You may have heard about the amendments to SB 316–the delay of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and the new report card system. I’m busy reading the actual legislation because as much as I love eye-crossing, long, and laborious legalese, I want to know what it actually says rather than what everyone tells me it says.
Consider this your post about what I deem to be additional important tidbits you need to know.
First, Teacher Evaluations. (For details and images about what you can expect, see my Ohio Ed Policy Updates post)
- Anyone with an administrative and/or specialist license from either within the district or contracted from the outside can perform the new evaluations.
- For the first “ineffective” rating, a teacher will receive targeted PD for the areas of deficiency
- For the second “ineffective”, the teacher will be required to pay for and complete twelve hours of inservice PD–it must be targeted to the areas of deficiency, approved by the building principal; teacher may also be required to pay for and take a written content exam
- A third “ineffective” or failure to complete the PD or exam is grounds for termination.
- Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code, the requirements of this section prevail over any conflicting provisions of a collective bargaining agreement entered into on or after September 29, 2011.
- In student academic growth, students who miss 60+ days of school will not be included (I find this funny, actually. 59 days? Yeah, you’ve been in school enough having only nearly missed 1/3 of the school year!)
Second, Notification of Scholarships.
- Schools will be required to notify parents by letter or electronically about the autism scholarship program and the special needs scholarship program anytime they develop, review, or revise the child’s IEP (Translation: last May, legislation was passed granting specific scholarships to students with disabilities across Ohio paving the way for specialized school choice options. This amendment to SB316 requires schools to let parents know their children can attend community schools and are eligible for the autism and special needs scholarships).
- As stated in the legislation, the notification must include the following: “Your child may be eligible for a scholarship under the Autism Scholarship Program or the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program to attend a special education program that implements the child’s individualized education program and that is operated by an alternative public provider or by a registered private provider.”
Will continue to update as I read.
5/23: Additional Changes Added by the House
- Charter schools may be set up for gifted students
- Final say on passing 3rd graders who fail the reading test would rest with ODE instead of principals
- Charter schools with high school dropouts exempted from law requiring charters to be shut down as a result of poor academic performance
- New report card system to be dealt with in separate legislation later this year