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From ODE: 2014 Value-Added Reports available

September 30, 2014

District and building EVAAS coordinators will receive an email tomorrow evening, Tuesday, Sept. 30, regarding the release of 2014 district and building Value-Added reports on the SAS EVAAS website. Using the login instructions from their emails, EVAAS coordinators will be able to view detailed Value-Added reports and new resources with all 2013-2014 data except for the teacher reports, which are expected to be released in late October. Also following the release, visitors to the public EVAAS website will see aggregate 2013-2014 information for districts and buildings.

Based on feedback from districts, the Ohio Department of Education and SAS prepared several improvements for the website including a new Accountability Report that will give districts a better understanding about data that is used to produce Ohio School Report Card ratings. In addition, districts will be able to compare their data to that of other districts – and learn more about the relationship between Value-Added and student achievement data. In addition to the three-year average of Value-Added data, each district also will be able to view a one-year report for the most recent year.

To learn more about how to use accountability data for school improvement, please note that there are regional meetings scheduled throughout this fall. See a flyer with details about these meetings, as well as online courses, posted on the Ohio Student Progress Portal. Value-Added leaders also assist teachers or principals in interpreting or answering questions about their reports. Please click here to find the leader who serves your district. Questions about Value-Added resources also may be directed to: Support@BattelleforKids.org.

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ODE Update on 2014–2015 Administration of Ohio’s New State Tests

September 29, 2014

The Ohio Department of Education has posted information concerning the 2014–2015 administration of Ohio’s New State Tests. Among the news:

1) Each test has a performance-based assessment (PBA) and an end-of-year test (EOY). In the performance-based assessment, students construct their responses and a trained education professional scores them. In the end-of-year test, student responses are computer scored. The amount of time that each school must schedule for testing:

  • Grade 5 and Grade 8 Science
    • PBA: 75 minutes
    • EOY 75 minutes
  • Physical Science
    • PBA: 90 minutes
    • EOY: 90 minutes

2) Practice tests for science will be available in October 2014 through the Ohio Computer Based Assessments Portal.

3) Student registration for the Spring 2015 administration runs October 27–November 7.

4) Spring 2015 test coordinator manuals, test administration manuals, and technology guidelines will be available in January 2015 through the Ohio Computer Based Assessments Portal.

ODE’s posted information is available as a PDF file: ODE PARCC AIR tests 2014–15

Want to learn more about preparing students for performance-based test items? ODE and ESCs are partnering to present five-day “Performance Task Writing Workshops” for teachers—find out more on the ODE website.

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School Districts Plan for November 2014 Levy, Bond, and Tax Issues

September 15, 2014

District planning for the November 4, 2014 ballot is in the news:

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ODE releases 2014 school and district Report Cards

September 12, 2014

Excerpts from today’s Ohio Department of Education press release:

Grades and data for all schools and districts, including community schools, are being released on Ohio’s interactive report card site, reportcard.education.ohio.gov. The interactive report cards have been enhanced for 2014 to include new measures that offer parents more information.

The 2014 report cards eventually will include grades for 10 measures, including Performance Index, Value-Added and Graduation Rate. Overall school and district grades will not be calculated until 2016 to give districts time to adjust to new learning standards and new state tests. Grades also are included for career technical planning districts and dropout recovery schools.

New this year is Prepared for Success data that tells communities whether their local schools are keeping K-12 students on track to be ready for college or careers at graduation. This category, however, is not graded.

The Prepared for Success measure lists how many of last year’s students received a “college-ready” score on the ACT and SAT college admissions exams; how many students earned honors diplomas; and how many career-tech pupils earned the credentials  required to work in various industries.  The measure also reflects student performance on Advanced Placement exams and how many students took courses that offered both high school and college credit.

The K-3 Literacy measure, new this year, focuses on students in the primary grades who are diagnosed as reading below their grade levels at the beginning of school and tracks whether their reading improved over the course of last school year.

If you are looking for 2014 Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) scores and other data, check the OCES blog entry “Spring 2014 OAA Results Available” for links.

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From ODE: “2014-2015 Green Ribbon Schools application now online — deadline Nov. 15″

September 9, 2014

Ohio is again participating in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program that recognizes schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and providing effective environmental and sustainability education that incorporates STEM, civic skills and green career pathways.

Ohio may nominate up to four schools or districts, including nonpublic schools, for this national recognition. New this year is a simplified application available here, with a Nov. 15 deadline for completion.

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Event Supervisors needed for 2015 Ohio Science Olympiad

September 8, 2014

Do you enjoy Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Outreach?

Are you passionate about exposing youth to STEM fields?

Do you enjoy STEM competitions?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please consider volunteering as an Event Supervisor for one of 23 different events at the 2015 Ohio Science Olympiad competition that will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 at The Ohio State University.

Ohio Science Olympiad is a statewide program for middle and high school students, dedicated to improving the interest of all students in the ever-changing world of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  Students participate in a variety of team events in the areas of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering, and technology.

For more information, please visit http://www.ohso.osu.edu or contact Angela D. Davis, Ohio Science Olympiad State Director at davis.3719@osu.edu or 614-688-3071.

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From ODE: “Learn about report card and Value-Added data at Ohio’s Measures workshops”

September 4, 2014

[You can find links to Spring 2014 Ohio Achievement Assessment results here]

A series of one-day regional training sessions are being held this fall to share information about Ohio’s Accountability System including local report card data, updated teacher value-added reports, the data behind the accountability system and how to use the data generated form the measures for school improvement. These training sessions are intended for district and building leaders, teacher leaders and others involved in the school/district improvement process. View the flyer posted here for dates and locations. To register, first access or create a SAFE account and click on the STARS system. For more information, visit education.ohio.gov, search keyword: measures.

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