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10/5/2015

Deadlines and dates

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

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9/29/2015

State Test Updates for 2015-2016

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9/29/2015

School security grant program – Oct. 16 application deadline

The application deadline for the Ohio School Facilities Commission’s security entrance and emergency communication system grants is Friday, Oct. 16, 2015.

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9/29/2015

Clarification provided for districts wishing to continue use of value-added in teacher evaluations

The Ohio Department of Education has received several questions about how the changes in safe harbor in the state budget bill (House Bill 64) affect evaluations of teachers who teach courses with value-added data. Because of these modified safe harbor provisions, school districts will not use value-added ratings from state tests for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years as part of educator evaluations or when making decisions regarding dismissal, retention, tenure or compensation – unless they establish memoranda of understanding to do so.

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9/29/2015

Scores set for industry credential and workforce readiness graduation option

The graduation requirements for the classes of 2018 and beyond include curriculum and three options to show readiness for next steps in college and careers. To graduate through the industry credential and workforce readiness option, a student must earn 12 points through a State Board of Education-approved industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field and achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment.

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9/29/2015

Age requirements for taking GED tests changing Sept. 29

Recent legislation requires upcoming changes to the age requirements for GED test takers. The change takes effect Sept. 29, 2015. Details of the change are available here.

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9/29/2015

GED back-to-school discount now available

Until Oct. 31, students can take the GED Ready® practice test for $1 at a local adult education center. As part of the fall promotion, students that score “Likely to Pass” are guaranteed to pass the real test. Click here for discount details and more information about the GED Ready® practice test guarantee.

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