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Ohio Submits its Final ESSA State Plan to U.S. Department of Education

9/18/2017

The Ohio Department of Education submitted the state’s plan to the U.S. Department of Education for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Ohio’s ESSA plan specifies, to the federal government, key aspects of Ohio’s education policy framework and reflects engagement with parents, students, educators, and business and community leaders, as well as the governor and General Assembly.
 
Ohio’s ESSA plan addresses several key areas, such as:

  • Academic Content Standards and Assessments - The plan reflects Ohio’s current academic content standards, including a thorough and ongoing review of the standards by Ohio teachers for Ohio students. The plan will accommodate any assessment changes that may be adopted as long as federal requirements are met;
  • Accountability - The plan reflects the current A-F report card, as required by state law, with changes that more appropriately recognize improvement and gap closing and providing additional accountability and support for English learners;
  • School Improvement - The plan includes strategies that support districts and schools in planning and goal setting and assists struggling schools with implementing evidence-based strategies; and
  • Educator Effectiveness - Ohio will support local schools’ and districts’ efforts to ensure access by all students to effective teachers and school leaders.
 
Ohio is placing special focus on vulnerable student populations (such as students in foster care and homeless students) by helping schools identify barriers to achievement and strategies to promote improvement. To build on the state’s efforts to reduce chronic absenteeism in our schools, Ohio has proposed using chronic absenteeism as an indicator of school quality on the State Report Card.
 
As Ohio waits for final approval of its ESSA application, the Department will work with districts and schools to begin implementation during the 2017-2018 school year. Click here for more information.