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Get to Know Your Ohio Department of Education

Background

The Ohio Department of Education oversees the state’s public education system, which includes public school districts, joint vocational school districts and charter schools. The department also monitors educational service centers, other regional education providers, early learning and childcare programs and private schools.

The department’s tasks include:

  • Administering the school funding system,
  • Collecting school fiscal and performance data,
  • Developing academic standards and model curricula,
  • Administering the state achievement tests,
  • Issuing district and school report cards,
  • Administering Ohio’s voucher programs,
  • Providing professional development, and
  • Licensing teachers, administrators, treasurers, superintendents and other education personnel.

In the past, the department had been allowed to sponsor charter schools, but state leaders removed that possibility after many of the schools showed poor academic performance and fiscal management. In 2011, the state legislature reinstated that ability, allowing the department to sponsor as many as 20 charter schools per year for the next five years.

The department is governed by the State Board of Education. However, day-to-day administration of the department is the responsibility of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, who is hired by the State Board of Education. The department has a full-time staff of approximately 600.

Latest Posts

Department of Education Accuses ESC of Flouting State Law on Charter Schools

An educational service center in Northeast Ohio is in trouble with the state Department of Education after trying to open a charter school in southern Ohio. Department of Education spokesman John Charlton says the Portage County Educational Service Center violated at least three rules in sponsoring what was being called Hope4Change Academy. First, Portage County [...]

Twelve Percent of Ohio Third Graders Aren’t Ready For Fourth Grade

wrightbrosfan / Flickr Eighty-eight percent of Ohio kids who took the third grade reading guarantee test passed it, compared to about 63 percent who passed the test last fall. That means 12 percent of the state’s 110,000 third graders haven’t achieved the reading score they needed to move on to fourth grade. John Charlton with [...]

Competition Narrows For Remaining Straight A Fund Grants

More than 200 applicants made the first cut in the second round of Ohio’s Straight A Fund education grant awards. The $250m Straight A Fund began with the 2013 biennial budget signed into law by the governor last summer, with the purpose of encouraging efficiency and innovation in education. Nearly $12 million were earmarked for [...]

The Sound of Ideas: School Safety Nets

A new milestone in education was touted last week: 80 percent of students nationwide graduate high school. But that still means one in every five 5 students does not get a high school diploma. With this statistic in mind, The Sound of Ideas what safety nets are in place for students who may be at [...]

Department of Education Moves To Quash Six New Charter Schools

The Ohio Department of Education has told three charter school sponsors that applications they’ve received for six new schools are flawed, and warned them against allowing them to open. It’s the first time the department has issued such warnings to charter school sponsors, according to spokesman John Charlton. In one case, Educational Resource Consultants of [...]

Only Minor Bugs Revealed In Common Core Field Test

Nearly half of Ohio school districts have just finished up a trial run of tests incorporating Common Core, the new set of education standards adopted by most states. And state officials say they’re pleased with the outcome. It’s the first field test of the new Common Core English and math assessment, which are more focused [...]

ODE Extends Private School Voucher Deadline

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Jenlight / Flickr The state has extended its deadline for parents to apply for taxpayer-funded vouchers to go to private schools instead of the low-performing schools their kids are assigned to attend. A student must be in one of the 220 schools in the state’s lowest two categories. And a student must be accepted to [...]

State Auditor Launches Special Audit of a Handful of Charter School Sponsors

Jeff Kubina / Flickr State Auditor Dave Yost says he started getting curious when he learned about the large amount of charter school closures last year. Earlier this week he announced he’s following that curiosity by launching a special audit of three of the state’s charter school sponsors. He will be auditing the North Central [...]

New Ohio State Superintendent Is All About the Boys and Girls

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The new head of the Ohio Department of Education doesn’t talk much about the youth. Or the children. Or students, whippersnappers, anklebiters or tots. But he really loves to talk about boys and girls. New State Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard Ross works the phrase “boys and girls” into just about every public comment he [...]

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