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8/17/2015

Register now for Ohio’s 2015 Special Education Leadership Conference

Registration is now available for Ohio’s 2015 Special Education Leadership Conference, Literacy Instruction — Addressing the Needs of Diverse Learners, in Columbus on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. The online registration ends on Sept. 24 and is $100 for one or both conference days. There will be no on-site registration. For conference details and registration, visit the conference website.

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8/17/2015

Information about state budget bill changes to teacher evaluation system posted

The 2016-2017 state budget bill includes language affecting several aspects of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System. First, the legislation extends “safe harbor” provisions — meaning that districts will not use value-added ratings from state tests as part of educator evaluations or when making decisions regarding dismissal, retention, tenure or compensation — unless they establish a memorandum of understanding to do so.

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8/17/2015

Deadlines and dates

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

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8/11/2015

Principal’s Toolkit available to help communicate about the 2015-2016 school year

The toolkit contains newsletter features and other resources principals can use to inform parents about topics of keen interest, such as school safety, connecting school and careers, diploma requirements and new state tests.

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8/11/2015

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) Update 2015-2016 School Year

The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment provides important information to teachers and parents about what supports a child may need during the first year of school. Last school year was the first administration of this assessment. Ohio teachers gave feedback and recommendations for improvements in 2015-2016 school year. The department listened and has reduced the number of items on the assessment by 21 percent in 2015-2016 school year. For an update on the KRA for this year, click here.

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8/11/2015

Third Grade Reading update

The Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) will no longer be administered. Ohio’s state test in grade 3 English language arts replaces the third grade reading OAA and will meet the requirements of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Additional information regarding cut scores will be forthcoming.

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8/11/2015

Submitting resolution to not offer career tech in grades 7-8 available Sept. 1

State law requires school districts to provide career-technical education programs in grades 7-12. If a local board of education elects not to provide career-technical education programs in grades 7 and 8, it must adopt a resolution that specifies this decision and submit it to the Ohio Department of Education by Sept. 30 of that school year.

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