OAPCS President and CEO RaShaun Holliman is holding a series of regional meetings in October across Ohio to meet with the charter school community.
Here are important links and resources to assist charter school teachers and parents with topics and questions regarding state testing, practice testing and test results.
- School must administer state-funded SAT or ACT next spring.
- The 2016-2017 Highly Qualified Teachers Toolkit is now available here.
- New family resources for the Kingergarten Readiness Assessment are available here.
- Free beach bags and virtual camp to keep students learning. Click here
- View support for students who need additional help graduating high school and preparing for success in life. View it here
- Free eBooks are now available to all pre-kindergarten through grade 3 Ohio classrooms through INFOhio. Browse the collection here.
- School administrators, teachers and parents can find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Ohio’s State Tests here.
- ODE, the Ohio Education Research Center, and Battelle for Kids have created a Student Success Resoure Library, which contains resources for students who require additional help to graduate high school. Access it here.
- April is National Autism Awareness Month. Ohioans can benefit from a free, online video training program for those supporting individuals with autism.
- The IDEA Part B federal application for FY2016 is available for review here
- NAPCS has provided an ESSA Estimated Implementation Timeline and FAQs for charter school advocates
- Community School Classroom Facilities Grants
- The Guide to 2015 Ohio School Report Cards is available here.
- Update on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
- Test windows for 2016-2017 have been announced.
- Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits and classroom guides via Edutopia's Big List of Educational Grants and Resources here.
- For information on Ohio's State Tests - English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies for grades 9-12, click here.
- For information on Ohio's State Tests - English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies for grades K-8, click here. For information on test administration for the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA), click here. For information on the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD), click here.
- The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Communications and Outreach is offering a new way to communicate with parents about Ohio’s Learning Standards and Ohio’s State Tests. Test Talk for Parents is a short, biweekly newsletter that can simplify what families need to know in their children’s teaching and testing.
- INFOhio, the State Library of Ohio and the Ohio Education Library Media Association are providing free parent reading tips for PreK-3 through a series of flyers offered to all schools at no cost. The So You’re Parenting…Series, one for each grade from pre-school through grade 3, gives parents activity ideas and tips to prepare their children for Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
- The U.S. Department of Education released new guidance for students with disabilities who have individualized education programs (IEPs). The guidance clarifies that students with disabilities should have IEPs that are aligned with state academic content standards for the grade in which a child is enrolled. The Department is seeking feedback on this guidance, specifically on models of alignment that are working well at the state and local level, and how to implement this guidance for students who are English-language learners and students with significant cognitive disabilities. Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or U.S. Department of Education, 550 12th Street SW, PCP Room 5139, Washington, DC 20202-2600. The guidance can be found here.
- A new series of online recordings to assist teachers seeking a deeper understanding of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and early literacy can be found here. The series includes a literacy toolkit and topical guidance on IEP's and summer literacy programming.