?Implement a statewide monitoring system designed to assess district/educational compliance with federal and state law applicable to students with disabilities.
?Align the work of the Special Education Regional Resource Center (SERRC) network with the priorities of the Ohio schools, including No Child Left Behind, differentiating instruction, positive behavior support, reading/literacy, and progress monitoring.
?Maximize use of federal and state funds earmarked for children with disabilities.
?Develop and disseminate products, tools and services focused on improving results for student who are at risk, including students with disabilities.
?Use the accountability system to leverage change in policy and practice at the local school level.
The Ohio schools are focusing attention and energy on assisting all students to achieve high academic standards. They are preparing and supporting teachers and administrators to ensure that all students are taught what they need in order to succeed. They are adapting the public education structure in a manner to ensure all students will learn the Ohio schools? academic standards.
This means fewer but more meaningful goals for all students, effective use of student assessment data and resources, a fundamental shift in focus from what is taught to what children learn, and allowing assessment to drive classroom instruction, which is rigorous and aligned to the standards.
The Ohio schools are creating a culture where each student feels valued and is given the ability and tools to succeed, including the students with disabilities.