively small primary schools operating in isolation.”  These small schools operated independently, which increased their costs.  The government encouraged these schools to form school networks, known as Multi Academy Trusts (MATs), to provide services more  efficiently, such as professional development.  Some of these MATs took over the role of the local school authorities, which had lost funding to provide these services, because the money was being directed to the academies instead.  While some of these networks were successful, others were not, and the authors are “….not optimistic about the success of this strategy.”
The role of the school in the social, economic, and cultural life of a community has also been threatened by the expansion of the academies, which, on the other hand, have no bond with communities or incentives to serve the best interests of the public.
The role of the elected school authorities has also been weakened, even though these authorities are still expected to provide certain services to students.  These include  “…assuring a place for every child, protecting the interests of vulnerable children, and championing the interests of children and families.”  The authors write that, “Weakened as they are by funding and personnel reductions, however, local authorities will struggle to carry out such responsibilities.”
The authors also found that the underlining reason for replacing the schools operated by local authorities with academies, the failure of the locally governed schools to educate children, was not justified by the evidence.  They write, “The academization plan seems to have been inspired less by reasoned policymaking than by an ideological belief in the weakness of bureaucratic systems and unshakeable faith in decentralization and autonomy as guiding principles for organizing the state education system.”
They authors report that a study about the academic performance of students attending the academies concluded that there is “no reason to believe that a fully academized system will be any better than the current one.”
The authors conclude that policymakers in the U.S. should consider the lessons learned from the English academy system, and select a different path to improve schools.
According to the report, “England’s experiences with academies, however, serves as a warning that promoting the development of large concentrations of charter schools operating independently of local school districts is a strategy fraught with risk for students and local communities.”
Instead the authors recommend that policymakers “devise democratic governance structures and systems of support that assure that both traditional public schools and charters promote broad public interests.”
See “Lessons for US charter schools from the growth of academies in England,” by Helen F. Ladd and Edward B. Fiske, Brookings Policy Brief, November 3, 2016 at
This brief is based on the authors’ study, England Confronts the Limits of School Autonomy, National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, Working Paper 232, October 2016. http://ncspe.tc.columbia.edu/working-papers/OP232.pdf
NEPC Recommends Better School Quality Indicators for State Accountability Systems:  A policy brief published by the National Education Policy Center provides “…guidance to states for selecting more inclusive school quality and student success indicators for accountability systems.”
Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), in addition to three indicators specified in the law, states are required to include at least one “indicator of school quality or student success” in their accountability systems for schools.
The law also requires that this indicator be “valid, reliable, comparable, and statewide,” and can be used to distinguish performance among schools.
The policy brief suggests that when selecting this indicator states should consider the following criteria:
  • Identify indicators that signal the importance of equity, including opportunity to learn indicators, and/or indicators that measure safe and inclusive learning environments.
  • Adopt multiple non-academic indicators that states and schools can report on their annual report cards.
  • Carefully combine indicators to signal what is important and avoid perverse incentives for manipulating any one indicator.
  • Create reciprocal accountability in which district and state leaders have responsibility to provide resources and create conditions needed to improve quality and improve performance on the student success indicators.
  • Help schools make sense of data about quality and student success indicators by coupling them with opportunity and resource indicators.
  • Identify potential evidence-based resources ahead of time that can support schools to improve performance on the indicators.
  • Develop an accountability plan that funds and supports school improvement for schools that need it, such as professional development and resources for identifying, adopting, and studying evidence-based programs.
  • Plan for a multi-stage rollout that can make new measurement approaches more successful and manageable over time.
The policy brief recommends that states adopt an indicator that focuses on equity and improving school environments.
See “Making the Most of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — Helping states Focus on School Equity, Quality and Climate, by William Penuel, Elizabeth Meyer, and Micchelle Renee Valladares, National Education Policy Center, University of Colorado Boulder, November 15, 2016 at
FYI ARTS
Museum Opens in Akron:  The Akron Children’s Museum held its grand opening on November 25, 2016.  The museum is located in city-owned space at Lock 3 Park in Akron, and includes interactive exhibits for children up to age 12.
The museum was designed to stimulate the imagination of children, and includes different stations featuring toys, car racing, scientific and environmental displays, and arts and crafts.
Ryan and Betsey Hartschuh envisioned the non-profit museum, which is based on the Greensboro Children’s Museum in North Carolina.   The museum is supported by 150 members and corporate sponsors, including Akron Children’s Hospital, the National Carpet Mill Outlet, Ernst & Young, the Acme Fresh Market, and GOJO Industries.
See “New Akron Children’s Museum filled with smiles and laughter,” by Rick Armon, The Akron Beacon Journal, November 25, 2016 at http://www.ohio.com/news/local/new-akron-children-s-museum-filled-with-smiles-and-laughter-1.729614

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Arts on Line Education Update November 21, 2016

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Arts on Line Education Update
November 21, 2016
Joan Platz

131st GENERAL ASSEMBLY

This Week at the Statehouse:  A quiet pre-Thanksgiving Week at the Statehouse.

The House and Senate have no sessions planned this week, and there are only three committees meeting:  the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate State and Local Government Committee, and the Senate Insurance Committee.

Legislative Update:  The 131st Ohio General Assembly returned to Columbus last week to complete work on several bills as lawmakers prepare for the end of this legislative session in December 2016.

House and Senate leaders have identified bills addressing renewable energy standards, unemployment compensation, and addiction deterrents as priorities for this “lame duck” session.

The legislative schedule also includes a number of first-time hearings on bills, as committee chairs give lawmakers a chance to provide sponsor testimony on their bills before the session ends.

If bills do not pass by the end of this session, they will die, and will need to be reintroduced in the 132nd General Assembly, which begins on January 4, 2017.

Lawmakers are also expected to take action on two education bills during the lame duck session: SB3 (Hite-Faber) High Performing School District Exemptions and HB410 (Hayes-Rezabek) Truancy.

Hearings might also be scheduled for SB241 (LaRose), Employment of Educators.

So far no hearings are planned for SB298 (Schiavoni) Charter School Contracts, which would strengthen accountability requirements for charter schools.

-SB3 High Performing School Districts:  SB3 has been stalled in the House Education Committee for months, but both House and Senate leaders expect the bill to pass this session. The bill might also become a “vehicle” for changes in law that the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) needs to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.  The bill might also include an amendment about how textbooks are purchased under the College Credit Plus program, and an amendment to extend the EMIS advisory board.

The current bill would exempt about 120 high-performing school districts from certain laws, including laws that affect teacher licenses:

-Section 3302.16 (A)(4) exempts high performing school districts from requiring teachers to be licensed specifically in the subject area or grade level in which they are teaching.

-Section §3302.16 (B) (1) allows the superintendent of a high performing school district, with board approval, to employ an individual “who is not licensed as required by sections 3319.22 to 3319.30 of the Revised Code, but who is otherwise qualified based on experience, to teach classes in the district.”

The bill was approved by the Ohio Senate on March 25, 2015, and received its fourth hearing in the House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Brenner, on January 27, 2016.

In February 2016 there was some push-back from those wanting to strengthen charter school law when charter school advocates tried to include some amendments in the bill to extend “safe harbor provisions” to charter school sponsors, and replace Ohio’s Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) methodology for determining student progress with a “similar schools measure,” which is a method used in California to evaluate charter school performance.

Lawmakers are not expected to add these amendments to the bill at this time, but there is still some support for the “similar schools measure.” 131-HB2 (Dovilla, Roegner), which became law in February 2016, requires the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to study and make a recommendation by December 1, 2016 about using “a similar schools measure” to evaluate charter school sponsors, and HB524 (Cupp, Ryan) requires that a study be conducted about the efficacy of the EVAAS methodology.

-HB410 (Hayes) Habitual and Chronic Truancy: This bill was approved by the House on May 4, 2016 after a lengthy debate over the changes proposed for defining and addressing students who are truant.  Among other provisions, the bill requires schools to create an intervention team to work with families and students to resolve issues causing truancy.

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Lehner, has held several hearings on the bill.  Some amendments have been proposed to require e-schools to take action earlier when students fail to participate in learning activities and are identified as truant. Currently e-schools can wait until students miss 105 consecutive hours of instruction before identifying a student as truant.

-SB241 (LaRose) Educational Opportunities: The Senate Education Committee has held two hearings on this bill, which was introduced in response to the State Board of Education’s decision in April 2015 to eliminate the “5 of 8 Rule” in Operating Standards for Ohio Schools.  This rule provided flexible staffing ratios in support of a well-rounded education and student access to licensed and certified school counselors, school nurses, library media specialists, school social workers, and elementary art, music, and physical education teachers.

SB241 requires that school districts provide students in grades K-12 with an education that includes the fine arts, music, and physical education, and the comprehensive services of counselors, librarians or library media specialists, school nurses, and school social workers.

SB241 also requires the ODE to report on the state report card for the 2015-16 school year the number of licensed teachers employed in fine arts, music, physical education, and as counselors, school nurses, school social workers, and librarians/media specialists per one thousand students.

The bill also requires the ODE to report the number of these professionals per 1,000 students employed by school districts in five of the seven categories, and recognize school districts that are meeting this threshold.

The ODE’s most recent local report card includes similar information under located under District Details.

-SB298 (Schiavoni) Community School Contracts: In spite of ODE’s determination that ECOT and some other e-schools are over-reporting enrollment and are being over paid, lawmakers are not expected to take action on SB298 (Schiavoni), a bill that would strengthen accountability requirements for charter schools.

The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Oelslager, has held three hearings on SB298, the last being held on May 17, 2016.

New House Members Take Office:  Representatives Wes Goodman (R-87th) and Candice Keller (R-53rd) were sworn into office last week after winning elections in their districts on November 8, 2016. The House seats have been vacant due to the resignations of former Representative Jeff McClain (87th) and former Representative Tim Derickson (53rd).

Senate and House Leaders Selected:  The Senate Republican Caucus has elected Senator Larry Obhof to be President of the Ohio Senate when the 132nd General Assembly convenes on January 4, 2017.  The current Senate President, Senator Keith Faber, was term limited, and was elected to the Ohio House on November 8, 2016.

To fill out the rest of the leadership team for the majority Republicans, Senator Bob Peterson was elected President Pro Tempore, Senator Randy Gardner was elected Majority Floor Leader, and Senator Gayle Manning was elected Majority Whip.

The Senate Democrats elected Senator Joe Schiavoni as Minority Leader, Senator Charleta Tavares as Assistant Minority Leader, Senator Edna Brown as Minority Whip, and Senator Cecil Thomas as Assistant Minority Whip.

In the House, Representative Fred Strahorn was elected House Minority Leader for the 132nd Ohio House.  Joining him on the Democratic leadership team will be Representative Nicholas J. Celebrezze – Assistant Minority Leader, Representative Nickie J. Antonio – Minority Whip, and Representative Emilia Strong Sykes – Assistant Minority Whip.

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

SBE Member A.J. Wagner Resigns:  State Board of Education (SBE) member A. J. Wagner (District 3) resigned from the State Board on November 18, 2016.

In a letter to SBE President Tom Gunlock, former Judge Wagner cited personal family reasons for the decision.

The vacancy will be filled by Governor Kasich.  Since this is one of the elected positions on the SBE, whoever is appointed will eventually have to stand for election.

Gifted Standards:  The State Board of Education’s (SBE) Achievement Committee approved “Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students”, Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3301-51-15 on November 14, 2016.  The State Board will take action on the proposed standards at their meeting in December 2016.

The latest draft of the gifted standards is the result of three years of negotiations.  The Ohio Association for Gifted Children supports the standards, although they believe that the accountability and reporting requirements should be strengthened.

The November 2016 draft standards are available under the State Board of Education November 2016 Meeting – Meeting Materials – Achievement Committee at http://education.ohio.gov/State-Board/State-Board-Meetings/State-Board-Meetings-for-2016

See a “recap” of the November 14, 2016 Achievement Committee meeting from the Ohio Association for Gifted Children at http://www.oagc.com/advocacyAlerts.asp

Graduation Requirements: The State Board of Education will consider a proposal at their December 2016 meeting to temporarily ease high school graduation requirements.

Superintendents and educators across the state have evaluated student progress in meeting the new graduation requirements, and have been warning members of the legislature and the State Board for months that graduation rates could drop. According to the ODE’s own preliminary research, 29 percent of 11th grade students are not on track to graduate in 2018.

The graduation standards for the Class of 2018 and beyond were approved by the legislature in 2014.  In addition to meeting certain course requirements in law, Ohio students in the Class of 2018 can earn a high school diploma in the following three ways:

1) Earn 18 points on 7 end of course exams in English I and English II; algebra I and geometry or integrated math I and II; biology; and American history and American government. Students must earn a minimum of four points in math, four points in English, and six points across science and social studies.

Students studying Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses in biology, American history, or American government can substitute test scores in these subjects for end of course state exams.  Students also may substitute grades from College Credit Plus courses in science and social studies subjects for end of course state exams.

2) Earn a “remediation-free” score on a college entrance exam, such as the ACT or the SAT, in English language arts and mathematics.

3) Earn an industry credential and workforce readiness certificate.  Students are required to earn 12 points through a State Board of Education approved industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field, and achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment.

The proposal to ease the graduation requirements was offered by SBE Vice President Tess Elshoff, and would require students in the Class of 2018 to earn 15 points on end of course exams.  The number of test points required to graduate would increase by one point each year until it reached 18 in 2022. The requirement that the points be earned in different subjects would be waived until 2022.

See  “A third of high school juniors might not graduate next year, officials warn,” by Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer, November 13, 2016 at http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/11/a_third_of_high_school_juniors_might_not_graduate_next_year_officials_warn.html

Stakeholder Responses to ESSA:  Over the past months the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has conducted regional meetings, held webinars, met with the leaders of education organizations, and posted an online survey to gather information from stakeholders about what should be included in Ohio’s plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The federal law requires Title I state plans to be developed by the State Education Agency (SEA) “with timely and meaningful consultation” with the Governor, members of the State legislature and State board of education, local educational agencies, teachers, principals, other school leaders, charter school leaders, specialized instructional support personnel, paraprofessionals, administrators, other staff, and parents.

The ESSA template also requires that a state education agency explain how it used feedback in completing their ESSA compliance plan.

See http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/secletter/160622.html

Colleen Grady, ODE Senior Policy Advisor, and Lisa Gray from Philanthropy Ohio, which hosted the regional meetings, presented a summary of the results of the meetings and survey at the November 2016 State Board of Education meeting. The results will be shared with the ODE staff, who are currently working on Ohio’s ESSA template.  A draft ESSA plan for Ohio should be available for public review in January 2017.

The following is a summary of the results of the ESSA Online Survey, conducted by the ODE between August 24, 2016 and October 7, 2016. About 11,287 participants completed the survey, including parents (22 percent); educators (55 percent); students (3.8 percent); and public (2 percent).

ESSA Online Survey Results

Expectations for Schools:  When asked what is the most important expectation for schools, 43 percent of respondents reported that schools should prepare students for college, careers, and life; 20 percent selected a safe, welcoming environment; 15 percent selected preparing students to be good citizens; 14 percent selected varied options; and 8 percent selected rigorous academics.

Respondents reported that they liked best the teachers and students; the cohesiveness of the community; and small schools and classes.

Respondents would change “…the amount of testing students are subjected to, the amount of funding available, the conditions of buildings, the lack of certain curricular and extracurricular offerings such as music, art, and physical education, and the lack of technology.”

School Quality:  When asked to select the three most important factors that contribute to school quality, 60 percent selected qualified teachers and administrators; 42 percent selected safe school environment; 40 percent selected rigorous core curriculum; 39 percent selected small class size; and 18 percent selected arts opportunities and career technical training.

Other important factors that contribute to school quality are less emphasis on testing, supportive and engaged parents, meeting the diverse needs of students, caring, supportive educators, and less homework.

Measuring Student Success:  Respondents recommended that the best way to measure student success was through goal-based measures (58 percent); class grade (24 percent); standardized test scores (8 percent); district tests (7 percent); and attendance (3 percent).

Other ways to measure student success include portfolios and projects, graduates’ postsecondary success, attendance, children’s happiness, and class grades.

Local Report Card:  Most respondents (79.8 percent) reported that they had viewed their local school district’s report card.  To improve the report cards, respondents reported that similar grade scales should be included along with consistent growth measures.  The state should also stop switching assessments so often.

Some participants also recommended eliminating standardized test measures, school and district rankings, and value added; making it easier to compare similar districts; making the report card more parent friendly, and making the results available more quickly.

A majority of respondents (65 percent) identified the student growth model as the “best” measure of school success.  Less than 15 percent of respondents identified graduation rates, attendance rates, and college admission/remediation rates as the best measures to determine school success.

When asked about which report card measures were difficult to understand, respondents identified value-added, gap closing, and K-3 literacy measures. The “Prepared for Success” indicator and the gifted education indicator were also found difficult to understand or unfair by some respondents.

Improving Schools:  Respondents reported that to ensure the success of students and/or schools, there should be more teaching and support personnel (30 percent); increased school funding (25.4 percent); more student access to school-based supportive services (11 percent); and expanded school choice options (5 percent).

Respondents also reported that the Ohio Department of Education could support more schools and students by providing tools and training for school-based health and mental health services, additional nurses and counselors, more curricular resources and access to technology, professional development, and extracurricular activities.

Teachers:  Most respondents (52 percent) reported that overall the teachers in their schools are doing a good job.  Another 15 percent said that the teachers are great.  About 27 percent had mixed feelings; 4 percent said that there was room for improvement, and 2 percent had no opinion.

Overall growth, not just academic performance, was reported by 68 percent of respondents as a way to evaluate the effectiveness of a teacher.  Other ways identified to evaluate the effectiveness of teachers are student in-class performance (24 percent); student scores on standardized tests (4 percent); and the happiness of the children (3 percent).

Most of the respondents who work in schools also reported that student test scores should not be used to evaluate teachers, and some recommended that OTES be eliminated.

When asked about ways to ensure equitable access to effective teachers, respondents recommended that teacher preparation programs should “weed out” less effective teachers, districts should provide incentives to attract teachers to struggling schools, and teachers need more professional development opportunities.

Major Challenges for Students:  Respondents identified poverty, homelessness, hunger, addiction, unstable homes, lack of foster homes, bullying, and mental illness as challenges for vulnerable students.

According to respondents, vulnerable students should receive more specialized services, including special education services and personnel, mental health services, access to food and affordable housing, tutoring, parent education programs, career exploration, and before and after-school programs.

See http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Every-Student-Succeeds-Act-ESSA

ESSA Stakeholder Meeting Results Similar to ESSA Survey Results:

Recommendations about what should be included in Ohio’s ESSA plan were also gathered from 1,500 participants at 10 regional meetings held between August 31, 2016 and October 6, 2016.

According to a report prepared by Philanthropy Ohio, the recommendations for Ohio’s ESSA plan gathered from these regional meetings were consistent with the results from the ESSA Online Survey.

The following is a summary of Philanthropy Ohio’s report and the ESSA recommendations:

Most Important Issue Facing Students and Schools:  Participants at the regional meetings identified poverty and homelessness as the most important issue facing our students and schools today.

Following poverty and homelessness, participants at the regional meetings identified as important school funding and resources; family engagement and home life; equitable access to resources, too much state and local testing; and preparing all students for college and careers.

Strong Broad Support:  There was strong broad support for increasing quality early childhood education opportunities; wrap round services to help students; librarians, counselors, school nurses, school social workers, and after-school programs.

Ohio Standards:  Although there was support for Ohio’s learning standards, some participants expressed concerns about the developmental appropriateness of the standards, the levels of expectations, and the number of standards.

Ohio’s Assessment System:  Participants expressed the most concern about Ohio’s assessment system, especially about how often the state tests have been changed; the number of assessments; the amount of time used to administer the assessments; and the delay in the results.

Graduation Requirements:  Concerns about the graduation requirements and end of course exams were also expressed at the regional meetings.  Participants opined that the expectations were too high, considering that some students have only been working on the new standards for five years.

Although some participants recommended that the ACT and SAT be used as a substitute for the end of course exams, some educators questioned if these college readiness exams were aligned with Ohio’s standards, and worried that meeting a “college readiness” standard was not fair for students who do not intend to go on to college.

Report Cards:  Participants questioned the validity and reliability of the local report card and the individual measures, that seem to change constantly.  Some participants called for eliminating the report cards.  Others said that the report cards are too complicated, include too much data, and the letter grades provide little information.  Overall participants said that the report cards seem “more punitive in nature, rather than diagnostic.”

Participants recommended that the “Measure of School Success” indicator should reflect the whole school, including student achievement, growth, and growth in multiple subjects for all students.  Information about poverty levels, school culture, school climate, extra-curricular activities, attendance, achievement gaps should also be included.

Teacher Evaluations:  According to the report, there was no consensus about how teachers should be evaluated.  Educators said that the current system (Ohio Teacher Evaluation System) was time consuming, complicated, and cumbersome.  Participants distrust student growth measures and student learning objectives, and oppose basing a large part of an evaluation on them.

Professional Development:  There was strong support for more resources for professional development and mentorship programs to help teachers improve.

Improving Low Performing Schools:  Most participants recognized the need for additional supports for students and schools in order to improve schools.  The supports include “more funding, building-based wraparound and support services, aligned and coordinated community partnerships and engagement, family involvement, cultural competency and awareness, and interventions and trainings for anti-bullying and harassment, drug and alcohol addiction, truancy and suspensions.”

Charter Schools:  Participants at every regional meeting “…expressed concern about the quality of Ohio’s charter schools, especially the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.”

See “Shaping Ohio’s ESSA Plan, Philanthropy Ohio, November 14, 2016 at

https://www.philanthropyohio.org/sites/default/files/White%20Paper_11.11_lr_FINAL.pdf

Superintendent Summarizes Stakeholder Feedback:  Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria updated the Joint Education Oversight Committee last week about the status of Ohio’s ESSA plan, and some of the key decisions that Ohio policy-makers must address in Ohio’s plan.

According to the presentation, the Ohio Department of Education will release Ohio’s draft ESSA plan for public comment in early January 2017.  After compiling public feedback and updating the draft, the plan will be presented to Governor Kasich for review.  The plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in March 2017, and will go into effect in July 2017.

After describing the various methods the ODE used to gather stakeholder comments, Superintendent DeMaria told the committee that stakeholders want less testing, more stability, more funding, better and more support services, better parent engagement and education, and changes in Ohio’s teacher evaluation system.

Stakeholder priorities include expanding early childhood education, expanding specialized services for students with disabilities and gifted students, expanding arts instruction and media services, expanding mental health and medical services, and keeping the current academic content standards.

He also summarized some of the decisions that must be made to finalize Ohio’s ESSA plan:

-How will Ohio’s plan address adaptive testing, alternative assessments, selecting a nationally-recognized high school assessments, and participation in the innovative assessment pilot?

-What “measure of school quality or student success” will be selected for inclusion on the local report card, and how will the state address enhanced accountability requirements for English learners and students in other subgroups?

-What revisions should be made to Ohio’s educator equity plan to ensure that low-income and minority students have effective and experiences teachers?

-How will Ohio define struggling schools and evidenced-based strategies for improvement, and how will ODE organize to provide supports and wraparound services?

-Should Ohio use up to 3 percent of Title I funds to provide direct services to students, and how much should be set aside?  How will school improvement dollars be distributed, and what about competitive grants?

-How will Ohio’s plan address homeless students, students in the foster care system, and military dependents?

See http://jeoc.ohio.gov/meetings?6&pageSize=10&sort=NewToOld&start=11

NATIONAL NEWS

Congress Also Faces Lame Duck Session: Congress returned to Washington, D.C. last week to complete work on legislation and elect new leadership for the 115th Congress, which begins in January 2017.

One of the first items on their agenda will be to approve FY17 appropriations.  The temporary spending bill approved last September to avoid a government shutdown on October 1, 2016 expires on December 9, 2016.  Some Republicans want to pass another temporary measure, and deal with a more detailed appropriation bill when the new Congress convenes.

Congress could also reauthorize the Carl S. Perkins Career Technical Education Act, which has already been approved by the U.S. House, and has some support in the U.S. Senate.

Leadership Teams Elected: The U.S. Senate Republican Caucus re-elected Senator Mitch McConnell (KY) last week to be majority leader in the 115th Congress. Senator John Cornyn (TX) will stay on as whip and Senator John Thune (SD) will serve as number three.

Democrats elected Senator Chuck Schumer (NY) as minority leader, replacing Senator Harry Reid who didn’t run for re-election.  Senator Richard J. Durbin (IL) will serve as party whip, and Senator Patty Murray (WA) will serve as assistance Democratic leader.

Senator Schumer also appointed a leadership team, which includes Senators Elizabeth Warren (MA), Bernie Sanders (VT), Joe Manchin (WV), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Mark Warner (VA), and Debbi Stabenow (MI).

The Republican Conference in the U.S. House re-nominated Representative Paul Ryan (WI) as House Speaker, who must be confirmed by a floor vote in January 2017.  Representative Kevin McCarthy (CA) was nominated majority leader, and Representative Steve Scalise (LA) House Whip.

House Democrats postponed voting on their leadership team until November 30, 2016.  Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan is now formally challenging House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), who has been the Democratic leader in the House since 2003, for the minority leadership position.

FYI ARTS

Ohio Arts Council: Governor Kasich has appointed William B. White of Marietta to the Ohio Arts Council for a term beginning November 15, 2016 and ending July 1, 2019.

Mr. White co-founded a marketing consulting firm called OffWhite in 1985.  The firm has worked with local, national, and international clients, and provides technical assistance for the biomedical, life sciences, and industrial laboratory fields.

As a musician and songwriter, Mr. White performs with a classic rock band called The Fossils and with an acoustics group called the JW3 Trio.  In February 2007 Mr. White was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Foundation for Music Education, and served as its president until February 2016.

He is expected to bring attention to the economic development in Ohio as a result of investments in the arts while on the Arts Council Board.

See http://www.oac.ohio.gov/News-Events/OAC-News/ArticleId/39/governor-kasich-appoints-william-b-white-to-oac-board

Youth Arts Programs Recognized: First Lady Michelle Obama hosted at the White House on November 15, 2016 a reception and performance honoring the 2016 recipients of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

The awards are presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to after-school and out-of-school programs that provide arts and humanities learning opportunities for young people.  These programs enrich the lives of students by teaching them new skills, nurturing creativity, and building self-confidence in a safe environment. The following programs were recognized this year:

-Ailey Camp, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, FL

-Baranov Museum Youth history & Film Summer Intensive, Kodiak historical Society, Kodiak, AK

-IBA’s Youth Development Program, Inquilinos Boricuas an Accion, Boston, MA

-Next Gen, bay Area Video Coalition, San Francisco, CA

-Screen It!, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX

-Sphinx Overture, Sphinx Organization, Detroit, MI

-St. Louis ArtWorks, St. Louis, MO

-Subway Sleuths, New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn, NY

-Teen Arts + Tech Program, Western Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT), Grand Rapids, MI

-The Reading Road Show- Gus Bus, Office on Children & Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health & Human Services, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

-Tribal Youth Ambassadors, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, Santa Rosa, CA

-True Colors: Out Youth Theatre, The Theatre Offensive, Boston, MA

See http://www.americansforthearts.org/news-room/art-in-the-news/national-arts-and-humanities-youth-program-awardees-announced?utm_source=MagnetMail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=joan.platz@gmail.com&utm_content=creativity%5Fconnection%5F11%5F16&utm_campaign=Creativity%20Connection%3A%20November%2016


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Arts on Line Education Update November 14, 2016

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Arts on Line Education Update
November 14, 2016
Joan Platz

131st OHIO GENERAL ASSEMBLY

This Week at the Statehouse:  The Ohio House will meet in session on November 16 and 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM, while the Ohio Senate has canceled its sessions.  Both the House and Senate will hold committee meetings this week.

The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Brenner, will meet on November 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM in hearing room 121.  The committee will receive testimony on the following bills:

-SB168 (LaRose) Student Violent Behavior:  Require the Education Management Information System to include information regarding persons at whom a student’s violent behavior that resulted in discipline was directed.

-HB426 (Antani) Career Colleges-Job Placement:  Requires the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools to report and post job placement information.

-HB560 (Hambley) Community School Enrollment:  Regarding verification of community school enrollments.

-HB498 (Kunze) Expulsion-Threat of Violence:  With respect to 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.

The House Finance Committee, chaired by Representative Smith, will meet on November 15, 2016 at 1:30 PM in hearing room 131.  The committee will receive testimony on several bills, including the following bills related to education:

-HB346 (Brenner) Per-pupil State Funding, which would require that each city, local, and exempted village school district receive a per-pupil amount of state funding that is at least as much as the statewide per pupil amount paid for chartered nonpublic schools in Auxiliary Services funds and for administrative cost reimbursement.

-SB235 (Beagle-Coley) Increased Value-Property Tax, which would exempt from property tax the increased value of property on which industrial or commercial development is planned, until construction of new commercial or industrial facilities at the property commences.  The House Finance Committee will also receive testimony on this bill on November 16, 2016.

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Lehner, will meet on November 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.  The committee will receive testimony on the following bills:

-HB383 (Hagan) Informed Student Document:  Requires one-half unit of economic and financial literacy in the high school social studies curriculum; requires the Chancellor of Higher Education to prepare an informed student document for each state institution of higher education, requires the State Board of Education to include information on the informed student document in the standards and model curricula it creates for financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

-HB438 (Patterson) Week Designation:  Designates the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving Day as “Ohio Public Education Appreciation Week.”

-HB441 (McColley) Interscholastic Activities:  Permits a student enrolled in a nonpublic school to participate in interscholastic activities at a school district that is not the student’s resident district under certain circumstances, and prohibits a student who participates in the College Credit Plus program from being denied the opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletics solely due to participation in the program.

-HB85 (Ramos) Child Sexual Abuse Prevention:  Regarding age-appropriate student instruction in child sexual abuse and sexual violence prevention and in-service staff training in child sexual abuse prevention.

-HB89 (Devitis) Medicaid School Program:  Regarding the Medicaid School Program.

-HB410 (Rezabek-Hayes) Truancy:  Regarding habitual and chronic truancy and compulsory school attendance.

House Leadership Team Announced: The Republican majority caucus elected on November 10, 2016 their leadership team for the 132st Ohio General Assembly.  Representative Cliff Rosenberger will continue to serve as House Speaker; Representative Kirk Schuring will serve as speaker pro tem; Representative Dorothy Pelanda will be the majority floor leader; Representative Sarah LaTourette will be assistant majority floor leader; Senator Tom Patton, who was elected to the House, will serve as majority whip; and Representative Rob McColley will be assistant majority whip.

Legislative Update:

The following bills have been assigned to the House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Andrew Brenner:

-HB544 (Koehler-Landis) High School Civics Assessment:  Permits high school students to take a civics assessment instead of the American government end of-course examination.

-HB550 (Arndt) School Facilities-Technology Purchasing:  Requires the Ohio School Facilities Commission to establish a program assisting school districts in purchasing technology and making physical alterations to improve technology infrastructure and school safety and security.

-HB560 (Hambley) Community School Enrollment:  Establishes policies to verify community school enrollments.

-HB570 (Hill) Interdistrict-Open Enrollment:  Regarding student enrollment in charter schools, STEM schools, and other districts through interdistrict open enrollment.

-HB571 (Duffey-Boggs) Career Information-Students:  Regarding the presentation of career information to students.

-SB247 (Brown-Lehner) School District-Summer Meals:  Requires school districts to allow alternative summer meal sponsors to use school facilities to provide food service for summer intervention services under certain conditions.

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO MEET

The State Board of Education, Tom Gunlock president, will meet on November 14-15, 2016 at the Department of Education building, 25 South Front Street in Columbus.

On November 14, 2016, the State Board’s meeting will begin at 8:00 AM, when the Board will conduct a Chapter 119 Hearing on three proposed rules:

-OAC 3301-11-01 to -11 and -13: EdChoice Scholarship Program

-OAC 3301-24-08, -25, -26: Licensing & Education Programs

-OAC 3301-106-01: Community Learning Centers

The Executive Committee and Urban and Rural Renewal Committee will then meet, followed by the convening of the State Board’s business meeting, which will include the report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  The Board will then hold an executive session.

The Achievement and Capacity committees will convene following lunch.

The Achievement Committee will discuss and approve OAC Rule 3301-61-07 and -10 Vocational Education, and discuss OAC Rule 3301-51-15:  Operating Standards for Identifying and Serving Gifted Students.

The Capacity Committee will discuss OAC Rule 3301-91-01, 04, 07, 08, 09 Standards for School Lunch and Breakfast Programs; discuss and approve OAC Rule 3301-24-18 to 21, Licensing & Education Programs & OAC Rule 3301-25-09 Educational Aid Permits; discuss OAC Rule 3301-102-02 to 05, 07, 08 Community Schools; and discuss OAC Rule 3301-40 to 07:  Rules on Nonpublic Schools Administrative Cost Reimbursement.

On November 15, 2016 the Standards and Graduation Committee will meet at 8:00 AM and discuss and approve OAC Rule 3301-41-01: Standard for Issuing and Ohio Certificate of High School Equivalence; discuss graduation requirements; and discuss the revised content standards for English language arts and math.

The State Board will then reconvene; recognize Dustin Weaver of Chillicothe High School, the 2016 Ohio Teacher of the Year; receive public participation on agenda and non agenda items; and take action on the following resolutions:

1)  Approve a Resolution to Rescind and Amend Rule 3301-5-01 of the Ohio Administrative Code Regarding the Requirements for the Emergency Management Plan and Test.

2)  Approve a Resolution to File As No Change Rule 3301-24-18 of the Ohio Administrative Code Entitled Resident Educator License.

3)  Approve a Resolution to File As No Change Rule 3301-24-19 of the Administrative Code Entitled Alternative Resident Educator License for Teaching A Designated Subject in Grades Kindergarten to Twelve.

4)  Approve a Resolution to File As No Change Rule 3301-24-20 of the Administrative Code Entitled Alternative License for Teaching World Languages in Grades Pre Kindergarten to Twelve.

5)  Approve a Resolution to File As No Change Rule 3301-24-21 of the Administrative Code Entitled Alternative License for Intervention Specialist in Grades Kindergarten to Twelve.

6)  Approve a Resolution to Amend Rule 3301-24-22 of the Administrative Code Entitled Alternative Resident Educator License for Career Technical Workforce Development Programs.

7)  Approve a Resolution to File As No Change Rule 3301-25-09 of the Administrative Code Entitled Two-Year School Speech-Language Pathology Student Permit.

8)  Approve a Resolution to Rescind and Restate Rule 3301-41-01 of the Administrative Code, Certificate of High School Equivalence.

9)  Approve Resolution to File As No Change Rules 3301- 61-07 and 3301-61-10 of the Administrative Code Entitled Provisions for Non Public School Students.

10)  Approve a Resolution to File As No Change Rule 3301-91-01, 3301-91-04, 3301-91-07, 3301-91-08, 3301-91-09 of the Administrative Code Entitled Standards for School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

17) Approve a Resolution to Clarify Intent of Student Suspensions for Ohio School Districts.

18) Approve a Resolution to Confirm the Dublin City School District Board of Education’s Determination of Impractical Transportation of Certain Students Attending Haughland Learning Center in Columbus, Franklin County.

19)  Approve a Resolution to Grant Student’s Right to Participate in the College Credit Plus Program Pursuant to R.C. 3365.03(A)(1)(a).

ELECTION NEWS

Donald Trump won the presidential race with a projected 276 electoral votes, and on January 20, 2017 will become the 45th President of the United States.

According to unofficial results, 5.3 million Ohioans cast a ballot this year, which is less than in 2008, when 5.8 million Ohioans voted, and less than in 2012, when 5.6 million Ohioans voted.

115th U.S. Congress:  The membership of the U.S. Senate will include 51 Republicans, 46 Democrats, and two independents.  The final breakdown of the Senate could change, however, because there is a run-off in the Louisiana Senate race. None of the candidates had won 50 percent of the votes, which was needed to declare a winner.

Not all races have been decided, but so far the U.S. House of Representatives will have 239 Republicans and 193 Democrats.

All of Ohio’s representatives to the U.S. House won re-election.  Republicans retained control of 12 of Ohio’s congressional seats, while Democrats retained control of 4 seats.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman also retained his seat in the U.S. Senate, defeating former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.

Governors:  Nationwide there were 12 governor races on November 8, 2016 ballot.  Republicans won in the states of Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Utah, and Vermont, while Democrats won in Delaware, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and West Virginia.  The race between Governor Pat McCorory (D) and Roy Cooper (R) in North Carolina is still too close to call, but Roy Cooper has a slight lead.

ELECTION IN OHIO

132st Ohio General Assembly:  Republicans will extend their majority by one in both the Ohio House (66 – 33) and the Ohio Senate (24-9) due to Republican wins in two districts currently held by Democrats.  In the House, Democrat Sarah Grace lost to Republican Jay Edwards in the 94th House District, which is currently held by Representative Debbie Phillips (D), and in the Ohio Senate, Senator Lou Gentile (D) lost to Frank Hoagland (R) in the 30th Senate District race.

Ohio House:  There will be 22 new members in the Ohio House, including four members who are currently serving in the Ohio Senate. They are Senators Tom Patton (R-7), Jim Hughes (R-24), Bill Seitz (R-30, and Keith Faber (R-84).

Other new House members are Scott Wiggam (R-1); Adam Miller (D-17); David Greenspan (R-16); Laura Lanese (R-23); Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-25); Brigid Kelly (D-31); Catherine Ingram (D-32); Thomas West (D-49); Candice Keller (R-53); Dick Stein (R-57); Scott Lipps (R-62); Glenn Holmes (D-63); Rick Carfagna (R-68); Darrell Kick (R-70); Larry Householder (R-72); Craig Riedel R-82); Wes Goodman (R-87); and Jay Edwards (R-94).

Who is leaving the Ohio House in December 2016?  The following lawmakers will be completing their terms in the Ohio House at the end of this session, and will not be returning:

Representative Ron Amstutz (R-1)

Representative Mike Dovilla (R-7)

Representative Nan Baker (R-16)

Representative Mike Curtin (D-17)

Representative Cheryl Grossman (R-23)

Representative Stephanie Kunze (R-24) Elected to the Ohio Senate

Representative Kevin Boyce (D-25)

Representative Louis Terhar (R-30) Elected to the Ohio Senate District

Representative Denise Driehaus (D-31)

Representative Christine Byrant Kuhns (D-32)

Representative Stephen Slesnick (D-49)

Representative Terry Boose (R-57)

Representative Ron Maag (R-62)

Representative Sean O’Brian (D-63) Elected to the Ohio Senate

Representative Margaret Ruhl (R-68)

Representative Dave Hall (R-70)

Representative Bill Hayes (R-72)

Representative Jim Buchy (R-84)

Representative Debbie Phillips (D-94)

See the election results at https://vote.ohio.gov

Ohio Senate:  The four-year terms of Ohio Senators are staggered, so that half of the Senate faces an election every two years. Elections were held in 16 of the 33 Ohio Senate Districts on November 8, 2016.

New faces in the Ohio Senate include Sean O’Brien (D-32), who moves from the House to the Senate; Frank Hoagland (R-30), who defeated current Senator Lou Gentile (D); Vernon Sykes (D-28), who formerly served in the Ohio House; Matt Dolan (R-24), who formerly served in the Ohio House; Stephanie Kunze (R-16), who currently serves in the Ohio House; Matt Huffman (R-12), who formerly served in the Ohio House; and Louis Terhar (R-8), who currently serves in the House.

Incumbents who were re-elected include Senators Randy Gardner (R-2), Bill Coley (R-4), Peggy Lehner (R-6), Bob Hackett (R-10), Joe Uecker (R-14), John Eklund (R-18), Troy Balderson (R-20), Larry Obhof (R-22), and Dave Burke (R-26).

Who is leaving the Ohio Senate in December 2016?  The following lawmakers will be completing their terms in the Ohio Senate at the end of this session, and will not be returning.

Senator Tom Patton (R-24) – Elected to the Ohio House

Senator Jim Hughes (R-16) – Elected to the Ohio House

Senator Bill Seitz (R-8) – Elected to the Ohio House

Senator Keith Faber (R-12) – Elected to the Ohio House

Senator Shannon Jones (R-7)

Senator Tom Sawyer (D-28)

Senator Capri Cafaro (D-32)

Senator Lou Gentile (D-30)

See the current members of the Ohio Senate at http://www.senate.state.oh.us/members/senate-directory

See the election results at https://vote.ohio.gov

Ohio Supreme Court: Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, ran unopposed for the office of Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.

In races for the two other seats open on the Ohio Supreme Court, Pat DeWine (R) defeated Cynthia Rice (D), and, in a tight race, unofficial results show Pat Fischer (R) defeating John O’Donnell (D).

See the election results at https://vote.ohio.gov

State Board of Education:  The State Board of Education includes 11 elected members and 8 members appointed by the governor.  The four-year terms are staggered, so that half of the board is elected every two years. Both elected and appointed members are limited to two terms.

The terms of five elected members of the current State Board of Education, Michael Collins (District 3), Mary Rose Oakar (District 11), Ann Jacobs (District 1), Roslyn Painter-Goffi (District 5), and Ron Rudduck (District 10), will end on December 31, 2016.

The following are the newly elected members:

District 1  Linda Haycock will replace Ann Jacobs

District 5: Lisa Woods defeated incumbent Roslyn Painter-Goffi

District 8: Nancy Hollister, retains the seat. The term ends on December 31, 2018.

District 6:  Antoinette Miranda, who is a psychology professor OSU, replaces Mike Collins.

District 9:  Stephanie Dodd, retains the seat. She ran unopposed.

District 10: Nick Owens defeated Braydon Bevins to replace Ron Ruddick

District 11: Meryl Johnson, a retired teacher in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District replaces Mary Rose Oakar.

See election results at https://vote.ohio.gov

School Issues:  Ohio voters approved 115 (77 percent) of the 150 school tax issues on the ballot.  About 56 percent of new tax issues passed, and 96 percent of renewal tax issues passed.

See http://fm.ohioschoolboards.org/fmi/webd#Levy%20database

NATIONAL ELECTION’S IMPACT ON K-12 EDUCATION POLICIES

According to unofficial election results, Republicans will keep control of the U.S. House and Senate.

The House Education and Workforce Committee will have a new chairman in the 115th Congress.  The current chair, Representative John Kline (R-MN), will retire at the end of his term in December 2016.   North Carolina Representative Virginia Foxx (R) is likely to become the new chair, and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) is likely to be the ranking minority member.

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is expected to retain the chairmanship of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) is expected to be the ranking minority member.

K-12 education was not a hot topic during the presidential campaign and few issues were debated.  It is likely, however, to assume that conservative education policies, that support less federal involvement in K-12 education, and more school choice, will be implemented during the Trump administration.

The next Congress will also continue to work on the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act and the Higher Education Act.

The following summary of president-elect Trump’s views about education policies is based on information prepared by Education Week from candidate statements and campaign documents:

Academic Standards:  The president-elect has called the “common core” a disaster.  The bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act, however, requires states to adopt academic content standards, but leaves it up to the states to decide the content of those standards.  Since states, and not the federal government, are responsible for setting state standards, no action is expected, unless the Trump administration wants to change the law.

College Access:  This is a topic that has been discussed by president-elect Trump.  He has proposed a 12.5 percent cap on the percentage of a person’s income used to pay back a student loan, and would support legislation to forgive loans for some students after 15 years, in certain cases. He also supports lessening the role of the federal government in giving out student loans, which he believes should be handled by banks.

Early Childhood Education:  President-elect Trump supports six weeks of paid maternity leave; allowing “earned income tax credit” to be used for private school tuition; deducting child care costs from taxes, in certain cases; providing federal support for “dependent-care” savings accounts; and creating tax deductions for employers who provide child care.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):  The controversial ESSA regulations proposed for “supplement not supplant”, which are still in development, could be changed by the new administration, since so many current Republican, and some Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate oppose the prescriptive requirements for spending.

School Choice:  President-elect Trump has proposed a plan to allocate $20 billion in federal funds to fund school choice programs for public and private schools. He also has said that competition among schools is the American way.

K-12 Costs:  The president-elect believes that the U.S, spends too much for education.

Teachers: The president-elect supports merit pay for teachers and opposes tenure.

U.S. Department of Education:  The role of the U.S. Department of Education in education policy is expected to be curtailed in the Trump administration.  The president-elect has pledged to streamline, or even eliminate, the U.S. Department of Education.

See “Trump Set to Shift Gears on Civil Rights, ESSA, Says a K-12 Transition-Team Leader,” by Andrew Ujifusa, Education Week, November 9, 2016 at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2016/11/trump_ESSA_civil_rights_transition_education.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=campaignk-12

See http://www.edweek.org/ew/section/multimedia/president-candidates-trump-clinton-education.html

RESULTS OF STATE EDUCATION ISSUES

Several states had significant education policy issues on the November 8, 2016 ballot.

In Massachusetts, a controversial referendum, Question 2, to increase the number of charter schools in the state was defeated.

Voters in Georgia defeated a constitutional amendment to create an “Opportunity School District” to take-over low performing schools, based on a model used in Louisiana and Tennessee.

California voters approved three education-related issues: to allow school districts to create multilingual education programs (Proposition 58); to authorize $9 billion in bonds for school/higher education construction projects (Proposition 51); and to extend the income tax on wealthy Californians to support schools and higher education (Proposition 55).

Voters in Oklahoma defeated a 1 percent sales tax increase for education.  The funds would have been used to expand early childhood education programs and increase teacher salaries.

In Oregon voters approved an issue to compel the state Legislature to fund dropout-prevention and career readiness programs in high schools.

An increase in Missouri’s state tobacco tax to fund early-childhood education was defeated.

The result in Maine of a ballot initiative to enact a 3 percent income tax surcharge on incomes over $200,000 to fund public education is still too close to call, but the voters were leaning toward approval.

Voters in Louisiana defeated a ballot initiative that would have allowed colleges and universities to determine tuition levels, rather than the legislature.

A state effort to raise funds through the sale of bonds to support a student loan program was defeated by voters in Alaska.

See “Local decisions reflect larger national debates — and, in some cases, could influence policy beyond their states’ borders,” by Poger Riddell, Education Dive, November 3, 2016 at

http://www.educationdive.com/news/4-states-with-ballot-initiatives-set-to-impact-k-12/429606/

REPORTS

Report Details Investigation of Cyber Schools:  Education Week released on November 3, 2016 the results of an eight-month investigation of online charter schools (cyber schools) in the United States.

According to the report, there are about 200 cyber charter schools in 26 states and they serve 200,000 students.  The schools are publicly funded, but privately operated, mainly by for-profit companies.  The Virginia-based K-12 is the largest online charter school network, with 70 online schools.

Investigative reporters for Education Week examined hundreds of media stories and audits over the past 15 years about online charter schools, and found widespread misuse of public funds, nepotism, and a lack of transparency and accountability to the public.   Online schools also have a poor track record for improving student achievement, and report a high number of dropouts, low graduation rates, high student to teacher ratios, and a lack of qualified personnel.

According to the report, cyber schools are “…based on an educational model that doesn’t work for most kids.  Many cyber operators have cashed in anyway, expanding aggressively, often with the help of their boards.  Rather than pump the brakes, cyber authorizers have frequently gone along for the ride.  And state lawmakers have repeatedly looked the other way, usually at the urging of lobbyists who fight tooth and nail against even modest attempts to improve oversight or limit growth.”

The report concludes that school officials and state officials are to blame, and the lack of transparency makes it difficult to hold cyber schools accountable.

For example, at one Colorado online school network called GOAL, 45.8 percent of students did not log-on and use any learning software the week of April 4, 2016.  Only 0.1 percent of students used online software for 20 hours that week, although students are urged to “dedicate at least 25-30 hours each week” to coursework. Still the school collected $28.3 million in public funds to operate.

According to the report, GOAL school officials responded saying that the low number of students who are engaged in online learning is due to the “high risk factors” in their daily lives, including parenting, drug abuse, health issues, jobs, etc.

The report found that the students who succeed in online charter schools are motivated, and often seek these schools because they were held-back by the pace of the curriculum or bullied in traditional public school setting.

However, the report also notes that, “The problem is that such student success stories are the exception, not the rule.”

The full report includes the following articles:

-A Virtual Mess:  Inside Colorado’s Largest Online Charter School

-Outsized Influence:  Online Charters Bring Lobbying ‘A’ Game to States

-Cyber Charters:  Widespread Reports of Trouble

-Tracking Attendance in Online Schools

-Problems With For-Profit Management of PA Cybers

-Cyber Charters vs. ‘Multi-District Online Schools’

-Online Charters Cause Rift Among Supporters of School Choice

-Connections Education:  A Defense of Cyber Charters

See” Rewarding Failure:  An Education Week Investigation of the Cyber Charter Industry,” by Benjamin Herold and Arianna Prothero, and Education Week Staff, Education Week, November 3, 2016 at http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/11/03/a-virtual-mess-colorados-largest-cyber-charter.html

FYI ARTS

Students Create a Human Rights Garden: According to an article in the Portsmouth Daily Times students, teachers, and artists are coming together in the Portsmouth City School District to create a Human Rights Garden funded by the Ohio Arts Council’s TeachArtsOhio Initiative.

The concept for the project was created by April Deacon, an art teacher in the school district.  Students are working with visiting artists Kevin Lyles and Welsh artist Bryan Thomas to create a permanent outdoor sculpture and plant garden on Applegate Green in Portsmouth.  The sculpture garden will be based upon the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is one of several multi-phase projects that the Portsmouth City School District is undertaking to engage students with hands-on learning experiences.  Future plans include a student-created outdoor physical fitness area, a vegetable garden, gazebos, and an outdoor exhibition space for displaying art.

After studying human rights issues and selecting human rights themes for the garden, seventh grade students are working with visiting artist Kevin Lyles to create paper castings of the sculptures that will eventually be featured in the garden, while high students in the Three-Dimensional Art course are working on the preliminary designs for three large-scale bronze, aluminum, and stone sculptures.  Students will also design and build benches for the garden, and will work with educators and designers from the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus to select plans for the garden. Visiting Welsh artist, Bryan Thomas, is helping students create molds for sculptures that will serve as paving stones or decorative pieces for the benches.

The Human Rights Garden is scheduled to be completed in May of 2017.

See “Students at Portsmouth begin the sculpting process for the Human Rights Garden,” by Ciara Conley, Portsmouth Daily Times, November 11, 2016 at  http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/news/11782/students-at-portsmouth-begin-the-sculpting-process-for-the-human-rights-garden


Arts On Line serves to keep 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 Association (www.omea-ohio.org), Ohio Art Education Association(www.oaea.org), Ohio Educational Theatre Association (www.ohedta.org);  OhioDance (www.ohiodance.org), and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (www.oaae.net).

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Arts on Line Education Update November 7, 2016

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Arts on Line Education Update
Joan Platz
November 7, 2016

131st OHIO GENERAL ASSEMBLY

This Week at the Statehouse: The Ohio House is not meeting this week, and the Ohio Senate has canceled two “if needed” Senate session scheduled for Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 10, 2016.

The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission’s, Education, Public Institutions and Local Government Committee, will meet on November 10, 2016 at 9:30 AM in hearing room 017.

Coalition Pushing for Constitutional Amendment to Change Congressional Boundaries: A coalition called Fair Districts=Fair Elections announced on October 31, 2016 that it is seeking public input on a proposed constitutional amendment to change the way Ohio draws congressional boundaries. The coalition hopes to have the issue on the ballot in 2017.

The coalition includes Common Cause, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, AAUW of Ohio, America Votes, the Ohio Council of Churches, the Ohio Farmers Union, ProgessOhio, and about 10 other organizations.

Coalition members are frustrated with Ohio lawmakers who have not taken action on proposed HJR2 (Clyde-Curtain) or SJR2 (LaRose-Sawyer). These resolutions would revise the congressional redistricting process included in Article XIX of the Ohio Constitution to make congressional boundaries fairer.  Some of the current Congressional districts in Ohio are oddly shaped, referred to as “gerrymandered,” to benefit candidates from certain political parties.  While the popular vote in Ohio is split evenly between both political parties, Ohio’s Congressional delegation includes 12 Republicans and 4 Democrats.

In 2015 voters approved Issue 1 a bipartisan effort to change the apportionment process, which creates the districts for the Ohio House and Senate.

But voters have rejected issues on the ballot in 2005 and 2012 to reform congressional redistricting.

The coalition’s proposal would amend Article XI of the Ohio Constitution, which now refers to the state apportionment process.  The amendment would create a seven-member congressional redistricting commission, which would adopt a congressional district map by September 1st in each year ending with the numeral one.  At least four members of the commission would need to approve the map, including two members of the minority party.  The map would also have to meet certain criteria designed to curtail gerrymandering to benefit one political party.

The proposal also allows any U.S. citizen living in Ohio to submit a redistricting proposal to the commission for consideration.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

CCSSO Recommends an Alternative to a Controversial Proposed Regulation: The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) issued on November 1, 2016 an “alternative” for a proposed regulation published by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) in August 2016.

The regulation clarifies the “supplement, not supplant” provision of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

School officials have expressed concern about the proposed regulation and have testified against it in hearings held by the U.S. House and Senate education committees.

The proposed regulation would require local education agencies, (LEAs) to choose a methodology among four options to show that state and local funds are equitably distributed to Title I schools, which serve students from low income families.

LEAs could show compliance with “supplement not supplant” by equalizing spending between Title I and non Title I schools; adopt a weighted per-student formula; adopt a method that considers personnel and non-personnel spending; or a state could develop another methodology, with the approval of the USDOE.

In a letter to the USDOE, Chris Minnich, Executive Director of the CCSSO, writes, “ensuring an equitable education for every child” is a “serious concern and one that state chiefs are committed to addressing.”

The letter goes on to say that the proposed regulation goes beyond the law, which “does not prescribe a specific funding formula for state and local funds…”

The CCSSO letter then explains the problems with each option.  For example, the equalized spending option doesn’t define “high proportion” of disadvantaged students; the weighted per student formula doesn’t account for centralized district spending; the combined personnel and non personnel spending method is vague; and states do not have the capacity to develop a new spending formula for Title I, when ESSA requires new accountability and oversight responsibilities.

The CCSSO “alternative” would require local education agencies (LEAs) to implement a methodology to distribute state and local funds to schools without taking into account Title I status.  The LEAs would be required to publish the methodology, and demonstrate that the methodology was followed.  LEAs with Title I schools identified for comprehensive support and improvement (CSI) would be required to consider the effect of their methodology on the schools when developing support and improvement plans.

President Hears Concerns About ESSA Rules: The Washington Post reports that a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has written a letter asking the Obama administration to ensure that the U.S. Department of Education’s regulations, under the Every Student Succeeds Act, stay within the statutory intent of the law.

The five Republican and four Democratic Senators, who signed the letter, object to two provisions in the proposed regulations.  One provision outlines how Title I funds are distributed to “supplement and not supplant,” local and state funding.  The other provision addresses how states determine which schools are failing, and how to improve them.

The Senators write, “Unfortunately, the Department has proposed two regulations that do not comply with the plain language of the statute and Congressional intent.  One regulation, concerning fiscal requirements known as “supplement, not supplant,” would order states to spend their own state and local school funds in a way that is expressly prohibited by the new law.  The other regulation, concerning state accountability systems, would take away flexibility that Congress clearly gave state, undermining what Congress intended in moving away form the test-based systems of accountability that No Child Left Behind required and violating explicit prohibitions written into the statute.”

Bipartisan group of senators asks Obama to rein in Education Department proposals,” by Emma Brown, The Washington Post, November 3, 2016.

OHIO NEWS

State Revenues Down:  According to an article in the Columbus Dispatch the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM), Tim Keen director, reported last week that state revenues are $160 million below estimates for FY17 so far this year, with a shortfall of $88.1 million occurring in October.

Total state revenues so far this year are $7.1 billion, which is $108.5 million less than total state revenues for this time last year.

Shortfalls in the state’s sales tax, personal income tax, and Commercial Activity Tax (CAT) contributed to the lower than estimated October report.  The OBM also had to pay more than expected to banks for tax credits under the Financial Institutions Tax. The OBM had estimated that the tax credit would be much lower at $1.6 million, but the credits actually totaled $10.7 million.

According to the article, Director Keen reported that he expects the FY17 budget to be balanced at the end of the fiscal year in June 2017, but doesn’t advise further tax cuts this legislative session, which ends December 31, 2016. The  FY18-19 biennial budget will likely be tight, because of the drop in state revenue.

Governor Kasich is currently working on FY18-19 budget recommendations, which will be introduced in the Ohio House early next year.

In addition to the tight budget outlook, lawmakers will need to address a number of issues as they prepare the next state budget.  These include replacing an estimated $1.5 billion loss in revenue from the Medicaid managed care sales tax, which affects revenues for state and local governments; fully funding the state’s school funding formula, which was underfunded in the last budget; and adjusting for increases in prison costs, due to the growing number of inmates, and medicaid spending.

Today’s Ohio revenue shortfall is tomorrow’s tight budget,” by Jim Siegel, The Columbus Dispatch, November 4, 2016.

State Might Soften Graduation Requirements: Jeremy P. Kelley of The Dayton Daily News reports that the State Board of Education might “revisit” at their November 14-15, 2016 meeting graduation requirements that go into effect for the Class of 2018.

Tom Gunlock, President of the State Board of Education, said in an interview with the newspaper, that the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is looking at data about how many end of course exams and points toward graduation juniors in high schools are currently earning, to see if there is a way to “soften” the new graduation requirements.

According to the article, the State Board must weigh the desire to prepare students to meet higher standards, verses the prospect that some students might fail to graduate, because of the higher standards.

Over the past few months the State Board has received feedback from a number of school district superintendents with concerns about number of students who are currently not on track to graduate.

Starting with the Class of 2018, students will no longer have to pass the Ohio Graduation Test, but will have three ways to earn an Ohio diploma:  earn 18 out of a possible 35 points on seven end-of-course exams; earn a “remediation-free” score on a college entrance exam, such as the ACT or SAT; or earn an industry credential to show job readiness.

The State Board could recommend lowering the number of points that students need to earn on the end-of-course exams; phase-in the new requirements, which will give school districts more time to adjust to the new requirements; reduce the remediation-free scores required on the ACT and SAT; or make another changes.

The Columbus Dispatch published a similar article last week, and also reported that school superintendents, school board members and other school administrators will meet in Columbus on November 15, 2016, to speak with lawmakers about testing, local control, and other education policies, including the graduation requirements.

State may soften graduation requirements,” by Jeremy Kelly, The Dayton Daily News, November 1, 2016.

State may ease graduation standards,” by Catherine Candisky and Shannon Gilchrist, The Columbus Dispatch, November 4, 2016.

REPORTS

Number of Students who are Home-Schooled Increases:  American Institutes for Research prepared for the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) a new report on home schooling entitled, “Homeschooling in the United States:  2012.”

The report is based on the results of the Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey in 2012, which is part of the National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES), conducted by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) housed in the Institute of Education Sciences.

Estimates of the number, percentage, and characteristics of students, between the ages of 5-17, who are home-schooled in the United States have been published in 1999, 2003, and 2007.

This new report provides a historical perspective about home-schooling; reports parental reasons for home-schooling; and reports where parents find curriculum and support for home-schooling, including information about online courses.

According to the report, there are an estimated 1.8 million students who are home-schooled in the United States.  This is an increase from 850,000 students in 1999, and represents about 3.4 percent of the U.S. student population.

Most students who are home-schooled are white (83 percent); nonpoor (89 percent); and live in cities (28 percent), suburbs (34 percent), and rural areas (31 percent).

Parents reported that their most important reason for home-schooling was concern about the school environment (25 percent); dissatisfaction with the academic instruction (19 percent); and religious instruction (17 percent).

Homeschooling in the United States:  2012,” by Jeremy Redford, Danielle Battle, Stacey Bielick, and Sarah Grady, (NCES 2016-096). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC. October 2016.

Comparison of Charters and Traditional Schools in Chicago: An analysis of charter schools in Chicago for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years shows that, “… after controlling for the mix of students and challenges faced by individual schools, Chicago’s charter schools underperform their traditional counterparts in most measurable ways.”

The analysis was conducted by Myron Orfield, Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, and Thomas Luce, Research Director of the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, University of Minnesota Law School.

The report compares the performance of 140 charter schools that have opened in Chicago between 2000 – 2014 with the performance of traditional public schools in Chicago.

According to the report, “Reading and math pass rates, reading and math growth rates, graduation rates, and average ACT scores (in one of the two years) are lower in charters all else equal, than in traditional neighborhood schools. The results for the two years also imply that the gap between charters and traditionals widened in the second year for most of the measures. The findings are strengthened by the fact that self-selection by parents and students into the charter system biases the results in favor of charter schools.”

The report recommends that Chicago’s leaders enact a “moratorium” on new charter schools, and complete an impact study on how charter school policies affect traditional public schools in Chicago.

An Analysis of Student Performance in Chicago’s Charter Schools,” by Myron Orfield and Thomas Luce, Education Policy Analysis Archives, October 31, 2016.

Does Positive School Climate Affect Student Academic Achievement?:  Researchers at the University of Southern California, University of Haifa, and Bar Ilan University recently published a review of studies that examined the success of positive climate programs in schools.

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act provides states and school districts with more flexibility to pursue innovative strategies to improve student achievement.  Creating a supportive and positive school environment has been proposed to reduce academic achievement gaps among students with different socioeconomic status (SES).

Researchers for this study reviewed school climate studies dating back to the year 2000, and found that these programs do mitigate the negative effects of low socioeconomic status on student academic achievement, but the relationship is not direct or causal.

The researchers recommend additional research to determine which aspect of a positive school climate is impacting student academic achievement.

A Research Synthesis of the Associations Between Socioeconomic Background, Inequity, School climate, and Academic Achievement,” by Ruth Berkowitz, Hadass Moore, Ron Avi Astor, and Rami Benbenishty, Educational Research Month, October 21, 2016.

FYI ARTS

AEP Resources for Student Success: About 200 arts and arts education experts attended the “2016 Arts Education Partnership National Forum:  The arts leading the way to student success,” on October 5-7, 2016 in Denver.

The topics included engaging youth in identifying, developing, and animating civic spaces through both visual and performing arts; expanding arts education opportunities through ESSA; and the role of the arts in shaping education in America.

Videos about the forum topics are available on the Arts Education Partnership website at http://www.aep-arts.org/events/2016nationalforum-2/


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Arts on Line Education Update October 31, 2016

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Arts on Line Education Update
October 31, 2016

131st OHIO GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

This Week at the Statehouse:  The 2020 Tax Policy Study Commission, chaired by Senator Peterson, will meet on October 31, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the South Hearing Room.  The seven-member commission will discuss state tax policies and receive a report about the Historic Preservation Tax Credit.

The Ohio 2020 Tax Policy Study Commission was created in HB64 (Biennial Budget Bill) and is reviewing Ohio’s tax structure and policies.  The purpose of the commission is to make recommendations to the General Assembly about increasing Ohio’s competitiveness by the year 2020 and reducing Ohio’s personal income tax to a 3.5 percent or 3.75 percent flat tax by tax year 2018.  The commission will also review the severance tax, state tax credits, and study the effectiveness of the Historic Preservation Tax Credit.

NATIONAL NEWS

NAEP Scores in Science Released:  The latest assessment results in science from the 2015 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) show some improvement compared to the 2009 results, but most students are still achieving below proficient levels.

The NAEP assessment was administered to more than 237,000 students from 46 states, and U.S. Department of Defense schools in 2015.  The science assessment measures student knowledge in physical science, life science, Earth and space science in grades 4, 8, and 12th grade.

According to the report, the national average scores for students in 4th and 8th grades on the NAEP science exam improved by 4 points to 154, while the national average scores of high school seniors remained the same.

Average scores on the NAEP science exam for Black and Hispanic students also improved, narrowing the achievement gap between groups of students in 4th and 8th grades.

However, the report also notes that most students are achieving below the “NAEP proficient levels”.  Only 37 percent of 4th graders, 33 percent of 8th graders, and 22 percent of 12th graders scored at or above the NAEP proficient levels in science.

The percent of students in Ohio reaching the NAEP proficient levels on the science exams were higher than the nation.  Forty-one percent of Ohio students in the 4th grade and 38 percent of 8th grade students scored at or above the proficient level on the science exam.

According to the report, the average score on the NAEP science exam for students in Ohio for 4th grade (157) hasn’t changed since 2009, and the average score for 8th grade students (157) hasn’t changed much since 2011 (158) and 2009 (158).

It should be noted that the proficient level on the NAEP assessments is considered more challenging than other tests, and is defined as, “Solid academic performance for each grade assessed.  Students reaching this level have demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter, including subject-matter knowledge, application of such knowledge to real-world situations, and analytical skills appropriate to the subject matter.”

See http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/science_2015/#state/acl/chart_loc_2?grade=4

Arizona Releases Draft ESSA Plan:  The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) released on September 7, 2016 a first draft of its Consolidated State Plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act.

The draft plan addresses five components required in the federal law:  consultation and coordination; challenging academic standards and assessments; accountability, support and improvement for schools; supporting excellent educators; and supporting all students.

The report is organized so that the federal requirements are highlighted in blue followed by Arizona’s recommendations.

According to the draft, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) will engage in a Comprehensive Strategic Plan process “…driven by a local Comprehensive Needs Assessment process to support the development of local school and Local Education Agency (LEA) strategic plans that also meet statutory and regulatory requirements.”

To meet the federal requirement that a state accountability system provide a way to “meaningfully differentiate all public schools in the State”, Arizona intends to include “explicitly required indicators as outlined in the ACT as well as a measure of well-rounded education and course access to indicate school quality.”

Beyond a summative rating through an A-F Letter Grade Accountability System, the ADE will include on its website searchable comprehensive information about academic and other programs and options offered by a school or district, including information about Career and Technical Education, health and wellness programs, advanced and accelerated learning options, gifted education options, arts and music programs, athletics and physical education programs, and educational technology options.

The ADE recognizes the need to support schools and LEAs in their efforts to provide a well-rounded eduction, including the arts and music, and will ensure that LEA curriculum and instruction is aligned to challenging academic standards in all areas.

Arizona’s draft plan also describes how subgrants will be awarded to LEAs under Title IV-A, Student Achievement and Enrichment Grants.  LEAs applying for Title IV-A grants will have to show that subgrant proposals are aligned with their Comprehensive Needs Assessment, are based on current successful programs and initiatives, and the proposed strategies will deepen, accelerate, enhance, or integrate current successful programs.

The Arizona State Board of Education is tasked in the draft with adopting certain policies to implement the federal requirements for an A-F Letter Grade Accountability System, including policies for the summative rating of schools and districts, requiring 95 percent student participation in assessments, calculating distinct levels of school performance, etc.

It is unclear when the Ohio Department of Education will release a draft ESSA consolidated plan.  The State Board of Education will receive a presentation at their November 14-15, 2016 board meeting highlighting stakeholder feedback about what should be included in Ohio’s plan. It is expected that a draft will be posted soon after.  States are expected to submit their draft plans to the USDOE in early March 2017, and adopt final plans by July 2017.  The plans go into effect for the 2017-18 school year.

See https://cms.azed.gov/home/GetDocumentFile?id=57d09772aadebe06703c0494

School Improvement Grants: The U.S. Department of Education released $427 million in the last round of School Improvement Grants (SIG) on October 25, 2016. The grants are awarded to states, which then award competitive subgrants to schools with the greatest needs.

School Improvement grants were first awarded in 2009 and now total over $7 billion, reaching 1,800 low achieving schools. Ohio will receive $16,304,274 this year.

The SIG program was not extended by the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  However, states are required through ESSA to identify and support the lowest-performing schools (five percent), and set aside seven percent of Title I funds for districts to implement evidence-based interventions to turn these schools around.

See http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-awards-427-million-school-improvement-grants-states-territories-turn-around-lowest-performing-schools

What do Conservatives Want ESSA Plans to Look Like?: A group of conservative Republican lawmakers, school board members, and others formed the Conservative Leaders for Education (CL4E) last July 2016.

The group is led by former U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett, and includes lawmakers from Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Utah, and Wisconsin, including Ohio State Senator Peggy Lehner.  Most members are chairs of the education committees in their respective state legislatures.

According to an article in Education Week, the CL4E is focusing on the state plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.  The organization supports high academic standards, local control, accountability, and parent choice. Its purpose is to influence development of state ESSA plans, and how states approach transparency, accountability, and school improvement.

Last week CL4E released a video series outlining its policy priorities for ESSA state plans.  So far Arizona, Illinois, North Carolina, New York, and Louisiana have released ESSA draft plans or frameworks. According to the CL4E, the deadline for all states to release their draft plans is March 6, 2017.

See http://conservativeleaders4ed.org

See “Conservative Group Pushes ESSA Agenda Among State Leaders,” by Daarel Burnette II, Education Week, October 24, 2016 at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2016/10/conservative_group_pushes_essa_agenda_among_state_leaders.html

OHIO NEWS

GCSAN Recommendations for Ohio’s ESSA Plan: The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has concluded its stakeholder outreach meetings to gather feedback about what should be included in Ohio’s plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The host of the 10 statewide stakeholder sessions, Philanthropy Ohio, is preparing a report, which will be presented to the State Board of Education at their November 14-15, 2016 meeting.

The Greater Cincinnati School Advocacy Network (GCSAN) recently developed its own recommendations for implementing ESSA, and sent a letter to Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria on October 12, 2016. The GCSAN, which includes school superintendents from 52 school districts in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties, is recommending the following:

  • Testing
    • Students should be tested in grades 3-8 in reading/math, and in science in grades 5 and 8 only, pursuant to the law.
    • The ACT/SAT should be used as the high school assessment, and “end of course” tests should be eliminated.
    • The State of Ohio should set a “high school” graduation standard for passing the ACT/SAT, rather than use the college readiness standard, because not all students will pursue a career that needs post-secondary education.
    • The State of Ohio should clarify the use of career technical/industry credentialing as a pathway to graduation.
    • The results of state tests should be reported back to school districts in a “timelier manner.”
    • The results should not be used to rank and grade districts.
    • Educators should have access to an item analysis for each question to help individual teachers improve instruction.
  • Value Added
    • The student growth aspect of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System should be removed.
  • Local Report Card
    • The A-F grading system for schools and districts on the Local Report Card should be eliminated.

See https://littlemiamisuper1.wordpress.com

PEP Rally Recognizes Lawmakers: The Public Education Partners Rally (PEP) in Dublin, Ohio on October 22, 2016 recognized Senator Peggy Lehner and Senator Joe Shiavoni for their advocacy for public education.

PEP also recognized Public Education Protectors, 75 Boards of Education that have passed resolutions to invoice the Ohio Department of Education for charter school deductions, and inform taxpayers about Ohio school funding inequities.

Bill Phillis, Executive Director of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy, presented opening remarks, which included an historical and philosophical analysis of the status of public education in Ohio in an era of privatization.

According to Mr. Phillis, the common school has unique characteristics that are aligned with democratic principles.  The common school is a state responsibility and a function of government.  The common school is governed by a democratically elected board of education and is a vital part of the community.  As a public entity the common school is open to all, tax supported, and regulated to ensure transparency and accountability.

Mr. Phillis describes school choice programs, such as voucher programs and charter schools, as part of a national movement to privatize public education and undo the common school system.  School choice programs do not meet the “thorough and efficient” standard in the Ohio Constitution, because they are not regulated, not governed by elected boards of education, not open to all, are not transparent or accountable, and contribute to segregation.

As the privatization of public schools spreads by organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), hedge-fund managers, and pro-privatization foundations, Mr. Phillis sees the need for pro-public education organizations, such as PEP, to mobilize Ohio citizens to challenge pro-privatization policies, laws, and lawmakers.

Public school leaders, for example, are holding meetings about advocating for more “local control” throughout Ohio, and on November 15, 2016 school superintendents will hold a Public Education Rally on the grounds of the Statehouse in Columbus.

Mr. Phillis outlines several actions that proponents of public schools can take to build support for public schools.  These include spreading information about privatizers and their agenda; sharing information about the poor performance of students attending charter schools and participating in voucher programs; challenging state officials who support privatization efforts and condone wasting tax dollars; encouraging school leaders to advocate for the traditional public school system; and urging boards of education to pass resolutions in support of local control.

See https://publiceducationpartners.org/news/

See https://publiceducationpartners.org/2016/10/25/grandeur-common-school-system-can-reclaimed/

REPORTS

Final Evaluation of RTT released: The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released on October 26, 2016 a final evaluation of the federal Race to the Top (RTT) grant program conducted for the Institute of Education Science.

The report is entitled Race to the Top:  Implementation and Relationship to Student Outcomes, and examines the implementation of state policies and practices promoted by RTT; state efforts to meet the needs of English language learners (ELLs); and student outcomes. The report also compares the outcomes of RTT and non-RTT states.

The $4.35 billion Race to the Top Grant program was included in the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to implement education policies and practices to improve student outcomes for high-need students, especially English language learners (ELLs).  The grant coincided with a down turn in the economy and declining revenues during the Great Recession. Eleven states and the District of Columbia were awarded the grants.

This final report on RTT builds on previous RTT evaluations published in 2012, 2014, and 2015, and includes an additional year of data (spring 2013) and information about student achievement over time.

In general the evaluation found that most RTT states and non-RTT states reported implementing similar RTT policies and practices regarding building state capacity, data systems, and school turnaround strategies; and most RTT and non-RTT states reported using similar policies and practices for working with ELL students.

But the authors of the evaluation go on to say that the “relationship between RTT and student outcomes was not clear.”

According to the report, “In sum, it is not clear whether the RTT grants influenced the policies and practices used by states or whether they improved student outcomes. RTT states differed from other states prior to receiving the grants, and other changes taking place at the same time as RTT reforms may also have affected student outcomes. Therefore, differences between RTT states and other states may be due to these other factors and not to RTT. Furthermore, readers should use caution when interpreting the results because the findings are based on self-reported use of policies and practices.”

See “Race to the Top:  Implementation and Relationship to Student Outcomes,” by Lisa Dragoset, Jaime Thomas, Mariesa Herrmann, John Deke, Susanne James-Burdumy, Cheryl Graczewski, Andrea Boyle, Courtney Tanenbaum, Jessica Giffin, Rachel Upton and Thomas E. Wei Project Officer Institute of Education Sciences, The Institute of Education Science, The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, October 26, 2016 at

http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20174001/pdf/20174001.pdf

FYI ARTS

AEP Publishes Guidelines to Support the Arts in ESSA Plans: The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) and the Education Commission of the States (ECS) published on October 4, 2016 a report entitled “ESSA:  Mapping Opportunities for the Arts.”

The report identifies several opportunities to include arts education in state and local ESSA plans in the areas of Title I Part A, Accountability, Assessment, and State Plans.

ESSA, which stands for the Every Student Succeeds Act, reauthorizes the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), and provides state and local leaders with increased flexibility to meet the educational needs of students.  ESSA supports policy makers and educators, who want to explore non traditional methods to engage students, and provides more support for states, schools, and districts to strengthen or expand student access to a well-rounded education, including the arts and humanities.

According to the AEP report, there are many opportunities to include the arts in state plans, measures of equity, Schoolwide Programs, Targeted Assistance Schools, and Parent and Family Engagement under Title I, Part A of ESSA.

Student access to arts education programs could be used to measure School Quality and Student Success in state accountability systems in the areas of “student engagement, educator engagement, student access to and completion of advanced coursework, postsecondary readiness, school climate and safety, and any other indicator the state chooses…”

The report notes that Connecticut and New Jersey already include measures of student participation in the arts in their state accountability systems, and report the results on report cards for schools and districts.  In Kentucky the state Department of Education is required to conduct a review of every school’s arts and humanities programs every two years.  The reviews are then incorporated into the accountability reports for the schools and districts. (Kentucky Revised Statutes 158.6453).

There are also opportunities for states to use federal funding to develop and implement assessments to improve student learning in the arts.  (Title I, Part B, Section 1201.)  States can also pilot new assessment systems that include competency-based and performance-based assessments.

Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, requires states to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Education to receive funding under this grant program, which can be used to help districts and schools provide students with a well-rounded education, which includes the arts and music.  To receive the funds, districts must first complete a needs assessment to identify gaps in how they provide a well-rounded education, and develop a plan to address those gaps.

See http://www.ecs.org/essa-mapping-opportunities-for-the-arts/

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