February Update from the Office of Community Schools
Here are a few reminders as February begins.
2019-2020 Draft Sponsor Evaluation Documents Posted for Comments
Ohio statute requires the Ohio Department of Education to post the draft sponsor evaluation framework for the upcoming school year to allow stakeholders to provide comments. The draft framework must be posted for 30 days, with comments compiled and posted no later than April 1.
Dear State Support Team Consultants and Community School Sponsors,
PLEASE HOLD THE DATE: 2/7/19 @ 9:00AM
The Office of Community Schools will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, February 7, 2019, @ 9:00 – 10:30 AM for all Sponsors & State Support Teams.
We have a few reminders as we start off this new year.
Notice of Nonrenewal
Sponsors are reminded that notification of nonrenewal to schools you sponsor must be made no later than January 15.
By Dec. 31 each year, the Office of Community Schools must provide to the governor and General Assembly a report on the performance of community schools and their sponsors. I am happy to relay to you the report is in the Department’s Office of Communications receiving an updated layout (very excited for the way it will look), but more importantly, I am happy to share a few highlights from the report. Last year (the 2017-2018 school year), there were 340 community schools, of which 310 are still in operation, with 95 percent sponsored by Effective sponsors. Also, 42 percent of those schools received a C or better on the 2017-2018 report cards.
As we move into December, here are updates from the Office of Community Schools:
- We have created a new webpage for the Community School Improvement Plan and Resources. The page is found on the Community Schools homepage under the Schools topic (directly below the Directory link). A few documents we wish to highlight include the following:
- A comprehensive spreadsheet that has all school labels (Priority, Focus, Watch, At-Risk of Closure, Needs Intervention and Reading Achievement Plans) has been posted and is sortable to allow you to have one spreadsheet with all the designations for your portfolio of schools.
- A Community School Improvement Plan FAQs document has been developed. This document should assist you and your schools as they complete the Improvement Plan template.
- The plan review template and checklist are posted.