Yesterday, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released its draft overview of Ohio’s State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
ODE developed the draft overview after a year of meetings and outreach to Ohio’s educators, parents and community members about the state’s educational system. According to Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria, the plan’s major policy points include:
- Establishing stability in the state testing system and continuing to reduce the amount of administration time expended for state assessments.
- Setting a ten-year time period to meet the state long-term goals, including increasing graduation rates, reducing chronic absenteeism, and increasing percent proficiencies in math, English language arts, and science.
- Using chronic absenteeism and discipline incidents as initial indicators of school quality.
- Building on the existing School Report Card measures by reviewing or revising some measures.
- Strategically redirecting state set asides in title funding to local school districts.
More information about the draft overview and other resources related to ESSA are available on ODE’s website.
The draft overview is the framework for the final plan ODE will submit to the US Department of Education (USDOE) in April.
ODE is asking the public to review the draft plan overview and complete a survey to comment on it before the final plan is submitted to USDOE. The full draft of the plan will be released in early February. The survey is available now through March 6.