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  • December 17, 2014 1:52 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Documents and information regarding career-tech middle grades and senior-only programs can be found on the ODE Web site. 

    This includes information from the Dec. 16 Webinar held on the topic.

  • November 30, 2014 8:16 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

       The Ohio House of Representatives passed a substitute version of House Bill 228 on Nov. 20  that would reduce the burden of standardized testing in Ohio schools.  The bill’s initial draft focused primarily on limiting most general education assessments to four hours of testing per year, but the House expanded the scope of the bill to CTE by waiving WebXam requirements in cases involving a license or credential.  The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration during the lame duck session. 


                Joyce Malainy, Superintendent of Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County (C-TEC), testified before the House Education Committee on behalf of Career Technical Education to request an amendment eliminating the WebXam requirement in courses where students attain an industry credential or license.  As you may know, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) requires institutions to administer WebXams in many CTE courses to help provide quality assurance and measure job skills attainment.  WebXams are not linked to student graduation requirements, but they do satisfy federal requirements for evaluation and accountability of CTE programs. 


                Malainy explained to the Committee that students using the CTE graduation pathway will take a minimum of 14 standardized tests including WebXams, meaning that CTE students ultimately spend significantly more class time preparing for and ultimately taking state required assessments and examinations than their non-CTE counterparts.  Malainy also noted that the state already assesses CTE program quality in much more meaningful and practical ways, namely, through student job placement and credential attainment rates. 


                In response, the House amended House Bill 228 on the floor to include the following language that relates to WebXams:


    Except as otherwise required under federal law, the department of education shall consider an industry-recognized credential, as described under division (B)(2)(d) of section 3302.03 of the Revised Code, or a license issued by a state agency or board for practice in a vocation that requires an examination for issuance of that license as an acceptable measure of technical skill attainment and shall not require a student with such credential or license to take additional technical assessments.


    In short, this language is intended to exempt any student who attains a credential or licensure examination from having to take WebXams.


                The House’s inclusion of this amendment and passage of the bill is a positive step toward reducing the significant CTE testing burden to the benefit of both teachers and students.  HB 228 now moves to the Senate for consideration during the lame duck session.  Ohio ACTE will continue to advocate for the interests of CTE as the bill moves through the legislative process.  

    - by Terrence O'Donnell, Attorney,  Dickinson Wright, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel      

  • November 20, 2014 4:53 PM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    Eric Mathews, Marketing Teacher at Akron Public Schools was named National ACTE's 2015 New Career and Technical Educator of the Year during the ACTE Awards Banquet  in Nashville, Tennessee on Nov. 19. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs and have shown a professional commitment early in their careers. 

    Eric is in his 5th year of teaching Marketing Education at Akron North High School. Teaching is Eric's second career after working for Ford Motor Company and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. His passion for teaching and marketing is seen by many of his students. In his three years as DECA adviser, Mathews has help 24 students qualify for the state level competition, six were named top 10 finalists, and two qualified for the national competition. 

    Eric Mathews is also a leader within his district. After only two years of teaching, he participated in the Aspiring Principal's Academy, after which he functioned as an interim assistant principal at this high school for six weeks. During this time, he realized his passion for preparing students to be career and postsecondary education ready in the classroom.

    Click here for more information on how to nominate an outstanding educator for an Ohio ACTE Educator Award! Nomination deadline is January 1, 2015.

  • November 19, 2014 7:20 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 Byrl R. Shoemaker CTE Leadership Institute.  The purpose of the Institute is to promote leadership qualities in CTE educators and provide a holistic understanding of career-technical and adult education.

    Access more information and the online application here.

    The Institute, named after CTE pioneer Byrl R. Shoemaker, is an opportunity to interact, learn and grow in all areas of CTE and is open to instructors, administrators and anyone associated with CTE who wants to improve their understanding of CTE, no matter their career goals.

  • November 05, 2014 7:40 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    2014 Elections - What Does it Mean for CTE?

      By Terrence O’Donnell, Esq. Dickinson Wright, LLC and Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel

    As you have no doubt heard, the 2014 mid-term election was a so-called “wave election” for the Republican Party in Ohio as well as nationally.  Given that the Governor and every non-judicial statewide officeholder was already Republican, this essentially means the incumbents were re-elected and that we will not see drastic changes to state government. 

    That said, with a resounding victory, Governor Kasich has new momentum and will no doubt roll out an ambitious and robust legislative agenda for 2015 (a budget year).  Speculation will also increase that he will pursue the Presidency in 2016.

    Likewise, the Republicans increased their already significant majorities in the Ohio General Assembly.  At the federal level, Ohio’s US Senators were not on the ballot so did not factor into the US Senate’s change to Republican hands.  Also, no incumbent Congressperson suffered a loss, so the US House delegation remains the same.

    The following provides more detail on the impact of election results:


                Governor and Statewide:  All Republican statewide office incumbents won by large margins - keeping every statewide non-judicial office. Gov. Kasich’s opponent Ed FitzGerald conceded shortly after the polls closed, and the Governor and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor ultimately retained their respective offices by an unofficial 64%–33% margin.  All other Republican statewide office holders - Attorney General Mike DeWine, Auditor Dave Yost, Secretary of State John Husted, and Treasurer Josh Mandel - all defeated their Democratic challengers by comfortable margins. 


                Ohio General Assembly:  Republicans also reached a high watermark with regard to their control over the Ohio General Assembly.  Republican candidates defeated three incumbents and picked up another two open seats, expanding the party’s already commanding majority to 65–34 in the House.  The Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party was one of the three Democrat incumbents to lose his seat and he also resigned from his post by night’s end.  In the Senate, meanwhile, Democrats maintained their 23-10 seat deficit.


                Speaker of the Ohio House:  Most observers believe that Rep. Cliff Rosenberger (R – Clinton County) will become the new Speaker of the House, replacing Rep. William G. Batchelder (R – Medina), whose service is term-limited.  Rep. Rosenberger, currently serving in his second term in the House, is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has experience working in the White House as Special Assistant to then-U.S. Secretary of Interior, Dirk Kempthorne. 


                With regard to career-technical education, Rep. Rosenberger played an essential role in carrying the adult education “one-year option” through the General Assembly last session, and he has family members have enrolled in CTE programs.  For his work with CTE, Ohio ACTE Awarded him its Legislator of the Year award in 2013. 


                Supreme Court:  The sweeping Republican victory also extended to the Ohio Supreme Court, where incumbent Justices Sharon Kennedy and Judith French held onto the two Ohio Supreme Court seats up for grabs Tuesday and thereby maintained the party’s 6-1 majority on the state’s high court. Outside groups spent millions on the races.


                Ohio ACTE leadership has worked hard to ensure that CTE is a non-partisan issue in Ohio and nationally and will continue to ensure that we can be successful in any political environment.  We know the political winds often shift, especially in a “purple” state like Ohio.  As such, we will continue to work with both sides of the aisle to promote the interests of career-technical education and Ohio ACTE members.

    Click Here for Statewide Election Results.

  • November 03, 2014 10:48 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    Help a high school student find a career through the Ohio Career Exploration Internship Program

    Businesses can be reimbursed for 50 percent of an intern's salary, up to $5,000!

    The Ohio Career Exploration Internship Program will help high school students explore potential careers and gain valuable work experience in a professional environment. Through an internship of at least 20 weeks and 200 hours of on-the-job training, students have the opportunity to explore all aspects of a profession and gain better understanding of the skills, training, and education needed to enter a career.

    Please click here for more information.

  • October 16, 2014 10:42 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

    - by Adam J. Schira Attorney, Dickinson Wright, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel

    The idea of drug testing students is not new, and it has been the subject of litigation. Recently, some employers have suggested that districts and career centers should require students participating in career-technical education programs to participate in drug testing programs. See, for example, http://www.wfmj.com/story/26569427/manufacturers-encourage-student-drug-screenings. Under current law, however, career centers and districts probably should not implement a mandatory drug testing requirement for all students because it may well be unconstitutional.


    Courts view drug testing by schools as a form of government “search.” The Constitution prohibits “unreasonable” searches of students, and, as the Mahoning Valley CTC Superintendent appropriately pointed out in the news story referenced above, courts have yet to permit schools to implement suspicion-less drug screening procedures for students participating in regularly offered curricular programs. 


    CTE programs are likely part of the regular curriculum to which every student has the right to participate. As a result, courts would likely hold that a mandatory drug testing requirement for CTE participation would be unreasonable because it infringes on significant privacy rights of students and would impermissibly limit their access to the program. Note, however, that the law may permit random drug screening programs in most extracurricular contexts undefined where student participation is merely a privilege and not a legal right undefined because participants voluntarily submit to the rules and regulations of the program and therefore have a lower privacy interest than in the regular curricular setting. Is CTE as a program of choice an “extracurricular” like football, or is it simply a specialized curriculum? We think the latter, but a court could potentially hold otherwise.


    Implementing a suspicion-less drug testing policy for CTE programs without the support of established legal precedent could prompt a challenge by adversely affected students that would result in costly litigation, and the costs associated with administering such a program would also likely be significant. As such, because suspicion-less CTE drug testing programs are likely unconstitutional and may result in significant costs, we believe that districts should refrain from developing such programs.



    This article has been prepared and published for informational purposes only. The information was not offered and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. Please consult with an attorney before proceeding with regard to this issue.

  • September 22, 2014 11:49 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Co-Chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act that would create a CTE teacher-training grant partnership to recruit and train high-quality CTE teachers. The Creating Quality Technical Educators Act grant would foster partnerships between high-needs secondary schools and post-secondary institutions to create one-year teacher residencies for CTE teachers. Through grants in the Higher Education and Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), many teacher residency partnerships already exist between post-secondary institutions and local schools to train prospective educators, but none are CTE focused.

    CTE teacher residencies created through the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act would target mid-career professionals in related technical fields, as well as recent college graduates, veterans or currently licensed teachers with a desire to transition to a CTE focus.

    “High-quality teachers will play a central role in helping young students prepare for technical careers,” Portman stated. “As the demand for people with technical skills grows, this legislation will help ensure we recruit and train educators to keep up with the growing need for young people with these skills.”  

    "Teachers are key to student success and providing opportunities to increase the number of quality career and technical educators will positively impact our students and ultimately provide the workforce needed in today's economy,” said Christine Gardner, Executive Director, Ohio Association of Career and Technical Education. “We appreciate Senator Portman’s leadership on this important issue."

    Click here for more information

  • September 16, 2014 10:31 AM | Abbey Keyse (Administrator)

     U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Co-Chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, hosted a public briefing and panel discussion on the current opportunities and challenges of aligning skills training with the needs of the 21st-century workforce on Sept. 16.


    The panel included leaders from the education, business and government sectors in Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin and the U.S. Department of Labor. The panelists shared their perspectives on the best practices and policies for supplying employers with a skilled workforce and providing students with the training necessary to find employment.


    Portman invited Chuck Speelman, Superintendent of Tri-Rivers Career Center, to speak on the panel. Located in Marion, Ohio, Tri-Rivers is the home of RAMTEC, Ohio’s first advanced manufacturing and industrial robotic training center. In July, Portman and Kaine introduced the Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce Act to raise the quality of CTE programs at schools across the country.


    A recording of the briefing can be viewed here .


    Narrowing the Skills Gap: Best Practices for Preparing Workers with the Skills to Fill Today’s Jobs

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC

    link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6X2owRq-mM

  • September 14, 2014 10:22 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Grades and data for all schools and districts, including career-technical schools, was released Sept. 12 through Ohio’s interactive report card site, reportcard.education.ohio.gov. The interactive report cards have been enhanced for 2014 to include new measures that offer more information.

    The 2014 report cards eventually will include grades for 10 measures, including Performance Index, Value-Added and Graduation Rate. Overall school and district grades will not be calculated until 2016 to give districts time to adjust to new learning standards and new state tests. Grades also are included for career technical planning districts and dropout recovery schools.

    New this year is Prepared for Success data that tells communities whether their local schools are keeping K-12 students on track to be ready for college or careers at graduation. This category, however, is not graded.

    The Prepared for Success measure lists how many of last year’s students received a “college-ready” score on the ACT and SAT college admissions exams; how many students earned honors diplomas; and how many career-tech pupils earned the credentials  required to work in various industries.  The measure also reflects student performance on Advanced Placement exams and how many students took courses that offered both high school and college credit.

    Read More

    Access CTE Report Cards

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