Great Lakes East Comprehensive Center

Ohio Annual Plan of Work

2010–11 State Goals

Overview of Planned Work

Federal initiatives like Race to the Top (RTTT) and School Improvement Grants (SIG) are driving much of ODE’s planned work for Year 6 and beyond. Funding for both initiatives will enable Ohio to pursue innovative and transformative work. Great Lakes East is presented with a challenge and an opportunity to align the work proposed for Year 6 with projects proposed in RTTT.

The Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) is a foundational element for the support for struggling schools and SIGs described in Ohio’s RTTT plan. For example, districts applying for SIG funds must show evidence that they have moved through Stages 1 and 2 of OIP and that identified buildings have plans that are aligned to the district improvement plan. Furthermore, schools must monitor and document implementation of interventions through use of the Implementation Management and Monitoring Tool (IMM Tool), the tool used in Stage 3 of OIP. With the design of processes and structures for Stages 3 and 4 of OIP complete, ODE will now turn its attention to implementing monitoring and ongoing evaluation processes to both demonstrate the impact of OIP on student performance and adult practice as well as strengthen the capacity of the statewide system of support to better support district and building improvement. Completion of the design phase of OIP by the state-level design team means that this leadership structure will be replaced by a newly formed OIP leadership team. Great Lakes East will be a thought partner to ODE and to the regional system of support through its participation on this leadership team.

Statewide adoption of college- and career-ready standards is another area of focus within RTTT. The public release of the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics followed by formal adoption of these standards in June by the Ohio State Board of Education provide much of the impetus and direction for Great Lakes East work in Ohio. Great Lakes East will partner with ODE to assist with the rollout and statewide adoption of the Common Core State Standards, and on the assessment side, Great Lakes East will support the design and use of performance assessments aligned with the Common Core and Revised State Standards.

Both implementation of rigorous standards that prepare students for college and career and approaches to increasing graduation rates are aims of the RTTT plan and relate to credit flexibility. During the 2010–11 academic year, all districts must provide credit flexibility options for students; this requirement will create greater need for continued implementation support. Great Lakes East will continue working with ODE as it supports effective district implementation of credit flexibility opportunities for all students.

Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) Leadership Team

As Great Lakes East closes out its design and facilitation work with the state level design team and with ODE’s Center for School Improvement, it transition into the role of a thought partner with ODE and participation in a cross-center OIP Leadership Team. This team will help facilitate timely and accurate communication across ODE about the OIP and state system of support work and will enable greater coordination efforts across ODE. The OIP Leadership Team will also be responsible for oversight of continued refinements to data tools, improvement processes, and capacity-building efforts at the regional level.

Ohio Standards, Performance Assessments, and Accountability Systems

The Ohio State Board of Education formally adopted the English/language arts and mathematics Common Core State Standards in June 2010. This action has enabled ODE planning for adoption and implementation support at the district level. Great Lakes East will assist the Center for Curriculum and Assessment at ODE to design a rollout plan, a systemic professional development process utilizing the regional support system, and use of a curricular framework to help scaffold development of district curricula aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

On the assessment side, ODE is a member state of both national assessment consortia. Through its early work with the Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project and presence on both consortia, Ohio has advocated for the use of performance assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. In order to accomplish this, ODE will use its anticipated RTTT funding to fund a validity study using pilot districts participating in the performance assessment pilot. Great Lakes East in collaboration with ODE and REL Midwest has offered to provide the technical expertise needed to conduct a validity study on performance assessments. Great Lakes East also will work with ODE and REL Midwest to design and operationalize regional scoring and moderation panels.

Credit Flexibility Implementation Support

In Year 5, Great Lakes East was instrumental in organizing a series of Web conferences focused on aspects of implementing a credit flexibility policy. This Web conference series will continue in fall and winter of Year 6. Great Lakes East also will continue to work with an internal credit flexibility group to draft additional credit flexibility cases of implementation focused on those district examples that fill a gap—for example, an urban district or a district that is using credit flexibility for students with disabilities or for accelerated students. Great Lakes East also will continue to work with the IDEA Partnership to form communities of practice, facilitated by trained moderators, across Ohio.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009

The current ARRA funding to Ohio and flow-through funding to districts and what that means for monitoring and accountability purposes has focused much of the work at the leadership level at ODE. Now, with RTTT and SIG funding, ODE must make real all of the projects noted in its RTTT plan and focus its attention on the persistently lowest achieving schools.

Great Lakes East needs to communicate well both across work teams in Ohio and with staff across ODE and with key regional partners. It is through effective communication that we can anticipate any misalignment in our work with ODE and even strengthen those connections. Great Lakes East must also show how this work continues to support the RTTT plans and SIG.

Proposed SEA Technical Assistance Goals

Standards, Assessment, and Accountability

Goal 1—Common Core State Standards, Performance Assessments, and Accountability Systems
To both be a thought partner and provide technical assistance as ODE designs systemic supports for district and building adoption of the Common Core State Standards. These supports may include regionally based professional development, curricula framework, aligned assessments, and a communication plan. Great Lakes East also will provide technical assistance to ODE, especially focused on the use of performance assessments within a larger assessment system, including design of moderation and scoring. 

Scope of Services. In June 2010, the Ohio State Board of Education formally adopted the English/language arts and mathematics Common Core State Standards along with revised academic content standards in science and social studies. This adoption set the stage for teacher teams to begin development of model curriculum aligned to the common core.

Districts and buildings will need comprehensive supports to effectively teach and assess to these new standards. In its RTTT application, ODE describes a suite of supports for district adoption and implementation of these new standards. Great Lakes East has offered to provide assistance in the following ways, both as a thought partner and as a partner in designing some of these supports: design or adaptation of an existing curriculum framework that can help districts modify existing K−8 curricula in mathematics and English/language arts to align with the common core, integration of 21st century skills into aligned curricula, and a plan for systemic rollout of professional development using the regional system of support.

During the past two years, Ohio has moved deliberately and strategically to develop a new generation assessment and accountability system. With RTTT funding, Ohio will be able to continue working with and even expand pilot districts involved in the Ohio Performance and Assessment Pilot Project. Leadership teams from these pilot districts will design and pilot performance assessments. ODE has asked Great Lakes East to include REL Midwest staff who would design and conduct a validity study on the use of performance assessments by these pilot districts.

Ohio also has become a member state of both national assessment consortia (SMARTER Balanced and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) and has been a consistent voice for the design and use of performance assessments as part of state accountability systems. This involvement has positioned Ohio to assume a national leadership role in determining how states could use performance assessments in the context of accountability. Part of this work will involve the design and implementation of a system of scoring and moderation panels. Although the creation of a state-level moderation panel may not occur until 2012, a technical team composed of Great Lakes East and REL Midwest staff will serve as a thought partner in the design of the state and regional moderation and scoring panels.

Goal 2—Credit Flexibility Implementation Support
To provide technical assistance and support to ODE as it plans for implementation of credit flexibility plans by all school districts.

Scope of Services. Districts in Ohio must provide students the option to earn credit, through means other than seat time, beginning in the 2010–11 school year. Great Lakes East will continue to provide significant support for statewide implementation of credit flexibility through its facilitative role with the internal ODE credit flexibility work group. As districts head back to school, they will need additional guidance and support for implementation from ODE and Great Lakes East.

The credit flexibility work group and Great Lakes East will host another Web conference series beginning in fall 2010. Topics planned for fall include credit flexibility and guidance counseling; instructional considerations; district and community communications; and parents, family, and the community. Based on feedback gathered from Web conferences held during Year 5, Great Lakes East will support a revised process for disseminating credit flexibility guidance and implementation information. This process includes a one-hour Web conference followed by a live chat to address additional implementation questions. Opportunities to ask follow-up questions will also be available to people on the Shared Work discussion board.

Great Lakes East also will assist ODE in producing additional case studies of credit flexibility implementation. Great Lakes East and the credit flexibility work group also will collaborate with the IDEA Partnership to plan for the implementation of a statewide credit flexibility community of practice. These moderated online discussions will be an opportunity for practitioners to share effective practices as well as voice common needs that they have as district begins to implement credit flexibility policies.

Statewide Systems of Support

Goal 1—Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) Leadership Team
To be a thought partner to ODE as the OIP moves from the design phase to statewide implementation and ongoing evaluation of the improvement process and its impact. 

Scope of Services. With completion of the design of improvement processes, structures, and data tools that define OIP and with completion of a design to regionalize training and support of OIP facilitators, a new OIP leadership structure will be formed. This new structure will include key regional staff along with Great Lakes East and cross-center ODE staff. Ongoing work, including work to support this goal, will happen within a standing committee structure formed for this purpose.

The OIP Leadership Team will provide oversight for statewide implementation of the OIP and long-range planning and support to the regional system of support. The team will also coordinate related work across centers at ODE and ensure alignment with RTTT projects and SIG-supported schools. Great Lakes East can help broker connections to other resources and to the larger technical assistance network as well as use their experience codesigning the OIP and working with the state system of support to help inform long-range planning.

This team will likely oversee refinements to existing OIP data tools, design of a systemic monitoring and evaluation system, and capacity-building efforts at the regional level to ensure consistent, high-quality training of OIP external and internal facilitators.

Ohio Technical Assistance Work Plan for 2010-11 ( Adobe® Reader® PDF 138 KB) (2010–11)

Ohio Technical Assistance Plan (Adobe PDF Icon Adobe Reader PDF 159 KB) (2009–10)

Ohio Regional Service Provider Impact Paper (Adobe PDF Icon Adobe Reader PDF 304 KB)

Ohio Data Systems Impact Paper (Adobe PDF Icon Adobe Reader PDF 308 KB)


State Goals for Other Years

2009–10 State Goals

2008–09 State Goals

2007–08 State Goals

2006–07 State Goals

2005–06 State Goals


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