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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.

Practice tests available

Practice tests for end-of-year English language arts, performance-based tests for math and practice tests for social studies and science will be available later this month.