Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria attended the Ohio Department of Education’s tenth and final ESSA Stakeholders’ meeting, held at the South Central Ohio ESC in New Boston on Oct. 6.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was made law in 2015, replacing No Child Left Behind, to align federal, state, and local programs to help students succeed. DeMaria and the Ohio Department of Education and have been touring the state participating in 10 stakeholders’ meetings that began in Columbus on Aug. 31 and ended at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center on Oct. 6.
“The federal government has finally given us the opportunity to put our own signature on what we do here in the state of Ohio, and these sessions where we gather people’s input are hugely important. That’s what today is all about. It’s not us talking to people. We’re not here to tell folks stuff, we’re here to listen and gather information, ” DeMaria said.
The Ohio Department of Education recently released its annual Local Report Cards for schools. DeMaria said the system is in transition with lots of changes in what they expect of students and schools.
“There is so much great things happening around the state, and sometimes the report cards don’t show it very clearly. But as we get more accustom to the changes that have been put in to place, we’ll see it come out,” DeMaria.
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