Ohio's Differentiated Accountability Model Under NCLB
In July 2008, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Ohio is one of six states to receive approval for the use of “differentiated accountability,” which allows for more flexible and innovative improvement options under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Under the plan, which requires approval from the Ohio General Assembly, districts and schools will receive targeted supports and interventions that best match the academic reason leading to their underperformance.
Under the current statutory system, the number of years a school or district misses adequate yearly progress (AYP) determines their federal improvement status and the consequences regardless if AYP is missed by one subgroup or multiple subgroups.
Ohio’s approved proposal does not focus on the number of years AYP is missed. Instead, the federal improvement status and consequences schools and districts face will be determined by the aggregate percentage of subgroups that do not meet AYP in reading and math. The federal improvement status for schools and districts would be changed to one of three categories: low support, medium support or high support. The districts and schools in these categories will be provided with new options for interventions, in addition to those required by NCLB.
Under Ohio’s plan, the state will be able to accelerate support, target resources and provide technical assistance to the schools and districts that need the most assistance. In addition, the proposal will allow districts to better manage improvement in their schools and make systematic changes based on data to improve instruction and raise student achievement.
This proposal does not affect Local Report Card indicators, school or district designations under state law, or how schools or districts make or miss AYP.
Last Modified: 4/15/2013 1:25:46 PM