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 samos@BattelleforKids.org.
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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 OhioRttT@BattelleforKids.org. 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 email@example.com. Building
leaders can register for one of these regional sessions through ODE’s STARS
system. To find out more, click here!
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.
team members, superintendents, principals, and district and building leadership
teams are encouraged to attend information sessions being held in January and
February. Visit www.FIPYourSchoolOhio.org
to find an information session in your region.
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.
Leadership Advisory Council’s (OLAC) 2012 Action Forum: Leading with Focus: On
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
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 www.BattelleforKids.org/Go/ConnectforSuccess
SOAR: Order TerraNova test materials by 12/31/11
OAC / TIF:
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 dueBuilding/LEA contact info due
Value-added mini-grants available