Take advantage of a variety of educational tools and resources for principals to use this school year. These handy tools will help you communicate with families and teachers about changes in Ohio education.
Includes: New Graduation Requirements, 3rd Grade Reading Guarantee, Ohio’s State Tests, and more!
Changes to Ohio Teacher Evaluation System
House Bill 362 passed the Ohio legislature on June 3 bringing changes to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System for the 2014-2015 school year and beyond.
The first change will allow less frequent evaluation of teachers receiving skilled and accomplished ratings beginning next year, while still providing them with feedback on their work.
The second change will allow districts a choice between a new alternative teacher evaluation structure and the current (original) structure. The alternative structure includes an additional measure to student growth and observation in a teacher’s evaluation as 15 percent of the evaluation.
- Fact Sheet on Ohio House Bill 362
- FAQs About HB 362 and Teacher Evaluation
- The Original Ohio Teacher Evaluation System graphic chart with details (PDF)
- The Alternative Ohio Teacher Evaluation System graphic chart with details (PDF)
- Evaluation Cycles for Teachers Receiving Accomplished or Skilled Ratings (Web page)
- State Board of Education Approved Teacher Framework (currently undergoing revision to reflect Sub. House Bill 362 changes)
Student Growth Measures
Ohio’s Graduation Requirements
Ohio House Bill 487 established new requirements for earning a high school diploma in Ohio.
Here is how to find the information you need:
- The new graduation requirements that take effect with the class of 2018. These are students who are entering ninth grade for the first time in the 2014-2015 school year.
- Students in the classes of 2014 – 2017 and those who are repeating ninth grade this school year will continue to operate under Ohio’s current graduation requirements.
- Latest updates on additional graduation decisions as they occur and which decisions are left.
Schedule Change from Days to Hours
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, traditional school districts, joint vocational school districts and chartered nonpublic schools must comply with minimum hours of instruction instead of a minimum number of school days each year.
- No schedule can be in effect that does not comply with all parts of the new minimum hours law (ORC 3313.48).
Ohio School Report Cards
The 2013-2014 report cards will be released in mid-September. Using A-F letter grades, Ohio School Report Cards detail how well schools and districts are performing in several important areas. District report cards released in fall 2014 will have 10 letter grades. School report cards can have up to 10 letter grades. Later in the school year, the Ohio School Report Cards also will provide financial data that measure spending and performance for 2013-2014. This includes how much is spent, and how much is directed to classroom instruction. The data also report how your school and district spending compares to others.
Ohio’s New Kindergarten Readiness Assessment
Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, a new kindergarten readiness assessment will replace the KRA-L. The new assessment includes ways for teachers to measure a child’s school readiness. Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards (birth to kindergarten entry) are the basis for the new assessment. It has six components: social skills (including social and emotional development, and approaches toward learning), mathematics, science, social studies, language and literacy, and physical well-being and motor development.