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.
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The elimination of federal requirements around "highly qualified" designations does not impact the state's rule that teachers in core subjects continue to meet the "highly qualified" requirement.
OFT is partnering with the Ohio Department of Education to provide resources to help teachers deal with a growing drug problem. The resources focus on drug prevention and how to talk to kids and families about drugs.
Declines in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores that show widening gaps reflect the failure of the requirements of the old NCLB in improving student learning. These results emphasize the need to redefine public education through the new federal law Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Members of the Ohio Educator Standards Board stood up for teachers as professionals who seek opportunities to grow and improve their skills May 3 by balking at a legislative requirement to define "consistently high performing teacher." What did they do?
The Educator Standards Board (ESB) has been tasked with advising the state board of education on creating the definition of a consistently high performing teacher, but we question the validity of any such definition.
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.
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.