Eastern Ohio P-16 Partnership for Education (DBA Eastern Ohio Education Partnership) is a 501(c)(3) designed to be the backbone organization that brings sectors of the community together to create a common agenda, share data, and reinforce and strengthen existing education initiatives that help increase student outcomes from preschool through postsecondary education. As the backbone organization, we are charged with being the lead facilitator, community liaison, and organizer; creating and publicizing a communications plan; and collecting, analyzing, and aggregating data to assure individual programs are benefiting our students.
The Partnership has created a consortium of fifty community leaders that represent education from preschool to postsecondary, business, nonprofit, foundation, and social service agencies. These partners will focus on four critical student areas of transition: preschool to Kindergarten (Kindergarten Readiness), 3rd to 4th grade (3rd Grade Reading Proficiency), 8th to 9th grade (8th Grade Mathematics Proficiency), and high school to postsecondary (Postsecondary/Career Readiness). Four working groups, or Change Networks, will form, each focusing on a content area. These Change Networks, through a process called Collective Impact, (a long-term commitment from different sectors focusing on a common agenda), will discover existing programs that focus on our four common goals, and organize individuals doing the work to create a shared set of measurable goals around a long-term process of social change. By collectively organizing individual programs, these individual programs will have access to a community of shared resources, and a common set of measurable goals.
For the past two years Eastern Ohio P-16 has provided middle school students with the opportunity to take ACT Explore. Over 4900 students and teachers have benefited from our assessment program Exploring ACT.
Why Explore? ACT Explore (www.act.org/explore) is a curriculum-based educational and career planning program that measures achievement in English, mathematics, reading and science for middle school students. The districts enter into a consortia agreement with P-16 that requires they host an informational session for parents explaining Explore, provide one-on-one post-assessment feedback to each student, meet with P-16 for an one-on-one pre-assessment evaluation, and meet as a multi-county group for a post-assessment evaluation. All these steps help assure the test isn't used as just another assessment tool.
Why middle school? Postsecondary preparation often begins too late. ACT's 2005 and 2006 research looked at six measurements that are traditionally touted as indicators of college and career readiness. What ACT proved is that being prepared in eighth grade outweighs high school grade point average, advanced/honors coursework, background characteristics, standard coursework and student testing behaviors when it comes to college and career readiness.
Exploring ACT - a great way to prepare our students!
October 31, 2013 (Warren, Ohio) – Eastern Ohio Education Partnership will bring to the Mahoning Valley a unique entertainment experience of art & jazz Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm. Youngstown native and nationally renowned artist Al Bright will present a live art performance to the lyrical sounds of Warren native and Steinway pianist Joe Augustine. Audience members will be captivated as Al and Joe provide an unforgettable and engaging presentation of artists at work.
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