Ohio's Major Business Groups Unite to Testify on Education Bill.
Legislators Urged to Adopt Clear, Rigorous Academic Standards,
Annual Testing and Stronger Accountability Measures
COLUMBUS, Ohio Columbus is the capital and the largest city of the American state of Ohio. Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816. , May 8 /PRNewswire/ --
Leaders of Ohio's six major statewide business organizations urged members of the Ohio House of Representatives' Education Committee to adopt clear academic standards, annual testing to measure student learning and stronger accountability measures for schools and school districts.
In an unprecedented show of unity, executive leaders of the National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio, Ohio Business Roundtable Business Roundtable (BRT), an association consisting of the chief executive officers of major U.S. corporations that was founded in 1972 through the merger of the three preexisting business organizations. , Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and The Ohio Manufacturers' Association offered consensus testimony in support of Senate Bill 1, legislation designed to implement many of the recommendations put forth by Governor Taft's Commission for Student Success. This is the first time that the heads of the state's major business organizations, whose members collectively employ millions of working Ohioans, have ever testified together on a single bill.
"High-performing schools must be Ohio's number-one priority," said Richard Stoff, president of the Ohio Business Roundtable and spokesperson for the united business groups. "We in the business community are united in our belief that the quality of our education system is the single greatest factor in Ohio's economic growth and social vitality ... united in our concern that Ohio is under-performing as a state, and that the "skill gap" between what our graduates know and what they need to know to be successful is significant and ever-widening ... and united in our resolve that, as one of the key customers of our education system, nothing less than our future is at stake."
In voicing their support for Senate Bill 1, the business groups identified six areas of critical concern including essential components of the bill that must be kept intact as it moves through the legislative process, as well as recommendations for strengthening the bill:
1. Move forward aggressively with current efforts to develop clear,
rigorous, statewide academic content standards.
2. Develop academic content standards in all core subjects -- math,
science, social studies and English/language arts -- at all grade
3. Require annual testing to measure student learning, and require test
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See also: Report to the State.
4. Provide adequate intervention and assistance for low-performing
5. Put real "teeth" in the accountability system -- including rewards and
incentives for success, and sanctions Sanctions is the plural of sanction. Depending on context, a sanction can be either a punishment or a permission. The word is a contronym.
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v to move the teeth into their proper positions to conform to the line of occlusion. all components of the education system, so accountability and
assessments are linked closely with curriculum, which in turn is
driven by standards.
"Our economic security and our ability to flourish as a democratic society demand a generation of high school and college graduates with solid academic knowledge, superior technical skills, conscientious con·sci·en·tious
1. Guided by or in accordance with the dictates of conscience; principled: a conscientious decision to speak out about injustice.
2. work habits and eager, creative and analytical minds," said Stoff on behalf of the group "The business community is committed to working as partners with educators and state policy makers to achieve our vision of creating America's best schools right here in Ohio."
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