Ohio’s House Bill 115, effective July 1, 2007, mandated that one system be developed to support state and school district efforts in improving school effectiveness and student achievement. The intent was to coordinate, integrate and align school improvement support and “reduce the unnecessary duplication of programs and services and provide for a more streamlined and efficient delivery of educational services without reducing the availability of the services needed by school districts and schools.”
To implement HB 115 the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) developed 16 regions across the state with each region responsible to support the school improvement efforts within that region. Each region was to create a State Support Team (SST), which would be responsible to assist school districts in their region to coordinate, integrate and align the school improvement efforts within the following areas:
- The academic performance of all students;
- Compliance with Federal and state requirements for improving results of students with disabilities and students at risk of being identified as disabled;
- Early learning and school readiness;
- Literacy; and
- Deployment of other state educational initiatives.
The Summit ESC was named fiscal agent of Region 8, which consists of Summit, Portage and Medina counties. The members of the State Support Team include the former Regional School Improvement Facilitators (RSIT) and the former MEO-SERRC staff. Supplemental support for SST is also provided by each ESC.