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New practice materials, test blueprints available

With new AIR state assessments coming soon, OFT is gathering and sharing resources to help teachers be better prepared for administering the new tests. The Ohio Department of Education has released new practice materials and test blueprints for teacher review.

OFT receives clarity on OTES confusion

OFT recently clarified questions about the new OTES Framework: The new framework changes the automatic trigger for being placed on an improvement plan from student growth to a teacher's summative rating. 

Resources on teaching students with disabilities

Working with students with disabilities is a task requiring that educators have the proper resources and tools. Check out the latest guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on administering a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities and other resources. 

State board amends educator evaluation frameworks

Through their leadership on the Educator Standards Board (ESB), several OFT members have worked to amend the OTES Framework in a way that increases its value as a development tool for teachers. The Ohio Board of Education approved ESB-recommended improvements to the OTES framework for teachers. 

New assessment tool determines kindergarten preparedness

Early childhood education is critical in preparing students for success. An important Early Learning Assessment tool available from the Ohio Department of Education can help teachers determine where children are in their growth and development preparation for kindergarten. This could be an important tool in assessing students as they enter kindergarten or are a part of a pre-school program in your local.

Third grade reading test updates

Students in grade 3 will take the Ohio Achievement Assessment in reading. They will not take the PARCC English language arts test. Third-graders will still take the new state test for mathematics (PARCC – Math) in spring of 2015. Learn more.