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  • July 16, 2017 6:15 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio’s high school students now have 49 more industry-recognized credentials at their fingertips, thanks to the input of companies and industries throughout the state. The Ohio Department of Education added the credentials to guide career-based program development and help students understand and prepare for Ohio’s in-demand jobs and careers. Some students go right into the workforce after earning credentials. For others, the credentials allow students to earn money to help finance college.

    “We owe a big thanks to Ohio’s businesses for their input on these credentials. This invaluable information is helping show students all the great opportunities for their future success,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “With these new credentials, students can create road maps to a career and even to higher education opportunities.”

    Finding, hiring and retaining high-quality employees is a monumental task for businesses. Industry-recognized credentials help employers validate the knowledge and skills of potential employees and saves valuable time in assessing the skills of job applicants.

    “ODE’s innovation to allow HUMTOWN PRODUCTS to have insight and input to these new credentials is revolutionary in connecting education to business,” said Mark Lamoncha, president and CEO, HUMTOWN PRODUCTS. “Without them, we are just hiring people that show up to work at a job. These credentials align the graduates with skills that they can perform as a professional in a career.”

    One way students can earn a high school diploma is by earning an industry-recognized credential and achieving a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment. Here is the complete list of  industry-recognized credentials in 13 career categories. Each one links to the sponsoring organization, which can be national, statewide or regional. The sponsoring organization determines the qualifications and testing that the credential requires.    There are some credentials that high school seniors can earn in one year through the Senior Only Credential Program.

    Read the entire article, click here.

  • July 12, 2017 6:48 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

     Governor Kasich signed the 2018 - 2019 biennium Budget bill (HB 49) on June 30.   Given the troublesome revenue projections for the state and predicted shortfall, this budget was especially challenging for all Ohio stakeholders, including educators.


    Ohio ACTE leadership, members, and even career-tech students testified numerous times on budget issues impacting career-technical and adult education.


    “Once again, the efforts of members who communicate regularly with their legislators, invite them to activities and maintain relationships was crucial to our legislative efforts,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.


    The following are CTE-related provisions included in the budget:


    1. Exempts CTE funds from the guarantee.


    2. Eliminates the provision which removed the “75/25” requirement, mandating that a JVSD spend no more than 25% on personnel expenditures.  In other words, this provision will remain in law.


    3. Maintains current law with respect to CTE licensure.


    4. Maintains funding for tech prep consortia (CTE enhancements) at $2,872,948 in FY ’18 and $1,936,474 in FY ’19.  This still represents a modest funding cut, as the state currently funds tech prep consortia at roughly $2.8 million per year.


    “All in all we were successful in defending and protecting our two main issues: maintaining current law with respect to CTE licensure and keeping weighted funding outside the cap and guarantee.  In addition, we were able to partially restore tech prep funding, which the state proposed to cut significantly this budget cycle” said Will Vorys, attorney with Dickinson Wright and Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel.


    Will is a featured speaker at the upcoming Ohio ACTE Connections to Education Conference, July 24 – 26 at Hilton Easton Columbus.  He will provide an update to administrators and a brief legislative overview at the closing session.


    Click here to register for the Conference.

  • July 11, 2017 8:14 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    With new options for the class of 2018 to earn a diploma, the State Board of Education discussed plans for next steps at its July 11 meeting


    Board members recommended and state lawmakers enacted in the state budget two new pathways to graduation for the class of 2018, following warnings from local officials that many members of that class -- the first to face new requirements adopted in 2014 -- were in danger of not graduating on time.


    The budget bill, HB49 (R. Smith), creates two new graduation pathways for the class of 2018 that largely mirror recommendations of a study group endorsed by the State Board of Education.


    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.


    Last year, Ohio Department of Education officials presented data showing about 30 percent of the class of 2018 was at risk of not earning a diploma on time. While preliminary data from this year's state tests are now public, Superintendent Paolo DeMaria said the "granular" detail that will show today's trajectory for that class won't be available until the board's October meeting. At that time, the board will also see how the class of 2019 is faring. The following month, the board will start discussions on a possible next round of recommendations to the General Assembly, with the expectation of submissions to lawmakers in early spring.


    Read the entire article – click here.

  • June 07, 2017 11:35 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    This month, the budget process continues with the Conference Committee expected to meet June 23-30 to reconcile House and Senate policy priorities and finalize the budget bill.  The budget must be signed by Governor Kasich by June 30. 

    While revenue results for the month of May have not yet been released, the Senate expects an even bigger budget shortfall than the $800 million previously announced.  Significant funding cuts are expected.  The Senate has received approximately 1,500 budget amendments, which they will be reviewing over the next week.  Asked about school funding, Senate President Larry Obhof recently explained “we are doing as much as we can to make sure that the number of schools that are net losers compared to FY 17 get smaller.  I think in the current version of the bill it’s a couple hundred, and we’re trying to get the number lower.”

    Following are the Career-Tech budget priorities: 

    CTE Licensure: Ohio ACTE has been working with ODE and the General Assembly on budget language that would replace the licensure process for CTE instructors.  In discussions Ohio ACTE has emphasized the need to keep the university program at the “state university” level and to maintain the minimum 24 semester hour requirement for such programs.  We have been receiving positive feedback from state legislators and anticipate the licensure framework to be in final form by mid-June.

    Tech Prep Funding Cuts:  Ohio ACTE, through its tech prep administrator/coordinator members, has rigorously advocated against funding cuts to the CTE enhancements or “tech prep” line item in the budget bill.  Tech Prep professionals and career-tech educators have testified at every opportunity in several different committee hearings and have provided necessary information and guidance to legislators unfamiliar with the issue.  Career-tech educators and Ohio ACTE leadership have been advocating strongly and sharing the importance of Tech Prep support to Ohio’s Senators and members of the House and Senate Finance Education Subcommittees.  Senators Manning and Lehner offered to submit an amendment that eliminates the funding reductions.  State revenue projections are (still) far lower than expected, but we are confident that the Senate now understands the importance of Tech Prep and will attempt to restore funding.

    Short Term Certificates: The budget bill contains a $5,000,000 earmark for community colleges to offer “short term certificates.”  Given that Ohio Technical Centers already offer numerous short term certification programs, Ohio ACTE has been advocating for OTCs to also be eligible for the funding.  We have met with legislators as well as the Office of Budget and Management for the Majority Caucus on the issue. The Senate is considering our position and will be deciding on a resolution shortly.  Given the tight budget and limited state funds, it is also very possible the earmark will be eliminated altogether.

    Ohio ACTE will continue to work with legislators and advocate for CTE and our budget priorities.

    Will Vorys, ESQ

    Dickinson Wright, LLC



  • June 07, 2017 8:59 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Draft recommendations submitted to State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria by the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Assessments call for the state to substantially pare back its student assessment requirements, eliminating tests not required by federal law.

    Superintendent DeMaria convened the Advisory Committee on Assessments this past Spring to focus on the full range of testing issues — including state-required tests, as well as district-level tests. Ron Matter and Jamie Palma served as representatives from career-technical education on the Committee.

    “The (Advisory) Committee worked long and hard to come up with recommendations on testing that benefit Ohio students.  The group, made up of educators from all different areas, were receptive the ideas/recommendations regarding the CTE assessments,” said Ron Matter, Superintendent of Penta Career Center and member of the committee. “I think the other Committee members learned a lot about what CTE entails and the challenges career-tech educators face – especially in terms of testing.”.


    The Superintendent's Advisory Committee on Assessments, formed by DeMaria and lead by Deputy Superintendent John Richard, voted informally at a meeting last week on a range of recommendations. Based on results of that vote, Richard brought forth five "first tier" recommendations June 6 reflecting options that got the most support last week.


    The first, most popular recommendation, receiving 21 votes, calls for eliminating fourth and sixth-grade social studies assessments, American history and American government end-of-course exams, and one of two end-of-course exams in both math and English. It also urges elimination of the fall administration of the third grade English test, contingent on repeal of the retention mandate under the third grade reading guarantee.


    The third-ranked and fourth-ranked recommendations both received 12 votes. One urges replacement of end-of-course exams with a single-sitting general content exam covering English, math, science and social studies. The other urges elimination of the fourth and sixth grade social studies assessments.


    Second-tier recommendations, those receiving four or fewer votes, call for the following:

    - Develop adaptive assessments that measure above grade-level items so state tests can be used to identify gifted students.

    - Eliminate stand-alone social studies tests but integrate the content into the standards and assessments for English.

    - Eliminate the third grade reading guarantee's retention mandate and the fall administration of the third grade English assessment.

    - Eliminate WorkKeys as an assessment for graduation purposes.

    - Maintain the end-of-course exam system but without the English language I, geometry/math II and American history exams.

    - Replace the statewide ACT and SAT administration with a voucher system to pay the costs for students who choose to take the tests.

    - Require return of data within a week or two, with detailed reports to guide implementation.


    A report is to be sent to DeMaria later this week, pending final edits submitted Tuesday by committee members.


    The advisory group also discussed and reached consensus Tuesday on recommendations for ways to streamline local assessments. The group recommended that the state provide assistance and training to local districts on the use of assessment audits; develop a comprehensive list of approved assessments for state requirements so districts can see which ones fulfill multiple purposes; and a unified communication plan to explain the details and purposes of state and local assessments. Richard said he would draft a section of the report encompassing those suggestions and send it to committee members for edits quickly.


    The group spent the final portion of its meeting brainstorming long-term reforms and changes to assessments, as a springboard for the strategic planning effort DeMaria launched earlier this year.  One of five workgroups formed as part of that strategic planning effort is to focus on standards, assessments and accountability.


  • June 01, 2017 7:16 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Join Ohio ACTE President-Elect, Nate Bishko, on Sept. 1 at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland to discuss leadership in CTE, including philosophies and how to cultivate relationships with partners, leaders and others.

    The meeting is hosted at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, home to the MC2 STEM High School.

    Click here for more information and registration.

  • May 16, 2017 9:33 AM | Christina Materni (Administrator)

    The Ohio Family and Children First Cabinet Council (OFCF) is looking for school districts interested in a two-year pilot program to address student truancy, created as part of last year's overhaul of truancy statutes in HB410 (Hayes-Rezabek).

    The new law, which took effect in April, aims to establish the pilot program of multi-disciplinary truancy teams for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school year. Participating in the pilot program will count towards compliance with some of the new law's requirements regarding forming absence intervention teams.

    To be eligible for the pilot program, schools must form a partnership with at least one of the following four organizations in their areas:

    - County family and children first council

    - Educational service center with which the district contracts for services

    - Board of county commissioners

    - Mayor of the school district's largest municipality

    Schools looking to participate in the program should submit a letter of interest no later than 5 p.m. Friday, June 2. The letters must include a statement of commitment to develop a districtwide multi-disciplinary truancy team; statement of need for such a team; and identification of required local partners.

    Questions about the pilot program can be directed to chad.hibbs@mha.ohio.gov.

    Following the conclusion of the pilot program, the Joint Education Oversight Committee will work with OFCF to develop a report on the program by Oct. 31, 2019 to be sent to leadership of the education committees of the House and Senate.

  • May 11, 2017 11:53 AM | Christina Materni (Administrator)

    Erica Stammen, a senior at Tri Star Career Compact and CTE student testified before the Finance, Primary and Secondary Sub-Committee on May 9th.

    Erica and State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria at the Ohio Statehouse

    Erica, a student in the early childhood education program at Tri Star, shared with legislators  how Career-Technical Education has prepared her to further her education and her future career. Through Tri Star's program, she has has received hands-on, real world experience. She credits Career-Technical Education  with helping her find the right career path and giving her learning opportunities she might not have had elsewhere. 

    To read Erica's full testimony click the link below.

     Erica Stammen Testimony

  • May 11, 2017 10:33 AM | Christina Materni (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE members have testified at the Statehouse to share with Senators the importance of continued support for Career Technical Education before the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education on May 9.

    Career Technical educators Kelly Broscheid,  Cincinnati Public Schools and Michelle Patrick from Mid East Career Center testified on the services provided students and CTE through Tech prep.

    Judy Wells, Superintendent at Apollo Career Center, and Joyce Malainy, Superintendent at C-Tec of Licking County also testified in support of CTE and offered insight into funding.

    These hearings are part of the budget process and Ohio ACTE leadership will continue to advocate for career technical education with Ohio's legislators.


    Michelle Patrick and Kelly Broscheid at the Ohio Statehouse

    To read their full testimonies click the links below 

    Michelle Patrick Testimony

    Kelly Broscheid Testimony

    Judy Wells Testimony

    Joyce Malainy Testimony 

  • May 10, 2017 10:28 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The following educators will join the Ohio ACTE leadership as officers for terms commencing Sept. 1, 2017.  They will join the current Ohio ACTE officers.

    Ohio ACTE President Elect -  Serves a one-year term beginning Sept. 1, 2017 followed by terms as President and Past President

    Nick Weldy - Miami Valley Career Center

    Nick Weldy serves as the Superintendent of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) located in Englewood.


     In the course of his career as a professional educator, he has served as a teacher, administrator, and Board of Education member in both career-technical and traditional school districts across the Miami Valley region. He is a graduate of Covington High School, located in Covington, Ohio, Sinclair Community College, Wright State University and the University of Dayton, where he earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.

    Nick is looks forward to leading Ohio ACTE as part of the leadership team. 

    "Serving as an OACTE officer has been a long-time professional goal and provides an avenue to advance career-technical education in Ohio," he said. 

    Ohio ACTE Secretary  -  Serves a two-year term beginning Sept. 1, 2017

    Lisa Tuttle-Huff - Grant Career Center

    Lisa Tuttle-Huff started her career as a middle school English Language Arts teacher, with most of her teaching career at Middletown City Schools for 11 years and then as a counselor for MCSD.  She served as an assistant principal and principal at Butler Technology Career and Development Schools before becoming Superintendent at Grant Career Center.

    "I have enjoyed the opportunity to positively affect career technical education for the past 14 years at the counseling, satellite supervisor, assistant principal, principal levels.   I have a strong commitment to academic and career technical excellence, the expectation for student and staff success, and a willingness to participate in community and civic activities," she said.

    Lisa graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in English Education in 1988 and obtained a Masters of Art of Teaching in 2001 from Marygrove College, Detroit.   In 2003, she earned the National Board Teaching Certification for the Teaching Standards.  In 2004 I obtained a Masters of Science in Counseling from the University of Dayton and in 2006 earned Administrative Licensure at the University of Dayton.   In 2009, she earned Superintendent’s Licensure from the University of Dayton and her  doctorate in Urban Educational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati in 2015.

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