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11/2/2015

Reminder – Notify the department your plans for administering 2015-2016 Ohio’s State Tests

Ohio districts and schools may choose how they will implement Ohio’s State Tests for the 2015-2016 school year. Districts may administer the tests on computer, in paper format or a combination of both. So that the appropriate number of tests are available for your students, please be sure the district test coordinator lets the department know by Nov. 6 your plans to use online and paper tests for the spring 2016 test administration.

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11/2/2015

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment report available today

By the end of the today, Nov. 2, the Language and Literacy Report will be available for all students who completed the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment this year. We thank you for your diligence in completing this year’s KRA and believe you will find this report useful in determining which children are on track or not on track for reading.

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11/2/2015

Coordinating department compliance reviews will reduce monitoring time in districts

Effective now, the Ohio Department of Education is moving from external monitoring of districts for each specific grant to a district-level approach for all state grants through the department. This consists of both on-site and desk compliance monitoring reviews.

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11/2/2015

2016 School Lunch Program Equipment Grant now open

The application for the 2016 School Lunch Program Equipment Grant, a competitive grant open to all National School Lunch program participants, is now available. The Office for Child Nutrition received $773,407 for distribution to school food operations. Click here for additional information, including access to the grant application. For further questions, please contact Sandra Spann at (614) 728-8095.

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11/2/2015

Deadlines and dates

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

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10/26/2015

State Test Updates for 2015-2016

English language arts and math sample items now available
Sample items for Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts and mathematics are now available on the Student Practice Site. Find links and descriptions for these resources on the department’s Practice Test and Sample Items Web page. Students may log in as guests to access five to eight new sample items for each of the following tests:

  • Grade 3 and high school English language arts; and
  • Grades 3-8 mathematics and high school mathematics, algebra and geometry.

These new items join the practice tests for science and social studies on the site, offering students more opportunities to learn what to expect on state tests. Additional English language arts sample items for grades 4-8 will be released in December.

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10/26/2015

Data manager assignment for Early Learning Assessment due Nov. 2

For programs and districts participating in the Early Learning Assessment, a district or school OEDS administrator must assign a person to the role of Assessment Data Manager – Preschool and Kindergarten in the Ohio Educational Directory System. To find the name of your OEDS administrator, log in to SAFE, click on Show My Roles and Access, then search for your district’s administrator(s).

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