Ohio, like the rest of the country, has been in a constant state of school reform since at least the 1990s. In the last two decades, the state has embraced standards-based reform, school and district report cards, school choice of various kinds, teacher education reforms, on-line learning, and various other systemic reforms. More recent reforms include adoption of the Common Core standards in English language arts and mathematics, enactment of a Third-Grade Reading Guarantee, and rating teachers along tiers of effectiveness (and tying pay and retention to these ratings).
In short, there is much reforming of education going on, but how well are these reforms being received by the front-line educators who are required to implement them? Are the state’s superintendents embracing the school reforms coming their way or resisting them? What reforms do superintendents support and which ones do they believe will have the greatest staying power and the most significant impact on schools and student achievement? Where do reformers and superintendents agree when it comes to school reform? Where do they disagree and why do reformers (including the Thomas B. Fordham Institute) keep pushing reforms that superintendents and other educators resist and even disdain?
These are just a few of the questions that we will explore during our upcoming event “Always Reformed, Always Reforming: School Reform in Ohio and the Reaction of District Leaders to It.”
Panelists and speakers include:
Steve Dackin, Reynoldsburg City Schools
Steve Farkas, FDR Group
Kirk Hamilton, Buckeye Association of School Administrators
Sen. Peggy Lehner, Ohio Senate
Richard A. Ross, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Terry Ryan, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Space is limited, so register today!