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3/24/2015

Deadlines and dates

Approaching deadlines or important dates mentioned in previous editions of EdConnection.

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3/24/2015

Safe harbor extended to students

Last week, the governor signed House Bill 7 to ensure that students receive the same safe harbor protections granted to school districts and teachers this year. As Ohio transitions to new state tests, safe harbor gives schools, teachers and now students time to adjust. In most cases, there will no longer be consequences tied to the results of state tests given in the 2014-2015 school year.

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3/24/2015

Update on Kindergarten Reading Assessment reductions

In his January 2015 report on state tests, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross pledged to make changes to the new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment to reduce disruption to classroom instruction. Upon feedback and recommendations from Ohio teachers, the department is reducing the number of items on the assessment by 21 percent. The revision ensures that the results are reliable and helpful in guiding instruction.

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3/24/2015

Update on the minimum school year and how students count as full time

The General Assembly recently passed legislation to modify the way students in high school count for funding. Starting March 23, 2015, full-time equivalency for these students is based on how many graduation units the student is enrolled in for the current school year.

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3/24/2015

Value-added roster verification set-up period begins

Principals received an email on Monday from their value-added roster verification service provider announcing that the school set-up period is underway. With the link in that message, principals and their support teams may gain access to verify staff lists and assignments in preparation for the teacher roster verification period, which runs April 15 to May 12.

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3/24/2015

Keep on schedule for meeting educator evaluation deadlines

The department encourages superintendents and principals to stay on track for meeting year-end legal deadlines for educator evaluation by completing steps per the schedule below. These activities must be documented in the electronic Teacher and Principal Evaluation System (eTPES).

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3/24/2015

Ohio’s IDEA Part B federal application review and public comment period

Ohio’s Part B Federal Application for Federal Fiscal Year 2015 is available for review through May 12, 2015. The department will accept public comments from April 1, 2015, through May 1, 2015. Comments may be submitted by email or by mail to: Jo Hannah Ward, Office for Exceptional Children, Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front Street, MS 409, Columbus, OH 43215.

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