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Educational Service Centers in the ESSA Era

The Role of ESCs in Supporting Student Achievement

The Essential Role of Ohio’s Educational Service Centers in the ESSA Era

Recommendations for Action in Supporting Student, School and District Success


Educational Service Centers (ESCs) have over a century of service, in partnership with the state of Ohio, to students, schools and districts across the Buckeye State, including the implementation of a myriad of federal and state education reform efforts.

The recently enacted federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) creates a fundamental shift in the focus and control of public education systems by empowering states, districts and schools to drive local engagement and decision-making to improve educational outcomes for all students in all schools. This is the ESSA era, and we welcome the opportunities it presents for all Ohio students.

The Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA) is committed to working in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Education, school districts, allied educational organizations, state and local policy makers, and other stakeholders to promote and support implementation of ESSA and related state-level educational reform efforts that provide for an efficient, effective and quality system of education that is fiscally and academically accountable and which prepares all students to achieve high levels of success in college and careers.

The report below was created with this commitment in mind to assist the Ohio Department of Education and State Board of Education in developing the required state plan under ESSA.

The report offers eight strategic recommendations for how the state can partner with ESCs, Ohio’s statewide system of support, to ensure the continuous improvement of every school and district in Ohio.

We look forward to working with the Ohio Department of Education, State Board of Education, and the legislative and executive branches of state government to set a new, bold vision for public education in Ohio.

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Educational Service Centers in the ESSA Era

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