Teacher Recruitment and Retention: State Profile

Teacher Recruitment and Retention: State Profile - Ohio

October 2019


Ohio teacher graph
Source: Title II Reports National Teacher Preparation Data (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education) https://title2.ed.gov/Public/DataTools/Tables.aspx. Data was retrieved on 8/7/2019. 

Teacher production and overall teacher supply in the United States has grown steadily since the mid-1980s. However, national data trends show an overall decrease in educator preparation program enrollment and completion in recent years. Although new teacher supply data provide an incomplete* picture of a state’s teacher labor market, a decrease in new teacher supply may contribute to new shortages and exacerbate already present shortages within a state. This chart details trends in educator preparation program completion in Ohio, compared with the United States average. 

*New teacher supply data do not capture whether graduates are prepared to teach in high-demand subject areas or willing to teach in underserved schools. They do not capture whether graduates meet the requirements for licensure and go on to teach within the state or at all. They also do not capture teachers who are prepared out-of-state or teachers who temporarily leave the profession and then re-enter. Finally, they do not capture the quality of the individuals seeking employment. Supply and demand considerations vary considerably within states. State leaders can consider multiple factors — including, for example, district and school staffing, vacancy data and educator equity gaps — when evaluating their teacher labor market and considering policy solutions.

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Shortage data and reports
What is the number and percentage change in the state's educator preparation program completion between 2008-09 and 2016-17 (total and by program type)? Total: 6,750 to 4,771 (-30%)
Traditional: 6,750 to 4,771 (-30%)
Alternative: No students completed alternate route programs.
US Department of Education Title II Reports
Data Tools: Completers, by state, by program type
What is the number and percentage change in the state's educator preparation program completion between 2015-16 and 2016-17 (total and by program type)? Total: 5,174 to 4,771 (-8%)
Traditional: 5,174 to 4,771 (-8%)
Alternative: No students completed alternate route programs.
US Department of Education Title II Reports
Data Tools: Completers, by state, by program type
Has the state published state-specific teacher shortage data within the past five years? No. The most recent report is six years old. 2013 Teacher Supply and Demand in Ohio
Has the state published educator equity gap data (apart from what was submitted in the Educator Equity Plan and ESSA State Plan)? Yes. There is publicly available data. Ohio School Report Cards

Ohio State ESSA Plan

Ohio State Equity Plan and Profile
Expanding the pool of teacher candidates
Does the state offer a pathway, program or incentive through statute or regulation to recruit high school students into the teaching profession? Yes. Statute authorizes the department of education to establish a grant program that may include supporting the implementation of Grow Your Own programs. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3319.57
Does the state offer a pathway, program or incentive through statute or regulation to recruit paraprofessionals into the teaching profession? Yes. Statute authorizes the department of education to establish a grant program that may include supporting the implementation of Grow Your Own programs. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3319.57
Does the state create opportunities for teacher residency programs through statute or regulation? No. N/A
What percentage of the state's educator preparation program graduates came from alternative preparation programs in the year the data was last reported (2016-17)? None of the 2016-17 EPP graduates came from alternate route programs. US Department of Education Title II Reports
Data Tools: Completers, by state, by program type
Teacher pay and financial incentives
Does statute establish requirements for minimum teacher pay? Yes. The state has established a minimum teacher salary schedule based on years of teaching experience and degree level. In addition, the state requires Cleveland Public Schools to adopt a differentiated salary schedule for teachers based upon performance. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3317.13

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3311.78
Does statute define at least one statewide scholarship or grant program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas? Yes. Statute defines at least two scholarship programs to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3333.66

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3315.33
Does statute define at least one statewide loan forgiveness program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas? No. N/A
Does statute require or explictly encourage additional pay for teachers who work in underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas? Yes. To be eligible for state grants that may be used to fund financial incentives for attracting math, science and special education teachers, schools must be considered hard-to-staff. R.C. § 3319.57
Does statute define at least one statewide financial incentive program for teachers of color? No. N/A
Does the state provide or require additional pay for teachers who obtain advanced licensure? Yes. Teachers who obtain the advanced license may be eligible for additional pay. Cleveland Public Schools is required to consider "the level of licensure issued" in its differentiated salary schedule based on performance. Senior Professional Educator and Lead Professional Educator Licenses

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3311.78

Teacher Leadership and Advancement: State Profile
Does the state provide or require additional pay for teachers who obtain National Board Certification? Yes. Ohio provides an annual grant of $2,500 to board certified teachers employed full-time by a public school district or by a chartered non-public school in Ohio. The payment is the same regardless of a teacher's licensure area and/or employment location. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3319.55
Early and ongoing supports
Does the state require induction and mentoring support for new teachers? If so, what is the required length? Yes. Four years of entry-level program including two years of mentoring. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3319.223
Does the state require or explicitly encourage reduced teaching loads for new and/or mentor teachers? Yes. Statute establishes a grant program to assist schools in any of a number of innovations, including the provision of better conditions for new teachers such as reduced teaching loads. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3319.57
Does the state require that an established portion of a teacher's work day/week be designated exclusively for teacher planning? Yes. Teachers must be provided two hundred minutes per week for scheduled planning time to design their work, evaluate student progress, hold conferences and participate in team planning. In addition, statute authorizes the department of education to establish a grant program that may include assisting schools in adopting new models for restructuring the school day or school year, such as including teacher planning and collaboration time as part of the school day. Ohio Admin. Code 3301-35-05

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3319.57

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