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5/4/2015

Register now for credentialed evaluator training sessions

Educators who wish to become credentialed evaluators for the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System may select one of the required three-day training sessions that begin in June. In addition to completing this training, educators who meet the qualifications for serving as evaluators hold current educator licenses, are approved by their education agencies as evaluators and have passed an online credentialing assessment. 

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5/4/2015

New opportunity available for value-added leaders and teachers

Applications are now available for Ohio principals, assistant principals and teachers to serve as value-added leaders. The Ohio Department of Education, with support from Battelle for Kids, is announcing the selection, development and credentialing of a regionally selected group of school leaders for understanding and using value-added measures. Principals, assistant principals – as well as teachers – who have experience using this data to inform school improvement efforts are encouraged to apply for these leadership opportunities to improve data literacy among Ohio’s school leaders.

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4/15/2015

Teachers to begin roster verification April 15

In the early hours of Wednesday, 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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