Redefining public education

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Redefining public education

ESSA must truly be a reset of education policies, not a repeat of failed ones. This reset must address that teachers, students and parents have lost trust in the current system, for good reason. A redefinition must focus on creating a system where students want to learn, teachers want to work and are recognized as the instructional leaders, parents are enthusiastic about sending their children and of which the community is proud. 

One key element in making this reset a reality is an end to the culture of excessive testing. Standardized testing punishes students and teachers and is intimidating and threatening. Testing should inform instruction to help teachers meet student  needs and help students improve academically.

Redefining education by making improvements through ESSA should include (click on a link to see suggestions for changes that can be made under ESSA as well as sample questions that should be put to state and district decision makers in each subject area):

These documents offer a starting point for conversations we hope will occur around the opportunities for significantly improving education in Ohio and the specific changes needed to accomplish improvements. We welcome your input. Provide feedback to OFT.