L.A.R.A. Local Authority Restoration Act HB212
Exciting news to share! A bill has been introduced to unite parents, schools and communities…
L.A.R.A. – Local Authority Restoration Act HB212
LARA is the result of months of working with parents, teachers, superintendents and local board members to identify and prioritize the fundamental elements of local control. Our effort against Common Core has evolved into a movement to restore local authority over our local schools. We know that an effective and innovative education system requires that Ohio parents have authority over their child and our teachers have autonomy over their classrooms. Non-partisan policy, local control solution.
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Restoring the Fundamentals of Local Control – HB212 Summary
- Local Control of curriculum and instruction – LARA creates a local choice in the type of state assessment; standards-based or norm-referenced. The standards-based assessment will be aligned to the new state level standards, effective for the 2015-2016 school year and beyond. The norm-referenced assessment will be the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, non-Common Core aligned version. This frees the districts and schools to choose content standards, thus allowing classroom level decisions regarding curriculum and instruction. The ODE requirement to create an equivalency table for calculating report card measures will maintain effective annual accountability and eliminate any assessment bias. Similar testing options will be available for graduation and diploma requirements.
- Local Control of instruction priorities and class schedules – LARA requires the annual year-end state assessment be administered after 90% instruction and/or no earlier than the last week of April. Further, the elimination of high school end-of-course exams prevents class schedule disruptions, dictation of course instruction, and a non-stop testing environment.
- Local Control of faculty evaluation and development – LARA eliminates the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) and the Resident Educator summative Assessment (RESA), as well as the Ohio Principal Evaluation System (OPES). This will greatly reduce testing and restore instruction time.
- Local Control of Kindergarten Readiness Assessment – LARA eliminates the state level Kindergarten Readiness Assessment. This will return the evaluation determinations to the local level, end the enormous data collection involved, and return our kindergarten teachers to the classroom.
- Protection of student and teacher data – LARA prohibits student-level and non-aggregated data reporting or non-authorized access to such data. The elimination of state and federal level evaluations – OTES, OPES and RESA – protects our teaching professionals and administrators, and eliminates the requirement to link each individual student score to the individual teacher and class.
- Protection of content and assessment stability – LARA prohibits the adoption of, or revision to state adopted standards without approval of independent Standards Review Committee, comprised of – Ohio parents, Ohio educators preschool through higher ed, child psychologists, and other professionals – and which is independent from the state board and the department of education; followed by a minimum of three legislative hearings and approval by both houses of the General Assembly by Concurrent Resolution.
- Protection of transparency and community – LARA requires state level standards and selected assessments be transparent, valid and reliable. It is critical that parents, teachers and school officials trust the program, the process, and its purpose, if we expect our schools to successfully serve our children and our communities.