3301-56-01 School district and building improvement planning, parent notification, and intervention.

(A) Pursuant to sections 3302.04 and 3302.041 of the Revised Code, any school district, community school or science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) school that fails to make adequate yearly progress for two consecutive years or, in the case of school districts, that contains a building that fails to make adequate yearly progress for two consecutive years shall be identified for improvement.

(B) School districts, community schools or STEM schools identified for improvement shall be categorized by the Ohio department of education as low support, medium support, or high support based upon the aggregate percentage of students that do not meet adequate yearly progress in reading and mathematics. Criteria for assignment to the three support levels are delineated in the Ohio model of differentiated accountability as approved by the United States department of education (education.ohio.gov).

(C) Each school district, community school or STEM school identified for improvement shall implement all interventions required by the Ohio model of differentiated accountability (education.ohio.gov). The Ohio department of education shall notify each school district and its buildings, community school or STEM school, prior to the opening date, to which category it has been assigned for that school year.

(D) All school districts, community schools or STEM schools that have been categorized as low support shall:

(1) Provide public school choice to students in all "Title I" served buildings to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. 6316 ;

(2) Provide supplemental educational services to students in all "Title I" served buildings failing to make adequate yearly progress for three or more years to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. 6316 ;

(3) Implement the Ohio improvement process (education.ohio.gov):

(a) Use the Ohio decision framework to review school district- and building-level data and create school district and building, community school or STEM school needs assessments;

(b) Create school district and building, community school or STEM school focused improvement plans using the planning guidance developed by the Ohio department of education (education.ohio.gov);

(4) Direct ten per cent of federal "Title I Part A" funds to professional development; and

(5) Meet annual measureable objectives for each affected student group. Low support school districts and buildings, community schools or STEM schools may establish school district and building leadership teams to develop improvement plans, monitor implementation of improvement plans and conduct business using the Ohio leadership advisory council (OLAC) framework (www.ohioleadership.org).

(E) All school districts and buildings, community schools or STEM schools that have been categorized as medium support shall:

(1) Provide public school choice to students in all "Title I" served buildings to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. 6316 ;

(2) Provide supplemental educational services to students in all "Title I" served buildings failing to make adequate yearly progress for 3 or more years to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. 6316 ;

(3) Implement the Ohio improvement process:

(a) Use the Ohio decision framework to review school district- and building-level data and create school district and building, community school or STEM school needs assessments;

(b) Create school district and building, community school or STEM school focused improvement plans using the planning guidance developed by the Ohio department of education;

(4) Direct ten per cent of federal "Title I Part A" funds to professional development;

(5) Meet annual measureable objectives for each affected student group; and

(6) Establish school district and building leadership teams to develop improvement plans, monitor implementation of improvement plans and conduct business using the Ohio leadership advisory council (OLAC) framework (www.ohioleadership.org).

Medium support school districts and buildings, community schools or STEM schools may receive an on-site review from a state diagnostic team.

(F) All school districts and buildings, community schools or STEM schools that have been categorized as high support shall:

(1) Provide public school choice to students in all Title I served buildings to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. 6316 ;

(2) Provide supplemental educational services to students in all "Title I" served buildings failing to make adequate yearly progress for 3 or more years to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. 6316 ;

(3) Implement the Ohio improvement process:

(a) Use the Ohio decision framework to review school district- and building-level data and create school district and building, community school or STEM school needs assessments;

(b) Create school district and building, community school or STEM school focused improvement plans using the planning guidance developed by the Ohio department of education;

(4) Direct ten per cent of federal "Title I Part A" funds to professional development;

(5) Meet annual measureable objectives for each affected student group;

(6) Establish school district and building leadership teams to develop improvement plans, monitor implementation of improvement plans and conduct business using the Ohio leadership advisory council (OLAC) framework (www.ohioleadership.org); and

(7) Participate in an on-site review and follow-up by the state diagnostic team as selected by the Ohio department of education.

(G) The Ohio department of education may require modifications to any focused improvement plan. Modifications shall be made within forty-five days of notification. School districts, community schools or STEM schools may, at any time, modify their focused improvement plans and submit those modifications to the Ohio department of education.

(H) Any school district, community school or STEM school that develops and implements a focused improvement plan shall continue to implement and monitor the plan developed unless the school district, community school or STEM school has met adequate yearly progress for two consecutive years.

(I) Copies of the continuous improvement plan shall be available to the public.

(J) The boards of school districts, community schools or STEM schools that are required to implement focused improvement plans shall establish a timeline and a process for implementing, monitoring and evaluating its focused improvement plan.

(K) Annually, for any "Title I" served school building that fails to make adequate yearly progress for at least two consecutive years, the school district, community school or STEM school shall provide written notification of the following to the parent or guardian of each student enrolled in the building, in the home language of the parent or guardian to the extent practicable:

(1) The academic issues that resulted in the building's failure to make adequate yearly progress.

(2) The actions being taken by the school district or building, community school or STEM school to improve the academic performance of the building.

(3) Any progress achieved toward that goal in the immediately preceding school year.

(4) Any applicable parental options related to school choice or supplemental educational services, including those required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. 6316 .

(L) School districts with "Title I" served buildings that are required to offer the opportunity to enroll in an alternative building within the school district for which there are no opportunities for enrollment or for which there are an inadequate number of placements in an alternative building to meet the demand for alternative placements, may offer students in the building that has failed to make adequate yearly progress for two consecutive years the opportunity for supplemental educational services with eligibility for services consistent with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. 6316 .

(M) The superintendent of public instruction may convene a team to provide technical support to any academic watch or emergency school district or building, community school or STEM school.

(N) The superintendent of public instruction may direct a site evaluation of any academic watch or academic emergency school district or building, community school or STEM school. The site evaluation for academic watch and academic emergency school districts and buildings, community schools or STEM schools will be designed to review conditions in the school district, building and schools as well as to document the implementation of the focused improvement plan.

(O) If the Ohio department of education determines that a school district, community school or STEM school has failed to comply with sections 3302.04 and 3302.041 of the Revised Code, the department may:

(1) Withhold up to ten per cent of all federal "Title I" funds allocated to the school district, community school or STEM school, and up to five per cent of the school district's, community school's or STEM school's annual SF-3 foundation payment as defined in division (A)(10) of section 3314.08 of the Revised Code. The funds shall be withheld starting from the date the Ohio department of education makes the determination that the school district, community school or STEM school has failed to comply and continue until the school district, community school or STEM school demonstrates that it is fully compliant. Funds may be withheld through the end of the current fiscal year or six months, whichever is longer. If the school district, community school or STEM school fails to comply within that period of time, the federal "Title I" funds that were withheld shall be redistributed to other school districts, community schools or STEM schools as allowed under state and federal law, regulation and rule. The withholdings will continue each year until the school district, community school or STEM school demonstrates full compliance; and

(2) Apply original sanctions that are delineated under corrective action in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. 6316 .

(P) The state superintendent of public instruction may require that school districts and buildings, community schools or STEM schools provide data and other documentation related to the implementation of the requirements of sections 3302.04 and 3302.041 of the Revised Code, including, but not limited to, parent notifications and communications.

Replaces: 3301-56-01

Effective: 06/25/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/25/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3301.07 , 3302.04
Rule Amplifies: 3302.01 - 3302.041
Prior Effective Dates: 6-24-99, 5-28-04