As part of Philanthropy Ohio’s commitment to improving education, our Education Advisory Committee, has developed a series of targeted education briefing papers aimed at helping the state’s 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. 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).
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BRIEFING PAPER #1 examines effective teachers and leaders. Aside from parents and families, teachers are the most valuable asset to the education of our children. And, school leaders have a significant impact on teacher effectiveness and student success. This brief explores the elements that comprise a cycle of effective teaching, including teacher preparation programs and alternative pathways; teacher recruitment and retention; teacher compensation; teacher leadership and professional learning; and evaluation. The brief proposes specific recommendations within each element and identifies opportunities for Ohio through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
BRIEFING PAPER #2 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 #3 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 #4 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.