Community School Sponsor Evaluations Released
Release date: 10/13/2016
As part of ongoing efforts to increase accountability and quality in Ohio’s community school system, the Ohio Department of Education today released the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 sponsor evaluations. Ohio law requires the evaluations to be released between Oct. 1 and Oct. 15.
“The Ohio Department of Education’s focus is to create a quality education system that allows Ohio’s families to choose the schools that best fit the needs of their children. High quality community schools are an important part of Ohio’s education system,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “Sponsors play an essential role – they bear the primary responsibility for overseeing the operations and quality of community schools. The recent community school reform legislation and the work of our independent panel helped to create one of the most transparent and comprehensive processes for sponsor evaluations in the country. This will ultimately lead to improved quality school options for Ohio’s students.”
The sponsor evaluation system assists the Ohio Department of Education in its oversight of sponsors and helps increase the quality of sponsor practices. Legislation reforming Ohio’s community school system (HB 2), which became effective Feb. 1, 2016, included major changes to strengthen the sponsor evaluations beginning with the 2015-2016 school year. Developed by an impartial panel of experts and with input from the public, the department issued a framework for Ohio’s new system of evaluating sponsors in Dec. 2015.
The sponsor evaluation framework is made up of three equally weighted components:
- Academic Performance;
- Compliance with Rules and Laws; and
- Quality Practices.
The Academic Performance component is designed to determine how well students are performing academically at the sponsor’s schools. The Compliance component asks whether sponsors are compliant with all relevant laws and rules and whether sponsors are monitoring their schools’ compliance with laws and rules. The Quality Practices component looks at a sponsor’s adherence to quality practices, which was created using national standards and input from sponsors.
All three components are scored on a common scale (0-4 points) to allow for simple calculations. Sponsors receive points for each component that, when added together, provide a summative rating. This creates a fair, transparent and not overly complex calculation for the summative ratings that weights all three components equally. The point scale for 2015-2016 is as follows:
Ohio law includes a set of incentives for sponsors rated “exemplary,” as well as a set of consequences for sponsors rated “ineffective” and “poor.” For example, sponsors rated “exemplary” for 2 consecutive years are able to get a longer term on their contracts. Any sponsor that receives an “ineffective” overall rating is prohibited from sponsoring any new or additional community schools, and the sponsor is subject to a quality improvement plan. Any sponsor that receives a “poor” rating or three consecutive “ineffective” ratings is subject to revocation of their sponsorship authority. An appeals process is available to sponsors that are subject to revocation of their sponsorship authority.
The sponsor evaluations for the 2014-2015 school year also were released today, however, per Ohio law, there are no consequences for sponsors attached to the evaluations. The 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 community school sponsor evaluations can be found online by clicking here.