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Schools with a higher proportion of students at risk of not graduating on time are seeing the students take advantage of new diploma options created for the class of 2018, Ohio Department of Education (ODE) officials said Feb. 13 during the State School Board meeting.
Department staff shared results of a survey sent to 156 schools across 45 districts to gauge how the new diploma options are being used, which is meant to help State Board of Education (SBOE) members with their long-term discussions of whether and how to overhaul the graduation system. About half of schools responded to the survey.
Board members had recommended and lawmakers enacted new diploma options for the class of 2018 in last year's state operating budget. One option asks students to fulfill two of nine criteria, while another focuses on career-technical education students. Districts report that the former option is being used by students, with students gravitating toward meeting the criteria involving work experience or community service, capstone projects, attendance and grade point average (GPA). Many schools reported that they already had community service programs in place, and they've started to institute capstone programs in order to help students meet the criteria.
The board's Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee plans to continue to discuss graduation requirements throughout the year, with the hopes of sending recommendations to the full board for a vote by December.
Nominations are being accepted for Ohio ACTE Officers. Positions open are Treasurer for a two-year term and a President Elect who serves a three-year term (President Elect, President and Past President). Terms begin Sept. 1, 2018 and election will take place at the Ohio ACTE Annual Connections to Education Conference or by mail ballot.
For more information on expectations and time commitment, contact Ohio ACTE Executive Director Christine Gardner by email or phone at 614/890-ACTE.
Ohio ACTE is committed to providing meaningful and relevant professional development workshops for all members. The Success Series workshops zero in on selective occupational fields and are for those who are interested in building, improving, or invigorating a program. They are interactive opportunities that are delivered by educators, for educators, at schools that offer to host the program. Learn first-hand, the successes of others and how they serve their students.
Our Fall Lineup includes Success Series workshops on:
To learn more about hosting a workshop, or to register, please visit http://www.ohioacte.org/Success-Series
In appreciation for their support of career-technical and adult education, Sen. Gayle Manning and Rep. William Reineke were each awarded the Ohio ACTE Policy Maker of the
Year Award for 2018. The awards were presented during the 2018 Legislative Seminar, Jan. 18, in Columbus.
Sen. Manning and Rep. Reineke are pictured with Bill DiMascio (left) and Greg Edinger and Nate Nishko, right.
Students in the graduating classes of 2019 and 2020 could get the same flexibility on graduation requirements as those in the class of 2018 after a vote Tuesday Jan. 9 by the State Board of Education. But the move ultimately requires action by the General Assembly, and one key legislator said Tuesday the House is already working on its own plan.
Rep. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell), chairman of the House Education, showed up near the end of the debate in the board's Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee and quickly dumped cold water on a proposal to extend the 2018 options for two more years.
"The house is working on a permanent solution. There's really no need for a [board] resolution to begin with," he said. "We've actually got a bill draft."
"I think we're going to go ahead and do it," responded Laura Kohler, who chairs the Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee.
Brenner left the meeting soon after making his comments, declining on his way out the door to share much in the way of details with reporters and others who pressed him for specifics. He did say one goal of the legislation is to ensure the 2018 options created in HB49 (R. Smith) are being interpreted and implemented consistently from district to district. The House plan will be introduced "hopefully soon," he said.
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Ohio ACTE has several opportunities for students to receive scholarships and recognition.
1. Scholarship for Future Education: Each year, Ohio ACTE awards up to two Darrell Parks Student Scholarships, which provide $1,000 toward the continuing education of career-technical graduates. Click here for more information. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2018.
2. Design the Annual Conference Program Cover: Ohio ACTE is looking for CTE student designed submissions for the front cover of the 2018 Connections to Education Conference program. The program is distributed to all conference attendees, presenters and vendors, and the contest winner will receive recognition in the program and the Ohio ACTE website! Click here for more information. The deadline for submission is May 12, 2018.
3. Student Art Contest: Calling all Ohio CTE student artists! Ohio ACTE is looking for student contributions to the Art Show & Silent Auction to be held at the 2018 Connections to Education Conference. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Darrell Parks Scholarship Fund. OACTE Board Members will award a first prize in the amount of $300 and a second in the amount of $100 to the students of the show. Click here for more information and the submission form. The deadline is June 1, 2018.
Industry-recognized credentials can help students qualify for high school graduation. As they earn them, students learn sets of skills that empower them to earn good wages as they pursue higher education.
The Department forms the states approved industry-recognized credentials list in two ways:
One of the featured presentations at the Ohio ACTE Legislative Seminar Jan. 17-18 in Columbus will be remarks from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. He will share the issues and challenge facing the state and the role of education. Another feature will be a discussion of changing workforce needs, including panel members representing the changing the Ohio Manufacturers Association; Ohio Chamber: Columbus 2020; and human resources director from Honda. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.
The annual Legislative Seminar will take place Jan 17-18, 2018 at the Sheraton at Capitol Square, Columbus. The seminar will also include legislative updates on initiatives impacting CTE and time to meet with your local legislators.
The deadline to register is January 10!
To view the tentative agenda, register and make hotel reservations, click here.