NwOESC board discusses graduation requirements

The Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center Governing Board in Archbold covered multiple topics during a meeting held Oct. 23.

Brian Baker reported that the Ohio Board of Education’s Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee approved a plan to change graduation requirements beginning with the senior class of 2022. The entire board will vote in November on the proposed plan, which requires approval by the state legislature.

The plan was developed by a work group convened by state BOE Superintendent Paolo DeMaria, and includes a personalized student approach to graduation that would allow multiple ways for each student to demonstrate knowledge and skills sufficient to earn a high school diploma.

Baker also advised the board of recently-introduced state legislation regarding school breakfast programs, school building standards, mental health curriculum and education, and increasing hazing penalties.

A report by Jim George, NwOESC’s student achievement liaison for the Ohio School Boards Association, described the Chillicothe, Ohio, board of education’s participation in the MyCollegeOptions program. The program pairs students with colleges matching their career interests and abilities.

George told board members that, according to a survey conducted by the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning, high school students given school-issued devices are more likely to email teachers questions, take class notes, and collaborate with classmates.

In other business, the board was informed that first aid training for preschool staff was provided by Carol Hesterman, NwOESC school nurse, and that Ohio Learning Standards-Extended, covering English, language arts, math, science, and social studies, have been updated for grades 3-12.

On Nov. 15, Marianne Mottley, of the Ohio Department of Education, will present an overview of the current local report card to area educators.

Agreements within Fulton County included NwOESC providing Wauseon schools with school nurse consulting services through June 15, 2019.

In the superintendent’s report, Kerri Gearhart said meetings have been held recently related to public school advocacy and school funding.

She told board members NwOESC has been working on changing the organization’s online evaluation system from Edivate to the Frontline Employee Evaluation Management System. Gearhart said the new system is user-friendly in navigation, and able to efficiently meet agency needs in staff management in various locations.

The next NwOESC meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m., at the office at 205 Nolan Pkwy. in Archbold.