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Quality, Proximity, Capacity, Accessibility

Hallmarks of ESC Success

Ohio’s ESCs are geographically distributed across the state and serve the schools in their respective areas. ESCs have a unique understanding of the strengths and needs of their districts and use these insights to positively impact and improve instruction and student achievement outcomes.

  • Ohio’s ESCs employ over 13,100 individuals (approx. 8,300 are full-time employees)
  • 90% of ESC personnel are in the buildings and districts every day providing services to students, teachers and other district personnel at the classroom and building level.
  • During the 2007-2008 school year ESCs hosted 10,475 different professional development activities attended by 242,853 total attendees.

ESCs utilized this capacity to deliver the following programs and services to 95% of Ohio’s 614 public school districts in the 2007-2008 academic year:

  • Special Education Services
    • 43 ESCs operate classroom cooperatives for students with emotional disabilities
    • 44 operate classroom cooperatives for students with multiple disabilities
    • 40 run programs and services for students with autism spectrum disorders
    • 53 operate preschool special education programs
    • 46 employ occupational and physical therapists
    • 52 provide school psychology services
  • Student Programs
    • 53 ESCs operate gifted and talented programs
    • 41 operate public preschools
    • 16 operate Head Start programs
    • 50 operate Alternative Schools
    • 37 coordinate Dual Credit programs in partnership with districts, higher education and the state.
  • Cooperative Endeavors
    • 36 ESCs have established insurance consortia on behalf of their districts
    • 52 ESCs employ teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals in cooperation with school districts
    • 36 administer state grants and federal title programs on behalf of school districts
  • High Quality Professional Development
    • 33 ESCs provided professional development services in the area of 21st Century Skills
    • 50 conducted leadership development seminars and services
    • 54 provided school improvement related professional development
    • 54 provided professional development in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • Implementation of Federal and State Regulations
    • 53 ESCs provide Bus Driver Certification and Physicals
    • 7 operate the state’s 7 school bus driver training programs
    • 54 assist districts and the state with teacher licensure
    • 55 conducted FBI and BCI Background Checks
    • 54 oversee homeschooling in their respective regions
    • 45 provide school attendance officers and related services
    • 53 provide Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Training
  • Community Partnerships
    • 29 ESCs are members of and participate in Regional P-16 Councils
    • 53 are members of Family and Children First Councils
    • 36 Operate and/or serve on Business Advisory Councils
    • 32 actively participate in Workforce Development Boards
    • 33 are involved in Community Foundations
    • 57 are members of Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) of the Educational Regional Service System (ERSS).