Ohio Administrative Code: Operating Standards for Ohio Schools Drawn from the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence

Ohio Revised Code 3301.07 (Powers and duties generally; minimum standards) requires the state to "Formulate and prescribe minimum standards to be applied to all elementary and secondary schools in this state for the purpose of requiring a general education of high quality. Such standards shall provide adequately for: ... the proper organization, administration, and supervision of each school, including ... preparation of a statement of policies and objectives for each school; ... and such other factors as the board finds necessary."

The resulting standards are published as "Operating Standards for Ohio Schools," found in the Ohio Administrative code (3301-35-02 through 3301-35-07). Much of the Operating Standards are drawn directly from the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Excellence, and that criteria is invaluable in understanding the intent of the Operating Standards. Moreover, since the Baldrige Criteria are updated for each annual award cycle, they provide a up-to-date framework for organizational improvement.

The Baldrige-inspired sections of the Operating standards follow. Please consult the Administrative Code for the complete, official text.

3301-35-02 Governance and Organizational Leadership

The board, superintendent, treasurer and staff communicate and support the district's mission, strategic objectives, and goals (A) through ongoing organizational performance assessment and alignment (B.4, B.5) of educational needs identified by a broad representation of stakeholders (C.1) and responsive to stakeholder concerns (C.3).

3301-35-03 Strategic Planning and Continuous Improvement

Specific ongoing measurements, including key internal performance targets derived from similar and benchmark (higher-performing) districts, track progress toward goals which address current and future student needs and the district's other strategic objectives, communicated to all stakeholders

3301-35-04 Student and Other Stakeholder Focus

Instruction, evaluation, intervention, guidance, and grade-promotion (E.2) use regular (E.1), multiple and appropriate (E.5), valid and reliable (E.6) assessment, aligned to curriculum (E), to measure student achievement of performance goals and objectives(3301-35-01.B.1) with purposes and results shared among parents, students, and the community (E.7) and complying with standards of practice supported by ongoing staff development (E.4)

3301-35-05 Faculty and Staff Focus

Use data to determine the amount and nature of faculty and staff professional development necessary to implement the district's mission and strategic plan (A.8). Empower staff to use their full potential to achieve district and school goals (B) via communication, cooperation, and knowledge sharing (B.1) in an environment of encouragement, trust and mutual commitment (B.4, B.2) which is conducive to student learning and performance excellence (B.5).

3301-35-06 Educational Programs and Support

Stakeholder partnerships with parents, business, other schools, social services and other organizations (J.1) align with district strategic objectives and ensure effective and equitable allocation of district resources per stakeholder review at least once every three years (J.2).

3301-35-07 Using Data to Improve Performance Results

Measure key operational and educational performance areas, including performance baselines, comparables, benchmarks, and best practices(B); communicate measures to stakeholders (B.3), and use measures to drive improvement (E).