Frequently Asked Questions for Support Tool

Frequently Asked Questions for Support Tool

General Questions


General Questions

    1. What is the Support Schools Tool?
    The Ohio Department of Education’s Support Schools Tool helps traditional districts and schools track how effectively they are implementing evidenced-based strategies included in their improvement plans. The support tool also helps districts and schools identify supports that may be available from their regional state support teams and the Ohio Department of Education.

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    2. What is the connection between last year’s Support Schools Tool and this year’s?
    Districts and schools who submitted last year’s support tool will use this year’s tool to continue their reflection and tracking. Last year, district and school teams identified areas for improvement. District reviews and coaching of their Priority and Focus schools identified areas for growth and needed supports.

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    3. Who should complete the Support Schools Tool?

    For the 2020 – 2021 academic year, the tool is optional for all districts and schools in the State of Ohio. Some districts and schools in Ohio are electing to use the tool as part of a Usability Test conducted by the Office for Improvement and Innovation. For more information about the Usability test, go here.

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    4. When do districts and schools submit their support tools?
    Districts and schools can use the tool throughout the school year to track their improvement plan implementation. The tool, however, is optional for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. If the district or school is participating in the Usability Test with the Department, the goal date for completion is May 1, 2021.

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    5. How do districts and schools access the support tool?
    A user needs an OH|ID portal account with a “Support Tool” role assignment. For directions on how to gain access, click go the Support Schools User Guide and see page 4.

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    6. Must a district or school answer all the questions in the support tool?
    Generally speaking, yes. However, the tool is optional for the 2020 – 2021 academic year. The questions included are based on the support level. Answer funding questions only if the district or school received funds through a grant.

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    7. How many questions are in the tool for Priority and Focus support schools tool schools?

    The number and sequence of questions are based on several criteria. They can differ for individual districts and schools.

     

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Last Modified: 4/9/2021 2:03:54 PM