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1/12/2016

Reminder: Feb. 12 is the deadline for alternative assessment waiver application

The application window for the Alternative Assessment waiver is open until 4:59 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. All Ohio school districts and schools have the opportunity to submit a proposal to explore alternative approaches to state tests in 2016-2017.

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1/12/2016

Guidance on math grids for paper-based tests available

Guidance on the math grids is now available on the Ohio State Test Portal under Student Practice Resources for districts that will be administering the paper-based tests in the spring. Math grid items are the paper-based equivalent to the computer-based items where students must enter a numerical response.

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1/12/2016

Winter federal regional trainings scheduled across state

The Office of Federal Programs will conduct 13 regional trainings throughout the state during February and March for federal coordinators who work with the Consolidated application (applications that allow districts to apply for various grants in one package rather than individually). This training is highly recommended for superintendents, treasurers, Title I/federal programs coordinators and community school sponsors who are responsible for federal grant program implementation.

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1/12/2016

Spanish visiting teacher program details available on Feb. 4 conference call

To provide quality instruction in Spanish from native speakers of the language and to promote cross-cultural exchange, Ohio has a memorandum of understanding with Spain that facilitates the placement of visiting Spanish language teachers in Ohio schools. The department will hold a conference call with districts and community schools interested in the program on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 9-11 a.m.

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1/12/2016

Applications for Chinese Guest Teacher Program are due Feb. 1

The Chinese Guest Teacher Program, jointly administered by the College Board and the department of education (in partnership with the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages), is designed to help U.S. schools develop Chinese language and culture study programs and to promote international exchange between the U.S. and China.

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