For School superintendents and treasurers


Nominate educators by Jan. 11 for review of new educator licensure assessments

ODE is seeking nominations by Friday, Jan. 11 for about 600 Ohio educators and college faculty to be involved in the validation of educator assessments to be used for initial licensure. These assessments, which will replace the currently used series of Praxis tests, were developed by the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson and will be used beginning in September 2013.

Nominees selected for a Bias Review committee or one of 42 Content Advisory committees will review and validate the new assessments. Your recommendation of one or more educators to participate in this process is critical to developing meaningful assessments. You (or your designee) are asked to submit names and email addresses of nominees following the online process described in the attached letter. Pearson will provide reimbursement for substitutes and travel expenses for any face-to-face meetings attended by selected nominees. Questions may be directed to Christine Conlon, of Pearson’s Evaluation Systems group, at christine.conlon@pearson.com.

Technology guidelines released by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

Recently released guidelines provide information needed for planning classroom instruction next school year and to prepare for computer-based state tests in 2014-2015. Minimum and recommended technology specifications are here. Guidance includes computer hardware, input devices, security requirements, bandwidth and “rule of thumb” suggestions regarding the number of devices schools need to administer tests.

Your help is needed now to ensure educator licensure system success

My Educator Profile is the state’s new online educator licensure system. Your teachers now will be able to take advantage of this convenient, online system, but only if personnel in your district who sign educator license applications have enrolled in the system as electronic signers. Please help us pave the way for a smooth online license application process by making sure now that appropriate district personnel are enrolled. With a SAFE account, the process should take less than five minutes. View the simple e-signature enrollment instructions here. Address any questions to ODE’s Office of Educator Licensure at (614) 466-3593 or educator.licensure@education.ohio.gov.

Ohio’s Colleges and Universities Establish Remediation-Free Standards

Uniform statewide standards for students to be considered remediation-free for college-level English, writing, math and science provide information about a student’s readiness for college-level coursework. The recently released remediation-free standards and thresholds are not intended to replace college and university admissions policies; any admitted student who has earned remediation-free status in a subject will be eligible to enroll in a college credit-bearing course in that subject.

Year-end reports to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly.

ODE submitted the following four reports as required in law:

  • 2011-2012 Annual Body Mass Index (BMI) Report
  • 2011-2012 Annual Report on Community Schools
  • 2011-2012 Office of School Sponsorship Annual Report
  • 2012 Third Grade Reading Guarantee

These reports are available on the ODE Web site by clicking here.