August 23, 2018 - OAASFEP Fall Conference Registration Now Open!

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Registration is now open!

The hotel room block is available for Sunday evening, October 21st at the reduced hotel rate. The Conference dates are October 22 - 23, 2018.


 

August 23, 2018 - Special Education Updates

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Big news! 
The 30th annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference 
will be hosted in Columbus, Ohio from October 28-31, 2018.
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The mission of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) is to increase graduation rates through research and evidence-based solutions, and a major part of these efforts include spreading awareness and promoting successful programs and policies related to dropout prevention. 


The National Conference is a huge opportunity to do just this, and we hope you’ll attend and join us in our efforts to help today’s students graduate and lead successful lives thereafter. Other opportunities to become involved include presenting at the conference, becoming a sponsor and/or participating as an exhibitor by securing a booth. Learn more > 


NATIONAL DROPOUT PREVENTION NETWORK CONFERENCE 
October 28-31, 2018
Hyatt Downtown Columbus
 
Register online at: bit.ly/NDPC-2018-CBUS
Ohio residents receive 10% off registration! Use code OHIO2018.

August 18, 2018 - Release of 2018-2019 TGRG Promotion Score and Approved Alternative Assessment Vendors

On July 10, 2018, the State Board of Education voted to raise the promotion score of the grade 3 Ohio’s State Test in English Language Arts to 677. Any student who scores 677 or higher on the English language arts scaled score will be eligible for promotion at the end of the year.

In addition, the Ohio Department of Education will set the reading subscore alternative promotion score for the grade 3 English language arts test at 45. Any student who scores 45 or higher on the reading subscore will be eligible for promotion at the end of the year, even if the student scores below 677 on the English language arts test.

The Department completed the Request for Qualifications process in July and issued a list of approved Third Grade Reading Guarantee alternative assessment vendors. As part of this process, the Department requires vendors to provide updated linking studies that provide the comparable promotion scores to the State Board-approved promotion score. In reviewing the linking studies, some inconsistencies were identified, and the Department does not want districts using one test having a different baseline or linking approach than districts using another test. Most notable is the year of the state tests used to conduct the linking. Some vendors used 2015-2016 tests and some used 2016-2017 tests. We asked all the vendors to submit updated linking studies using the 2016-2017 test data. Three of the five vendors’ promotion scores for the approved third-grade alternative standardized assessments now are posted on the Department’s website. Continue to check the website frequently for updated postings.  

PLEASE NOTE:

Updated linking studies for NWEA Map and Renaissance Learning STAR have resulted in lower promotion scores for the 2018-2019 school year than in the 2017-2018 school year. To avoid retaining a third-grade student who would now meet the updated promotion scores for either of these two vendors, the Department will not object if your district now chooses to use the lower 2018-2019 promotion score for either of these vendors for the promotion of students who were in grade 3 during the 2017-2018 school year PROVIDED the district accurately updates the relevant promotion information in EMIS prior to Aug. 30, 2018, if the district chooses to make a change in a student’s promotion status.

This guidance does not apply to Terra Nova 3 and Iowa Assessments, which have not completed their linking studies at this time. Once their linking studies are received, the Department will post the updated promotion scores, and districts may review the scores under their mid-year promotion policies.


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August 18, 2018 - Release of 2018-2019 TGRG Promotion Score and Approved Alternative Assessment Vendors

On July 10, 2018, the State Board of Education voted to raise the promotion score of the grade 3 Ohio’s State Test in English Language Arts to 677. Any student who scores 677 or higher on the English language arts scaled score will be eligible for promotion at the end of the year.

In addition, the Ohio Department of Education will set the reading subscore alternative promotion score for the grade 3 English language arts test at 45. Any student who scores 45 or higher on the reading subscore will be eligible for promotion at the end of the year, even if the student scores below 677 on the English language arts test.

The Department completed the Request for Qualifications process in July and issued a list of approved Third Grade Reading Guarantee alternative assessment vendors. As part of this process, the Department requires vendors to provide updated linking studies that provide the comparable promotion scores to the State Board-approved promotion score. In reviewing the linking studies, some inconsistencies were identified, and the Department does not want districts using one test having a different baseline or linking approach than districts using another test. Most notable is the year of the state tests used to conduct the linking. Some vendors used 2015-2016 tests and some used 2016-2017 tests. We asked all the vendors to submit updated linking studies using the 2016-2017 test data. Three of the five vendors’ promotion scores for the approved third-grade alternative standardized assessments now are posted on the Department’s website. Continue to check the website frequently for updated postings.  

PLEASE NOTE:

Updated linking studies for NWEA Map and Renaissance Learning STAR have resulted in lower promotion scores for the 2018-2019 school year than in the 2017-2018 school year. To avoid retaining a third-grade student who would now meet the updated promotion scores for either of these two vendors, the Department will not object if your district now chooses to use the lower 2018-2019 promotion score for either of these vendors for the promotion of students who were in grade 3 during the 2017-2018 school year PROVIDED the district accurately updates the relevant promotion information in EMIS prior to Aug. 30, 2018, if the district chooses to make a change in a student’s promotion status.

This guidance does not apply to Terra Nova 3 and Iowa Assessments, which have not completed their linking studies at this time. Once their linking studies are received, the Department will post the updated promotion scores, and districts may review the scores under their mid-year promotion policies.

August 17, 2018 - Special Education Updates

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Office for Exceptional Children Data Managers

After nearly 20 years of service as a data manager, Anne Skaggs has retired from the Ohio Department of Education. We wish Anne the best and are happy to introduce the Office for Exceptional Children’s newest data manager, Kaellen Craft. Inquiries previously sent to Anne can now be sent to Kaellen, who will work with the office and the EMIS team for follow up. Kaellen can be reached at kaellen.craft@education.ohio.gov. OEC’s second data manager, Michelle Neubauer, primarily works with gifted data. Michelle can be reached at michelle.neubauer@education.ohio.gov. Please note that all questions about EMIS reporting must be sent through the EMIS Helpdesk, per the hierarchy of support:

How to Get Help with EMIS Reporting

There is a hierarchy of support for districts and schools for their EMIS reporting questions and problems. EMIS coordinators and the EMIS Manual should always be consulted first. When additional information or help is needed, the appropriate Information Technology Center (ITC) should be contacted. When the appropriate ITC cannot answer the question or resolve the issue, that ITC will send a ticket to the ODE EMIS helpdesk. Questions in the ODE EMIS helpdesk are handled by the EMIS staff at the Department.

  • EMIS Coordinator. Your first point of contact for assistance with EMIS is your district’s EMIS Coordinator. If he or she is unable to resolve your issue (or if you are your district’s EMIS Coordinator), then he or she will likely contact your district’s Information Technology Center (ITC).
  • Information Technology Center (ITC). The staff at the ITCs are able to answer many of the EMIS questions received by districts. They are also able to resolve many of the technical issues encountered. When the ITC staff is unable to answer a question or resolve an issue, they can post a ticket to the ODE EMIS helpdesk.
  • ODE EMIS Helpdesk. This third level of support allows ITCs to direct EMIS reporting questions or technical issues to ODE EMIS and the State Software Development Team (SSDT). Questions received via the helpdesk are answered by staff at the SSDT or by the Department's data managers.
  • ODE EMIS. If the previous steps have not adequately resolved a question or if the previous steps are not appropriate for a particular question, the Department's EMIS staff can be contacted directly.

Districts that want to be able to refer back to a particular answer from ODE EMIS should get that answer in writing via the helpdesk or an email. Note that questions received via phone or email are referred back to an earlier step in the contact hierarchy when appropriate. ODE EMIS can be contacted directly at emis@education.ohio.gov and 614-387-0395.

Click here for more information and resources related to EMIS reporting.

August 16, 2018 - Special Education Updates

 

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Federal Quota Registration Permission

Each December, the Assistive Technology & Accessible Educational Materials Center at OCALI, on behalf of the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children, conducts the Federal Quota Registration of Blind Students to qualify students for the federal quota allotment of funds to purchase accessible educational materials. These include textbooks and instructional products available from the American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.

Parent permission is required to register qualifying blind students for the Federal Quota supplemental funding program. If you obtained parent permission for a student last year, there is no need to obtain permission again. If, however, you did not receive permission last year but think you have a student who would be eligible for Federal Quota funding, you should obtain parent permission using the form found on the AT & AEM website

Now is a great time to send the permission form home, as parents will be taking the time to sign many other school forms at the beginning of the year. Please do not miss this opportunity to receive supplemental funding support for your students who are blind. The support can help in purchasing items such as braille and large print books, braille paper, assistive technologies and much more. 


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