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Teacher-level value-added training courses available

Teacher-level data will be included as a student growth measure in the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) and the Ohio Principal Evaluation System (OPES). The teacher-level expansion requires teachers each spring to verify the students they provided instruction to during the school year. Training on this roster verification process is available. More information on accessing online Value-Added training courses.

Common Core resources

Three high-quality Common Core resources are now available to support locals and members as they navigate the transition to the new standards. Check them out.

New training modules to help in writing SLOs

To assist educators and principals in writing high-quality student learning objectives (SLOs), the Ohio Department of Education has released a new online module. Find out how this can be helpful.

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.

Resources on Student Growth Measures (SGM)

As districts dive deeper into Student Growth Measures, ODE provides tools for those working at the local level. Business rules address topics such as determining teacher of record, student enrollment and attendance, and data availability. Read the policy on VA measures and FAQs on SGMs.

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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. 

What is the Common Core?

Common Core State Standards represent the best effort so far to transform a patchwork quilt of state standards into one set of strong, consistent expectations for what all students should know and learn.