9/12/16 – 5:10 A.M.
New federal rules will give state officials more control of education standards, and a group of area superintendents hopes that trickles down one step further. The Courier reports the Ohio Department of Education and the State Legislature have until July 1 of next year to figure out how to make the law work for Ohio. They’ll be taking public input as they work to put the plan together.
The Northwest/West Central Ohio Public School Advocacy Network will be watching the proceedings closely. The group is calling for local control on things like student testing, funding, and teacher evaluations. Liberty-Benton Superintendent Jim Knable is a member of the group. He tells the newspaper “it’s a good time for us to get our opinion out there.”
Cory-Rawson Superintendent Bob Hlasko says, “local control is much more responsive to our needs and it can be individualized.” He added the current way things are done has districts, “chasing our tails” trying to keep up with always changing standards and testing.
Both Hlasko and Knable say because districts are evaluated mostly by test scores, teachers are forced to teach to tests. They say that eliminates time for things like art and consumer science education.
The “Every Student Succeeds Act” was signed by President Barrack Obama last December. According to the Ohio Department of Education the law “represents a shift from broad federal oversight of primary and secondary education to greater flexibility and decision-making at the state and local levels.”
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