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4/8/2014

Guidance available for schools seeking Accessible Instructional Materials for students with print disabilities

For some students, printed instructional materials can be a barrier to participation and achievement in the general education curriculum. Accessible Instructional Materials remove that barrier. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, state and local education agencies must ensure that children with disabilities who need Accessible Instructional Materials in the four specialized formats receive those materials in a timely manner.

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3/31/2014

From the Superintendent

The next Straight A Fund grant application period is April 4-18, with $150 million up for distribution. Now that districts have the experience of the first round of applications under their belts, I look forward to seeing even more innovative proposals in the next round to improve student learning.

There are some changes to the Straight A Fund application and review process as a result of House Bill 342. These changes will affect the second round application and grant-awarding process, as well as the timeline.

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3/31/2014

Deadlines and Dates

Approaching deadlines or important dates mentioned in previous editions of EdConnection

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3/31/2014

For school superintendents, principals and treasurers

  • Third Grade Reading Alternative Assessments announcements
  • Criminal background check updates required for educators who have permanent and non-tax certificates
  • Ohio Students field test Next Generation Assessments
  • Technology Foundation offering Digital Learning and Online Testing symposium

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3/31/2014

For curriculum directors, teachers and school counselors

  • Nomination deadline for presidential teacher award is extended to April 15

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3/24/2014

From the Superintendent

This morning, selected schools in Ohio and other PARCC states began field testing the Next Generation Assessments. In Ohio, these tests cover Ohio’s New Learning Standards in mathematics, English language arts, science and social studies.

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3/24/2014

Deadlines and Dates

Approaching deadlines or important dates mentioned in previous editions of EdConnection

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