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2/9/2016

New calculator helps districts determine workload of service providers for special education services

It is a district’s responsibility to make sure that children with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education. To accomplish this, districts must use a process to make decisions about the workload for providers of services to students with disabilities. Once a district determines the workload, it must decide if the workload can be completed as it is assigned. If not, the district must make changes. In addition, districts and service providers should evaluate workloads at different points during the school year.

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2/9/2016

Passing score for GED test recalibrated

The GED Testing Service announces a recalibration to the GED test passing score and the addition of two new performance levels to more fully measure learner’s skills. The passing score for high school equivalency is moving from 150 to 145. The GED program also will include two optional levels above high school equivalency to signify college readiness and for some test-takers, the opportunity to earn college credits. The scoring enhancement is driven by a detailed analysis of educational outcomes of GED program graduates compared to high school graduates over the past 18 months.

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2/9/2016

Take advantage of GED discounts

From Feb. 1 to March 31, students can take advantage of the GED® Ready Promotion featuring half off the cost of the practice test using the passcode PASS2016. Click here for more information.

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2/9/2016

Deadlines and dates

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

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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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