From the Superintendent


As you know, last week, the State Board of Education selected Dr. Richard Ross as the next Superintendent of Public Instruction. Dr. Ross brings with him decades of experience as a teacher and administrator, including superintendent of Reynoldsburg City Schools, Bryan City Schools and Ottawa-Glandorf Local Schools, and high school principal in the Jonathan Alder Local School District.  

He also served as chairman of the Youngstown Academic Distress Commission and was an instructor for the Ohio University Educational Leadership Program. Dr. Ross currently serves as director of Gov. Kasich’s Office of 21st Century Education, where he has successfully moved several education initiatives through the legislative process. 
Dr. Ross begins his tenure next Monday. I know he will work to continue to build our education system into one that prepares Ohio’s children for the expectations they will face in college and careers.
On a more somber note, it is with great sadness that I report the news of the death of State Board of Education (SBOE) Member Jeff Hardin. Mr. Hardin passed away last Wednesday morning, less than a day after attending the March State Board of Education meeting. He was truly dedicated to improving Ohio’s education system. Mr. Hardin was beginning his fifth year representing District 10, which includes all or parts of 17 counties and 45 school districts in the central and southern portions of the state. Gov. Kasich will appoint a replacement to serve until the 2014 General Election. A funeral service for Mr. Hardin will be held this evening at 6 p.m. at Owensville United Methodist Church in Batavia. Additional information and directions are available here.
I know many of you are heading into spring break in the next few weeks, but I want to remind you of the approaching deadlines for completing the Ohio Roster Verification process. As you know, Value-Added scores based on student growth data are now used as a teacher evaluation measure. Therefore, it is extremely important to ensure that teachers are matched to the correct students.
Here is the timeframe, which begins next month, for teachers to verify and principals to sign off on, previous-year student rosters.            

  • April 8-23 – Schools receive raw student rosters produced by EMIS;
  • April 8-12 and April 15-19 – Roster Verification trainings;
  • April 24-May 14 – Teacher Roster Verification period;
  • May 15-June 5 – Principal Roster Verification review and approval.

Here is a list of school districts required to complete the Roster Verification process for the first time this year. Battelle for Kids (BFK) has developed the new BFK Link platform for schools to use to verify student rosters. If your school/district is new to Roster Verification, or could use a refresher, use the resources available on the Ohio Student Progress Portal or view the Why Link? video series.
Finally, I wish to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to all of you for your continued partnership in Ohio's educational process. This Friday, March 22, will be my last work day at the Ohio Department of Education. While Dr. Ross asked me to continue to serve as a member of his senior leadership team, I have elected to accept an outstanding new opportunity with the New Albany-Plain Local Schools as the Chief of Operations and Strategic Development. Please know that I have greatly enjoyed my two and one-half years serving at ODE and thank you for the relationships I have been lucky enough to form across the state. I wish you continued success meeting and serving the needs of children.