From the Superintendent


On Wednesday, February 27, ODE will officially release the 2011-2012 Local Report Cards in accordance with the findings of the recent investigation by the Auditor of State. A media release providing a link to the report cards will go out that morning when the site is live.

Recently, as part of an education update to the Ohio House and Senate Education Committees, ODE prepared several one-page summaries on key educational reforms underway in Ohio. You may find these summaries useful for discussions at a Board of Education meeting or with parents/guardians. The reform summaries along with a timeline of key implementation dates are available here.

For your information, the State Board of Education is screening applications to schedule interviews for Ohio’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction. The first round of interviews will begin the next week. Finalist interviews and a recommendation for hire will occur at the regularly scheduled State Board of Education meeting in March, if possible. ODE will send out an official release when the State Board of Education has hired our next State Superintendent.

Next month, ODE is hosting a free one-day conference, Connecting the Dots: Diving Deeper into Ohio's Education Reform Efforts, on March 22 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. This event will provide a unique interactive training experience where participants will learn how to relate reform initiatives to one another and create a customized implementation plan. Districts are encouraged to bring a team, which may include a Board member, superintendent or designee, principal, and one or more teachers to participate in breakout sessions on topics including Student Learning Objectives, a presentation of Ohio’s Instructional Improvement System (IIS), Formative Instructional Practices, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and more. Click here to see a sampling of the breakout sessions and to register for the conference.

Finally, in the items below you will find information regarding two surveys designed to gather input about classroom experience; My Voice for students and TELL Ohio for teachers. Both surveys provide valuable insights from two distinct perspectives. I encourage you to actively participate in these opportunities for your schools and districts.