Significant Expansion Guidance

The Department has a responsibility to annually reallocate federal education resources (Title I-A, Title II-A, IDEA-B) to new and significantly expanded community schools. The Department utilizes this process to add stability to the system for all schools in Ohio, including both traditional and community schools. The Significantly Expanded Community School Notification Form* should be submitted by a community school sponsor for any of its community schools that wish to be evaluated for significant expansion. See the Ohio Community School Significant Expansion Guidance for more information. This will allow the Department to take a proactive approach in determining if a community school should be included in the reallocation process by reviewing the notification at the same time as final enrollment data are submitted. This information will be reviewed on an annual basis; therefore, there is no appeal period for this process.

To be considered for reallocation, a community school must meet Ohio’s definition of Significant Expansion (34 C.F.R. 76.787) indicating that a community school will:

A. Add one or more grade level(s) -OR- add an educational program(s) in core academic subject areas;

-AND-

B. Plan to significantly increase enrollment.

The definition of significant growth is growth of more than one standard deviation above the average community school percentage growth identified for the prior school year. The calculation of significant growth includes only community schools that experienced growth in the most recent school year for which there are final enrollment data. The Department uses final enrollment FTE to determine significant growth.

For example, the average (mean) growth of community schools in the 2016 school year was 14.4 percent, with a standard deviation of 19.2 percentage points. One standard deviation above the mean equates to growth of 33.6 percent. By this standard, 18 community schools experienced significant growth in enrollment in the 2015-2016 school year.

The Department will have two reporting windows for significant expansion review. 

  • First review window: Forms submitted by a community school sponsor by Sept 15, 2017.
  • Second review window: Forms submitted by a community school sponsor by Feb. 1, 2018

We encourage any community schools that feel they meet the above criteria to have a form submitted on their behalf by their sponsor in Epicenter. If you have questions, contact your consultant in the Office of Community Schools for additional assistance.
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*Document updated Aug. 28, 2017.

Last Modified: 8/30/2017 9:19:37 AM