For School superintendents and treasurers


Department of Health oral health survey coming to elementary schools 

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) will be conducting a statewide oral health survey of third grade students during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years. Oral health specialists will visit a sampling of schools from all 88 counties to check students’ teeth for cavities, dental sealants and the need for dental care. 

Superintendents of districts with schools to be surveyed during the 2013-2014 school year will receive an email from ODH early next month with more details. 
The findings of this survey will help better promote the health of our students and improve their school attendance, readiness to learn and academic achievement. ODH also will use this data to secure funds for dental services for students in Ohio schools. 

Additional information about this survey can be found here

TELL Ohio educator survey will help schools improve results – informative webinar March 5 and 6 

The Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Ohio survey is a tool that gives teachers and administrators the opportunity to describe the conditions needed to do their jobs better. Educators can complete the anonymous survey between March 18 and April 12. 

The TELL Ohio survey, prepared by the New Teacher Center, is free for all Ohio schools, and is co-sponsored by ODE in partnership with education organizations listed here. Each school with a response rate of at least 50 percent can receive customized supports, data tools, trainings and an online resource library of best practices. Schools in other states have found this survey to be effective in establishing school improvement priorities and determining how they compare to other schools. 

Principals will receive a packet of letters to distribute to all school-based, licensed educators and administrators during the week of March 11. Principals at participating schools should work collaboratively with an OEA or OFT representative or other teacher leader to set up a meeting with faculty to share this prior to March 18. 

A pre-survey webinar will be conducted on March 5 and 6 at 4 p.m. to share more about the benefits of participating in this survey, including the connection to student achievement and teacher retention. To register for the webinar, click here. More information on the survey can be found on the TELL Ohio website

Schools can survey students on school experience through Ohio My Voice project 

Ohio schools serving students in grades 6-12 can participate, at no cost, in the Ohio My Voice project to survey their students about their experiences at school. The students’ answers can provide valuable information to school leaders and teachers to help foster engagement-based learning environments leading to improved academic performance and success for the students. 

More than 53,000 Ohio students participated in the My Voice: My School survey in 2011-2012. The findings, published in the My Voice Year One Report, include: 

  • 94 percent of Ohio students believe they can be successful;
  • 89 percent say going to college is important for their future; and
  • Only 44 percent say students have a voice in decision making at school. 

The Ohio My Voice initiative is a partnership of the Pearson Foundation, the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA) and ODE. The My Voice™ Student Aspirations Survey, is available one time at no cost to all Ohio schools through the Ohio Race to the Top (RttT) grant.
More information about the Ohio My Voice initiative and registration is available here.