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  • May 14, 2014 12:32 PM | Anonymous

    The Teacher Evaluation Legislation continues through the Legislative process with more tweaks.  The House Education Committee submitted a substitute version of Senate Bill 229 the week of May 12 regarding teacher evaluations. 


    The Committee’s earlier substitute bill from March made sweeping changes to the Senate’s version and included many new provisions (see below for Senate version changes).  The bill’s most recent iteration contains minor changes to the provisions from the March version, but it generally retains much of the same language. These changes generally apply to all school districts and are not specific to career-technical education programs.

    Of note, the House Education Committee’s latest substitute bill:

    • Does not exempt from collective bargaining the requirements for receiving/renewing a Department-issued credential to serve as an evaluator.
    • Expressly permits collective bargaining on a district’s decision to use student surveys.  This provision only applies to the board’s decision of whether or not to use surveys, however, and the alternative evaluation framework and the specific instruments remain outside of the scope of bargaining.  
    • Delays the use of student surveys as an evaluation component until the 2016–2017 school year.
    • Permits student surveys to count for “up to” 20% of the total evaluation score as opposed to the previous all-or-nothing approach. 
    • Provides that teacher performance and student academic growth measures must account for the rest of the evaluation score at equal percentages (e.g., 10%  student surveys + 45% teacher performance (observations) + and 45% student academic growth = Evaluation Score).
    • Reinstates the Senate’s language giving boards authority to evaluate teachers who receive a rating of “accomplished” or “skilled” on their most recent evaluation once every three years (current law provides option for once every two years). 
    • Requires all teachers not subject to formal evaluation to receive academic growth measure scores, and provides that boards must evaluate any teacher in the year following his/her receipt of a “below average” or “least effective” academic growth score. 
    • Allows boards to choose not to evaluate a teacher when he/she has been on leave for 50% or more of the school year (previous version set the bar at 70%). 
    • Removes the requirement that teachers receiving an “effective” rating on their most recent evaluations must prepare and implement an improvement plan.
    • Requires the Department of Education to develop student academic growth standards by July 1, 2016 that include (1) a method to calculate student growth using data from a single school year and (2) a method to calculate student growth from multiple school years that is “consistent and standardized statewide” if existing data is insufficient to produce an accurate score.
    • Removes language prohibiting a district from assigning students to teachers who have been rated “ineffective” for two consecutive years.
      Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel will continue to follow the progress of this bill and provide  updates as they become available.

    Prior House Committee Changes:

     Late last year, the Senate unanimously passed its version of Senate Bill 229 with two goals in mind: (1) increasing board flexibility with regard to teacher evaluations and (2) enabling boards to decrease the weight of value-added funding to 35% at their discretion.  A broad group of education-related entities - including OEA, OFT, OSBA, OASBO, BASA, Ohio ACTE, and OACTS - supported the bill’s limited approach to amending aspects of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES).  The Senate passed this version of the bill within one month of its introduction.

    The House Committee introduced a substitute bill that makes significant changes to the Senate’s version.  Specifically, the Committee’s bill alters each of the Senate’s changes to the evaluation system while adding many new provisions.
    With regard to the Senate’s proposed changes to the evaluation system, the substitute bill:

    • Removes the reduced 35% value-added weighting option from the Senate’s bill.  Instead, the bill creates an alternative framework that includes student surveys that would allow student growth to account for 40% of the total evaluation score.  In short, the new framework will be comprised of 40% student growth, 40% teacher performance, and 20% student surveys. 
    • Delays the use of student surveys as a separate evaluation component until 2015, and requires Department of Education approval for all student surveys. 
    • Removes the Senate’s language permitting a district to evaluate an “accomplished” teacher once every three years (rather than once every two years), and instead creates a new condition that the teacher’s academic growth measure must exceed “average” in order for a district to bypass its annual evaluation requirements.  (Note: This language is technically not necessary, as the bill’s new evaluation rating chart already establishes that an accomplished teacher cannot attain such a score without an average score on student growth.)  This same condition applies to districts that elect to exempt “skilled” teachers from a formal evaluation. 
    • Requires boards to provide an observation and conference to “accomplished” or “skilled” teachers if they opt not to evaluate them during a school year, but removes the Senate’s language permitting student surveys or self-evaluation tools in addition to the observation and conference. 

    New Provisions:

    • Creates five ranges of scores for student academic growth (formerly 3). 
    • Creates the new evaluation rating of “effective” (i.e., between “skilled” and “developing”).
    • Requires at least one formal observation of a teacher to be unannounced. (Note: Accomplished and Skilled teachers who are exempt from formal evaluation would likely only have one unannounced observation during the year.)
    • Prohibits districts from assigning students to teachers who have been rated ineffective for two consecutive years.
    • Prohibits districts from assigning students to student teachers who have been rated as developing or ineffective for the prior school year.
    • Establishes that teachers with ten or more years of experience may only be rated developing once if they are designated as having least effective or below average growth.  After receiving a developing rating, the district must rate teachers as ineffective if they attain these designated scores on the evaluation components.  Teacher transfers between districts will not impact this requirement.
    • Requires K–12 assessments to determine student growth in English, math, social studies, and science.  Such assessments will be used for the student growth portion of a teacher evaluation.
    • Expands evaluator credential training requirements and requires all individuals seeking licensure as superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, vocational directors, administrative specialists, or supervisors in specified areas receive training on teacher evaluations.
    • Requires the State Board to develop a comparable framework for principal evaluations that must be incorporated into district principal and assistant principal evaluation policies.
    • Exempts new bill provisions from terms of collective bargaining agreements as of the bill’s effective date.
  • May 07, 2014 7:43 AM | Anonymous

    Career technical and academic teachers in career-technical education are dedicated to helping students reach their career goals, their potential and instill knowledge that will help them excel in their career and life.  Thank you to all educators for your dedication to students! 


    Please continue to support Ohio ACTE through your membership so we can continue to support you.  Join/Renew your membership today.


    Ohio ACTE is dedicated to helping all teachers and administrators continue to deliver the career-technical education opportunities that impact students and Ohio's economy.


    Ohio ACTE does this through:

    • Ongoing advocacy efforts at the state and national levels to be sure that career-technical and adult education is part of the overall dialogue on education.
    • Professional development for all career-technical educators that focuses on what each educator needs to know.
    • Partnerships with other organizations to spread the word about career-technical and adult education.

    Thank you this week and every week to career-technical educators for everything you do!

  • May 07, 2014 7:40 AM | Anonymous

    The May 5 primary election passed without any major surprises from a CTE standpoint.  A vast majority of legislators held off their challengers, but three Ohio House incumbents – Beck (R-Mason), Milkovich (D-Akron), and Stautberg (R-Cincinnati) – fell in the primary.  These three incumbents will continue to serve in their current positions through the rest of the year until the end of their terms.  All 99 House seats and the 17 odd-numbered Senate districts will be on the ballot this fall.  


    The election also finalized the Gubernatorial race, as Ed FitzGerald defeated his Democratic challenger by an overwhelming majority.  Nearly 150 school tax issues were also on yesterday’s ballots. Based on unofficial results, about 91 percent of tax renewals passed, and nearly 39 percent of requests for new money passed. 


    Unofficial school levy results are available by clicking here.

    More specific voting results are available at each county Board of Elections website, a directory of which is available by clicking here.


    To view the results of Statewide primary elections, visit the Ohio Secretary of State Web site.  

  • May 06, 2014 3:12 PM | Anonymous

    Ohio ACTE is partnering with the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program in order to create connections between Ohio’s manufacturing extension partners (MEPs) and career-technical educators.  One goal is to promote Ohio Manufacturing Month in October 2014.

    “I am looking forward to having career-technical programs be an important part of manufacturing month and working with our programs and businesses to promote manufacturing careers in Ohio all the time,” said James Ruble, MEP Center Director, Office of Technology Investments at the Ohio Development Services Agency.

    Ohio ACTE will be reaching out to career-technical programs across the state to be involved with manufacturing month, said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.  

    “One of the new programs even before October’s activities  is taking educators on tours of local manufacturing facilities so they can see first-hand the opportunities available to students,” Gardner said.    Ohio ACTE will work with the six regional MEPs across the state to disseminate information to career technical programs on how they can be involved with Manufacturing Month.

    For more information on MEP visit .

  • April 25, 2014 11:41 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Beginning fall 2014, OhioMeansJobs K-12 will replace the  Ohio Career Information System. OhioMeansJobs, the state’s premiere job and  résumé bank, is available at no cost to all Ohio schools, families and citizens.  On the website, OhioMeansJobs K-12 will offer comprehensive, career development  tools, online training and resources specifically for students and teachers.  Students will be able to learn more about their career interests and in-demand  jobs, search for college and training programs, develop meaningful plans for  high school and beyond and much more. If your district currently uses OCIS,  please direct students to print or save their information before July 1, 2014.  All schools can take advantage of the online information sessions in April and  May. Registration is available by logging in to your SAFE account and accessing  STARS, keyword is ohiomeansjobs. 


    Click here  for more information.


  • April 24, 2014 12:51 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Out of nearly 100 applicants, the two Darrell Parks Student Scholarship Recipients have been chosen. Each student will receive a 1,000 dollar scholarship to help further their education. The winners are as follows:


    -Amanda Szampias from Medina County Career Center, a senior in the Software Engineering field.


    -Krista Burrows from Tri-Star Career Compact, a senior enrolled in the Med-Prep Program.


    Congratulations to both students, their families, and the staff at both Medina County Career Center and Tri-Star Career Compact!


    More information on both recipients can be found here.

  • April 24, 2014 9:49 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Mackenzie Schultz of Cuyahoga Valley Career Center is this year's Conference Program Design Contest winner!


    With the help of her Digital Design Teacher, Melissa Munro, Mackenzie's cover was selected out of 75 other entries.


    As seen in the picture, Mackenzie is holding her winning entry - which will be the program cover for this year's Connections to Education Conference, July 30 - August 1.


    Also in the picture is Celena Roebuck, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Superintendent and Joseph Dannemiller, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Executive Director.


    As a senior at Revere High School, Mackenzie's future plans are to study Visual Communication and Animation at a two-year post-secondary college. She would also like to take business courses to her one day own her own business. She currently volunteers as a Graphic Designer at The Peninsula Art Academy.


    Congratulations again to Mackenzie and all of the staff at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center!

  • March 27, 2014 10:51 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)


    Ohio ACTE co-sponsored an event at the Statehouse on March 26 to endorse Governor Kasich's proposal to deliver vocational education in the middle school grades.   A joint event with the Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents and Comprehensive and City Schools was held in the Ohio Statehouse to celebrate career technical education and advocate passage of the proposal.


    The event featured CTE instructors and students from various grades. Four students spoke about the importance of CTE in their lives, and also about how much they enjoy programming, designing and building machines in order to compete in the VEX Robotics Word Championship in California. The students who spoke and that are picture above include: Jeff Martin and Mathew Reebel, a junior and senior from Tri-Rivers Career Center, and Nathan Matlack and Zachary Kratowicz, a 4th and 7th grader from North Union Elementary and Middle Schools.


    "These students exemplify the best of career technical education," said Christine Gardner, executive director of Ohio ACTE. "We are thrilled the Governor is proposing to help younger students learn these sorts of skills and maximize their exposure to different career fields. We urge the General Assembly to pass this legislation and let our schools deliver career technical training to middle school students."


    Click here to read the full press release.


    For more pictures from the event, visit


  • March 27, 2014 10:19 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Harry Snyder, Director of Adult Workforce Development at Great Oaks Career Campuses, testified in front of the Ohio House Finance Committee on behalf of Ohio ACTE, OACTS, and PACE in support of the new funding formula for Ohio's technical centers.


    The previous funding formula was based solely on the number of students served, but in FY 15, House Bill 484 proposes to fund 25% for program completion, 20% for retention for students completing half of a program, 50% for student employment gained, 5% for industry-recognized credentials attained, and a 3-year average guarantee.


    The funding formula allocates $15 million, and also gives schools access to resources set aside that require a local match from local businesses.


    Harry Snyder was quoted as saying, "We embrace this new model's accountability. We are proud that our completion and placement rates continue to be strong."


    Click here to read more of Harry Snyder's testimony.  

  • March 17, 2014 11:18 AM | Anonymous

    Tri-Rivers Career center hosted US Senator Rob Portman and approximately 50 business and community leaders and educators at its RAMTEC facility on March 15.


    Tri-Rivers Superintendent Chuck Speelman and Sen. Portman lead the discussion that included remarks from the Senator, business partners and students. 


    Pictured here is Larry Hickman, Tri-Rivers Career Center and Ohio ACTE President, Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director and Sen. Portman.


    The focus of the discussion was the new RAMTEC center and providing for the workforce needs of manufacturing.


    For more photos, click here to visit Ohio ACTE's Facebook Page!

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