OETC 2014, Ohio Educational Technology Conference, is Jan. 27 to 29, 2014, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. This three-day conference provides more than 5,000 attendees with the opportunity to network and learn best practices from their peers and acquire resources to advance learning through technology. The conference offers 500 sessions and displays more than 225 vendors that showcase their products and services.
PARCC will release a free, online practice test in spring 2014, which will be available to all schools and districts. The practice test will include technology-enhanced items and be on the same technology platform that is being used for field testing. This will help students and educators become more familiar with the types of items that will appear on the PARCC assessments. The practice test will include a sample of assessment items for each grade level/course as well as scoring guidance. There also will be some accessibility features and accommodations on the practice test. This will allow students to interact with the various tools and supports that will appear on the test, such as color contrast, magnification and notepad features.
One component of the transition from the 2001-2002 Academic Content Standards to Ohio’s New Learning Standards is the dual alignment of the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) and the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) for the 2013-2014 school year. Below are the answers to frequently asked questions about this dual alignment.
The Ohio General Assembly made changes in Senate Bill 21 to the Reading Guarantee. The Ohio Department of Education will distribute detailed guidance on these changes by the end of this month, June 2013. This document outlines the major changes made.