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  • October 30, 2019 6:32 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The State Board of Education's Graduation Requirements and High School Redesign Task Force met  Oct. 28 and laid out the questions it will consider for the first phase of its work to consider how the high school experience should change to help students become prepared for what's next in their lives.

    The task force plans an initial information gathering and research phase, followed by work on developing a framework of attributes for an engaging and inspiring high school, followed by development of recommendations to Superintendent Paolo DeMaria on a statewide approach to developing and promoting such high schools

    Task force members broke into small groups at Monday's meeting to discuss three question prompts to get the process moving:

    - How would you define high school redesign, and what do you think is the state's role in supporting schools in redesigning the high school experience for students?

    - What are the foundational principles that you think drive high school redesign?

    - What districts or high schools are you aware of that are actively rethinking how they educate students?

    The task force also discussed details Monday of guidance being developed for the new high school graduation requirements adopted in the biennial budget, HB166 (Oelslager).

    The next task force meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25.

  • October 28, 2019 3:48 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

                Over the last two years, state representatives Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson) have worked with Ohio’s education community and other stakeholders to develop a new school funding formula.  Although the DeWine-Husted Administration and lawmakers declined to adopt the proposal as part of the FY 20-21 state budget (HB 166), Reps Cupp / Patterson have since introduced stand-alone legislation (HB 305) that contains what they have titled the “Fair School Funding Plan.”  Last month, the Ohio House Finance Committee began deliberations on the bill.

                Given the high level of complexity associated with school funding, the Chairman of the Ohio House Finance Committee has indicated that “hearings will be broken up into narrow topic areas, so committee members and witnesses may have targeted dialogue on specific aspects of the legislation.”[1]  Topic areas include, but are not limited to, distribution, categorical funding or “add-ons,” transportation, charter schools, career-technical education and STEM schools. 

                Overview: In general, HB 305 calls for a “base cost” approach to calculate the annual per-pupil cost of providing a quality education to Ohio’s students.  The current formula sets a base cost of $6,020 for every single student, but under HB 305, the state would calculate a base cost unique to each school district in order to more accurately reflect the amount of funding each district needs to operate effectively. The base cost for each district would range from $6,000 - $12,000.

                Funding for classroom teachers is the primarily building block of the proposed framework, which applies pupil / teacher ratios supported by national research and Ohio salary / benefit data.  Other components include resources for professional development of teachers, addressing health, safety, social, and emotional needs of students, academic and athletic co-curricular activities, and technology.  Funding the base cost is achieved through a combination of state resources and locally generated tax revenue.  Under HB 305 (and similar to the current formula), the split between state and local funding is based on each district’s fiscal capacity to generate a local share—which capacity the state will measure using a combination of both property and income wealth data.  

                Career-Technical Education: The career-technical education community has emphasized several school funding policy priorities since legislators began to develop HB 305. As a result, the bill includes the following CTE-specific items:

    1.      CTE Tiered (“weighted”) Funding: HB 305 maintains current levels of CTE tiered funding outside any proposed “cap” or “guarantee.”  The bill converts the current dollar amounts in each of the five tiers to percentages of the statewide average funding per pupil, as calculated under the Base Cost formula. Hence, any increases to base aid will result in a corresponding increase in CTE tiered funding.

    2.      Career Exploration: HB 305 provides per-pupil funding to career-technical planning districts (CTPDs) for purposes of delivering relevant career awareness services, including:

    • Offering a common, consistent curriculum to students across the CTPD;
    • Assisting teachers in providing a career-development curriculum;
    • Establishing a Career Development Plan for each student;
    • Providing opportunities for students to engage in meaningful activities across all career pathways at each grade level.

    3.      Base Aid Funding: HB 305 maintains base aid for career-technical schools through its new funding model.  But while a student is in a career-technical program or “lab,” the required pupil teacher ratio will be calculated at one teacher for every eighteen students.  The new (smaller) ratio recognizes the necessity of increased student attention during equipment-intensive technical courses.

                Ohio ACTE will continue to monitor HB 305 and any other school funding proposals as the legislature continues to discuss this important issue.

    - by Will Vorys, attorney with Dickinson Wright and Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel.

    For more information, including detailed legislation and simulations, click here.


  • October 28, 2019 2:44 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Perkins V State Determined Performance Levels

    Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) made some key changes to implementation of career-technical education programs and administrative processes and requires broad stakeholder engagement during the development process.  Ohio is required to set state performance measures for concentrators at both the secondary and post-secondary levels.

    You may offer comments about the measures using the  Perkins V State Determined Performance Levels Survey, no later than December 6, 2019.

    Feedback on career-focused education efforts

    The Ohio Department of Education is seeking input to improve career-focused support and programming. This feedback will be used to inform the development of the Perkins V federal plan and gauge the impact of the New Skills for Youth grant.

    Please complete this short New Skills for Youth and Perkins V survey and share it with your family, friends and community. Thank you for helping in this effort.

    Public hearings for Ohio For Year (FY2020-2023) Perkins V Plan

    The Ohio Department of Education, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, is holding public hearings on Ohio’s four-year (Fiscal Years 2020-2023) career and technical education plan, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). This law reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, known as Perkins IV. Perkins V makes key changes to implementing career-technical education programs and administrative processes.

    Ohio Departments of Education and Higher Education staff will present a draft of Ohio’s plan and take comments during the two public comment hearings:

    • Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 10 a.m., Pike County Career Technology Center, 175 Beaver Creek Rd. Piketon; and
    • Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 10 a.m., Sandusky High School/Career Center, 2130 Hayes Ave., Sandusky.

    For answers to general questions about the public hearings, contact Rhedeshia Young-Willingham or call (614) 387-6001.

  • October 28, 2019 2:41 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Perkins V Implementation:

    Perkins V Equity Labs

    Perkins V provides new opportunities to improve CTE and enables more flexibility to meet the unique needs of learners, educators, and employers. Equity labs will identify access, engagement and performance gaps; analyze cause of those gaps; and create a plan to reduce those gaps in coming years.  Lab activities will include data review and analysis in three main categories; identify gaps for subgroups and subpopulations in those categories; and planning to address identified gaps.

    Regional Equity Lab Dates:  8:00 AM – 4:30 PM





    November 7, 2019


    Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County

    Newark, OH




    November 19, 2019


    Washington State Community College

    Marietta, OH

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    November 21, 2019


    R.G. Drage Career Technical Center

    Massillon, OH




    November 26, 2019


    Toledo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Building (JTAC)

    Rossford, OH  43460

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    December 18, 2019

    Northeast II

    Mahoning County Career & Technical Center -  Joyce Brooks Center

    Canfield, OH  44406

    Register Now Northeast II



    Perkins V Technical Assistance (Conference Calls)

    Perkins updates with Education Community Skype Meetings will be held bi-weekly from 12 – 1PM on the following dates.

    Call-in number is 1-614-466-7177 Access Code: 4417894#


    Thursday, October 31, 2019

    Thursday, November 14, 2019


    Call-in number is 1-614-466-7177, access code: 5287838#


    Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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    Call-in number is 1-614-466-7177, access code: 945294#

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  • October 24, 2019 11:52 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) announced Oct. 21 the expansion of the Ohio Transition Support Partnership (OTSP) which supports students with disabilities by helping them gain the skills needed for future careers.

    The expansion was included in the biennial budget and provides approximately 270 additional students with disabilities in Cuyahoga, Franklin, and Hamilton counties with individualized transition services over the next year. The partnership will target an additional 360 students with disabilities statewide in the 2020-2021 school year.

    “Career planning helps students identify where they want to go and how to get there,” said Gov. Mike DeWine in a statement. “Expanding the Ohio Transition Support Partnership helps more students with disabilities get a great start to successful career paths.”

    "The best way to remove barriers and support individuals with disabilities in viable careers is to offer a pathway to employment as they transition from middle and high school," said OOD Director Kevin Miller.

    “Once they land a job and succeed in the workforce, quality of life improves for people with disabilities, as they gain confidence, become financially independent, and enjoy contributing to their communities.”

    With the expansion, OTSP is expected to serve more than 4,000 students with disabilities statewide this school year. Vocational rehabilitation counselors with OTSP assist students with disabilities with career exploration and counseling, work-based learning experiences, counseling on post-secondary education, paid work experiences, and job coaching.

    “Supporting the diverse needs of students with disabilities is a necessary and important step to addressing equity,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria. “When students have the opportunity to gain work experience, it enriches their overall educational experience.”

  • October 22, 2019 9:17 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Center on Education and Training for Employment is one of the 200+ academic centers and institutes at The Ohio State University, where research, policy-making, knowledge creation, and engagement happen daily across many disciplines.

    We are now exploring an exciting and growing endeavor: online learning.
    We have combined the resources and body of translational research with online innovation to help career-technical and adult education professionals upskill at pace set by you.

    Our Competency-based Education online learning modules take you through the process of designing competency-based education for your organization. Experience practical exercises, work samples, assessments, and competency profiles to help you organize your content into a curriculum. Gain access to assessments to help you evaluate and improve the learning outcomes and effectiveness of your curriculum.
    Take a step forward in your career technical and adult education career and register for one of our online learning modules today.

    The Complete Series Package-Competency-based Education

    Principles of Competency-based Education

    Identifying Competencies for Competency-based Education

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    Assessing Competency-based Education

  • October 21, 2019 1:41 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Do you have an innovative or new program that you have recently launched at your school?  Do you have a new way of handling classroom routines that has been effective?  Is there new technology that has made you more productive?  If so, please consider sharing your knowledge and expertise at the 2020 Ohio ACTE Connections to Education Conference, July 27-29 the Hilton Easton, Columbus.

    Click here for the Call for Presentations and more information on being a presenter.

  • October 21, 2019 10:45 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio’s operating budget for FY 2020-2021 (HB 166) includes $25M appropriated annually to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to subsidize and expand Industry-recognized credential programs for High School students. While the DeWine Administration is still formulating guidance and parameters for the program, ODE staff provided the following information in response to questions from career-tech educators:

    1. What is the effective date of the requirements that districts must pay for the credentials?
      • The new state budget expands the previously standing law that districts must pay for credentials to be earned. New requirements expand the students eligible to all students, from the prior requirement for economically disadvantaged students. The amount allocated for reimbursement also expanded from $750,000 to $8,000,000. Any credential that a student is testing for beginning this school year should be paid for by the school district.
    2. Does a district collect funding for more than one credential per student? For example, those “clustered” credentials that individually are not 12 points, but together equal 12 points?
      • There are individual reimbursement amounts for each credential, regardless of point value. Therefore, if a student is earning any credential, and this credential is reported to the Ohio Department of Education as earned by that student, that will trigger reimbursement at the amount assigned to that credential. In the event that this credential is also on the Innovative Workforce Incentive Program list, that would also trigger a payment of $1,250, not to exceed one payment per student who is earning credentials from the list.
    3. Does a district get reimbursed for a student who takes the credential test but does not pass? Are we required to pay for additional attempts? Will the district be reimbursed for additional attempts?
      • Reimbursement is for credentials earned. Therefore, if students take a credential exam and do not pass, this would not be reimbursed but districts are expected to pay for students to earn that credential. Reimbursement will flow once the student has earned the credential, but not for more than the “attempt” in which the student earns the credential.
    4. Are districts required to pay for any credential a student wants to pursue?
      • Students should be pursuing credentials that align with their desired career pathway and the skills that they possess or are developing. Career counseling processes should help students understand what credentials are right for them, and which options they should be pursuing.
    1. How many tests for each student are we required to pay for?
      • Districts should pay for any credential tests students are taking. If they are earning multiple credentials, and the district is reporting those credentials as earned, the district will be reimbursed for the cost of earning that credential.
    1. If the student does not want to take the IRC test, does the district still have to pay and make them take it?
      • No, if a student does not have an interest in the test, there is no requirement for them to earn the credential at the state level.
  • October 14, 2019 10:01 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    From Dec. 6, 2019, until 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 6, 2020, members of the National Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) will elect officers for the following board of directors positions:

    Two Ohioans are on the ballot: Jon Quatman, for President Elect and Kristina Ropos for Post-Secondary Adult Career Technical Education Vice President.

    Click here for more information about the candidates and voting in the National ACTE Election.

    Please note: to vote you must be a member of ACTE and the Division by November 6.

  • October 14, 2019 9:55 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, is holding public hearings on Ohio’s four-year (Fiscal Years 2020-2023) career and technical education plan, Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). This law reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, known as Perkins IV. Perkins V makes key changes to implementing career-technical education programs and administrative processes.

    Ohio Department of Education staff will present a draft of Ohio’s plan and take comments during the two public comment hearings:

    • Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m., Pike County Career Technology Center, 175 Beaver Creek Rd. Piketon; and
    • Wednesday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m., Sandusky High School/Career Center, 2130 Hayes Ave., Sandusky.

    We encourage you to share this public meeting announcement about this important plan with other stakeholders, including administrators, educators, employers, business leaders, students, families and community members.

    For answers to general questions about the public hearings, contact Rhedeshia Young-Willingham or call (614) 387-6001.

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