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EdConnection

For school superintendents, principals and treasurers

4/22/2013

Public can comment on special education accommodations for 2014-2015 computer-based tests now through May 13

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is offering the public the opportunity to review and provide feedback on a draft accommodations manual that will support local educators in the selection, administration and evaluation of accommodations for the assessment of students with disabilities and English learners on end-of-year, performance-based and optional mid-year assessment components. The manual and accompanying survey, which is available now through May 13, along with a set of Frequently Asked Questions can be found by clicking here. In addition to guidance, the manual includes information about tools that all students can use on the assessments, such as highlighting text and magnified text and graphics.

Ohio is one of 22 states comprising PARCC that are developing the computer-based tests for the Common Core in reading and math.

2012 Local Report Card power user reports now available

Detailed analysis and comparison of 2012 Local Report Card results by district and school building is now available through ODE’s Interactive Local Report Card’s Power User Reports page.

These reports allow users to analyze the "numbers behind the data," create standard reports and graphs and download or save reports.

Investing in Innovation application deadline is April 26

Pre-applications for the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation program are due on April 26. This program will provide $150 million in competitive grants educational institutions and organizations with a record of improving student achievement, attainment or retention in order to expand the implementation of and investment in innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on:

  • Improving student achievement or student growth;
  • Closing achievement gaps;
  • Decreasing dropout rates;
  • Increasing high school graduation rates; or
  • Increasing college enrollment and completion rates.

A pre-recorded overview of the program and process can be found here.

Attorney General to offer anti-bullying symposium May 15 in Columbus

Bullying prevention will be the focus of a day-long symposium on May 15, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. during the Two Days in May Victim Assistance Conference hosted by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus.

The event will feature keynote speakers Rosalind Wiseman, internationally recognized author and educator, along with Deborah Temkin, former research and policy coordinator of Bullying Prevention Initiatives for the U.S. Department of Education. In the afternoon, participants will engage in facilitated discussions and agenda-setting.

There is no cost to attend the symposium, but advanced registration is required. Please contact Melanie
Cooley
at (614) 466-5263 to register.

Schools needed to pilot performance assessment project

ODE is again recruiting high school and elementary schools with grades 3-5 for the Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project (OPAPP), which is aimed at evaluating performance-based assessments as well as defining the nature and implementation of the tasks to be used as part of statewide test instruments. Participants are needed for Cohort 4.5 (high school mathematics, English language arts, science, social studies and career-technical tasks) and for Cohort 5 (elementary tasks in mathematics, English language arts, science and social studies). Applications for both cohorts are due May 24. More information on the project and applications are available here, or by contacting Lauren Monowar-Jones at (614) 728-1759.