Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rule Comments

Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Rule Comments

The Ohio Department of Education staff drafts and edits administrative rules, which have not yet been formally proposed for adoption by the State Board of Education or the state superintendent. During the initial drafting of rules, every effort is made to solicit input from affected organizations and individuals.  Public comment opportunities are announced in EdConnection, the Department's weekly newsletter.  Subscribe to EdConnection to be notified when rules are posted for comment.  The Department may also send out additional e-notification alerts to interested parties. Rules may be posted through the lieutenant governor’s Common Sense Initiative office, if applicable. For rules that go through the Common Sense Initiative process, the review concludes with a formal report clearing the way for the Department to file the rules with the Joint Commission on Agency Rule Review or recommend further changes. If the Common Sense Initiative process does not apply, the rules are filed with the Joint Commission on Agency Rule Review.

The rules for review are listed below:

OAC Chapter 3301-28 Local Report Card (6 rules)
OAC Chapter 3301-44 Adult Diploma Pilot Program rules
OAC Chapter 3301-40 Rules on Nonpublic Schools Administrative Cost Reimbursement
OAC Chapter 3301-102 Community School rules (5 rules)
OAC Chapter 3301-35 rules regarding blended/online learning (3 rules)
 


 OAC Chapter 3301-28 Local Report Card rules

OAC 3301-28-03, 3301-28-05, 3301-28-08
, are rules regarding the achievement, graduation and prepared for success (college, career, workforce and military readiness) components of the Ohio School Report Cards. Revisions to the rules are being recommended to implement and comply with report card reforms found in recently enacted House Bill 82. 
 
OAC 3301-28-02, 3301-28-07, 3301-28-09, rules regarding the Gap Closing and Early Literacy Components of the Ohio School report cards are being revised by the State Board of Education to implement and comply with report card reforms found in the recently enacted House Bill 82. The rule regarding Other Graded Components is being rescinded because the provisions in the rule are being relocated to other rules in the chapter or are no longer relevant.
 
OAC Chapter 3301-44 Adult Diploma Pilot Program rules 3301-44-01 to 3301-44-09 provide institutions the authority and criteria to enroll Ohio residents into the Adult Diploma Program intended to lead to a high school diploma upon completion of the program.
 
OAC Chapter 3301-40 Rules on Nonpublic Schools Administrative Cost Reimbursement

OAC 3301-40-03, "Procedures for cost reimbursement,"
 provides a list of the records required to maintain in support of a claim for administrative cost reimbursement.  Change was made to better clarify the salary records needed for employees.

OAC 3301-40-04, "Employee information for cost reimbursement," states that employees reimbursed through administrative costs shall perform the required services.

OAC 3301-40-05, "Reimbursement," states that nonpublic schools will be reimbursed upon the approval of the required application pursuant to section 3317.063 of the Revised Code. 

OAC 3301-40-07, "Appeals," provides nonpublic schools the ability to appeal the findings of a review conducted by the superintendent of public instruction to the state board.  Change was made to this rule to remove the reference of 3301-40-06 which no longer exists and replace with the ORC that references the appeals.

OAC 3301-40-08, "Property disposal procedures," was added to provide methods to dispose of materials and equipment purchased by auxiliary services funds when a chartered nonpublic school closes.  It also provides a process for disposing of obsolete textbooks that were purchased with auxiliary services funds.  
  OAC 3301-102-02, "Definitions" provides definitions to terms referenced throughout chapter 102 of the Ohio Administrative Code and chapter 3314 of the Ohio Revised Code.
 
OAC 3301-102-03, "Approval of sponsors"  establishes the criteria that will be evaluated as part of the sponsor application process.  Additionally, the rule establishes the timeline for the submission of the application and review  process by the Ohio Department of Education.
 
OAC 3301-102-04, "Sponsorship agreement" provides the elements contained within the agreement between the Ohio Department of Education and an entity approved to be a community school sponsor. The rule outlines duties and responsibilities established within the agreement and outlines the initial term for each agreement.
 
OAC 3301-102-05, "Monitoring and reporting requirements for all sponsors" provides the additional reporting requirements beyond the expectations in chapter 3314 of the Ohio Revised Code. The rule also establishes timelines for providing specific documents or notifications to the Ohio Department of Education related to sponsor action (such as executed contracts and notification of suspensions or probations).
 
OAC 3301-102-07, "Probation and revocation of sponsorship authority" establishes criteria and procedures for placing a sponsor on probation. Additionally, this rule outlines the process for seeking a finding of noncompliance from the State Board of Education, which can lead to revocation of sponsorship authority.
   
 OAC Chapter 3301-35, rules regarding blended and online learning (3 rules)

3301-35-01, "Purpose and definitions."  This rule provides a working definition for terms found in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and aligned to OAC 3301-35-02 through OAC 3301-35-16.

3301-35-03, "Blended learning." This rule addresses the policies and procedures for schools (public and chartered nonpublic) that incorporate a blended learning process into their instructional routine. Revisions to the rule provide the updated language as reflected in statute.

OAC 3301-35-16, "Online learning." This rule addresses the policies and procedures for public districts that operate an online learning school. This is a newly created rule that outlines expectations for districts when opening an online learning school. Expectations include what a district must provide to address student learning needs.
 

 

Last Modified: 1/26/2022 10:30:26 AM