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4/15/2015

Teachers to begin roster verification April 15

In the early hours of WednNowesday, April 15, each teacher with value-added data at participating districts received 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. Principals may review and approve rosters as they are completed during the teacher roster verification period and continue doing so through June 5.

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4/15/2015

Items on Kindergarten Readiness Assessment reduced

In his January 2015 report on state tests, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross pledged to make changes to the new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment to reduce disruption to classroom instruction. Upon feedback and recommendations from Ohio teachers, the department is reducing the number of items on the assessment by 21 percent. The revision ensures that the results are reliable and helpful in guiding instruction.

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4/15/2015

Safe harbor extended to students

The governor has signed House Bill 7 to ensure that students receive the same safe harbor protections granted to school districts and teachers this year. As Ohio transitions to new state tests, safe harbor gives schools, teachers and now students time to adjust. In most cases, there will no longer be consequences tied to the results of state tests given in the 2014-2015 school year. Safe harbor for state tests given during the 2014-2015 school year affect consequences in the 2015-2016 school year.

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4/15/2015

Third-grade teachers may receive free seed packets for Earth Day

The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association is offering a limited number of third-grade classrooms free Sweet Basil seed packets in conjunction with the Plant Something campaign’s observance of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22. Information about planting the seeds is available here.

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4/15/2015

Free workshop on adapted physical education planned for May 4

Information and important updates about implementing adapted physical education in your district or school are the agenda of a free workshop on Monday, May 4. The location of the one-day workshop is the Ohio State School for the Blind, 5220 N. High St., Cols. 43214. The Office of Exceptional Children at the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio State School for the Blind are sponsors of the event. Registration is open through STARS using your SAFE Account. The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 29, and there is space for 75 participants. For questions about your SAFE account, please contact safe.admin@education.ohio.gov or (877) 644-6338, option 3. Direct all other inquiries to Lisa Lyle Henry at lhenry@osdb.oh.gov.

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4/15/2015

Are you receiving TEACHable Moments to help our youth?

Start Talking! is an initiative that gives parents, guardians, educators and community leaders the tools to start the conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives. A parent education program, TEACHable Moments for the classroom, information tools, and evidence-based interventions for schools and communities are among the Start Talking programs that will build youth resiliency.

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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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