The revised Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities, which are Ohio Administrative Code Rules 3301-51-01 to 09, 11 and 21, became effective on July 1, 2014. A broad overview of changes to the rules is provided in the Summary of Changes to the Operating Standards. During the state’s revision period, OPEPP submitted suggested changes to the delivery of services section of the Standards (3301-51-09), articulating the need for annual training of paraprofessionals specific to the competencies needed to support the students they serve. This submission, accepted for integration into the revised Standards, positioned the state to take a significant step in raising collective expectations of all paraprofessionals.
Visit the Ohio Department of Education’s Operating Standards & Guidance site here for more information.