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  • December 13, 2017 6:11 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Leadership and members of the State Board of Education appeared to reach consensus at their meeting on Dec. 12 on a plan to recommend the classes of 2019 and 2020 be allowed to use the additional options for high school graduation created for the class of 2018, though a few tweaks are possible. But many on the board expressed hope for ultimately moving to a much different system of determining how students qualify for a diploma.

    Board member Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings, who chairs the board's Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee, surveyed her colleagues on their willingness to recommend extension of the 2018 options and got a positive response, though some were hesitant to go beyond 2019 while others wanted to include the class of 2021. To allow final details to be ironed out, Vazquez-Skillings said the committee would defer voting Tuesday and instead put the full board on notice of a request for emergency consideration, so the planned resolution can pass both the committee and the full board in a single meeting in January.

    Board President Tess Elshoff said she's comfortable with the extension, but wants greater engagement with business representatives as discussions continue. Board Vice President Nancy Hollister likewise backed the extension, but said she'll be interested to see survey data the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) intends to collect on how schools and students are now making use of the new options for the class of 2018.

    Lawmakers enacted two new options for members of the class of 2018 to earn high school diplomas, after a special workgroup and the State Board of Education recommended additional pathways based on data showing substantial numbers of students were at risk of not graduating on time.

    The state budget bill, HB49 (R. Smith), creates two new graduation pathways for the class of 2018.
    In one pathway, students must fulfill two of the following nine criteria:

    - A 12th grade attendance rate of at least 93 percent.
    - A GPA of at least 2.5 in 12th grade, based on taking at least four full-year courses.
    - Completion of a capstone project.
    - Completion of 120 hours of work experience or community service.
    - Earning at least three credit hours through College Credit Plus.
    - Passing an AP or IB exam with a score sufficient to earn college credit.
    - Reaching minimum cut scores on sections of the WorkKeys assessment.
    - Obtaining an industry credential or credential worth at least three points.
    - Meeting the conditions to earn an OhioMeansJobs-readiness seal.

    In the second pathway, students can complete an approved career-technical training program and then fulfill one of the following criteria:

    - Earning a cumulative score of proficient or better on career-technical education exams or test modules required for the training program.
    - Obtaining an industry credential or credentials worth at least 12 points.
    - Completing 250 hours of workplace experience, documented by positive evaluations from workplace and school officials.

    Board member Stephanie Dodd said she favors the idea of offering consistency to schools by extending the 2018 options, even beyond 2020, but has heard from constituents that some elements of those options are not appropriate, such as using attendance rates as one measure of qualifying for graduation. But she said in the long-term, she'd like to devise a system that doesn't look anything like the current model or the three alternatives recently provided to the board in a concept paper prepared by ODE.

    Board member Antoinette Miranda said she also wants to extend the options, despite hearing from local officials that most of them are not actually useful. Volunteering and work experience are the only two options that are practically useful, she said she's been told.

    "I like the buffet style menu, giving choices, so students who are maybe weak in one area can possibly use another area," said board member Meryl Johnson.

    Board member Linda Haycock pressed for the January resolution to include a deadline on when the board expects to have developed a longer-term replacement for the current graduation system, so that parents, students and schools have lots of advance notice of what a new system will look like.

    Board member Kara Morgan said she was swayed by other members' comments about the need for consistency, though she has concerns the 2018 options offer "a false sense of flexibility" in that they might be most useful to students who were already likely to achieve existing graduation requirements. She said she'd like to see the January resolution include language allowing pilots of alternative assessments.

  • December 12, 2017 6:25 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The State Board of Education adopted a model policy for violent, disruptive or inappropriate student behavior, including excessive absences. It stresses prevention strategies and alternatives to suspension or expulsion. Districts can adopt all or parts of the model policy according to their needs. They also may use the model policy when updating their local policies to align with House Bill 410 requirements.
    That law says districts and community schools must have local policies that outline their interventions and plans for students who miss too much school. Districts and community schools should review their policies to determine if they need to update them or create new ones to satisfy HB 410. Per law, districts and educational service centers updating their policies should work with their local juvenile court judges, parents and guardians, and appropriate state and local agencies.
    Find the model policy here. Send questions about the model policy or HB 410 requirements to

    Click here for more information

  • December 07, 2017 8:27 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Stephanie Jolliff,  was awarded the National ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award on Dec. 6, 2017.  Stephanie is the Agricultural Instructor and FFA Adviser at Ridgemont Schools, has taught for more than 20 years. Stephanie coached students and teachers to create and engage in more than 1,800 hours of community service annually and wrote over $250,000 in grants to conduct community service projects. Projects designed by her students were: free Summer Youth STEM Camps, Ohio Statewide Safe Driving Seminar, Summer Farm Safety Program, Domestic Violence Prevention Programming, Gardening for Hunger, Cancer Fundraising Walks, Community Technology Nights, Agricultural Advocacy campaigns for local organizations and farmers , and numerous other community projects. She enriches engagement in community service for teachers, as well as students, by connecting service-learning projects, experiential learning, STEM, agriculture, and CTSO organizations with community partners. Stephanie serves on the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance Board of Directors, Ohio FFA Board of Directors and is the past president of the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators.

  • December 03, 2017 8:00 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    The State Board of Education has approved several Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule changes that now affect educators seeking supplemental, short-term substitute and alternative resident educator licenses. Another rule change will assist educators who have worked at schools out of state when they wish to renew their Ohio professional educator licenses.  

    Alternative resident educator license reflects Senate Bill 3. The rules now reflect changes made in state law through Senate Bill 3, effective March 2017 by first removing the content area coursework requirements for the initial alternative resident educator license. Additionally, those pursuing the alternative career-technical workforce development license must complete a university-approved performance-based assessment rather than the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA). OAC 3301-24-19 and 3301-24-22 

    • Supplemental license course requirement removed. This one-year license allows an educator with a currently valid standard teaching certificate or license to teach in a supplemental area. A qualified individual is no longer required to complete coursework in the content area of the supplemental license he or she is seeking. The educator, however, must successfully complete the required content exam for the licensure area to obtain an initial supplemental license at the employing Ohio school district’s request. Be aware of the requirements to renew a supplemental license and seek standard licensure in the supplemental area. OAC 3301-24-14  
    • “Short-term” definition for substitute licenses expanded. Individuals who hold short-term substitute teaching licenses now may teach for 60 (school) days during the current school year. Ohio schools and districts must employ an individual with a long-term substitute license for periods longer than 60 (school) days. OAC 3301-23-44  
    • Out-of-state teachers can renew their Ohio professional licenses more easily. A change in the professional development rules will help an educator who previously held, or currently holds, an Ohio professional license but has been teaching outside Ohio under a standard teaching license in that state. Such an educator may fulfill the professional development requirement for renewing an Ohio license with continuing education units completed since the issue date of the out-of-state license. The rules now allow renewal of a current or expired professional Ohio license with professional development completed to keep the out-of-state license current, if the continuing education relates to classroom teaching or the licensure area. OAC 3301-24-06  
    • Pupil activity permit requirements updated. In accordance with Ohio Senate Bill 252 (Lindsay’s Law), the rules now reflect the annual sudden cardiac arrest training requirement for pupil activity permit holders. Additional amendments include clarification of who is required to hold a pupil activity permit. OAC 3301-27-01  
    • Twelve-hour and 40-hour temporary teaching permit qualifications reflect state law changes. Individuals who have at least a bachelor’s degree or significant work experience in the subject area they will teach now qualify for a 12-hour or 40-hour temporary teaching permit. OAC 3301-23-41
  • December 03, 2017 7:24 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    More than 68,000 high school students in Ohio took college classes during the 2016-17 academic year, earning college credit while meeting their high school graduation requirements and collectively saving more than $144 million on the cost of higher education.

    The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) today released details on the second full year of Ohio’s innovative College Credit Plus program, which allows college-ready students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.


    Students from public, private and in-home schools participated in College Credit Plus, and the program is open to college-ready students in grades 7 through 12. Because the program is funded with state education dollars, and tuition rates negotiated with Ohio colleges and universities, there is little or no cost to participating students and families.


    The program’s second-year numbers are up from the 2015-16 academic year, when slightly more than 54,000 students participated at a total savings of nearly $124 million on college tuition.

    Click here to read the entire article.

  • December 03, 2017 6:00 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has scheduled three information sessions across the state this month for those interested in learning more about Community Connectors, the state's mentorship grant program, in advance of the expected opening of applications for the next round of grants in February. The state has $8 million in available funding for the grants.

    The schedule of information sessions is as follows:

    - Tiffin -- Monday, Dec. 11, 1-3 p.m., Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center, 793 E. Township Rd. 201, Tiffin, OH 44883.

    - Archbold – Thursday, Dec. 14, 1-3 p.m., Northwest State Community College, 22600 State Route 34, Archbold, OH 43502.

    - Chillicothe – Friday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-noon, Adena Regional Medical Center, PACCAR Medical Education Center, 446 Hospital Rd., Chillicothe, OH 45601. 

    To register, contact Nasrin Javid at or call 614-995-4018.

  • December 02, 2017 10:44 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Members of the Ohio Advance CTE/STEM Leadership Caucus met at Boeing, Aerospace and Tech Center in Heath Dec. 1 to discuss ways to increase acknowledgment that CTE encompasses the STEM disciplines; form more bonds between educators and business; and align education efforts with Ohio’s business needs.


    STEM is everywhere and so much a part of career-tech education that many people don’t realize CTE/STEM are one and the same, said Christine Gardner, co-chair of the Caucus along with Aimee Kennedy of Battelle.  “Career-tech is STEM and vice versa, but the two have existed as separate ideas, even though they provide the same high tech education.  One of the goal’s of the Caucus is to promote how integrated CTE and STEM really are,” Gardner said.


    Rick Platt, President and CEO, Aerospace and Tech Center, hosted the meeting and members of the Caucus toured the facility and gained an understanding of their workforce needs.  Eric Burkland, President of the Ohio Manufacturers Association was a guest speaker.


    Members of the Caucus are:

    Christine Gardner - Executive Director - Co-Chair - Ohio Association of CTE

    Aimee Kennedy - Senior Vice President of Education - Co-Chair    - Battelle

    Cheryl Hay - Director of Project Talent Acquisition - JobsOhio

    Chuck Speelman – Superintendent - Tri-Rivers Career Center

    Pegeen Cleary - Executive Director of Workforce Development, CTE - City of Columbus Schools

    Meka Pace - Executive Director - Metro Schools

    Richard Smith – Superintendent - Ohio Hi-Point Career Center

    Scot McLemore - Manager of Talent Acquisition and Deployment - Honda

    Joyce Malainy - Superintendent - C-TEC

    Chris Rouillard - Chief Engineer - Boeing Guidance Repair Center

    Brian Bachtel - Assistant Principal/Career Education Director - Kent City Schools

    Rick Pate - Director of Secondary Programs - Hamilton City Schools

    Harry Snyder – Superintendent - Great Oaks Career Center

    Nate Bishko - Director of High School Excel TEC - Mayfield City Schools

    Tess Elshoff - President - State School Board President of Ohio

    Stephanie Lammlein - Chief Administrative Officer - BioMed STEM Academy

    Shaun Yoder - Chief Strategy Officer and Director of External Partnerships - Ohio Department of Education

    Ryan Burgess - Director Office of Workforce Transformation – Ohio Governor’s Office

    Stephen White - Central Ohio District Director and Counsel - Office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman


    The Caucus was formed by US Senator Rob Portman.

  • December 02, 2017 9:00 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The application form for schools seeking STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) designations is now available, the Ohio Department of Education announced.

    Schools seeking the designations should submit a letter of intent by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, and final proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018.

    Applications are available at

    The Ohio STEM Learning Network is hosting a live webinar for schools interested in the designations on Wednesday, Dec. 13. Information about registering for the webinar is available at

  • December 01, 2017 7:30 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio high schools and career-tech centers can apply for $10,000 competitive grants to implement Advanced Career pathways in STEM fields during the 2018-2019 school year. Ohio and its partners – the Southern Regional Education Board’s High Schools That Work and a consortium of states – developed several career-tech programs aligned to the 21st-century workplace in multiple pathways. The grant must be used to implement new Advanced Career pathway curricula. A current grant recipient can apply for an additional grant to develop a new curriculum but cannot use grant money for programs it is currently implementing.


    To take advantage of this funding opportunity and adopt an Advanced Career curriculum, complete and email the response form, posted here, to Dan Stacy by Dec. 31, 2017. Please attach to the response form a description of the pathway your school has selected and how you plan to implement the course offerings. Responding schools must sign a memorandum of understanding outlining their commitment to training and other program requirements. Direct questions to Dan Stacy at (614) 644-6325.

  • November 30, 2017 10:51 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    One of the ways to strengthen career-technical education in Ohio is by sharing knowledge, expertise and successful programs with other educators. 

    Connect with other career-technical and adult educators throughout Ohio by sharing your experience, wisdom and knowledge by presenting a 60-minute session at the 2018 Ohio ACTE Annual Connections to Education Conference July 23-25, 2018 at the Hilton Easton Columbus.

    Click here to complete the online proposal form. Proposals are due Jan. 31, 2018.

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