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5/6/2014

Third Grade Reading Guarantee webcast scheduled for May 16

On Friday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, the Ohio Department of Education will host its next webcast on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

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5/6/2014

Third Grade Reading Guarantee Parent Roadmaps now available

The Ohio Department of Education is introducing Parent Roadmaps, which provide parents with scenarios of the interventions and assessments that their children will receive each year from Kindergarten to Grade 4 as they pertain to the guarantee.

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5/6/2014

National School Nurse Day is May 7

National School Nurse Day was established to celebrate the specialty practice of school nursing and applaud the contributions schools nurses make every day to improve the safety, health and academic success of all students. The Ohio Department of Health asks superintendents to recognize school nurses in their districts on this national day of recognition.

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5/6/2014

Teacher Roster Verification period concludes Tuesday, May 13

If your district is participating in roster verification of 2013-2014 Value-Added data, please remember that the teacher portion of the process will conclude May 13. Principals and/or support teams are asked to ensure that their teachers have begun the process of setting up instructional attribution for the students they taught, how long they taught them and the percentage of instruction they provided each student. From May 14 to June 3, principals will review staff attributions and alerts before giving final approval.

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5/6/2014

Training opens May 15 for teacher and principal evaluators to “re-calibrate” their credentials

If you are an administrator or teacher who became a credentialed evaluator during the past two years for either the Ohio Teacher or Principal Evaluation System, you will be able to renew your designation beginning May 15 by successfully completing training and a test. The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, which administered the original credentialing for the Ohio Department of Education, also developed the required re-calibration training and tests for each designation. Teacher evaluators are required to take three hours of online training; principal evaluators must take two hours of online training; and all evaluators will need to pass the appropriate test.

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5/6/2014

Deadline is June 1 for all remaining RESA tasks

The electronic system capturing data for the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA) indicates that a high percentage of the 3,343 teachers who are taking the assessment this year have either not yet started the four remaining tasks or are still in process of submitting them.

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5/6/2014

New approved vendor assessment list for student growth measures posted

The Ohio Department of Education recently posted the 2014-2015 list of approved vendor assessments that meet the fundamental requirements for measuring student growth in teacher and principal evaluations, as explained on the department’s website. Due to feedback from districts across the state, the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for this year’s approved vendors had more stringent selection requirements, resulting in the rejection of some previously approved vendor assessments.

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