“Stakeholder sentiments were heard loud and clear, and we have stated our commitment to identifying solutions to the challenges raised,” DeMaria said. “Much of this work can be done outside the narrow focus of the ESSA specifications.”
As examples, he said the state is convening a Superintendent’s Advisory Committee to focus on the full range of testing issues — including state-required tests, as well as district-level tests.
And the state’s Educator Standards Board has been asked for recommendations on any changes to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System.
“In a transparent way, we will continue to work closely with legislators, the governor, business leaders, educators and the public to undertake a comprehensive strategic planning process,” DeMaria said. “The strategic plan will include a clear vision for education in Ohio, supported by a set of goals, strategies, tactics and metrics.”