Ohio Delays ESSA Submission to Federal Government

In an earlier blog, I highlighted a number of important proposals in Ohio's plan submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) for compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) spent over a year gathering input from stakeholders across the state via webinars and face-to-face regional meetings with educators, parents and interested citizens. After compiling the results and reporting the subsequent plan that Ohio prepared to submit to the federal government, the backlash took place. Many who participated in the feedback sessions complained that they were not heard or that their thoughts were not incorporated into the final plan. Consequently, State Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Paolo DeMaria decided to withhold Ohio's submission until the end of September to "...allow more time to review statewide testing and other issues before finishing the plan."

Every Student Succeeds Act Requires States to Rewrite Requirements

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)is the long awaited re-authorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2002. ESSA, signed by President Obama in December of 2015, returns a great measure of decision making along numerous measures of school success to state departments of education by updating and replacing President George W. Bush's signature education legislation. The following is an overview of just some of the areas that states will need to make decisions in order to set policy for the eventual implementation of ESSA beginning with the 2017-18 school year.