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  • November 20, 2015 11:55 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On Nov. 19, the United States House-Senate conference committee reached agreement on a proposal to improve K-12 education and replace No Child Left Behind. The agreement represents a compromise between the House-passed Student Success Act (H.R. 5) and the Senate-passed Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177).

    Leaders of the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee and U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee agreed to a proposal to settle differences between the House's Student Success Act and the Senate's Every Child Achieves Act.

    Among other provisions, the framework for the pending Every Student Succeeds Act, which would replace the controversial No Child Left Behind Act, proposes the following:

    - Replacing the federal accountability measure of adequate yearly progress with state-designed systems that can include indicators beyond test scores, including "student engagement, access to and completion of advanced coursework, and school climate and safety." States would be required to intervene in the lowest 5 percent of schools by performance, as well as in schools with low graduation rates or in which any subgroup is "consistently underperforming."

    - Requires statewide testing of math and reading in grades three through eight and once in high school, as well as testing in sciences three times between grades three and 12. The bill allows a pilot program for testing flexibility, and also allows states to use federal funds to conduct audits to eliminate assessments that aren't useful to student learning.

    - Lets states set reading and math standards aligned to higher education "without interference from Washington," and says the federal government can't "mandate or incentivize" adoption of particular standards, including the Common Core. 

    - Caps at 1 percent the proportion of students with significant cognitive disabilities who can take alternative assessments.

    A longer summary of the framework is available at http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/joint_esea_conference_framework_short_summary.pdf


  • November 06, 2015 2:44 PM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Ohio's Education Superintendent, Richard Ross, announced that he will be retiring at the end of 2015, after 40 years in education.

    Ross retired as superintendent of Reynoldsburg Schools in 2008 but came out of retirement three years later to become Kasich’s chief education adviser. He was named state superintendent by the Ohio Board of Education in March 2013.

    He is the fourth superintendent since 2011.

    Lonny Rivera will replace him, at least on an interim basis.  He joined ODE in April as associate superintendent.  If the State School Board does not appoint anyone before the end of the year, Rivera will be acting superintendent.

    “Dick Ross has been a true champion for students,” Governor John Kasich said in a statement released by the governor’s office.

    “He put his 40 years of frontline classroom and superintendent experience to work improving education opportunities everywhere and getting real, positive results for our children. Many of the initiatives he helped us pursue hold great promise for the future of our state, including the third-grade reading guarantee, transforming the Cleveland school system and changing the way we help struggling schools.”

    For the Columbus Dispatch article, please click here.

    For the ODE news release, please click here.

  • November 03, 2015 4:08 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Each year, Ohio ACTE honors outstanding educators and others who support career technical education, at the Connections to Education Conference in July. Ohio ACTE is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Educator Awards.

    Do you know an individual who deserves recognition? Deadline for nominations is January 1, 2016.  Fill out our online nomination form by clicking HERE. 


    Ohio ACTE Educator Awards include: 

    - Ambassador Award

    - Teacher of the Year Award*

    - Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award*

    - Administrator of the Year Award*

    - Outstanding New Career & Technical Teacher*

    - Outstanding CTAE Professional in Community Service*

    - Career Guidance Award*

    - Image Award (non-educators eligible)

    - Outstanding School Board Member Award (non-educators eligible)


    *Ohio ACTE Award recipients in these categories are eligible to win Region 1 and National ACTE recognition.

    Click here for a list of all Educator Awards and their descriptions

    Do you know an individual who deserves recognition? Fill out our online nomination form by clicking HERE.

  • November 03, 2015 1:45 PM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    The following Ohio CTE students have been selected out of more than  120 applicants as Ohio's five CTE Scholar semi-finalists.  Each of the semi-finalists will be invited to apply to the National Presidential Scholars Program. This is the first year that career technical students will be represented among the Presidential Scholars. Out of all the applicants nationwide,  20 CTE students will accepted and invited to Washington D.C. in June as national scholars.

    Kevin Kennedy,  Cuyahoga Valley Career Center

    Dale Garber,  Upper Valley Career Center

    Jonathan Pizzo,  West Shore Career Tech

    Dylan Wilson,  Canton City Schools, Canton McKinley Senior High School

    Austin Pearce,  Miami Valley Career Technology Center

    Congratulations to the semi-finalists, their instructors and their schools! For more information about the Presidential Scholars Program, click here.

  • November 02, 2015 11:31 AM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE Executive Director, Christine Gardner, with Senator Portman and SkillsUSA State Officers

    United States Senator, Rob Portman, attended the SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Meeting on Friday October 30 at the Convention Center in Columbus. While there, he spoke to a crowd of more than500 SkillsUSA  Ohio students about the importance of  their career-technical education to their future and Ohio's economy. 

    Sen. Portman shared with the students how he and fellow Senators created the CTE Caucus to raise awareness of career technical education among Washington DC's legislators. With Senator Portman's help, this year is the first year that CTE students will be invited to apply to the National Presidential Scholars Program.

    During his speech to the students, Senator Portman asked that all CTE students be ambassadors to the younger generation and encourage them to consider career-technical education. He said that with their help, the abundance of job openings that require skilled workers can be filled.

    For more information on Sen. Portman's CTE initiative, click here.

    For more information on SkillsUSA, click here.

  • November 02, 2015 10:30 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Connect with other career-technical and adult educators throughout Ohio by sharing your experience, wisdom and knowledge by presenting an  session at the 2016 Ohio ACTE Annual Connections to Education Conference July 25-27 at the Hilton Easton Columbus.

    Click here to complete the online proposal form.  Proposals are due Jan. 31, 2016.

    Click here for more information on submitting a proposal.

    The Conference Committee is now accepting proposals and is especially interested in all topics related to the following, but you are welcome to submit sessions on new ideas, practices and programs:

    - Technology
    - Innovative Instruction
    - Teacher/Instructor

    - Administration

    - Adult Education

  • October 25, 2015 12:03 PM | Meg Schultz (Administrator)

    The 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress reports that Ohio's fourth and eighth graders scored above the National average in Math and Reading, but below the 2013 reports.

    The results are as follows:

    -In fourth grade math, 45 percent scored proficient or better in 2015, compared to Ohio's 2013 figure of 48 percent and a national average of 39 percent.

     - In eighth grade math, 35 percent scored proficient or better in 2015, compared to Ohio's 2013 figure of
     40 percent and a national average of 32 percent.

     - In fourth grade reading, 38 percent scored proficient or better in 2015, compared to Ohio's 2013 figure of 37 percent and a national average of 35 percent.

     - In eighth grade reading, 36 percent scored proficient or better in 2015, compared to Ohio's 2013 figure of 39 percent and a national average of 33 percent.

    The report is based on administration in early 2015 of assessments for 279,000 fourth grade students and 273,000 eighth grade students nationwide.

    For more results, please visit the National Center for Education Statistics website.

  • October 07, 2015 10:59 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The graduation requirements for the classes of 2018 and beyond include curriculum and three options to show readiness for next steps in college and careers. To graduate through the industry credential and workforce readiness option, a student must earn 12 points through a State Board of Education-approved industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field and achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment.


     At its September meeting, the State Board of Education set the readiness scores on WorkKeys for students choosing this option for high school graduation. The WorkKeys assessment has three sections: reading, applied mathematics and locating information. Students in the classes of 2018 and 2019 must earn a total of 13 points across the three WorkKeys sections; students in the class of 2020 and beyond must earn a total of 14 points. Students also must earn at least three points on each section of the test.


     Direct questions to industrycredentials@education.ohio.gov.

  • October 06, 2015 11:00 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education published revamped Straight A Fund grant applications that program leaders said are expected to net better data to be used in the scoring process.


    The Straight A Fund Governing Board approved revamped applications that will help make the process more efficient.   


    On the Fiscal Year 2016 application, questions are condensed and applicants will be able to score sustainability of the project on a scale as opposed to selecting yes or no responses.


    The board also approved a more aggressive review and award timeline. Under the FY16 timeline, technical assistance will be provided to applicants through October and applications will be opened in November and scored through December and January with awards being approved by the Controlling Board in February.


    Click here for more information.





  • October 03, 2015 8:21 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan plans to leave his post in December, the Obama administration announced Friday, Oct. 2.

    “Arne Duncan personally visited our CTE programs/schools at least once during his tenure as US Education Secretary and his efforts were appreciated,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.


    John King Jr., acting deputy secretary, will replace Duncan.


    “He’s done more to bring our educational system, sometimes kicking and screaming, into the 21st century than anyone else,” President Obama at the White House on Friday afternoon. “America will be better off for what he has done.”


    Read more in the Washington Post


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