April 30, 2015

State Education Officials Call for Delay in State Report Card Implementation

May 11, 2018

WVXU.org reports that the Ohio State Board of Education members “will vote this week on whether to ask for a delay in the implementation of the final phase of the state’s A-F grading system,” because the “system has not been finalized.” This system will include...

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Accountability Measures to Serve All Students

April 6, 2018

Writing in the Columbus Dispatch, Ashland University President Carlos Campo says he is proud of the steps Ohio is taking to make sure high school graduates are college- and career-ready, including provisions in the state’s ESSA plan, in which he says education officials took the...

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Check State Plans on Ohio’s ESSA Plan

January 1, 2018

Ashton Marra reports that, even as Ohio education officials await feedback from the federal Department of Education on the state’s ESSA accountability plan, the CheckStatePlans.org review gives the plan “high marks.”

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Time Might Be on Ohio’s Side

November 14, 2017

Jessica R. Towhey writes on Inside Sources that it may have been a good idea for Ohio to delay submission from April until September, because it gave the state “valuable time to continue working with the community,” as well as to “review plans from states...

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Rivera: Don’t Politicize Ohio ESSA Process

November 10, 2017

Rev. Juan Rivera, executive board member of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and lead pastor of New Life Church in Poland, Ohio, writes in the Columbus Dispatch about his objections to the state legislature’s attempt to “insert itself” into the state’s ESSA plan review...

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Ohio Teacher on ESSA as a Great Opportunity

November 5, 2017

Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Ohio’s Bay Village City Schools Char Shryock writes that the state’s ESSA plan is a great opportunity to improve education — but only if the state gets it right. She also notes that Ohio was smart to wait until...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

October 17, 2017

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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OH Rep. Calls for Lawmakers Involvement in ESSA Plan

September 21, 2017

ESSA grants states “control to determine academic standards, and Republican Ohio House of Representatives member Theresa Gavarone wants lawmakers to have the final say in what the Ohio Department of Education comes up with.” Gavarone says, “We’ve been elected by our constituents and as representatives...

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OH Dept. of Ed Submits ESSA Plan to U.S. Dept. of Ed

September 18, 2017

The Ohio Department of Education sent its ESSA plan to the U.S. Dept. of Education “after delaying the submission by months to consider feedback from educators and community members.” State officials “will begin working with area districts to implement the ESSA plan once it’s approved...

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OH ESSA Plan Approved by State School Board, Sent to Governor for Review

July 12, 2017

Ohio’s state school board approved its final version of the state’s ESSA plan. Gov. John  Kasich will now review the plan and send it over to the U.S. Department of Education for approval.

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OH State School Board Approves Final ESSA Plan

July 12, 2017

The Ohio State School Board unanimously approved its final version of the state’s plan for school accountability under ESSA. Governor Kasich has 30 days to review the plan before it is sent to the Dept. of Education.

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Real Clear Education Examines Ohio’s ESSA Submission Delay

March 20, 2017

Real Clear Education examined Ohio’s recent decision to delay the submission of their ESSA plan to the Dept. of Education. According to the piece, “In rare bipartisan fashion, state officials, educators and lawmakers from across the political spectrum agreed that a delay was in the...

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Ohio Delays Submission of ESSA Implementation Plan

March 14, 2017

Ohio School Superintendent Paolo DeMaria announced the state will delay the submission of their ESSA implementation plan until September. DeMaria told the state Board of Education the delay will give “greater unity and a clearer sense of direction.”

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Joint Education Oversight Committee to Host Hearing on Ohio’s ESSA Plan

March 8, 2017

The Joint Education Oversight Committee will host a hearing for stakeholders to give public feedback on Ohio’s EESA plan on March 9.

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Over 150 People Attend Local Forum to Discuss Ohio’s Draft ESSA Plan

February 22, 2017

More than 150 people attended a local forum in Northeast Ohio on the Buckeye state’s draft ESSA implementation plan. Mike Laub, a local superintendent, stated that the purpose of the forum was to “understand the issues” and “take it to the next level.” According to Cleveland.com, the public will be able to provide...

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OH Superintendents Express Public Concern over States’ Plans

February 19, 2017

Members of the Akron Area School Superintendents’ Association issued public recommendations for the state’s ESSA plan. Superintendents released their comments publicly because they were “alarmed that the feedback gathered during these stakeholder meetings does not appear to have been included in Ohio’s plan.” Recommendations included...

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OH Dept. of Ed Releases Full Draft ESSA Plan

February 2, 2017

The Ohio Dept. of Education released a full draft of the state’s ESSA implementation plan. According to Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria, the department has already received public feedback on the plan and “with everyone’s continued engagement, we’ll make significant strides in improving opportunities...

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OH Dept. of Ed Releases Overview of Draft ESSA Plan

January 19, 2017

The Ohio Dept. of Education released an overview of its draft ESSA implementation plan. The full plan will be released in February and stakeholders can submit public comments through March 6.

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Testing Discussed at Dept of Education Regional Meeting

September 20, 2016

The Ohio Department of Education held its sixth of ten regional meetings to gather feedback on ESSA implementation. Testing was a major topic of discussion among stakeholders and drew near-unanimous complaints including, “there are too many, they take too much time, they add stress to...

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Mercer County School Officials Ask State Legislators to Reduce Testing Requirements

September 9, 2016

Mercer County School officials published a release outlining that they have joined the Northwest/West Central School Advocacy Network, asking “Ohio to follow the recommendations of ESSA.” The group cites the need for more local control, stating that “our reality is a continued reduction in classroom...

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Ohio Dept of Education Begins Statewide Stakeholder Engagement Tour

September 7, 2016

The Ohio Department of Education began its statewide stakeholder engagement tour in Akron, stating that “before they submit their plan to the United States Department of Education, they want input from local parents on school testing and how schools are held accountable.”

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Ohio Online Survey Announced to Gather Input on State’s Accountability Plan

August 24, 2016

The Ohio Dept. of Education announced the creation of an online survey posted to gather input as the state works on its accountability plan this week.

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Ohio Dept of Education to Hold Statewide Meeting in Toledo

August 23, 2016

The Dept. of Education will hold its next statewide meeting to discuss provisions within ESSA and share information in Toledo on September 15th.  

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Ohio Dept of Education Webinar to Discuss HQT Status

August 17, 2016

The Ohio Dept. of Education will host the fourth in a series of webinars to cover focus areas within ESSA. In this fourth webinar, participants can learn more about the Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) status transition. The Department also has all previous webinars listed on...

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Ohio Dept of Education Webinar on Non-Academic Quality Measures

August 8, 2016

The Ohio Department of Education will host the third in a series of webinars to cover focus areas within the ESSA on Wednesday, August 10th. Participants will learn more about non-academic quality measures and share their thoughts with the Department.

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State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria Shares Thoughts on ESSA

July 30, 2016

The Plain Dealer reports that the Common Core is not necessarily part of the ESSA debate, though states are free to keep them, throw them out or create a mix of Common Core and local preferences. “I think there are elements of ESSA that matter,”...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

May 16, 2016

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.

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Ohio Commission Praises ESSA, Makes Recommendations

May 13, 2016

Ohio Education Association Commission on Student Success released a report last week recommending new policies for the state’s education system and includes praise for ESSA. The report was first presented to legislators and the State Board of Education on Wednesday. Read more here.

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