Bill revises third-grade reading guarantee, enhances teacher evaluation procedures in certain instances

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed Senate Bill 316—the education mid-biennium review—which modifies laws related to education, workforce development, and early childhood care.

“The passage of Senate Bill 316 is a critical component of our efforts to improve Ohio’s education system for Ohio’s young people,” said Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina). “This legislation has undergone extensive consideration in the committee process in both the Senate and in the House, and I believe the bill that we passed today is a product that will greatly benefit the Ohio’s students and the future of our education system.”

Senate Bill 316 makes numerous revisions to Ohio’s education-related laws by, among other provisions:

• Revising the third grade reading guarantee, making it similar to provisions implemented in Florida that saw dramatic gains in reading achievement
• Including an updated version of blended learning to allow students to move forward with thoughtful integration of technology-based instruction
• Requiring the State Board of Education and the Early Childhood Advisory Council to develop joint recommendations on literacy education of children from birth to grade three
• Adjusting the training and retesting of teachers rated “ineffective” for two of the three most recent years
• Developing report cards for joint vocational schools and career compacts in consultation with career and technical education organizations
• Requiring eye examinations for special needs students

Senate Bill 316 will be sent back to the Senate for concurrence.



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