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2/1/2016

Give the department your thoughts and questions about ESSA

The Ohio Department of Education has begun preparing for implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in the 2017-2018 school year. Congress passed the law in December 2015 as a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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2/1/2016

Schedule for teacher-level value-added data release announced

Authorized district personnel will be able to view teacher-level value-added data in the electronic Teacher and Principal Evaluation System (eTPES) in early April. At that time, they will be able to categorize teachers and enter other student growth measure ratings into the system. We understand this later schedule, which is due to the late release of 2014-2015 state test data, causes a delay for everyone. Next year, these data will be available earlier on a schedule similar to previous years.

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2/1/2016

2016-2017 scholarships open for private schools and providers

Applications are now being accepted for scholarships that help students from underperforming public schools or those with special needs attend participating private schools or providers. For more information about the EdChoice Scholarship Program, Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program and Cleveland Scholarship Program, click here.

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2/1/2016

Office of Career-Technical Education accepting applications for new industry-recognized credentials

The Office of Career-Technical Education maintains a list of industry-recognized credentials that students can earn. The list includes credentials relating to Ohio’s in-demand occupations. Click here to see the current list. If there is an industry credential not listed that might warrant consideration, please submit an application for recognition. For more information about industry-recognized credentials and the application process, click here.

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2/1/2016

Watch the Medicaid in Schools Program webcast

The Departments of Medicaid and Education recently hosted a webcast for school districts concerning changes to the Medicaid in Schools Program (MSP). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have mandated that a child receiving services through an individualized education program (IEP) must have an order, referral or prescription from an actively enrolled Medicaid medical practitioner. To continue to receive reimbursements from the Medicaid in Schools Program, districts must come into compliance by Aug. 1, 2016.

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2/1/2016

Meningococcal immunization requirements changing for 2016-2017 school year

Details about the new Meningococcal immunization requirements beginning with the start of the 2016-2017 school year are now available. An immunization summary from the Ohio Department of Health for school attendance is available here. Additional immunization information is available here.

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2/1/2016

Register now for the 2016 Ohio Department of Health Regional School Nurse Conferences

Registration for the 2016 Ohio Department of Health Regional School Nurse Conferences sponsored by the department of health’s School Nursing Program is open. Conference dates include March 4 in Reynoldsburg; March 18 in Beavercreek; and April 29 in Akron. These conferences offer professional development by providing current school nurse practice information.

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