(A) The superintendent of public instruction shall establish a pilot project in Columbiana county under which one or more school districts in that county shall offer a multiple-track high school curriculum for students with differing career plans. The superintendent shall solicit and select districts to participate in the pilot project. Selected districts shall begin offering their career track curricula not later than the school year that begins at least six months after the effective date of this section. No district shall be required to participate in the pilot project.

The curricula provided under the pilot project at each participating district shall offer at least three distinct career tracks, including at least a college preparatory track and a career-technical track. Each track shall comply with the curriculum requirements of section 3313.603 of the Revised Code. The different tracks may be offered at different campuses. Two or more participating districts may offer some or all of their respective curriculum tracks through a cooperative agreement entered into under section 3313.842 of the Revised Code.

The department of education shall provide technical assistance to participating districts in developing the curriculum tracks to offer to students under the pilot project.

Part or all of selected curriculum materials or services may be purchased from other public or private sources.

The state superintendent shall apply for private and other nonstate funds, and may use other available state funds, to support the pilot project. If nonstate funds cannot be obtained or the superintendent of public instruction determines that sufficient funds are not available to support the pilot project, implementation of this section may be postponed until such time as the superintendent determines that sufficient funds are available.

(B) Each participating school district shall report to the state superintendent data about the operation and results of the pilot project, as required by the superintendent.

(C) Not later than the thirty-first day of December of the third school year in which the pilot project is operating, the state superintendent shall submit a report to the general assembly, in accordance with section 101.68 of the Revised Code, containing the superintendent’s evaluation of the results of the pilot project and legislative recommendations whether to continue, expand, or make changes to the pilot project.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.