This week the Ohio House Education Committee took testimony on House Bill 212, the Local Control in Education Bill. The House Education Committee is the first step toward the bill getting a vote on the floor.
House Bill 212 prohibits the State Board of Education from adopting, and the Department of Education from implementing, the Common Core State Standards. It also requires the State Board to replace the English Language Arts, mathematics, science and social studies with new standards that are consistent with the standards adopted by Massachusetts prior to their adoption of the Common Core State Standards.
In an article by James Marshall Crotty at Forbes, he learned that if Massachusetts were a country, its students would rank 9th in the world. “I found that if Massachusetts were allowed to report subject scores independently — much the way that, say, Shanghai is allowed to do so — the Bay State would rank 9th in the world in Math Proficiency, tied with Japan, and on the heels of 8th-ranked Switzerland. In reading, Massachusetts would rank fourth in the world, tied with Hong Kong, and not far behind third-ranked Finland.” Learn more about the success Massachusetts had with those standards here.
This bill also gives school districts a freedom to choose if they would like to implement the standards written by the State Board of Education. If a school district wishes, they have the right to develop and use their own standards. In addition, it prohibits the State Board of Education from adopting any model curricula. The curriculum is the books, materials, lesson plans and teaching style used for instruction.
The testing of our students would also change. School districts can select from either the assessments administered prior to 2010 in Iowa or the assessments administered prior to 2010 in
Massachusetts, or a combination of both for the elementary-level assessments in
English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
There are also specifications in the bill that require testing to begin no earlier than the last week of April.
With the passage of House Bill 212, the evaluation of Principals and teachers would once again fall into the hands of the local school district. It eliminates the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System and Principal Evaluation system which was tied to student test scores.
House Bill 212 will change the way the children in Ohio receive education and how our teachers teach, for the better.
Contact your Representative in the Ohio House and let them know that you support House Bill 212.