Community Schools Sponsor Update

Community Schools Sponsor Update

Community Schools Sponsor Updates

Community Schools Sponsor Updates

Quality Community School Support Fund Information Available

Greetings Community Schools and Sponsors,
House Bill 166 (the FY20-FY21 state budget bill) established a quality community schools support grant to provide additional funding to community schools designated as a Community School of Quality. Qualified community schools under the program are eligible to receive up to $1,750 in each fiscal year for each pupil identified as economically disadvantaged and $1,000 in each fiscal year for all others. 

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Flexibility with Administration of the NWEA MAP Testing

Greetings Community Schools and Sponsors Serving Students through Dropout Prevention and Recovery Programs,

Last year, the Ohio Department of Education allowed community schools that receive the dropout prevention and recovery report cards the flexibility to offer administration of the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments outside of the traditional fall and spring testing windows. Schools could administer the assessments at least 13 weeks apart and have the tests included in the growth measure for the dropout prevention and recovery report cards.

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HB 166 Updates: Teacher Certification; Student Wellness and Success Funding

Greetings Community Schools and Sponsors,

The Office of Community Schools would like to share the following HB 166 updates with you: 

  • The Department has issued a technical assistance document related to properly certified teacher requirements for community schools. This document explains which licenses teachers in community schools must hold. If you have additional questions about a specific license, please email

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Community School Updates

Happy September Community Schools and Sponsors,
Last week, we provided an update on the Community School Improvement Plan templates and how we will continue to utilize them as foundational pieces as you continue to implement improvement strategies in your schools. This message focuses on reminders and resources as we move further into September and October.

  • Ohio Educational Directory System (OEDS): It is important that OEDS has the correct contact information for personnel in your schools, the correct operator listed (if applicable) and, ultimately, reflects the current operation of your school. If you need to make changes to the information in OEDS, we encourage you to enter them as soon as possible. OEDS is a foundational piece that links to many systems within the Ohio Department of Education, therefore, having accurate information is critical. 

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Community Schools Improvement Plan

September 4, 2019 

Greetings Sponsors and Community Schools: 

We hope you have had a great kick-off to the 2019-2020 school year and things are rolling along smoothly. We are including several pieces of important information in the message this week.

Reflections from 2018-2019

Last year, the Office of Community Schools released the Community School Improvement Plan template. This tool was created to help schools focus improvement plans on identifying and addressing root causes along with appropriate strategies and supports. As the Ohio Department of Education reviewed the plans and provided feedback, there were common themes that began to emerge. Therefore, the Department continued to refine the supports and expectations for the plans. These plans were always intended to be iterative—as new information and needs are identified, the plan serves as the foundation for important decisions community schools need to make with limited resources dedicated to improvement efforts. The Department also worked to enhance the support from state support teams and how the Office for Improvement and Innovation interacts with sponsors and community schools. We are focusing a lot of time and effort on school improvement, but we still have a long road ahead. While we reflect on all the work we, as a sector, have accomplished in this area, we are excited to begin the next phase of our shared responsibility to support schools identified for improvement. 

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