For school superintendents, principals and treasurers



New and improved ODE website preview now online

A preview of the new ODE website is now available to explore before it becomes the official site next week.  The site can be accessed through the existing webpage at education.ohio.gov   and clicking on the “Preview” link or banner at the top of the page. It can also be reached directly at http://preview.education.ohio.gov/ .


Here are some features that will make the site easier to use:

·         The site’s content  is organized by what our users say they need, instead of by our internal organizational structures;

·         Topics and quick links found on our homepage provide a list of the most frequently accessed information;

·         A “How do I?” function directs users to answers for the most frequently asked questions;

·         A greatly improved search feature helps users more easily find relevant information;

·         Thousands of outdated items have been removed;

·         Page loading is much faster, even during peak usage times;

·         It is easier to share individual pages with your colleagues through social media and email;

·         Pages can be printed more easily; and

·         The site auto-adjusts how its pages display to accommodate smartphones and tablet computers.


The new website was built using data and ideas from representatives of the more than three million people who used our website each year. Tests with parents and educators have garnered positive reactions, but real time feedback is also needed. Additional ideas or suggestions about the new website, can be sent to WebCommSupport@education.ohio.gov.

On May 29, the new website will become ODE’s official web home and the existing system will move to archive status. While many existing links will automatically connect to the new website, some bookmarks may need to be changed.


State Board approves Ohio’s first career-tech report card

Last week, the State Board of Education unanimously approved the framework for the 2012-2013 Ohio Career-Technical Education Report Card. This report card is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation. The career-tech report card, to be published in late summer, will contain data from the graduating class of 2011 and will be issued for each of Ohio’s 91 career-technical planning districts. 


There are five components making up the report card: achievement, graduation, post-program placement, federal compliance and dual enrollment.  This year, letter grades will be given for graduation and placement.


The Office of Career-Technical Education will hold three conference calls this week to share the career-tech report card in greater detail. The hour long calls will be held on May 22 at noon, May 23 at 8 a.m. and on May 24 at 2:30p.m. To participate in the call, dial (866) 551-1530 and use PIN number 7398417#.


Clarification about local selection of interim end-of-course tests in history and government

Each school district or community school governing board must adopt interim end-of-course examinations to assess mastery of American history, American government standards and historic documents by July 1. While many boards are doing a formal board resolution, this is not required. Each board can adopt through a motion or other means typically used for curriculum adoption. For more information, click here.


Ohio Education Research Center Connect for Success conference June 17 in Columbus

Researchers and educators can learn to use a multitude of education research products at the Ohio Educators Connect for Success conference on June 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus.


The center is a collaborative of Ohio-based researchers from six universities and five research institutions providing education-related resources and training to educators and policy makers. For conference details and to register, click here.


Free tuition for an online advanced placement course available for eligible students

The Digital AP Tuition Waiver program is an excellent option for providing advanced placement course opportunities for more students. Ohio public or private high school students may apply now for a one-time waiver of the fee for an online advanced placement course through ilearnOhio. To be eligible, students must attend an Ohio high school or be homeschooled with an Ohio school of residence. The home district or school submits the waiver application and agrees that the student will receive credit for successful completion of the course. More information on the program and waiver fee applications can be found here. Waiver requests can be sent now for courses starting in the fall.


Feedback sought on changes to school training rule 

Public feedback is invited about proposed changes in state rules for training on safety and violence prevention, which is required for all school personnel.  The in-service training includes the areas of child abuse and substance abuse prevention, school safety and violence prevention, prevention of dating violence, and youth suicide awareness and prevention. 


Please click here to review the proposed changes and send any feedback to Jill Jackson at jill.jackson@education.ohio.gov.  The deadline for public comments is 5 p.m. May 30.