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  • November 25, 2020 8:15 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education announced recently the launch of the RemotEDx Exchange, which provides parents and educators of K-12 students access to supports, services and resources for remote education.

    The platform is part of the broader RemotEDX initiative, a $15 million effort using federal CARES Act funding to improve remote, hybrid and blended learning.

    The exchange is supported by INFOhio, a digital education library and part of the Management Council of the Ohio Education Computer Network (MCOECN).

    ODE said that, as with its strategic plan, the RemotEDx initiative places a focus on equity and helping under-served students.

    The exchange is available at

  • November 24, 2020 2:12 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education today posted important information about Fall 2020 end-of-course exams on its Reset and Restart Education webpage.

    These tests are required by federal and state law. No legislative action has been taken, up to this point in time, that alters these legal requirements for the 2020-2021 school year. The Department emphasizes that districts first and foremost should be attentive to the safety of students and staff. Assessments should occur only if they can be administered safely.

    It’s also important to note, that while the fall end-of-course exam window originally was scheduled to be open between Nov. 30, 2020, and Jan. 8, 2021, that window has been extended one additional week to provide more time for testing in January. The window now runs from Nov. 30, 2020, to Jan. 15, 2021.

    Please see the full updated Fall 2020 Testing webpage for additional details.

  • November 11, 2020 12:15 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    This past Spring, the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which in part is designed to assist struggling schools with financial strain caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Ohio’s schools will receive funds under the CARES Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Program (ESSER) and its related Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Program (GEER).  

    Thus far, the U.S. Congress, the Ohio General Assembly, and the DeWine Administration collaborated to allocate roughly $490 million of ESSER funding to Ohio’s traditional k-12 public schools (including compact and comprehensive career-tech programs).  Federal (Title I) limitations prevented Joint Vocational School Districts (JVSDs, or Career Centers) from being eligible for the ESSER funding and as a result, the state announced Nov. 10 that Governor DeWine would allocate $8.6 to JVSDs through the separate GEER fund.

    “This funding support is gratefully acknowledged by the career -tech community to help with the added expenses of keeping our students safe while striving to continue their career-tech education,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.

    Additional funding will be used to improve the delivery of CTE for students including enhancing sanitation processes and supplies, updating technology and expanding online curriculum among other things during this unprecedented pandemic, Gardner said.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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