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September 10, 2012 Issue

  • Comments requested for draft college-ready policies and descriptors
  • Auditor of State provides interim report on school attendance investigation
  • Governor Kasich orders flags to be flown at half-staff at all public buildings, moment of silence on Sept. 11 in honor of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance
  • Guidance offered on appropriate use of language-learning software programs for credit flexibility
  • OPES training completion information needed from some participants
  • Resources for student growth measures and learning objectives now available online
  • eTPES webinar for superintendents and designees this Thursday, Sept. 13
  • Changes for students with disabilities’ transition plans take effect Sept. 24
  • Round 2 of Race to the Top (RttT) mini-grant competition focuses on non-tested grades and subjects – applications due Sept. 21
  • Ohio 2012-2013 Green Ribbon Schools application now online
  • National Assessment Governing Board nominations being accepted
  • National Fall Conference on Educator Misconduct - Oct. 17-19 in Cincinnati
  • Community of Practice site provides resources for credit flexibility
  • ODE launches LinkedIn group for physical education professionals

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September 4, 2012 Issue

  • Electronic Teacher and Principal Evaluation System roll-out
  • Physical education evaluations required for 2012-2013
  • Communication workshops on education changes scheduled
  • New flu strain affecting students
  • At-risk afterschool programs survey available
  • New extended standards available now; fall trainings scheduled
  • Alternative Assessment training scheduled
  • National Stop Bullying video challenge announced
  • Congratulations

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August 27, 2012 Issue

  • FAQ for Local Report Card release delay
  • Third Grade Reading Guarantee guidance
  • Other new legistlative requirements
  • Sample science and social studies test questions temporarily offline
  • Update OEDS information now to stay informed
  • Electronic Teacher and Principal Evaluation System (eTPES) opens Sept. 4
  • Ohio Principal Evaluation System (OPES) available
  • Schools may apply for grants to defray travel costs to Statehouse
  • Remember requirement to observe Constitution Day on Sept. 17
  • Anti-HIB professional development day is Sept. 24

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August 20, 2012 Issue

  • Sample online testing questions
  • USDOE RttT District Competition application process announced – first deadline Aug. 30
  • Law addresses changes to Body Mass Index waiver requirements
  • Federal policy on immigration may prompt increased requests for school records
  • Seminar offered for families with blind or visually impaired children
  • Professional learning series focuses on Moving Standards into Instruction
  • ODE seeking participants in Performance Assessment Pilot

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August 14, 2012 Issue

  • ODE offers communication toolkit for principals on new Ohio learning standards
  • Ohio Teacher and Principal Evaluation Systems (eTPES) goes live Sept. 4
  • Commerce Department aims to connect schools with unclaimed funds
  • Free tuition for an online AP course available for eligible students
  • Advanced Placement mentors needed!
  • ODE e-Reader Center growing fast

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August 6, 2012 Issue

  • Third Grade Reading Guarantee resources
  • Model OTES Board Policy available
  • Free Aug. 16 webinar - What is Human Trafficking?

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July 31, 2012 Issue

  • Statewide review of district reporting practices underway
  • PARCC releases draft college ready policies and descriptors for public review and comment through Sept. 21
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grants awarded
  • Ohio will participate in 2012-2013 Green Ribbon Schools
  • Health education curricula training scheduled
  • Zanesville teacher invited to White House roundtable discussion

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