3317.40 Accountability for funding.

(A) As used in this section, "subgroup" means one of the following subsets of the entire student population of a school district or a school building:

(1) Students with disabilities;

(2) Economically disadvantaged students;

(3) Limited English proficient students;

(4) Students identified as gifted in superior cognitive ability and specific academic ability fields under Chapter 3324. of the Revised Code.

(B) It is the intent of the general assembly that funds provided under this chapter shall be used for the provision of a system of common schools and the advancement of the knowledge of all students. As such, school districts and schools shall be held accountable for those funds to ensure that all students are provided an opportunity to graduate from high school prepared for a career or for post-secondary education.

(C) When funds are provided under this chapter specifically for services for a subgroup of students, the general assembly has determined that these students experience unique challenges requiring additional resources and intends that the funds so provided be used for services that will allow students in those subgroups to master the knowledge base required for high school graduation.

(D) If a district or school fails to show satisfactory achievement and progress, as determined by the state board of education, for any subgroup of students based on performance measures reported or graded under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code, the district or school shall submit an improvement plan to the department for approval. The plan may be included in any other improvement plan required of the district or school under state or federal law. The department may require that a plan required under division (C) of this section include an agreement to partner with another organization that has demonstrated the ability to improve the educational outcome for that subgroup of students to provide services to those students. The partner organization may be another school, district, or other education provider.

Not later than December 31, 2014, the state board of education shall establish measures of satisfactory achievement and progress, which include, but are not limited to, performance measures under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code. The department shall make the initial determination of satisfactory achievement and progress under this section using those measures not later than September 1, 2015, and then make determinations under this section annually thereafter.

The department shall publish a list of schools, school districts, and other educational providers that have demonstrated an ability to serve each subgroup of students.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.