During the 2011-2012 school year, Ohio began using the new Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, which is mandated for all states by the United States Department of Education, to evaluate LEAs and buildings.
To stay on track with the legal requirements related to educator evaluation systems, superintendents and principals should keep abreast of the upcoming schedule for completing various steps of the process, including those that must be documented soon in the electronic Teacher and Principal Evaluation System (eTPES).
The Ohio Department of Education has worked with the Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) to develop an analysis of the supply and demand for kindergarten through grade 12 teachers in Ohio. This study identifies where there are shortages (and excesses) of teachers across locations, grade levels and subjects taught (including specialized classes i.e. vocational or special education). This study also forecasts future changes to the supply and demand for Ohio teachers. This forecast can inform policy makers, teacher preparation programs, school districts and educational service centers in forming strategic plans as they relate to teacher supply and demand.
The department highly encourages superintendents, principals and other administrators who have responsibility for making decisions associated with student growth measures to register for one of the essential half-day training sessions that educational service center staff are conducting now through April. The training will help administrators meet milestones on the evaluation timeline for the next few months, especially the legal requirements for completing teacher evaluations by May 1 and preparing written reports of the evaluations by May 10.
Ohio's GED Voucher Program for Career-Technical Planning Districts Webinar
How do GED students apply for test vouchers and schedule to take on-line assessments? How should Career-Technical Planning Districts serve potential test takers in their areas? What role does the state GED office play in the new on-line fee reimbursement for first-time test takers? These questions are among those posed and answered during a January 2014 Webinar conducted by the Ohio Department of Education. The one-hour, recorded Webinar is available here.