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8/12/2014

MARCS-In-Schools reminder; submit agreement form before service is delivered

Districts approved for the MARCS-In Schools grant for safety radios but are awaiting installation of their radios must submit their agreements before the start of service.

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8/12/2014

Set-up begins in August for electronic Teacher and Principal Evaluation System (eTPES); register now for training

On Aug. 15, the electronic Teacher and Principal Evaluation System (eTPES) will reopen for the school year. To receive an email message with activation and login information for this system, superintendents and superintendent designees who are new to their districts must ensure that their role designations and email addresses are current in the Ohio Educational Directory System by Aug. 14. Superintendents and their designees who used the system last year and remain in the same district can log in using their current log-in and passwords.

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8/12/2014

Please check approved vendor assessment list for student growth measures

As district administrators select assessments for measuring student growth in teacher and principal evaluations this year, they should check the 2014-2015 list of approved vendor assessments to ensure they are aware of changes that have been made to this list.

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8/12/2014

Resources explain changes to Ohio Teacher Evaluation System for 2014-2015

New graphic charts, a set of answers to frequently asked questions and other updated content on the department’s website now explain legislative changes to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System for the 2014-2015 school year.

The changes allow districts to choose a less frequent evaluation cycle for teachers receiving skilled and accomplished ratings, while still providing them with feedback on their work.

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8/12/2014

New career-tech social media network

An Ohio high school graduate is getting career-tech students to talk to other students through a new social media network, iAmCareerTech.com. This interactive site targets prospective, current and former career tech students.

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8/5/2014

Deadlines and dates

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

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8/5/2014

Ohio’s state tests

As you know, Ohio is moving to a new computer-based assessment system in math, English language arts, science and social studies in spring of 2015. The mid-biennium budget passed in July 2014 allows schools to use a paper and pencil version for all or some of their tests. More information about the ordering process is forthcoming.

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