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11/21/2014

Learn more about how to use and develop varied assessment types

Educators can now access four sets of online resources within the Battelle for Kids Ohio portal related to “assessment literacy,” or the ability to select and design high-quality assessments. The professional development materials are appropriate for all educators but are especially helpful for those developing measures of student growth through student learning objectives. 

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11/21/2014

Additional statewide practice tests and tutorials available

This fall, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) recently posted additional practice tests and tutorials online. These previews allow students and teachers to see PARCC test items the way they will appear on statewide tests in English language arts and mathematics starting in spring 2014. 

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11/21/2014

OhioMeansJobs K-12 offers materials to share with students

Resources are now available to help your school promote OhioMeansJobs K-12. State law requires schools to share this education and career planning tool via newsletter and website by April 1, 2015. Whether you are a classroom teacher, school counselor, administrator, parent or community member, there are tools to  support you with helping students begin using OhioMeansJobs K-12.

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11/21/2014

Teacher evaluation guide offers professional development and resources

The department recently posted the new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System Resource Guide to help educators clarify and deepen their understanding of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System process. The guide features suggested professional development activities that would span approximately one hour to a full day. It also includes resource bibliographies of books and websites on teacher evaluation and performance, evaluation methodology, student growth measures and coaching teachers in the classroom. The guide is posted on the department’s Teacher Evaluation Web page under the Resources heading.

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11/21/2014

Lori Michalec of Tallmadge is Ohio Teacher of the Year

Earlier this fall, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross announced Akron-area resident Lori Michalec as the Ohio Teacher of the Year at a surprise assembly at Tallmadge High School in Tallmadge. 

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11/21/2014

INFOhio offers new one-stop searching with ISearch

Students and teachers doing research for projects in grades 4-12 are faced with a hard choice: spend hours searching library catalogs and digital collections one by one to find quality information, which eats into time for the more important work of analyzing, synthesizing  and creating; or take a shortcut and search the Internet knowing there’s a risk of finding resources that are inaccurate and possibly even unsafe. With the release of INFOhio's ISearch, students no longer need to make that choice. ISearch makes finding quality, vetted resources for school research easier. It works best for students in grades 4-12 who are now “reading to learn,” although it is open to all Ohio preK-12 students.  

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11/20/2014

Nominations for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching now open

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation's highest honors for mathematics and science teachers. The program recognizes teachers for their contributions to instruction and learning, as well as their abilities to help students make progress in mathematics and science. Nominations are being accepted for teachers in grades 7-12 for the 2015 awards, now through April 1, 2015. For further information, go to PAEMST awards.

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