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8/5/2014

Reminder: Aug. 31 is the deadline to apply for free school meals for all students in low-income communities

Community Eligibility is a provision that helps schools and districts in high poverty communities to serve no-cost lunches and breakfasts to all their students. Interested schools and districts must apply for Community Eligibility through the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Child Nutrition.

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7/28/2014

Deadlines and dates

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

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7/28/2014

Ohio Controlling Board Approves $144 Million in Straight A Fund Grants

The Ohio Controlling Board approved 37 grant applications involving nearly 200 schools, districts and their partners that were recommended as part of Ohio’s Straight A Fund to encourage innovation in classrooms and emphasize collaboration and efficiency.

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7/28/2014

State Board adopts promotion score for 2014-2015 Third Grade Reading Guarantee

The Third Grade Reading Guarantee requires that third-graders must show a level of proficiency on the Ohio Achievement Assessment in order to be promoted. Law requires the State Board of Education to raise the cut score for promotion each year the third-grade English language arts assessment is given until it reaches the proficient level.

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7/28/2014

Please update EVAAS school and district administrators by Aug. 15

The department is working with SAS, the vendor that establishes access for district and school administrators who will manage local EVAAS educator accounts this coming school year. These preparations will ensure that the school and district administrators can set up accounts for teachers and other administrators, so that these individuals can access the 2013-2014 EVAAS Value-Added data when it is released in October.

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7/28/2014

Superintendent and principal role assignments needed by July 31

As districts update their information in OEDS-R this summer, please remember that the department needs accurate superintendent and principal role assignments by July 31.These role assignments will provide these administrators with access to the educator evaluation system and ensure they receive training information in early August on system changes.

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7/28/2014

Annual STEM program assurance form is now interactive

The governing body of each STEM school annually must provide assurances in writing to the Ohio Department of Education not later than 10 business days prior to the opening of the school.

For your convenience, the Ohio Department of Education is providing an interactive form.

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