April 30, 2015
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...
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...
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...
October 17, 2017
Approved State Plans Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Illinois: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Louisiana: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Maine: Final Plan Approved (8/31/17) Maryland: Final...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.”
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.”
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.
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.
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...
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.
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,”...
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.
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.