Calculating VA with new tests–No big deal?

“Ohio will mix old tests and new Common Core test results to evaluate teachers, schools and districts”   I have been curious how the state would address calculating value added scores for the sake of evaluations once new assessments were in place…and now I know. Thinking through things for a moment…OAAs/OGTs were paper-based tests, which … Continue reading

A Busy Week in Edu-Policies

A bunch of stuff happened this week in Ohio’s educational politics. On June 3, Join the Future noted meandering legislative pieces relating to OTES moving from bill to bill:  “The bill started life as SB229, and was then hijacked by the House, where it effectively died. The Senate then put their version of SB229 back … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor re: Excessive Testing

In case you’re looking for some verbiage about testing, I encourage you to plagiarize my own verbiage below–edit, revise, omit, do whatever, but I’m giving you full permission to pull whatever you’d like/need and send it to your local papers. My anti-excessive testing letter: It is always interesting to me that the quality of our … Continue reading

Why I’m Okay with Being a Hippie

The difference between a manager and a leader:  “Many educational scholars distinguish management from leadership with the focus of the former on efficiently maintaining a current system and of the latter on influencing others to engage in innovative change.  In general, a management orientation relies on positional authority, whereas a leadership orientation is based on … Continue reading

Two Semesters Down and What I’ve Learned

Two semesters into my doctoral studies at Kent: I’ve neglected my blog and my beloved #ohedchat; I’ve pushed aside all my fun YA lit reads; and I’ve redirected my attention from lots of shameless self-promotion (ok, there’s nothing wrong with a little self-promotion!) to a focus on endless sponging of information. I am reading, reading, … Continue reading

So, Teacher Value Added Reports Came Out

Let me tell you a story… I knew in 6th grade that I wanted to be a teacher. I remember years of my kid-hood coming home to play school with my little brother. I took whatever I learned and tried to teach it to him with my little chalkboard. “Sit, Rocky, and let me teach … Continue reading

Ohio’s New Assessment Updates with Char Shryock (Notes)

Today’s presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ucjnQulFV9cwzEo9kXbdaSisL7Psd_d1cvl-pfu9YFc/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000 VERY cool!! New assessment prototype superintendent’s challenge using a Google Form to get people looking at the assessment questions–great way to get people to start talking about the new assessments -http://www.bayvillageschools.com/index.aspx?NID=1028 -teachers who do all 10 get a prize -community members who do all 10 get a prize ****presenting at 9 am … Continue reading

*Meanwhile in financially floundering school districts…

My notes from today’s webinar. This morning, the state is providing a webinar on recently-announced Straight-A Fund grants available for school entities (public/charter schools, private schools, ESCs) in Ohio.  Information about these $250 million grants started trickling in in August with “stay tuned for more information” teasers. Details of the Fund (According to the Ohio Association … Continue reading