From the Superintendent
My best wishes are coming your way this week as your districts begin administering the Spring Ohio Achievement Assessments to Grade 3-8 students.
I’m sure you have prepared your students and their families by sharing common wisdom about proper rest and nutrition. But I know that achievement tests also can create anxiety for teachers, who see the resulting data as a reflection of their performance. This may be especially true for teachers this year, with the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System either in place in their districts or coming soon.
I urge you to set a relaxed tone by reminding your teachers to place the tests in their proper perspective. These test results are not career makers or career breakers, but valuable sources of data that confirm good classroom practices and identify needed improvement. Teachers will find that the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System includes strong support for teachers who want to improve their classroom effectiveness in any area.
While we’re on the topic of assessments, be aware that the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is inviting public comment on accommodations for students with disabilities and English learners taking the consortium’s computer-based reading and math assessments. You and your staff members can give feedback now through May 13 on a draft manual that will guide you as you select, administer and evaluate accommodations on end-of-year, performance-based and optional mid-year components of the assessments. See more information below.
Thank you for all you are doing for Ohio’s boys and girls.
Dr. Richard A. Ross