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December 11, 2009
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On Thursday, December 10, Dr. Adrienne O'Neill and Dr. Joseph Rochford attended a meeting on Credit Flexibility sponsored by the Stark County Educational Service Center and presented by Dave Baker, Curriculum Director, North Union Local Schools.

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Ohio Department of Ohio's Promise ReportEducation Releases Summary of New 10 Year Strategic Plan

On December 1st, the Ohio Department of Education, in compliance with provisions of Ohio House Bill 1, released an executive summary of a new 10 year strategic plan for education in Ohio.
State Superintendent Deborah Delisle, however, made it clear that this is just a preview and the final plan will be presented to the legislature this spring. "I believe it is important for the work that may come from Ohio's Race to the Top application to be incorporated in the final strategic plan for Ohio's education system," Delisle noted.
The summary, called Ohio's Promise: Enhance Achievement, Focus on Excellence and Provide Opportunities[1], lists six strategic goals for the Ohio Department of Education:

  1. Design an education system that prepares all students to graduate with the knowledge and skills needed for post-high school success.

  2. Provide resources, tools and services to districts and schools that support the implementation of the education reform plan and that produce rigorous learning environments and improved academic achievement for all students.

  3. Strengthen strategic initiatives that address graduation rates, achievement gaps and persistently struggling schools.

  4. Enhance state, district and school leadership capacity and support for aligning Ohio's education systems for early learners, K-12 students and postsecondary learners.

  5. Develop and sustain a quality, affordable system of voluntary early education and care that helps close early learning achievement gaps among various groups of children.

  6. Deepen essential partnerships with stakeholders that will result in enhanced educational opportunities for all Ohio students.
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