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3/13/2015

Third Grade Reading Guarantee and Early Literacy regional meetings – register now

The Ohio Department of Education is hosting five Third Grade Reading Guarantee regional meetings in March and April 2015 to learn strategies to support early literacy. Districts and schools may register now for a one-day meeting – Mar. 23, Independence; Mar. 25, Sharonville; Mar. 26, Archbold; April 13, Zanesville; and April 16, Delaware. Registration and agenda topics are available in STARS, keyword Third Grade Reading Guarantee, Connect the Dots. Districts and schools are encouraged to send a team that includes, but is not limited to, the superintendent, curriculum director, elementary administrators, K-3 teachers, literacy coaches and intervention specialists.

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3/13/2015

Comments requested for drafted K-3 learning and development standards

The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning and School Readiness is inviting review and comment through April 6 on newly drafted learning and development standards for children in kindergarten through grade 3. The standards address the following areas: approaches toward learning; physical well-being; and social-emotional development. To learn more about the standards and to complete a survey for collecting comments, look inside.

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3/13/2015

Teachers will begin value-added roster verification April 15; more teachers will be involved this year

The school set-up period for value-added roster verification begins March 23 for principals and their support teams in districts that have chosen to participate in this process. Administrators have until April 14 to verify their staff lists and assignments before the teacher review period begins. On April 15, each teacher with value-added data at participating districts will receive an email message from the district’s value-added service provider that gives them access to verify rosters through May 12. These teachers will set up attribution for the students they taught, how long they taught them and the percentage of instruction they provided each student. Learn more about this process and available training resources inside.

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3/13/2015

Free summer workshops offered for advanced placement teachers

The department is offering free Advanced Placement Workshops this summer. The workshops will provide both current, experienced advanced placement teachers and those seeking to teach these courses with in-depth content and resources to enhance their teaching at all levels. Look inside for the schedule of workshops and instructions on registration.

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3/13/2015

INFOhio offers resources for College Credit Plus teachers and students

Through College Credit Plus, students can now enroll in college-level courses while still in high school, or even middle school, which means they will be doing college-level research. How do you support them in your school library? Find out how with INFOhio’s College Credit Plus Library Resources.

The site features different tabs for students, teachers, librarians, parents and school counselors. Each tab contains search tools, helpful link and checklists to make sure your students and teachers have the resources they need to meet the demands of College Credit Plus writing and research. 

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1/27/2015

Math performance-based practice tests now available

Here are practice tests for performance-based math tests in grades 3-8, Algebra I and Geometry. The practice tests will help teachers and students understand the new state tests students will take in February and March. The performance-based test is part one of the new state math test and covers knowledge and skills taught by the 75 percent point in the school year.

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1/27/2015

Workshop helps teachers prepare students for performance-based tests

Attend a five-day performance task writing workshop to find out how to create lessons that promote deep learning while also preparing your students for the performance-based portion of Ohio’s new state tests. You will leave with classroom instruction you can use this school year. Two five-day workshops remain available in the schedule inside.

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