Governor, State Legislators and Education Policy Leaders Urged to Develop Aligned P-20 Education Plan

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Governor, State Legislators and Education Policy Leaders Urged to Develop Aligned P-20 Education Plan

Ohio funders say a strategic education plan must be a state priority

For Immediate Release 
Contact: Claudia Y.W. Herrold, senior vice president, Communications & Public Policy, Philanthropy Ohio

Columbus, OH, January 24, 2017– Philanthropy Ohio (POH) released its latest set of comprehensive education recommendations to Governor John Kasich, the Ohio General Assembly, the State Board of Education and other education policy leaders today.

Philanthropy Ohio’s recommendations are contained in a series of targeted education briefing papers it developed to help early childhood, K-12 and higher education leaders, elected officials and other key stakeholders plot a clear direction for the future of education and improved student success. Philanthropy Ohio President & CEO Suzanne T. Allen, Ph.D., said “It is our hope that the Open Letter and briefing papers will help guide Ohio leaders as we develop the next state biennial budget and the Ohio plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).”

Briefing paper on standards focuses on challenging standards and assessments. Ohio has developed and is implementing challenging standards in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, social studies, science, fine arts and foreign language. The state has also identified a set of aligned assessments. This brief explores Ohio’s 30-year history of academic standards and assessments, explains Ohio’s current approach for updating its standards, describes how ESSA will affect state assessments and identifies specific recommendations Ohio can take to follow through on implementing and enhancing its challenging standards and aligned assessments.

Briefing paper on measures and accountability addresses K-12 measures and accountability. Ohio has changed the way it measures and reports school and district performance. This brief outlines those changes, describes additional requirements brought forward by ESSA and identifies recommendations Ohio can take to resist the urge to retreat in accountability. The goal of measuring student progress and holding schools accountable for teaching all students is to eliminate inequity.

Briefing paper on low performing schools explores strategies for turning around low performing schools. Turning around low-performing, high-poverty schools has been a major focus since the enactment of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2002. This brief examines Ohio’s current school improvement approach, unpacks investments made to support turnaround efforts, identifies turnaround and school improvement strategies that are moving the needle, pinpoints upcoming opportunities thanks to ESSA and proposes a set of targeted recommendations leaders can take to help the more than 370,000 Ohio students who are affected by inadequate learning environments.

“Philanthropy Ohio and its members look forward to partnering with Ohio’s education policy leaders and stakeholders to identify a compelling statewide vision and strategic plan for education that promotes clear goals, strategies and metrics—and drives toward a cohesive, student-success oriented P-20 education ecosystem,” said Allen. “We will leverage the successes from our portfolio of investments to help the state spread and scale solutions that work. We will remain vested partners in education. We owe our children nothing less.”

The mission of Philanthropy Ohio – an association of foundations, corporate giving programs and other individuals and organizations actively involved in philanthropy – is to provide leadership for Ohio’s philanthropic sector and to enhance the ability of its members to fulfill their charitable goals. Philanthropy Ohio is comprised of over 200 philanthropic organizations whose assets total nearly $56 billion and who contribute more than $4 billion annually, including hundreds of millions given to the education area.



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