Ohio: College and Career Policies

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards.

Required by Legislature. Each teacher will be evaluated according to Ohio Revised Code and an evaluation framework that is aligned with the Standards for the Teaching Profession adopted under state law. State law (Ohio House Bill 362) brought changes to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System for the 2014-2015 school year and beyond. The first change will allow less frequent evaluation of teachers receiving skilled and accomplished ratings, while still providing them with feedback on their work.

Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) in reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing are aligned to Ohio’s academic content standards.

The State Board of Education adopted Ohio's Learning Standards in English Language Arts in 2010 (in alignment with Common Core) as a guide to teaching and learning in the classroom. The Kindergarten – Grade 12 standards have been fully in use in Ohio classrooms since the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) in reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing are aligned to Ohio’s academic content standards.

Ohio updated the math standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

The Ohio Reading and Mathematics Achievement Assessments are annual tests that measure how well students have learned the reading and math concepts taught in grades 3–8. Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) in reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing are aligned to Ohio’s academic content standards.

Ohio updated the science standards in 2010.

The Ohio Reading and Mathematics Achievement Assessments are annual tests that measure how well students have learned the reading and math concepts taught in grades 3–8. Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) in reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing are aligned to Ohio’s academic content standards.

Ohio updated the social studies standards in 2010.

The Ohio State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

These include:
-5 credit of electives;
-1/2 credit of Physical Education; and,
-1/2 credit of Health.

This must include 1 unit of algebra II or the equivalent of algebra II.

This includes:
-1 unit of physical sciences;
-1 unit of life sciences; and,
-1 unit advanced study in one or more of the following sciences: chemistry, physics, or other physical science; advanced biology or other life science; astronomy, physical geology, or other earth or space science.

These credits must include 1/2 unit of American history and 1/2 unit of American Government

The Ohio State Board of Education oversees teacher licensure in the state.

In order to become a certified teacher in Ohio, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree and have attended an accredited preparation program.

Each educator is responsible for the design of an Individual Professional Development Plan, subject to the approval of the Local Professional Development Committee. The plan should be based on the needs of the educator, the students, the school and the school district, and be aligned with the professional educator standards adopted by the State Board of Education.

In order to be approved, teacher preparation programs must incorporate coursework and experiences aligned to the competencies outlined in the attached policy.

Educators with a five year certificate need to complete 6 semester hours or 18 CEUs in order to renew their license

The Ohio State Board of Education adopted 7 standards for professional development.

Ohio school districts are allowed to choose between two evaluation systems, one being the previous statewide system, and one being a new system developed to include an additional alternative component. The Original/Alternative Ohio Teacher Evaluation Systems require 42.5 to 50% of the annual evaluation to be based on student performance measures.

The Chancellor of Higher Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction have the authority to set metrics for educator preparation programs.