From the Superintendent



Happy New Year! While some of you started back to school last week and some today, I hope all of you had some time to relax over the break.

Over the holidays, the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) relocated their offices, which were a few blocks east of ODE, to our building here at 25 S. Front St. When we started discussing the move, both agencies wanted to make sure we were doing more than just sharing physical space. Our intent is to foster interagency collaboration. We welcome our OBR colleagues and believe this move will allow more meaningful and efficient interaction between the two agencies and Ohio's educational system. We look forward to our work together in 2013.

Last week we also were able to announce that Thinkgate, LLC has been selected to provide an instructional improvement system for schools in Ohio and Massachusetts. Ohio’s system will include iLearnOhio.org, a one-stop home for high-quality K-12 content that is aligned with the state’s new learning standards. iLearnOhio is the product of a collaboration of the Ohio Resource Center, The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology, and OBR. More information about the IIS can be found here.

Finally, I would like to share with you our new video, Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee – What it Means for You. This three-minute motion graphic video gives a general overview of the Third Grade Guarantee and is ideal for parent and community groups. You can find the video online here at the ODE YouTube Channel. It also can be downloaded from our Third Grade Guarantee website here under “Resources for Districts.”

Thank you for all you do for Ohio's children.


Michael L. Sawyers