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Third Grade Reading Guarantee guidance manual

OFT Members who shared their expertise helped shape the final version of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee that includes flexibility in implementation to the benefit of students who need focused help from qualified teachers. Find out more and access the guidance manual.

Sign up to get info on education policies, programs

Looking for current news and information on education policies and programs? Wondering what's happening at the Ohio Department of Education that can help you in your profession?

ODE prepares a weekly e-newsletter to superintendents, principals and other educators about policies, program updates and deadlines, as well as resources to help support student achievement. To subscribe to the weekly EdConnection newsletter, send an email to with “EdConnection Subscribe” in the subject line and ask that your email address be added to the EdConnection distribution list. 

Ohio Standards Advocates provides resources

OFT's collaboration with the Ohio Standards Advocates offers us many resources to help teachers enhance their instruction of Ohio's New Learning Standards. Check out professional learning resources, planning guides, classroom resources and a new weekly email newsletter on the Ohio Standards Advocates website.

ODE seeks participants for validation studies on assessments

It is critical that  practicing classroom teachers participate in validation studies to ensure Ohio Assessments for Educators are credible. OFT is working with ODE to identify teachers willing to participate in validation studies for the new Elementary Reading Assessment and the revised Middle Grades Content Assessments.

RESA assessors needed

It is important that the Resident Educator Program have knowledgeable and experienced assessors in content areas for the Resident Educator Summative Assessment. OFT members are encouraged to participate as assessors. Online training and a small stipend are provided.