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  • December 07, 2020 8:10 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Thank you to all Ohio career-tech and adult educators for your support of Ohio ACTE!

    Whether you are member through your school or as an individual member, your support of Ohio ACTE is greatly appreciated.

    Ohio ACTE leadership is working diligently to represent career-tech and adult educators, but we need your support.

    To check your membership status, log in in the upper right corner of the web site.  On Dec. 15, members who are not current will be removed from the membership list.

    Please continue to support our efforts.  Individual members, log in in the upper right corner of the website to renew your dues for 2020-2021.  Organizational/school members, thank you for your continued support!

  • December 07, 2020 7:55 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Senate Bill 89, commonly referred to as the CTE Deregulation Bill, passed the General Assembly and was signed by Governor Mike DeWine on November 27, 2020.  The legislation will take effect March 3, 2021.  The bill contains over a dozen meaningful changes to Ohio’s education laws, including the following CTE-specific provisions:

    ·       Requires the Ohio Department of Education (“ODE”) to a) develop a procedure no later than June 1, 2021 that permits CTPD EMIS staff to review and submit feedback on any new or updated EMIS guidelines; b) respond to stakeholder input and make adjustments to the proposed guidelines within 30 consecutive days after the comment period closes; c) initiate the comment process no later than June of each year; d) establish uniform guidance for CTPDs regarding EMIS and uniform training programs for all ODE EMIS personnel.  “EMIS Guidelines” are defined under the bill as “any guidance issued by the department of education containing the student, staff, and financial information to be collected and reported, along with the data-element definitions, procedures, and guidelines necessary to implement the education management information system.”
    ·       Permits a JVSD to hold its first meeting anytime in January of each year (rather than by January 15, as in current law).
    ·       Permits a JVSD board of education to include in its calamity day plan the use of additional online lessons, student internships, student projects, or other options to make up any hours missed as the result of school closures among its member districts.
    ·       Allows any district (including traditional k-12 districts or JVSDs) to satisfy its business advisory council requirement via participation in an existing JVSD business advisory committee.
    ·       Requires ODE to annually update the list of industry-recognized credential / license programs that it exempts from the WebXam requirement.
    ·       Eliminates existing requirement that home school districts and CTPDs both take attendance, even if the student is in one building all day.
    ·       Clarifies the ability of CTPDs to enter into collective funding agreements between its member school districts that share students.
    ·       Allows an approved substitute career-technical education instructor to substitute teach in a classroom outside of their specific career field for up to one semester, subject to approval of the district superintendent.
    ·       Allows an individual holding an adult education permit to a) be employed outside the district that originally issued the permit; and b) to substitute teach in high school classrooms for up to one semester, subject to approval of the district superintendent.
    ·       Permits CTPDs to receive a STEM school equivalent designation in the same manner as a community school or chartered nonpublic school.
    ·       With respect to the Ohio’s Business Enterprise Zone (tax incentive) Program, clarifies that if an agreement is negotiated between the applicable legislative authority and a school district board of education to recoup all or part of taxes exempted, the legislative authority must compensate the JVSD at the same rate and under the same terms received by the home school district.
    ·       Requires the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, ODE, and ODHE to develop model guidance for maintaining a statewide inventory of industry-recognized credentials.  The guidance must address a) methods for state agencies to efficiently and effectively organize the different categories of industry-recognized credentials in a manner that allows students and career technical schools to better understand options available to each unique individual b) the potential creation of a centralized, inter-agency database of information on all industry-recognized credentials that is accessible to the public; c) methods to streamline the process and add CTE programs to various approve lists; methods to increase transparency in the approval process for industry-recognized credentials.

    Career -technical advocates have been working for passage of SB 89 for two years.In September of 2018, the career-technical education (CTE) community, represented by Ohio ACTE, the Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents (OACTS), and the Ohio Association of Comprehensive and Compact Career Technical Schools (Ohio CCS), convened to discuss all pertinent state policy issues impacting our schools, students, teachers and administrators.  Shortly thereafter, the CTE associations developed an “issues list” and met with State Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima) to discuss potential legislative solutions. After months of consideration, research, and discussions with other legislators / state agencies, proposed resolutions to the most pressing policy obstacles impacting CTE were placed into legislation via SB 89 (link to bill & bill summary), which Sen. Huffman introduced in mid-2019

                A myriad of different factors (including the COVID-19 Pandemic) resulted in delays on the passage of numerous bills over the current legislative biennium (2019-20)—and Senate Bill 89 was no exception.  While SB 89 passed the OH Senate in October of 2019 and the OH House in February of 2020, disagreements over the bill’s non-CTE related provisions necessitated a “conference committee” between the two chambers.  And shortly after the formation of the SB 89 Conference Committee, the Pandemic began.

                Undeterred, the CTE associations remained focused on passing SB 89 and continued to interface and discuss the relevant issues with state legislators across Ohio.  Our advocacy efforts culminated in the SB 89 Conference Committee approving the bill and both chambers passing it shortly before the Thanksgiving (2020) holiday.  And on November 27, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine officially signed SB 89 into law. 

                In Ohio, bills become effective 90 days after the Governor’s signature. Thus, SB 89 will take effect March 3, 2021.   

    by Will Vorys, Dickinson Wright, LLC, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel


  • December 04, 2020 6:18 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, announced the results of the October round of TechCred, which will provide the opportunity for 246 Ohio companies to upskill their workforce.

    The most recent TechCred application period closed at the end of October. During this round, 246 Ohio employers were approved for funding, resulting in Ohio employees earning up to 3,164 technology-focused credentials. This round marks a milestone as funding for the program has been approved for over 15,000 credentials. 

    In August, the TechCred program exceeded 10,000 tech-focused credentials, fulfilling a commitment made by Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted to fund 10,000 technology-focused credentials each year.

    Since the program’s start, a total of 966 Ohio employers have been approved for funding, supporting the earning of 15,105 tech-focused credentials by Ohio employees.

    The seventh TechCred application period opens on Monday, January 4th and closes on January 29th at 3:00 p.m.

    Businesses with employees who have completed their TechCred training are reminded to submit proof of credential completion to receive reimbursement at

    You can learn more about the program at

  • November 25, 2020 8:15 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education announced recently the launch of the RemotEDx Exchange, which provides parents and educators of K-12 students access to supports, services and resources for remote education.

    The platform is part of the broader RemotEDX initiative, a $15 million effort using federal CARES Act funding to improve remote, hybrid and blended learning.

    The exchange is supported by INFOhio, a digital education library and part of the Management Council of the Ohio Education Computer Network (MCOECN).

    ODE said that, as with its strategic plan, the RemotEDx initiative places a focus on equity and helping under-served students.

    The exchange is available at

  • November 24, 2020 2:12 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education today posted important information about Fall 2020 end-of-course exams on its Reset and Restart Education webpage.

    These tests are required by federal and state law. No legislative action has been taken, up to this point in time, that alters these legal requirements for the 2020-2021 school year. The Department emphasizes that districts first and foremost should be attentive to the safety of students and staff. Assessments should occur only if they can be administered safely.

    It’s also important to note, that while the fall end-of-course exam window originally was scheduled to be open between Nov. 30, 2020, and Jan. 8, 2021, that window has been extended one additional week to provide more time for testing in January. The window now runs from Nov. 30, 2020, to Jan. 15, 2021.

    Please see the full updated Fall 2020 Testing webpage for additional details.

  • November 11, 2020 12:15 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    This past Spring, the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which in part is designed to assist struggling schools with financial strain caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Ohio’s schools will receive funds under the CARES Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Program (ESSER) and its related Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Program (GEER).  

    Thus far, the U.S. Congress, the Ohio General Assembly, and the DeWine Administration collaborated to allocate roughly $490 million of ESSER funding to Ohio’s traditional k-12 public schools (including compact and comprehensive career-tech programs).  Federal (Title I) limitations prevented Joint Vocational School Districts (JVSDs, or Career Centers) from being eligible for the ESSER funding and as a result, the state announced Nov. 10 that Governor DeWine would allocate $8.6 to JVSDs through the separate GEER fund.

    “This funding support is gratefully acknowledged by the career -tech community to help with the added expenses of keeping our students safe while striving to continue their career-tech education,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.

    Additional funding will be used to improve the delivery of CTE for students including enhancing sanitation processes and supplies, updating technology and expanding online curriculum among other things during this unprecedented pandemic, Gardner said.

  • November 11, 2020 6:54 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Guidance for Administering WebXam

    As Ohio’s students and educators work through the unique challenges of this school year, many questions regarding state testing requirements have been raised, specifically regarding Career-Technical Education WebXams.

    U.S. Department of Education (USED) Guidance

    During the early days of the pandemic and related school closures, USED allowed states to seek one-year waivers from the Every Student Succeeds Act's testing and accountability requirements. The Ohio General Assembly subsequently passed emergency legislation canceling the spring 2020 administration of Ohio's State Tests. Accordingly, the Ohio Department of Education sought and received a federal waiver for the 2019-20 school year. USED has recently shared specific guidance clearly noting that states “should not anticipate such waivers being granted again” for the 2020-21 school year.

    Considerations for Administering Fall State Tests and WebXam

    Based on the current status of federal and state law, districts should be making plans for students to take the relevant state tests and end-of-course exams, including WebXam for the 2020-2021 school year. Due to technology and test security requirements, there is no option to remotely administer state tests or WebXam.

    The Department emphasizes that districts first and foremost should be concerned about the safety of students and staff. Assessments should occur only if they can be administered safely. Safety may be determined locally at the student, teacher, building, district or county level depending on the circumstances. Districts should put forth a good faith effort to communicate with parents and students about the importance of assessments and the requirement to conduct testing on site. For districts operating with a hybrid model, plans for testing likely will depend on how many days students are in the building. Districts offering remote instruction should be considering creative options to have students on-site for relevant testing. Below are examples from three districts on how they plan to implement fall testing.

    • In one district, students attending remotely are being asked to contact their home schools to choose a testing time within the district’s five-day window. The plan is to test the students in socially distanced classrooms.
    • Another district is planning to bus remote learners (not during the normal route) to school on Wednesday and Thursday to test. These students will be tested in the gymnasium where they can practice safe social distancing.
    • One district currently has “remote Mondays” where all students, even those attending in the hybrid model, are at home. The district plans to bring in students and utilize the buildings to test their students in smaller groups.

    Districts are encouraged to review the webxam test security rulebook and the Reset and Restart Education: Planning Guide prior to implementing district assessment plans. The Office of Career-Technical Education will continue to work collaboratively with the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) to identify potential remote testing options for future school years.

    CTE-26 Provider Application Window Now Open
    The Office of Career-Technical Education has opened the Fiscal Year 2022-2026 program period for CTE-26 provider applications. The CTE-26 provider applications authorize schools to offer career-technical education programs in grades 7-12. Public districts and community and STEM schools may access the application for Career-Field Pathway, Career-Based Intervention, Family and Consumer Science/GRADS, and Industry Credential Senior-Only program applications by logging in to the OH|ID Portal.

    The application window for the FY22-26 program period closes March 1, 2021, for all new and renewal career-technical education provider applications. Renewals are only for those approved applications that will expire at the end of the FY17-21 program period. All CTE-26 provider applications renew on the year they expire.

    Please visit the CTE-26 process page for additional resources. For technical assistance while applying, schools and districts may contact their Ohio College Tech Prep Regional Centers.

    Career-Technical Fiscal Year 2020 Quality Program Review Data and Survey Now Open
    The Office of Career-Technical Education has published the Fiscal Year 2020 Quality Program Review report card data and survey. District superintendents and superintendent designees may access this information through the CTE-26 web application by logging in to the OH|ID Portal.

    For directions on how to access and complete the FY20 Quality Program Survey, please review the CTE Program Review Resources.


  • October 30, 2020 8:19 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    To promote flexibility and allow students to tailor their own career pathway after graduation, the Ohio Department of Education is phasing out the bundled industry-recognized credentials American Medical Technologists (AMT) - Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) AND Ohio State Dental Board - Dental Assistant Radiographer's Certificate (CA75) and Commission on Ohio Dental Assistants Certification (CODA) - Ohio Certified Dental Assistant AND Ohio State Dental Board - Dental Assistant Radiographer's Certificate (CB60). Beginning school year 2020-2021, the Commission on Ohio Dental Assistants Certification (CODA) - Ohio Certified Dental Assistant (CB38), Ohio State Dental Board - Dental Assistant Radiographer's Certificate (CJ35) and American Medical Technologists (AMT) - Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) (CA37) should be reported in the Education Management Information System (EMIS) separately. They are worth 6 points each. The bundled credentials were assigned 12 points each.

    Please note that the industry credential list posted on the Department’s website is the current list of credentials valid to be earned for graduation and accountability purposes. The EMIS manual contains credentials that are no longer valid to be earned, and depending on the time of year, may not yet reflect changes to the credential list.

    Update for Ohio Dental Assistant Certification (CODA) - Ohio Certified Dental Assistant

    The Commission on Ohio Dental Assistant Certification (CODA) has suspended testing until further notice. Students have been unable to earn the Ohio Certified Dental Assistant approved industry-recognized credential from the graduation list and it is unclear when CODA’s testing will resume. Per Ohio Revised Code 4715.66, Ohio recognizes a dental assistant certified by CODA or the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). In order to allow students to receive graduation points, the Department is temporarily allowing the DANB – National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) exam to be reported in leu of the Commission on Ohio Dental Assistants Certification (CODA) - Ohio Certified Dental Assistant (CB38) for the 2020-2021 school year. EMIS assessment code CB38 should be used when reporting the DANB – National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification. The Department will provide updates regarding the Ohio Dental Assistant Certification (CODA) - Ohio Certified Dental Assistant industry credential as they become available.

    If you have questions, please contact Patti Guseman at

  • October 30, 2020 8:14 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has partnered with Governor DeWine’s Children’s Initiative to provide financial support to  families who may need supplemental assistance outside of what is provided by their child's Individualized Education Programs (IEP).

    Learning Aid Ohio was created to connect tutors, aides, or in-home providers who can offer distance learning support for students with disabilities on IEPs. The primary goal of Learning Aid Ohio is to provide opportunities for meaningful educational experiences for students on IEPs learning full-time on a digital platform. 

    Applications can be submitted at

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