Governor Kasich Signs Education Component Of MBR At Buckeye Girls State
Legislation Addresses College Readiness for Ohio Students, Provides Various Graduation Options

COLUMBUS—State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) today joined Governor John Kasich for the ceremonial signing of House Bill 487, a component of the Mid-Biennium Review (MBR) package that makes various changes to primary and secondary education. The signing took place at Buckeye Girls State in Mount Union.

The legislation focuses largely on expanding graduation qualification guidelines to allow for students to have multiple avenues for earning a high school diploma. House Bill 487 provides three ways for students to qualify for graduation and to receive a high school diploma including earning a cumulative passing score on seven end-of-course exams, earning a “remediation free” score on nationally recognized college admission exams and earning an industry-recognized credential or state license for practice in a vocation while achieving a score that demonstrates workforce readiness and employability on job skills assessment.

The bill also creates the College Credit Plus (CCP) program, known previously as Postsecondary Enrollment Options. Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, public high schools and public colleges will be required to participate in CCP, with participation by private institutions being voluntary. During conference committee, an amendment was added to permit agreements below the “floor” with the Chancellor’s approval and to establish limitations on the fees private colleges may charge students.

Modifications have also been made to nationally recognized college admission exams. The State of Ohio will fund the examinations, allowing for more students to have the ability to take these tests in order to assess college readiness.

“It is an honor to host such fine young women in Alliance. I am thrilled that the governor chose to sign a bill in their presence, allowing their experience at Buckeye Girls State to be unprecedented,” said Rep. Hagan. “There is no doubt in my mind that these ladies will lead the way in the future”.

Additional changes made to House Bill 487 include:

  • Prohibiting the collection of student and parent social security numbers, political or religious affiliation and biometric data during testing

  • Establishing a content review committee for four content areas and requiring the release of test      questions to the public in regards to academic content standards

  • Establishing a “safe harbor” for schools related to performance results attributed to the 2014-2015      school year

  • Creating an innovation pilot  program, which waives from state assessments, teacher evaluations for schools that are part of the Innovation Learning Network

  • Requiring the Ohio Department of Education to create an online clearinghouse of information for      identification of at-risk students and student success plans

Creating a committee to establish training requirements for certain practitioners regarding students who have suffered a concussion

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