Have your voice heard!

posted Feb 17, 2017, 8:15 AM by Laurie Vent   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 7:44 AM by Tim Pohlman ]

Call on Ohio’s leaders to step up and enact common sense reform for the benefit of Ohio’s public school children.  

In 2016, the federal government passed a new law to replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The new law, The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is designed to provide new flexibility to states. The new law is structured such that learning and testing decisions are returned to the states and even local districts. Each state must submit a plan to the US Dept. of Ed. The Ohio Dept. of Education (ODE) had many meetings across the state to hear from people about how the new state plan should look. I attended our regional meeting. Participants urged the ODE to reduce the amount of state testing – a change that is allowable in the new federal law.

Recently, Ohio officials released a draft of their plan. Unfortunately, Ohio does not reduce testing at all. In fact, it keeps all 24 tests it requires of students in grades 3-11, when ESSA only requires 17, thus failing to hear the urgent and overwhelming advice of the people of the state. 

If you, like me, are upset by the amount of state testing our students are subjected to in our state, I urge you to go to http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Every-Student-Succeeds-Act-ESSA/ESSA_Framework_Report.pdf.aspx to read the proposed plan. 
Then, add your comments here, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ESSAOhioOverview , to tell the plan designers to follow the minimum requirements set forth by the federal government. You are able to submit comments through March 6.