Watching our quite dysfunctional and out-of-touch Ohio Department of Education in action as they fight to defend their efforts in labelling successful and "present" eschool student as truant is mind-boggling. At the same time, following the eschool attack bills being peddled elected officials like Senator Joe Schiavoni is enough to make your head spin. As public support and choice for K-12 online education has increased exponentially over the last 15+ years in Ohio, so have the seemingly subhuman attacks that aim to disparage the important work being put in by dedicated Ohio teachers, staff and students at Ohio's largest eschool, ECOT (The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow).

It's refreshing to see that despite all of these unnecessary distractions and politically motivated attacks, ECOT is pressing forward and continuing to improve standards and quality for their students and staff.

From ECOT's Facebook Post 02.24.17

AdvancED, the world’s largest organization of education professionals, recommended ECOT for accreditation.

AdvanceED serves 34,000 schools and school systems enrolling over 20 million students. AdvancED was founded by the merger of North Central Associations Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.

During the external review on Feb. 22-23, the agency outlined there findings within three areas of education: Teaching and Learning Impact, Leadership Capacity and Resource Utilization.
The accrediting agency identified five powerful practices that ECOT employs within its classrooms:

• All ECOT teachers are engaged in a formal mentoring program, which is appropriate to their experience in digital learning.

• ECOT planned and implemented high quality, organization-wide professional development opportunities for administrators and staff members.

• A clear and transparent effort was demonstrated to share values and beliefs about online teaching and learning.

• ECOT’s educational leadership implemented a personnel supervision and evaluation process that supports and enhances the professional practice of digital education.

• Stakeholder involvement increased via broad strategy to represent stakeholders in organizational decision-making.

ECOT far exceeded the average scores for schools of its size and background. The AdvancED accreditation will be awarded in June.

“ECOT is an exceptional school with hardworking teachers and students. As we continue to stand up in court for e-schools in Ohio against the Department of Education, this accreditation shows that we are one of the emerging leaders in online education,” Superintendent Rick Teeters said. “It is further proof that ECOT is committed to our students and teachers and esteemed, neutral organizations recognize that.”

ECOT is currently involved in a legal action with the Ohio Department of Education. The department is attempting to limit school choice by ripping funding away from ECOT and other eschools based on selective and retroactive enforcement of absurd attendance rules. 

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