Operating Standards Committee
Input sought on Ohio’s School Operating Standards
The State Board of Education is responsible for creating and updating the operating standards for schools in Ohio. These operating standards are a collection of minimum requirements that school districts and nonpublic schools must follow when managing their schools and educating students.
The first operating standards were created in 1957 and have been updated many times since. However, it has been many years since the standards have been updated. The State Board created the Operating Standards Committee to revise the operating standards in order to:
Increase flexibility for school districts by eliminating unnecessary requirements, especially for high performing and innovative school districts.
Streamline the standards by removing requirements that just duplicate or reference the Revised Code.
Move the state’s regulatory focus towards outputs from inputs.
Committee Chair Ron Rudduck, Vice-Chair Sarah Fowler, and the members of the Operating Standards Committee rely on the input from all education stakeholders during the revision process. Each meeting of the committee will have time dedicated for interested stakeholders to attend and address the committee.
This online portal was created to keep the public updated on the revision process. The agenda, minutes, and documents used in committee meetings will be posted at the bottom of this website after every meeting. Anyone can comment on a rule or the operating standards revision in general by emailing: OperatingStandards@education.Ohio.gov.
Operating Standards Rules & Revision Timeline
The operating standards are currently 15 administrative rules. The current rules may be found here. Proposed/draft revisions of specific rules will be included in the meeting handouts as the rules are reviewed. Meeting handouts are located at the bottom of this web page. Additionally, the most recent drafts of the rules that have been reviewed by the Committee are posted here.
Rule 15, which covers the standards for the implementation of positive behavior intervention supports and the use of restraint and seclusion, will not be included in the committee revision as it was recently adopted.
After going to through the Operating Standards Committee, some of the rules are required to be reviewed by the Common Sense Initiative. Then, the complete set of rules go to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review before being formally adopted by the State Board of Education.
Below are the most recent drafts of the rules that have been discussed to date.
Upcoming Meeting Information
The next meeting will be on during the regular September State Board of Education meeting on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St., Columbus, OH.
Please note that Committee meeting dates and times scheduled during the regular, monthly State Board of Education meeting are subject to change. Meeting times are not final until the Board time schedule is published on the Friday before the Board meeting. The time schedule may be found here.
September 15, 2014
Agenda (coming soon)
Meeting Handouts (coming soon)
August 11, 2014
July 14, 2014
June 9, 2014
May 12, 2014
April 14, 2014
March 25, 2014
March 11, 2014
February 19, 2014
February 10, 2014
January 14, 2014
December 9, 2013
November 20, 2013
November 12, 2013
October 17, 2013
October 7, 2013
Last Modified: 8/21/2014 12:56:01 PM