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  • November 11, 2020 6:54 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Guidance for Administering WebXam

    As Ohio’s students and educators work through the unique challenges of this school year, many questions regarding state testing requirements have been raised, specifically regarding Career-Technical Education WebXams.

    U.S. Department of Education (USED) Guidance

    During the early days of the pandemic and related school closures, USED allowed states to seek one-year waivers from the Every Student Succeeds Act's testing and accountability requirements. The Ohio General Assembly subsequently passed emergency legislation canceling the spring 2020 administration of Ohio's State Tests. Accordingly, the Ohio Department of Education sought and received a federal waiver for the 2019-20 school year. USED has recently shared specific guidance clearly noting that states “should not anticipate such waivers being granted again” for the 2020-21 school year.

    Considerations for Administering Fall State Tests and WebXam

    Based on the current status of federal and state law, districts should be making plans for students to take the relevant state tests and end-of-course exams, including WebXam for the 2020-2021 school year. Due to technology and test security requirements, there is no option to remotely administer state tests or WebXam.

    The Department emphasizes that districts first and foremost should be concerned about the safety of students and staff. Assessments should occur only if they can be administered safely. Safety may be determined locally at the student, teacher, building, district or county level depending on the circumstances. Districts should put forth a good faith effort to communicate with parents and students about the importance of assessments and the requirement to conduct testing on site. For districts operating with a hybrid model, plans for testing likely will depend on how many days students are in the building. Districts offering remote instruction should be considering creative options to have students on-site for relevant testing. Below are examples from three districts on how they plan to implement fall testing.

    • In one district, students attending remotely are being asked to contact their home schools to choose a testing time within the district’s five-day window. The plan is to test the students in socially distanced classrooms.
    • Another district is planning to bus remote learners (not during the normal route) to school on Wednesday and Thursday to test. These students will be tested in the gymnasium where they can practice safe social distancing.
    • One district currently has “remote Mondays” where all students, even those attending in the hybrid model, are at home. The district plans to bring in students and utilize the buildings to test their students in smaller groups.

    Districts are encouraged to review the webxam test security rulebook and the Reset and Restart Education: Planning Guide prior to implementing district assessment plans. The Office of Career-Technical Education will continue to work collaboratively with the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) to identify potential remote testing options for future school years.

    CTE-26 Provider Application Window Now Open
    The Office of Career-Technical Education has opened the Fiscal Year 2022-2026 program period for CTE-26 provider applications. The CTE-26 provider applications authorize schools to offer career-technical education programs in grades 7-12. Public districts and community and STEM schools may access the application for Career-Field Pathway, Career-Based Intervention, Family and Consumer Science/GRADS, and Industry Credential Senior-Only program applications by logging in to the OH|ID Portal.

    The application window for the FY22-26 program period closes March 1, 2021, for all new and renewal career-technical education provider applications. Renewals are only for those approved applications that will expire at the end of the FY17-21 program period. All CTE-26 provider applications renew on the year they expire.

    Please visit the CTE-26 process page for additional resources. For technical assistance while applying, schools and districts may contact their Ohio College Tech Prep Regional Centers.

    Career-Technical Fiscal Year 2020 Quality Program Review Data and Survey Now Open
    The Office of Career-Technical Education has published the Fiscal Year 2020 Quality Program Review report card data and survey. District superintendents and superintendent designees may access this information through the CTE-26 web application by logging in to the OH|ID Portal.

    For directions on how to access and complete the FY20 Quality Program Survey, please review the CTE Program Review Resources.

     

  • October 30, 2020 8:19 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    To promote flexibility and allow students to tailor their own career pathway after graduation, the Ohio Department of Education is phasing out the bundled industry-recognized credentials American Medical Technologists (AMT) - Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) AND Ohio State Dental Board - Dental Assistant Radiographer's Certificate (CA75) and Commission on Ohio Dental Assistants Certification (CODA) - Ohio Certified Dental Assistant AND Ohio State Dental Board - Dental Assistant Radiographer's Certificate (CB60). Beginning school year 2020-2021, the Commission on Ohio Dental Assistants Certification (CODA) - Ohio Certified Dental Assistant (CB38), Ohio State Dental Board - Dental Assistant Radiographer's Certificate (CJ35) and American Medical Technologists (AMT) - Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) (CA37) should be reported in the Education Management Information System (EMIS) separately. They are worth 6 points each. The bundled credentials were assigned 12 points each.

    Please note that the industry credential list posted on the Department’s website is the current list of credentials valid to be earned for graduation and accountability purposes. The EMIS manual contains credentials that are no longer valid to be earned, and depending on the time of year, may not yet reflect changes to the credential list.

    Update for Ohio Dental Assistant Certification (CODA) - Ohio Certified Dental Assistant

    The Commission on Ohio Dental Assistant Certification (CODA) has suspended testing until further notice. Students have been unable to earn the Ohio Certified Dental Assistant approved industry-recognized credential from the graduation list and it is unclear when CODA’s testing will resume. Per Ohio Revised Code 4715.66, Ohio recognizes a dental assistant certified by CODA or the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). In order to allow students to receive graduation points, the Department is temporarily allowing the DANB – National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) exam to be reported in leu of the Commission on Ohio Dental Assistants Certification (CODA) - Ohio Certified Dental Assistant (CB38) for the 2020-2021 school year. EMIS assessment code CB38 should be used when reporting the DANB – National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) certification. The Department will provide updates regarding the Ohio Dental Assistant Certification (CODA) - Ohio Certified Dental Assistant industry credential as they become available.

    If you have questions, please contact Patti Guseman at industrycredentials@education.ohio.gov.

  • October 30, 2020 8:14 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has partnered with Governor DeWine’s Children’s Initiative to provide financial support to  families who may need supplemental assistance outside of what is provided by their child's Individualized Education Programs (IEP).

    Learning Aid Ohio was created to connect tutors, aides, or in-home providers who can offer distance learning support for students with disabilities on IEPs. The primary goal of Learning Aid Ohio is to provide opportunities for meaningful educational experiences for students on IEPs learning full-time on a digital platform. 

    Applications can be submitted at www.LearningOhio.com.

  • October 30, 2020 8:06 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) recently released a digital learning guide for parents and families to help them navigate the digital and remote learning taking place during the pandemic. Many Ohio school districts are teaching students remotely all or part of the time, a situation that’s likely to persist longer as COVID-19 cases surge in the state.

    USDOE says the guide addresses topics such as the following:

    - How to use the flexibility and innovation of technology to meet unique needs, such as those of students with disabilities or who are English language learners.

    - Steps parents can take to keep their child safe online, such as accessing device security features, tracking log-in information, methods to keep kids safe during videoconferencing, and tips to help children navigate online bullying or encounters with troubling content.

    - How competency-based learning can harness technology for students’ benefit, including through online assessments and periodic check-ins to gauge progress, and provide instructional flexibility during disruptions.

    - Primers on major federal laws regarding student privacy and safety.

    USDOE says the guide is the first in a series on digital learning resources.

    Click here to access the guide.

  • October 28, 2020 2:34 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

        The Ohio Department of Education posted information on the Reset and Restart Education website about how educational settings may impact teacher evaluations. The information addresses adaptations schools have made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and provides considerations for schools using Ohio Teacher Evaluation System 1.0 and 2.0.

        Mask Breaks: It bears recognizing that all indications signal Ohio students and educators are doing a phenomenal job of complying with recommended health practices and, in particular, mask-wearing guidelines. This is no small accomplishment, and the Department congratulates students and staff across the state for their efforts to keep one another safe and healthy.

        On this point, several inquiries have come in regarding the topic of mask breaks — allowing students a brief time to remove their masks while in socially-distanced settings where it is considered safe to do so and activity levels are very low. The Ohio Department of Health has concluded that such breaks (usually about five minutes), conducted safely and in accordance with state and local health guidelines, may be useful in promoting overall compliance with mask wearing for students and staff alike. As such, schools should consider that the practice of mask breaks ultimately may strengthen ongoing compliance with mask wearing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Many schools have indicated they include mask breaks as part of their daily routines.

        As always, thank you for everything you and your colleagues do each day to serve Ohio’s students.
  • October 26, 2020 2:21 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Hear about what’s new with the WebXam testing system and the development of the Ohio Career-Technical Education Pathway Tests - Listen to the October recorded WebXam User’s Workshop.

    Click Here for the recording and PPT

  • October 23, 2020 5:05 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio ACTE member Jon Quatman is a candidate for National ACTE President Elect.  Read about the candidates - click here


  • October 07, 2020 11:13 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Career-tech program - focused virtual discussion “Meet Ups”  are an opportunity for career-tech instructors to engage with each other and ODE CTE staff  so  instructors can share successes, challenges and positive student impact in order to learn from each other and staff at the ODE Office of CTE.  These will be interactive sessions, so come prepared to share your experiences, challenges and ask questions to learn from others. ODE Office of CTE staff listed with each program will facilitate the interactive discussions.

    Click here for the complete calendar of events and registration information or click on the title below to go directly to registration for the meet up.

    Engineering/Manufacturing – Frits Rizor Oct 27 – 3-4 pm

    Welding – Frits Rizor, Robert Kornack  Nov 3 – 3-4 pm

    Construction Technologies- Frits Rizor, Robert Kornack Oct 22 – 3 -4 pm

    Health Sciences- Matt Wells:

    Transportation- Frits Rizor Nov 4 – 3 - 4 pm

    Family and Consumer Sciences- click here https://www.oatfacs.org/ for times/registration information for the following sessions, conducted by OATFACS:

    • Oct. 21 State Degree and Outstanding Chapter  
    • Nov. 4   Mental Health  
    • Nov. 18 Trauma Informed Care

    Career Based Intervention- Brenna Bartlett Oct.  28  -  3pm – 4 pm

    Law and Public Safety - Matt Wells Oct. 29 – 3 pm – 4 pm

    Information Technology - Kris Vigneron Oct.  21 – 1:30 – 2:30

    Agriculture and Environmental Systems- Alyssa Bregel Oct.  21 – 3 -4 pm

    Cosmetology - Matt Wells Nov. 4 – 1:30 – 2:30

    Business/Finance/Marketing –Dee Sturgill Nov. 5 – 3-4 pm

  • September 28, 2020 11:32 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education today published additions to its Reset and Restart Education webpage to provide details on how schools can support students experiencing homelessness and identify and serve students who are gifted in K-12 (as well as additional considerations for supporting gifted students). 

    Specifically, new information on the Students Experiencing Homelessness webpage provides details about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and includes resources to help schools support students facing these challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic continues 

    Likewise, the new information designed to assist schools in identifying and serving students who are gifted in K-12 outlines procedures for providing gifted services. This webpage has a complementary link containing additional considerations for identifying and serving students who are giftedincluding discussion questions schools might ask as they address the needs of gifted students  

    Please continue to check the Reset and Restart Education webpage for the latest updates.  

  • September 28, 2020 10:38 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)


    Definitions: (based on September data)

    • 5-Day Return: in-person instruction, even if schedules are somewhat adjusted
    • Fully Remote: all students to receive only remote education, which may be teacher-led or student-led
    • Hybrid: a mix of in-person and remote education, noting some grade levels or programs may be entirely in-person or entirely remote

    This map is provided for informational purposes. It is subject to frequent change and does not represent an official categorization by the Ohio Department of Education.  Here, model refers to the default education model for the general school population, which is separate from options for individual students to elect remote learning


    ID Name Type Current Model
    95 Akron City CTPD Comprehensive District Fully Remote
    89 Alliance City CTPD Compact/Contract District Hybrid
    1 Apollo JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District 5-Day Return
    3 Ashland Co/West Holmes JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District 5-Day Return
    4 Ashtabula County Technical and CC CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    52 Auburn JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District 5-Day Return
    6 Belmont-Harrison Area JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    101 Buckeye JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    8 Butler County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    90 Canton City CTPD Comprehensive District Hybrid
    115 Canton Local CTPD Compact/Contract District 5-Day Return
    120 Centerville-Kettering-Oakwood CTPD Compact/Contract District Hybrid
    43 Cincinnati City CTPD Comprehensive District Still to Identify
    19 Cleveland Municipal CTPD Comprehensive District Fully Remote
    15 Columbiana County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District 5-Day Return
    35 Columbus City CTPD Compact/Contract District Fully Remote
    108 Coshocton County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    27 Cuyahoga Valley JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    71 Dayton City CTPD Comprehensive District Fully Remote
    31 Delaware County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    21 East Cleveland City CTPD Comprehensive District Still to Identify
    16 East Liverpool City CTPD Comprehensive District Still to Identify
    36 Eastland JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    32 EHOVE JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    96 Four City Compact CTPD Compact/Contract District Hybrid
    30 Four County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District 5-Day Return
    40 Gallia-Jackson-Vinton JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    44 Great Oaks Career Campuses Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    42 Greene County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    117 Greenville City CTPD Comprehensive District Still to Identify
    20 Heights Career Tech Consortium CTPD Compact/Contract District Fully Remote
    50 Jefferson County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    51 Knox County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    53 Lake Shore Compact CTPD Compact/Contract District Hybrid
    23 Lakewood City CTPD Compact/Contract District Fully Remote
    119 Lancaster City CTPD Comprehensive District Hybrid
    54 Lawrence County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    55 Licking County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    2 Lima City CTPD Comprehensive District Still to Identify
    57 Lorain City CTPD Comprehensive District Still to Identify
    58 Lorain County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    72 Mad River Local CTPD Comprehensive District Hybrid
    81 Madison Local CTPD Comprehensive District 5-Day Return
    63 Mahoning County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    82 Mansfield City CTPD Comprehensive District Still to Identify
    78 Maplewood Area JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District 5-Day Return
    92 Massillon City CTPD Comprehensive District 5-Day Return
    25 Mayfield Excel T.E.C.C. CTPD Compact/Contract District Hybrid
    66 Medina County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District 5-Day Return
    67 Meigs Local CTPD Compact/Contract District Still to Identify
    73 Miami Valley Career Technology JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    75 Mid-East Ohio JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    116 Millstream Career Cooperative CTPD Compact/Contract District Hybrid
    74 Morgan Local CTPD Comprehensive District Still to Identify
    56 Ohio Hi-Point JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    107 Ohio Valley Local CTPD Compact/Contract District 5-Day Return
    59 Oregon City CTPD Comprehensive District Fully Remote
    26 Parma City CTPD Comprehensive District Still to Identify
    39 Penta County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    84 Pickaway-Ross County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District 5-Day Return
    77 Pike County Career Technology Center CTPD Joint Vocational School District 5-Day Return
    83 Pioneer CTC JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    93 Plain Local CTPD Compact/Contract District 5-Day Return
    28 Polaris JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    98 Portage Lakes JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    33 Sandusky City CTPD Comprehensive District Still to Identify
    86 Scioto County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    97 Six District Educational Compact CTPD Compact/Contract District 5-Day Return
    7 Southern Hills JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District 5-Day Return
    38 South-Western City CTPD Comprehensive District Hybrid
    11 Springfield-Clark County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    94 Stark County Area JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District 5-Day Return
    70 Switzerland of Ohio Local CTPD Comprehensive District Still to Identify
    60 Sylvania City CTPD Compact/Contract District Hybrid
    61 Toledo City CTPD Comprehensive District Fully Remote
    37 Tolles Career & Technical Center CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    121 Tri Star CTPD Compact/Contract District 5-Day Return
    5 Tri-County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    111 Tri-Rivers JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    99 Trumbull County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    12 U S Grant JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District 5-Day Return
    69 Upper Valley JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    85 Vanguard-Sentinel JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    102 Vantage JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District 5-Day Return
    103 Warren County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    104 Washington County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    62 Washington Local CTPD Comprehensive District Fully Remote
    105 Wayne County JVSD CTPD Joint Vocational School District Hybrid
    64 Youngstown City CTPD Comprehensive District Fully Remote

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