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EdConnection

For School superintendents and treasurers

2/4/2013

Ohio Assessments for Educators website is now open

The Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) program website is now online. OAE is a new series of tests developed by the Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson. Beginning in this September, OAE will replace the Praxis II series as the required Ohio educator licensure assessments, except for world languages.
Candidates, educator preparation programs, administrators, and others seeking information about OAE can find key dates, test information, contact information and frequently asked questions. The OAE website will be updated through the spring and summer to include additional information and preparation resources, as they become available.

Scholarship application periods are open

Applications for students applying for EdChoice, Cleveland, Autism and Jon Peterson Scholarships are open and accessible to the participating private schools and providers for each program. Public school designated personnel have access to the application information through their SAFE accounts, as applications are electronically submitted. Deadlines for student applications are: EdChoice – April 19; Cleveland – April 19; Autism – approved applications prior to March 31 can receive prorated funding for that same fiscal year; Jon Peterson – April 15 and Nov. 15.

EdChoice designated public school list posted

The list of designated public school buildings for the EdChoice Scholarship program has been posted here. The list contains buildings that have received Local Report Card ratings of Academic Watch or Academic Emergency for the past two of three school years and buildings in the lowest 10 percent by Performance Index Score. As report card data for the 2011-2012 school year has not been finalized, the EdChoice designated list is watermarked as preliminary data.

EdChoice program annual second application period announced

House Bill 555, recently passed by the Ohio General Assembly, contains the provision for an annual second application period for the program to be held during July 2013. Public school district staff will be able to review these second-round applications through the middle of August.

Annual statewide tornado drill scheduled; Severe Weather Preparedness Week observed

Be sure to mark your calendars now for the statewide tornado drill, scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 at 9:50 a.m. The make-up date is Friday, March 8. Ohio law requires schools to conduct a drill every spring so that they are prepared in the event of severe weather. Schools are encouraged to work with their county Emergency Management Agency to prepare for this important safety drill.

The statewide tornado drill is held each year during Ohio’s Spring Severe Weather Preparedness week, which is designated this year as March 3-9. Each spring, floods, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and severe winter storms can pose threats to people and property throughout the state.

The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness provides safety information and tips on how to reduce the impact of severe weather hazards. It also contains information about a safety poster contest for children in Grades 1-6. The deadline for entering is April 16. Visit www.weathersafety.ohio.gov for more information.

ilearnOhio is accepting applications for the Digital AP Tuition Waiver

Under the direction of the Ohio Board of Regents, ilearnOhio is offering one‐time funds for Ohio high school students (public and private) who want to enroll in an online Advanced Placement course at little to no cost to the student or school. A student may only receive one AP course fee waiver and must attend a public or private Ohio high school or be homeschooled with an Ohio school of residence. A school official must complete the application for the student through ilearnOhio. The district or school (or school of residence for homeschooled students) enrolling the student shall award the student credit for successful completion of the course. For more information, please contact web@ilearnOhio.org or visit http://www.ilearnOhio.org.

ilearnOhio also is accepting applications for the Digital AP Tuition Waiver to begin this fall. For students who want to enroll in an online AP course for the next academic year, now is the time to begin considering this option. Interested applicants also may wish to inquire how this program may apply to PSEO online college courses.

eTPES Student Growth Measures Completed

The eTPES Student Growth Measures function was added in each user’s account on Jan. 31. Teacher Multivariate Response Model (MRM) composite data are loaded and utilized in eTPES for Category A teachers (Value-Added). Univariate Response Model (URM) composite data will not display in eTPES until Sept. of this year. The URM data will be provided for those districts that are working with ODE and Battelle for Kids on extended Value-Added assessments, including Terra Nova, ACT, and Science OAA.

Please follow directions to complete district percentages and educator data for Category B and C teachers/principals. This is a required step for districts implement new teacher or principal evaluations this year.

Several additional resources have been added to assist in the use of the Student Growth Measures section in On the ODE Educator Evaluation webpage under “Ohio eTPES”, including the updated User Guide, and the new eTPES Student Growth Measures webinar.

Deadline for two teacher awards April 1; Nominations sought for leadership opportunity

The deadline for nominations for the 2013-2014 Ohio Teacher of the Year award is April 1. Both superintendents and principals may nominate exemplary teachers. The Ohio Teacher of the Year program is part of the National Teachers of the Year program sponsored by the Council of Chief School State Officers. Click here for additional information as well as nomination and applications forms.
Nominations for the Presidential Awards of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching also are due by April 1. Teachers of grades 7-12 are eligible for nomination. Nomination and application forms are available here.

Finally, ODE also is accepting recommendations for Ohio’s Talent Pool. The pool is a file of educators, including principals and teachers that the state may consider for advisory board and task force memberships as well as candidacy for special recognition programs. Currently, the pool lacks representation from relatively new educators, so this year ODE is accepting recommendations only for teachers in Grades 6-12 who fit that description. For more information, click here.