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Your Guide to Ohio's State Board of Education


The Ohio state Board of Education sets education policy for the entire state.  The board’s work includes determining Ohio’s academic content standards, adopting rules for state standardized tests and setting teacher licensing requirements, among other items.  The board sets administrative rules affecting schools and school districts, rules on school district territory transfers, district transportation decisions and educator license revocations. The board is also responsible for appointing and evaluating Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The board is comprised of 19 members. Eleven are elected to represent districts and eight are at-large members appointed by the governor. The chairs of the education committees of the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate serve as non-voting, ex officio members. The superintendent of public instruction serves as board secretary.

Debe Terhar of the Cincinnati area is the current board president.

The board generally meets on the second Monday and Tuesday of each month.

Latest Posts

2014 Ohio Board of Education Voters Guide


The 19 members of Ohio’s state Board of Education don’t actually create any education-related laws, but they do make some pretty important decisions regarding the state’s education policies–things like setting education operating standards and teacher license requirements. And this Election Day, there are seven contested races across the state looking to fill open seats on [...]

State to Release School Report Cards

Schools and school districts across Ohio will find out today how well they did last year in meeting a range of benchmarks. And just as last year, the annual state report cards will not include an overall grade. Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year the state did away with designations like “excellent with distinction,” “continuous [...]

Teachers Deliver Alarming Allegations Against Charter School

The state board of education is launching an investigation into at least one charter school after hearing disturbing testimony from a group of former teachers. Sexual misconduct, racism, teacher intimidation, questionable testing policies, and mishandling of complaints about those claims were among the allegations the teachers brought to a meeting of the state board of [...]

Students to Retake Third Grade Reading Assessment

Ohio third graders who fell short on the third grade reading assessment get another chance at the test this week. Last spring, 88 percent of Ohio’s third graders scored will enough on the reading assessment to advance to the fourth grade.  That left 12 percent, or about 13-14,000 kids, who scored below the promotion cut-off [...]

Cleveland School District Requests Exemption from State Takeover

It’s no secret that the Cleveland school district hasn’t been doing so well. The writing of a state takeover was on the wall when the district teamed up with the mayor’s office and the governor to pass House Bill 525, aka The Cleveland Plan. Still, under state law when a district gets the equivalent of [...]

State Board of Education Member Jeff Hardin Dies at 58

State Board of Education member Jeff Hardin died today of a heart attack. He was 58. Hardin was in his second term as the State Board of Education representative for District 10 in south central Ohio. He won reelection to his seat in November.

Richard Ross Named Ohio State Superintendent

Kasich education advisor Richard Ross presents the new school funding formula.

The Ohio Board of Education named Richard Ross the new state superintendent of public instruction today. Ross, 63, is currently the lead education advisor for Gov. John Kasich. He served as superintendent of the Reynoldsburg school district in central Ohio for 20 years before retiring in 2008.

How to Tell the Difference Between the Contenders for Ohio State Superintendent


In one corner, vying for the post of Ohio’s next state superintendent, is Dick Ross, Gov. John Kasich’s lead education advisor and the guy who crafted many of Ohio’s major education policy changes of the past year. In the other corner is Michael Sawyers, the former number-two at the Ohio Department of Education and the [...]

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