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OHLSD wants Ohio to follow the recommendations of ESSA; reduce student testing

Posted on: September 6, 2016
GSC Advocacy Network

District joins more than 50-member strong Greater Cincinnati School Advocacy Network in calling for a new lesson plan for Ohio students – fewer assessments

It is a call – again – for more local control. The Oak Hills Local School District is joining other area districts that are members of the Greater Cincinnati School Advocacy Network (GCSAN) in voicing concern that state edicts continue to provide for extensive overreach in testing, and the district is sending a strong message to state legislators regarding implementation of the recent Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Let our teachers teach. According to the U.S. Department of Education, ESSA – the federal education act that replaced No Child Left Behind in December 2015 – builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country. In practice ESSA was established in part to allow for more state-driven measures on student performance targets and school ratings, with state-developed identification and intervention for district accountability.

“The ESSA supports local control,” superintendent Jeff Brandt said. “Our hope is that changes with the federal mandates for testing will result in giving our district the ability to make decisions that are in the best interest of our students and their needs, especially when it comes to determining how to appropriately assess their learning outcomes.”

Currently the federal testing requirements include reading and math in grades 3-8 and one high school test. The state of Ohio expands on those minimum requirements to include testing in reading, math, science and social studies in grades 5-8, and multiple end-of-course exams for high school.

“The message from our community is simple – reduce testing to the federal minimum requirements,” Brandt added.

The district wants to ensure our community’s voice is heard regarding Ohio’s implementation of ESSA. The Ohio Department of Education will be hosting several ESSA stakeholder meetings – with one in Cincinnati scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Visit this site https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cincinnati-essa-stakeholder-meeting-registration-26762080102 to see full details for the event and to register.

“Oak Hills has a strong tradition of academic excellence, services to meet diverse student needs and fiscal stewardship,” Brandt remarked. “We are excited to present this story to our stakeholders in the upcoming September release of the 2016 Quality Profile.”

About Oak Hills Local School District

The Oak Hills Local School District is the third largest school system in Hamilton County, located in western Cincinnati. Educational opportunities for the approximately 8,000 preschool through 12th graders teach innovation, collaboration, communication, adaptability and provide real world experiences for future academic and social growth. All students attending the Oak Hills Local School District achieve success by graduating with individual skills for career and college readiness and global competence.

About GCSAN

The more than 50-district strong Greater Cincinnati School Advocacy Network (GCSAN) was developed in 2015 to build a collective voice of school districts advocating for students with lawmakers in Columbus and Washington D.C.