The Utica Shale Academy, located within Southern Local Schools in Columbiana County, is about to graduate its first student. Austin Sadler, the only senior in the academy, completes high school in several months with a diploma and three certifications for the oil and shale industry: Rig Pass, which is for safety; Drilling Instructors Training; and Well Controlled Certification.
Barely a year old, Utica Shale Academy is a blended-learning, charter school. Traditional course work aligned to Ohio’s Academic Content Standards is provided by the Jefferson County Educational Service Center Virtual Learning Academy. Industry-based curriculum is endorsed by the International Association of Drilling Contractors with materials from the Ohio Oil and Gas Education Energy Program.
An advisory board serves to give the academy added insight into the oil and gas industry and to prepare for changes in the job market. According to the Academy’s Web site (www.uticashaleschool.com), Ohio employs more than 178,000 people in the industry, which is still in the drilling stage.
To help districts prepare for the Ohio State Tests in Mathematics, PARCC has produced a series of training materials.
PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual (November 2014)
The third edition of the PARCC Accessibility Features and Accommodations Manual is a comprehensive policy document that provides guidance to districts and decision-making teams to ensure that the Performance-Based and End-of-Year portions of the Ohio State Tests provide valid results for all participating students.
Ohio school districts are working to improve their services for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
As you may have heard, EMIS has made two changes that affect special education reporting, and an additional change is expected later this year.