COLUMBUS, OH (WTOL) - The Ohio Department of Education is taking steps to further engage the state's education stakeholders and develop a plan for education in Ohio, although, it's been delayed until September.
As part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states now have the flexibility to make choices that best suit their needs. States could submit their ESSA templates to the U.S. Department of Education in April or September.
However, the department will now delay the template submission to the U.S. Department of Education to September to ensure the template is reviewed thoroughly.
Other key concerns from stakeholders relate to the reduction in testing.
Superintendent DeMaria will organize a Superintendent's Advisory Committee on Assessments, which will focus on a range of testing issues, such as state-required tests and district-level tests. Further details on this committee will be thought out in the coming weeks.
The department will continue to work with legislators, Gov. Kasich, business leaders, educators and the public to create an in depth planning process for education in Ohio.
Below is a response from Superintendent DeMaria to education stakeholders and their feedback.