Office of Assistant Superintendent

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 Dr. Douglas A. Cozad 
 Assistant Superintendent
 150 East Sixth Street
 Franklin, Ohio 45005
 Phone: (937) 743-8601
Lynn Hetzler
Administrative Assistant  to Assistant Superintendent
Phone: (937)  743-8601

The Office of Assistant Superintendent supports the educational process in the areas of curriculum/instruction and student services. Curriculum and instruction involve all activities that are associated with student learning. This includes subjects/topics to be taught, instructional approaches, educational materials and other educational experiences. Student Services assists all students with special needs through the efforts of educational psychologists, counselors, the school nurse, speech/language pathologists, the media coordinator, the gifted and talented teachers, academic intervention teachers, special education services and alternative school placement services.

State Testing


Third Grade English Language Arts Test

Students in the Third grade will be taking the new 3rd Grade English Language Arts (ELA) Test. This test replaces the third grade reading OAA and will meet the requirements of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. The Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) will no longer be administered. This new ELA test, like the OAA, will be administered 2 times during the school-year, fall and spring. Students in Franklin will be taking the paper version of this test on December 1, 2015. Click here for the FAQ's for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.


As part of the 2016-2018 budget bill, the General Assembly directed the Ohio Department of Education to transition to new assessments for the 2015-2016 school year in mathematics and English language arts. Per the new law, Ohio will cease the use of PARCC tests. Instead, the Ohio Department of Education is working with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) – which has provided Ohio's science and social studies assessments – to develop Ohio’s math and English language arts tests.

  • Students in grades 3-8 and high school will take Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies in the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Ohio’s State Tests measure student progress toward Ohio’s Learning Standards. Ohio teachers will be helping to select the items that will be on the tests. 
  • Tests range from 150-210 minutes long and can be divided into 2 parts. Click here for the complete listing of testing times for each test.
  • All tests will be given during one testing window this year, April 4 to May 13.
  • Specific dates for testing at Franklin City Schools has yet to be determined as well as the decision to test in paper format or on computers.
  • There are a number of key pieces in Ohio education that are staying the same.  Our Ohio Learning Standards have been in place since 2010 and Ohio teachers continue to locally develop lessons around these more challenging standards. 

Tested Grades and Subjects--Click here for more information from the state

Elementary and Junior High School

3-8-ELA and M; 4 and 6-SS; 5 and 8-Sci

3rd Grade will also take the English Language Arts (ELA) between Nov. 30- Dec. 11.

High School (Graduation class of 2018 and beyond) Click here for Graduation Requirements

ELA I, ELA II, Alg. I, Geometry, A.H., Govt., Physical Science (Biology will be required for 2019 and beyond)

10th, 11th ,12th – OGT (class of 2016-17) and A.H., Govt.


There are a number of key pieces in Ohio education that are staying the same.  Our Ohio Learning Standards have been in place since 2010 and Ohio teachers continue to locally develop lessons around these more challenging standards. 

To learn more about what these tests and to look at practice tests look like visit the following websites.

Visit  ODE’s Testing Portalfor general information about state tests.

Visit  Ohio’s New State Tests Resource Page created by John Mansel-Pleydell at NWOCA. This a great one-stop shop.

VisitODE’s Computer-Based Assessment Portalfor more information about administering the assessments, tutorials on how to respond to questions, a thorough description of the different components for each test, and practice tests. 

Understanding Ohio's New Accountability System

The new Accountability System features a number of measures to evaluate the performance of districts and schools throughout the state.  These include: 

  • Academic achievementfor all students by grade level and subject compared to national standards of success.
  • Progress, which measures the average annual improvement for each student during the course of a year (Note: This measure was formerly known as "Value Added").
  • Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO), which measures how well a school or district is doing narrowing gaps in reading, math, attendance and graduation rate among students according to socioeconomic, racial, ethnic or disability status
  • Graduation Rate, which measures the percentage of students who enter the ninth grade and graduate.  Data is examined in four- and five-year trend patterns.
  • K-3 literacy, which measures improvement in reading for students in grades K-3.
  • Prepared for Success, which measures whether graduates are prepared for college or a career.

These designations are now awarded in terms of letter grades, similar to those on students' school report cards.  

In the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, no overall district or school ratings were issued.  Only the first four components --academic achievement, progress among students in grades 4-8, AMO and graduation rate -- were assessed.  Progress measures for high school students will appear on the state Report Card in August 2016.  The K-3 literacy measure will be added to the Report Card in late 2014, and the Prepared for Success measure will be added in 2016.

The combination of the measures above will eventually be used to determine the rating of each school district and school building.  

Understanding Ohio's new Report Card System:  Resources

For more detailed information about the new Report Card, visit:

An explanation of each component of the new report card can be found here:


Franklin City Schools Report Card for 2013-14

Individual Buildings can be found by going to this link and searching for your school. 

Continuous Improvement Plan


Franklin City Schools

Continuous Improvement Plan

Our mission is to provide maximum learning so every student is college and career ready.


The Franklin City School District will work in partnership with families and the community to educate all individuals to be responsible, lifelong learners who possess the skills, knowledge, creativity, self-worth and ethical values necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing, culturally diverse, global society.


1.    Student Success ~ Every student progresses in his or her learning in order to be college and career ready upon graduation from Franklin High School.

Click here for the entire CIP.

Student Achievement/Enrichment Grant

In January 2001, Franklin City Schools established a Student Achievement Award to honor students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in academics, community service, or character. Since the award's inception, 66 students have been recognized by the Board of Education.

Examples (but not an exhaustive list) of achievements that would merit this award:

·  Perect (or high) scores on SAT or ACT (minimum composite score in the 95th percentile)

·  Winners or district-wide competitions such as spelling bees and speech contests.

·  Scoring at the advanced level on four or five out of five of the Ohio Proficiency Test

·  Exemplary service to others, including heroic acts.

·  Three consecutive years of perfect school attendance, with no absences, no tardys, and no sign-outs.

·  Best of the graduation class, based on GPA.

·  Wildcat of the Year (Junior High)

·  State or National recognition in the areas listed above (academics, service, and character).

Any Franklin student, including those attending the Career Center, is eligible for this award. Students may be nominated by any district employee, Board Member, or by another student.

Nominations are reviewed by a committee consisting of students, parents, administrators, Board Members, and community members. The committee meets monthly.


The Student Achievement Committee meets to review nominations on the first Monday of each month. If you are interested in serving as a parent or community representative, please contact us.


Franklin City Schools is proud to accept a donation from the George and Margaret McLane Foundation for $50,000 with an additional $150,000 donated over the next two school years for a total of $200,000. This donation will be used exclusively for the Student Achievement/Enrichment grant. This grant is designed to recognize and support exemplary practices that will have a positive impact on student achievement and/or provide enrichment experiences for the students of Franklin City Schools. The McLane Foundation was founded through an endowment by Wilhelmina McLane after her passing in 2011. She was a 1926 Franklin HS graduate and her father, George, was a four time mayor of Franklin. This foundation also supports the students of Franklin City Schools through two annual scholarships, replacement of the high school auditorium curtains, and sponsorship of the spring musical and McLane Summer Music Program. The students, staff, and Board of Education of Franklin City Schools sincerely thanks the McLane Foundation for this generous gift.   

Excellent and Perfect Attendance Rewarded at FHS

Students at Franklin High School that obtained Excellent and Perfect Attendance for the first semester of the 2014/2015 school year will be offered a field trip to Perfect North Ski Slope on February 12, 2015 to ski, snowboard or tubing. We like to recognize and reward these students for having perfect attendance or have only missed two days for the first semester. Studies show that being in school daily benefits student achievement and provides them with a sense a school community. Students who qualified for the trip but could not pay were still able to attend because of the Student Achievement/Enrichment Grant funded by the McLane Foundation.


This trip provides an opportunity for faculty to interact with students outside a classroom setting and to get to know students on a different level. One student stated “one of my most enjoyable moments was tubing with one of my students.  He needed a friend to tube with and I was that friend.  He is a student of mine, who has a hard time with eye contact and speaking out.  But when I saw him tubing, his face lit up, I knew then this field trip truly benefited him.”


Testing Schedule

District Curriculum

    Professional Development

    Information coming soon.