Ohio’s Office for Exceptional Children is exploring policies to help districts ensure that special education students meet new state requirements for the Ohio Core.
The Ohio Core requirements provide three ways for students with disabilities to meet graduation requirements.
As part of the transition planning process, an IEP team for a student with a disability may decide that based on the student’s post secondary goals he/she will complete the required Core coursework. If accommodations are needed in these courses, they should be indicated on the student’s IEP. The IEP team may also consider using education options described in the information about the Core coursework to assist the student in meeting the course requirements. Core coursework should be noted in postsecondary transition planning section under “Course of Study” on the student’s IEP.
Based on the student’s goals identified in his or her postsecondary transition plan, the IEP team may decide to use the opt-out provision for the required Core coursework. The student would complete courses needed to meet the goals for employment or post-secondary education indicated on his or her transition plan on the IEP. This should be noted in the postsecondary transition planning section under “Course of Study” on the student’s IEP.
The IEP team may decide that a student with a disability will meet graduation requirements solely by meeting the goals on the student’s IEP, as permitted by section ORC 3313.61(A)(1). This should be noted in the postsecondary transition planning section of the student’s IEP.
In order to do this work, OEC is exploring how other states have addressed free and appropriate education in similar environments. They will survey special education administrators from across the country, hoping to find practices that they can share with districts as they move forward to meet the challenge of providing every child a rigorous yet appropriate curriculum.
Check the updates of their findings. Contacts are John Magee (614-728-1115, John.email@example.com or Sandy Kaufman at (614) 752-1404, Sandy.firstname.lastname@example.org