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PARCC Releases Draft Writing Access Accommodations Policies for public comment

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has released a draft policy that proposes accommodations for students with disabilities who need assistance expressing themselves in writing or typing on a computer for public comment. This release is part of a collaborative effort to create an assessment that will help all students prepare for college and career readiness and assess the full range of student performance on skills vital for competitiveness.

The draft policy includes recommending two writing access accommodations – specifically, a scribe and word prediction software – on the English language arts (ELA)/literacy summative assessment for students with disabilities who meet the accommodation eligibility criteria.

The public review period for feedback runs through Feb. 20.The draft policy can be found here on the PARCC website.

OAASFEP Title I/ Federal Programs Spring Conference March 20-22

The OAASFEP Title I/Federal Programs Spring Conference is being held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center from March 20-22. The theme of the conference is “Federal Programs, Common Core...Success for All.” Conference sessions will focus on the Common Core State Standards and the federal grants and programs that can help implement them. Further conference details and registration information can be found here.

Statewide conference will ‘Connect the Dots’ of Ohio school reform on March 22

ODE is hosting a one-day conference, Connecting the Dots: Diving Deeper into Ohio's Education Reform Efforts, on March 22 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Click here to register.

This event will provide a unique interactive training experience where participants will learn how to relate reform initiatives to one another and create a customized implementation plan. Teams of district educators will see the “big picture” and how Ohio’s education reforms support student success. In addition to this unique opportunity, breakout sessions will be available and include topics such as Student Learning Objectives, a presentation of Ohio’s Instructional Improvement System (IIS), Formative Instructional Practices, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and more.

21st Century Community Learning Centers request for application

Before- and after-school programs can apply for the latest round of 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) funds here. The 21st CCLC federal grant is a competitive grant which provides high-quality before- and after-school programs primarily to children of high poverty and low academic achievement. The programs focus on reading, mathematics, positive youth development, and parent and family engagement activities. They also engage participants in a wide array of enrichment activities in areas such as sports, science, technology, arts and crafts. Awarded applications could receive up to $200,000 annually for the first three years of the grant’s five-year cycle. During the fourth and fifth year, funding will be reduced as recipients prepare to sustain their programs after the grant ends. Currently there are approximately 240 programs taking part in five-year grants.

The application deadline is April 26, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. All applications must be submitted via the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP) and approved by the applicant’s Superintendent/CCIP Authorized Representative prior to the deadline. No extensions are permitted once the CCIP closes. Please send any questions to 21stCCLC@education.ohio.gov.

Safety and Security Strand added to BASA School Facilities Conference

BASA has added a safety and security strand to their upcoming School Facilities Conference. The Conference, being held on March 13 and 14 at the Columbus Doubletree Hotel, will offer two keynote speakers and seven breakout sessions on this issue. National Communication Expert Anthony Huey will deliver the keynote on March 13 regarding crisis communications. The following day David Esquith, Director of the USDOE Office of Safe and Healthy Students and a member of the Vice President’s Task Force on Gun Control, will share school safety and security resources available at the national level.

Registration information and a complete conference schedule can be found here.