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For curriculum directors, teachers and school counselors

9/30/2013

Number of students passing AP exams increases; funds still available for students in the Digital AP tuition waiver program

Last week, Dr. Ross announced that more Ohio students are taking and passing Advanced Placement Exams than in previous years and the growth in Ohio is exceeding that of the nation as a whole. In addition, African-American and Hispanic students are showing double digit growth in the number of exams taken and passed, exceeding national participation and performance rates for these student populations.

A recent College Board report showed that for 2012-2013:

  • The number of Ohio students earning a “3” or higher on an AP exam grew by 9.2 percent compared with 6.1 percent nationally.
  • The number of African-American students in Ohio earning a “3” or higher grew by 17.2 percent compared with 11.1 percent nationally.
  • The number of Hispanic Ohio students earning a “3” or higher grew by 19.9 percent compared with 13.3 percent nationally.

ilearnOhio offers schools and students another opportunity to increase that participation. The Digital AP Tuition Waiver program has one-time funds for Ohio high school students who want to enroll in an online AP course at little to no cost to the student or school through the ilearnOhio website. Once those funds are exhausted, the program ends. More information on the program, including fee waiver applications, can be found here.

 

New INFOhio Curriculum Toolboxes provide tools to manage instructional shifts

When you need help administering the instructional shifts in Ohio’s New Learning Standards, turn to INFOhio's Curriculum Toolboxes. Each online collection contains links to websites and free resources that give background information and ideas for implementing the shifts in the classroom.

Visit INFOhio’s Curriculum Toolboxes page and scroll down to access the complete list. New collections are added regularly.

It’s time to take updated Safety and Violence Prevention training

October is Bullying Prevention Month and is time to take advantage of the department’s updated Safety and Violence Prevention Curriculum on the ODE website. The training was originally created five years ago in response to legislative requirements listed here, which call for all K-12 public school professionals to repeat the training every five years. New employees must complete the training within two years of their date of hiring, and every five years thereafter.

School districts and educational service centers may adopt or adapt the ODE curriculum, or work with local public or private child-abuse prevention or intervention agencies to develop their own program. The department’s curriculum was updated to include the newly required topic of human trafficking awareness.