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Ohio Newsletter

December 15, 2011

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Welcome to the second edition of our consolidated Ohio newsletter. We have received positive feedback and encourage you to continue to offer your ideas and comments. All comments can be emailed to


Over the past few weeks, many of you have heard State Superintendent Stan Heffner discuss the importance of increasing rigor and standards for Ohio children. If you have read the Ohio Gifted Association’s recent report, Grading on the Curve by Ann Sheldon and Colleen Grady, you may have been surprised to see how low cut-scores and benchmarks for proficiency, advanced and accelerated levels of achievement were for Ohio students. 


As we all work together to reinvent our education system in Ohio, let’s remember that regardless of new, higher and more rigorous standards in the future, we have the capacity to accomplish any task, regardless of our obstacles or resources. By working collaboratively, leveraging our strengths and making collective commitments to our children, we will help create a world class education system in Ohio.  


TerraNova pricing increases January 1: To receive the best available pricing on TerraNova test materials, districts must order by December 31. For more information, contact Aaron Hartman, CTB McGraw-Hill, (502) 209-0056.

Save the Date: February 14, Going Green Workshop: This new workshop, being held in Dublin, Ohio, will feature teams of high results-producing teachers and leaders who will share, 1) how they maintain “green” value-added data, and/or 2) their journey to achieve “green” value-added data. Details coming soon!  Register now.

Competitive value-added mini-grants available: To help offset extended testing costs, districts may apply for value-added mini-grants. To learn more and apply, see the information and link below in the RttT section of this newsletter.

What happens when all students take algebra? This recent Marshall Memo article recaps the national debate on access to algebra: equity advocates want to make algebra available to all because some qualified students are excluded when algebra is a selective course; while rigor advocates have stressed the downside of admitting students with weak mathematical preparation to algebra: many of them fail the course and lose academic momentum. Read more.

Ohio Appalachian Collaborative / Teacher Incentive Fund

Follow up from Network Teams assessment summit: On December 6, more than 250 educators from all 22 Ohio Appalachian Collaborative (OAC) districts engaged in a rich and robust exchange of ideas, tools, resources and solutions. The experience was truly “viral” and marked a significant milestone in the OAC journey—a great leap forward in collaborative learning, action and impact.  

Follow up from TIF coordinator/design team meeting: On December 12, there were great discussions among TIF coordinators and design team members around PAR, OTES, PreK-2 student growth, TIF Year 2 award models and communications. The interaction between ODE and districts on the implementation of OTES was open, productive and mutually supportive. The TIF design teams spent the afternoon planning on critical implementation issues. If you have any questions, email or

January formative instructional practices (FIP) trainings cancelled for OAC and TIF districts: The January 10 and 18 FIP trainings for Cohorts 1 and 2 are cancelled. The content will be covered during the scheduled March trainings. 

Upcoming collaborative learning practitioners (CLP’s) meeting dates: The January 4 CLP monthly meeting will now be at the Ohio Department of Agriculture from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. and the February 1 meeting has been cancelled. Please check BaseCamp for the January and February video conferencing connection dates. 

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Now Available: Round 1 expansion of value-added mini-grant competition: Ohio’s winning Race to the Top application includes a project to develop measures of student growth in non-tested grades and subjects. Accordingly, this mini-grant competition will provide resources for districts to expand teacher value-added beyond the “tested” grades and subjects (specifically math and reading, grades 4-8) to other grades and subjects (such as 3rd grade, science, high school) through use of assessments such as the TerraNova and ACT end-of-course exams. Click here to learn more and to apply. 

Race to the Top districts linking in Year 2: Just a reminder to submit your Link Point of Contact form. Click here to complete the form online. Districts also must submit building/LEAs contact information to If you’re not sure if your building is linking this year, click here to review to the original communication.  

Coming soon―half-day sessions for principals around the implications of teacher value-added reports: Designed to prepare building leaders for the implications of teacher-level value-added reports, specifically connecting teacher reports to the linkage process, these half-day, regional learning sessions are important if your building is “linking” this spring. Not sure if your building/LEA is linking? Contact Building leaders can register for one of these regional sessions through ODE’s STARS system. To find out more, click here!

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FIP Your School: Race to the Top has provided Ohio with the resources needed to focus on strategies that will transform our schools. FIP Your School will help districts meet their Race to the Top Application Area C3 commitment. The mission of FIP Your School is to advance and support the use of proven formative instructional practices that accelerate student learning.


Transformation team members, superintendents, principals, and district and building leadership teams are encouraged to attend information sessions being held in January and February. Visit to find an information session in your region. 

Ohio Impact

Ohio evaluation and compensation reform―Solutions by teachers, for teachers: On Monday, Gov. John Kasich’s administration released a 23-page report detailing how teachers feel about being paid based on their performance. The report summarizes input from more than 1,400 teachers across the state. Read more


NEA presents Leading the Profession: NEA’s Three Point Plan for Reform. Read more.

Ohio Leadership Advisory Council’s (OLAC) 2012 Action Forum: Leading with Focus: On January 24, OLAC will host a one-day event to provide district and building leaders with information and resources to lead with focus and clarify around initiatives related to Race to the Top and the Ohio Improvement Process. Learn more by visiting or click here to download the full registration brochure. 

Connect for Success 2012 Conference Call for Presenters: Presenters with the expertise to provide attendees with knowledge and skills to put school improvement concepts in action are encouraged to submit a learning session proposal. Proposals are due by January 6, 2012. For more information, visit


SOAR: Order TerraNova test materials by 12/31/11


January 4 monthly CLP meeting location change
January 10 & 18 FIP trainings cancelled
CLPs: Check BaseCamp for video conferencing info



RttT: Value-Added: 
Link point of contact forms due
Building/LEA contact info due
Value-added mini-grants available




January 4

Monthly CLP Meeting 

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ohio Department of Agriculture


January 24

OLAC Action Forum

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Crowne Plaza North, Columbus

February 8

OAC/TIF Quarterly Meeting

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ohio Department of Agriculture

February 14

Going Green Workshop 

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

OCLC, Dublin

1160 Dublin Road, Suite 500
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 481-3141 phone
(614) 481-8997 fax

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