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  • April 16, 2021 12:10 PM | Anonymous

    On April 15th, The Ohio Department of Education published a new resource entitled Graduation Pathways: New for 2020-2021 School Year on its Reset and Restart webpage. 

    This resource was designed to help inform school and district decisions regarding temporary graduation requirement flexibilities provided in light of the ongoing pandemic by way of recently enacted legislation. Specifically, this legislation developed two new pathways to graduation for eligible students:

    1. Path One: Curriculum-only pathway 
    2. Path Two: Curriculum requirements and OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal 

    If you have any questions about this new information, please email the graduation team at graduationrequirements@education.ohio.gov.


  • April 16, 2021 12:08 PM | Anonymous

    Course Grade Reporting "window", which will open May 3 and close June 11. 

    You can find the calendarat https://news.webxam.org/calendar/. You must scroll down to see the new dates.


  • April 14, 2021 6:38 AM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education published a Graduation Flexibility Course Grade Substitution 2020-2021 resource on its Reset and Restart webpage. 

    The Department has developed information to outline the course grade substitution allowed in recently passed legislation for 11th and 12th graders during the 2020-2021 school year. These changes were enacted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on education over the past year.

    If you have any questions about this new information, please email the graduation team at graduationrequirements@education.ohio.gov.


  • April 13, 2021 9:18 AM | Anonymous

    We are excited and honored to recognize the 2021 Ohio ACTE Educator Award winners!

    Administrator of the Year: Roger Wright, Four Cities Compact

    Ambassador Award: Missy (Melissa) Robbins, Great Oaks Career Campuses

    Outstanding Educators in Community Service: Tea McCaulla & Donna Patrick, Pickaway-Ross CTC

    Outstanding New CTE Teacher: Gregg Severt, Ohio Hi Point Career Center

    Outstanding School Board Member: Bill Ferguson, Great Oaks Career Campuses

    Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year: Jeff DeLong, Washington County Career Center - Adult Technical Training

    Teacher of the Year: Vince Ragnoni, EHOVE Career Center

    Current plans include recognizing both this year's winners and the 2020 award winners at the Impact and Innovation Annual Conference on July 26. Details will be forthcoming.

    You can read more about the winners here: http://ohioacte.org/awards.

    Join Ohio ACTE in congratulating all of our winners and celebrating their contributions to the career-tech community! 

  • April 07, 2021 12:51 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Department of Health recently issued COVID-19 Guidance: Graduation Ceremonies 2021 and COVID-19 Guidance: Prom 2021 to assist schools in planning events and ceremonies. Schools are encouraged to continue working closely with their local departments of health to devise plans that ensure the safety and health of students, staff and attendees.

  • April 06, 2021 11:45 AM | Anonymous

    In-Demand Jobs Week will occur May 3rd through May 7th

    Lt. Governor Husted announced today that In-Demand Jobs Week will officially take place May 3rd through 7th.

    In-Demand Jobs Week is designed to promote Ohio’s most in-demand and fastest growing industries through statewide hiring, education, and training events. This year, In-Demand Jobs Week will feature all of Ohio’s top jobs, including critical jobs, which focus on the health and well-being of Ohioans such as child care workers, home health aides, and firefighters.

    Throughout the week, businesses, education providers, community organizations, and more are encouraged to plan unique, virtual opportunities that will inspire students and job seekers to pursue a job in Ohio. From virtual tours and roundtables to virtual career-tech signing days and online job fairs, In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity to highlight what Ohio has to offer.

    Organizations can visit TopJobs.Ohio.gov to add their event to the official In-Demand Jobs Week map. Individuals interested in attending an event can use this map to find events near them.


  • April 01, 2021 1:53 PM | Anonymous

    The Office of Career-Technical Education schedules revisions of Career Field Technical Content Standards on a rotating basis. The review and revision process for the Business Career Field Technical Content Standards will begin with a public comment survey on the existing standards. The survey can be accessed HERE.

    The survey will be open from April 1st-May 31st, 2021. Participants will have the chance to review one or more of the following content areas (based on personal interest and expertise): 

    • ·        Strand 1:  Business Operations/21st Century Skills 
    • ·        Strand 2:  Business Foundations 
    • ·        Strand 3:  Business Relationships 
    • ·        Strand 4:  Business Governance 
    • ·        Strand 5:  Marketing 
    • ·        Strand 6:  Resource Management 
    • ·        Strand 7:  Operations Management 
    • ·        Strand 8:  Process Management 
    • ·        Strand 9:  Financial Analysis & Evaluation 
    • ·        Strand 10:  Strategic Management 

    Throughout the survey, participants will be given a description of each Strand and have the opportunity to choose not to review a strand and to skip to the next section. If you have additional questions, please contact Dee Sturgill at dee.sturgill@education.ohio.gov.


  • March 31, 2021 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education Office of Career-Technical Education sent the following information to superintendents:

    In response to House Bill 67, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Education are providing guidance for Career-Technical Assurance Guide (CTAG) credit for junior and senior students who have the ability to use the course grade if advantageous for the student after taking the end of course assessment or if access to the course assessment is not available. The guides are available to download at the end of this article.

    The Ohio Department of Higher Education, working closely with their partners at the Ohio Department of Education and other stakeholders, developed this guidance to ensure that secondary career technical education junior and senior students remain eligible for the CTAG credit.

    The guidance is consistent with the philosophy that, as much as possible, students should be held harmless when their studies have been disrupted by the unprecedented actions taken to ensure the safety of Ohioans during the COVID-19 crisis. Additional information will be forthcoming regarding how this policy will fit into the Career-Technical Articulation Verification (CTAV) process. If you have additional questions or suggestions as together we strive to serve the students of Ohio, please contact:

    Dr. Paula Compton, Associate Vice Chancellor, Ohio Department of Higher Education, pcompton@highered.ohio.gov

    Leah Amstutz, Director of Career-Technical Education, Ohio Department of Education, leah.amstutz@education.ohio.gov

    WebXam Alternative Memo (3.30.2021).pdf

    WebXam Alternative One Pager (3.30.2021).pdf


  • March 17, 2021 4:22 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) spoke on the Senate Floor highlighting his bipartisan Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, legislation he is introducing this week with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) to help continue supporting the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by improving skills training and addressing the shortage of skilled workers to fill the new jobs available today.

    As co-chair of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, Portman has led efforts in the Senate to strengthen technical training programs and help Ohioans find meaningful employment. The JOBS Act will close the “skills gap” by expanding eligibility for Pell Grants to cover high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs so workers can afford the skills training and credentials that are in high-demand in today’s job market. 

    A transcript of his remarks is below and a video can be found here:



  • March 17, 2021 3:58 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    On March 17, 2021, the Ohio Senate passed an amended version of HB 67—which allows juniors and seniors to use course grades in place of test scores for the 2020-2021 (current) school year in order to meet graduation requirements.  The Ohio House concurred with the Senate’s amendments on the same day, and the bill (which includes an emergency clause allowing it to become effective immediately) and Gov. DeWine signed HB 67 on March 20.  Click here to view the legislation and all relevant legislative service commission summaries: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-HB-67.

    Passed in response to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, HB 67 also permits schools to grant a high school diploma to students who had been on track to graduate prior to the Pandemic, if the principal determines the student has successfully completed the high school curriculum or individualized education program.  In addition, it extends state testing windows for an extra week this upcoming spring, requires the state to seek the federally offered waiver of certain accountability standards for 2020-2021, and allows students to qualify for graduation by earning the OhioMeansJobs Readiness seal and completing the minimum course requirements. 

    HB 67 applies to the WebXam assessment and like last school year, career-tech students (juniors and seniors) will be permitted to use their final course grade in lieu of WebXam scores as necessary.  However, schools still need to administer the WebXam assessment for career-tech students, given the lack of a Federal waiver for end of course testing.

    - by Will Vorys, Attorney, Dickinson Wright, Ohio ACTE Legislative Counsel

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