Academic Distress Commission

Youngstown Academic Distress Commission

Ohio law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish an Academic Distress Commission for each school district that has been declared to be in academic emergency.

Academic Distress Commission Information.


Conducted under Ohio law, district reviews support local school districts in establishing or strengthening a cycle of continuous improvement. Reviews consider carefully the effectiveness of system-wide functions using the Ohio Department of Education’s six district standards: leadership governance and communication; curriculum and instruction; assessment and effective use of data; human resources and professional development; student supports; and fiscal management. Reviews identify systems and practices that may be impeding improvement as well as those most likely contributing to positive results.


Reviews collect evidence for each of the six district standards above. A district review team consisting of independent consultants with expertise in each of the standards reviews documentation, data and reports prior to conducting a five-day district visit that includes visits to individual schools. The team conducts interviews and focus group sessions with such stakeholders as the board of education members, teachers’ association representatives, administrators, teachers, parents, and students. Team members also observe classroom instructional practices. Subsequent to the on-site review, the team meets after the observation to develop findings and recommendations before submitting a draft report to the department of education. District review reports focus primarily on the system’s most significant strengths and challenges, with an emphasis on identifying areas for improvement.

The ADC consists of three members, including the chair, who are appointed by the state superintendent of public instruction; one member appointed by the mayor and one by the school board president.

The ADC in May 2016, appointed the first chief executive officer of the Youngstown City Schools, selecting Krish Mohip through a national search.