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8/28/2013

For curriculum directors, teachers and school counselors

Schools needed to participate in performance assessment pilot

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8/19/2013

From the Superintendent

This week the Ohio Department of Education will release new district and school report cards that, for the first time, assign A-F letter grades on nine measures.

These new report cards will make the educational performance of your schools and districts more transparent than ever. Your district and school report cards will also position you to have a productive dialogue with your community about strengths and opportunities that can drive your school system’s improvement.

Many school leaders around the state already are working with parents and school teams to look closely at the new system and the data it generates. As we measure more areas of school performance over the next two years, you should get additional clarity on what must be done to ensure that all of Ohio’s boys and girls get the quality education they deserve. As you work with your communities, I urge you to take advantage of our new Principal’s Toolkit to help you explain the new system. The report card web page also will have a Resources section with documents and supporting information.

 

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8/19/2013

Deadlines and Dates

Approaching deadlines or important dates mentioned in previous editions of EdConnection

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8/19/2013

For school superintendents, principals and treasurers

Licensure process going paperless; sign up as an electronic signer now

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8/19/2013

For curriculum directors, teachers and school counselors

Funds still available for the Digital AP Tuition Waiver

ODE and Battelle for Kids offering training in identifying and developing valid and reliable assessments

One-day regional workshops on how to effectively use teacher Value-Added reports

 

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8/13/2013

From the Superintendent

Welcome back to school! I hope you are rested and ready for the 2013-2014 school year—one that I’m convinced will be pivotal for Ohio’s public education system.

Ohio’s New Learning Standards, the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System, the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and a new local report card system that gives schools a deeper look at their performance are all in place, and these should start giving us the traction we need to produce higher-achieving students.

I’ll talk more about each of these programs in future issues of EdConnection, but right now I have some good news for schools and districts that are open to even more innovative thinking. Governor Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly have agreed to set aside $250 million to fund new teaching and learning innovations in Ohio schools over the next two years. The competitive Straight A Fund will help pay for selected projects that improve student learning and save money. Education consortiums can apply for up to $15 million in grants to begin this school year.

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8/13/2013

Deadlines and Dates

Approaching deadlines or important dates mentioned in previous editions of EdConnection

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