OPPORTUNITY to have your voice heard in the development of Ohio’s new state tests

Below is an OPPORTUNITY to have your voice heard in the development of Ohio’s new state tests

Department seeks more participants to help develop Ohio’s state tests in English language arts and mathematics

The Ohio Department of Education is now accepting applications for participants to serve on assessment committees. Ohio’s educators and content specialists play a vital role in creating valid and reliable assessments by serving on these committees.

Standard-Setting Committees for English Language Arts and Mathematics

The committee for each test will meet only one time to set the test performance levels using “cut scores” or threshold scores. To develop these, committee members will determine the threshold score a student must earn on a test to have his or her performance classified into one of several performance levels. The department will report the results of Ohio’s state tests in English language arts and mathematics according to five performance levels, ranging from one through five.

For the standard setting panels, the department must select Ohio educators from across the state who have expertise in the content and grade levels for which they apply.

To determine the performance levels, panelists will participate in several rounds of discussion and decision-making. In the initial round, panelists make their own individual judgments on the threshold scores. In a second and possibly third round, committee members review “feedback” that includes judgments made by other panelists and/or impact data that indicates the percentage of students who would perform at each level if Ohio used the threshold scores from the initial round. Following this feedback review, panelists may adjust their judgments. By the conclusion of each meeting, the panels will produce recommended threshold scores for each performance level of the state tests in English language arts and mathematics in their grade level and content area.

These meetings will be held in Columbus, Ohio on Dec. 15-17, 2015.

Please note the following:

·       Meeting participants who are more than 45 miles from the meeting location, hotel accommodations will be provided;

·       All eligible meeting participants will have the cost of substitute teachers directly reimbursed to school districts;

·       All meeting participants will receive reimbursement for mileage within the state of Ohio ($.52 cents per mile);

·       Meeting participants will receive a stipend of $75 per day if they will not receive payment from their employers for the dates of the meeting.

·       Participants will receive expense forms and reimbursement guidelines at the meeting.

Those who are interested in participating on either of the standard-setting committees or wish to nominate someone else may complete the application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H7KF2C2.

Applicants should describe the nominee’s experience in education, including expertise with Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts or mathematics. Please be sure to identify grade level and content area assignment preferences. Submit applications for a standard-setting committee by 4 p.m. EST on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. Selected applications will receive notification during the week of Nov. 9, 2015. Please be sure to include an active email address for notifications. Applications MUST BE COMPLETED to be considered for participation on a committee.

Range-finding Committees for English Language Arts and Mathematics

Every test has an ongoing range-finding committee that meets after test questions undergo field testing. The committee members review scoring guidelines for test questions that are open-ended and require written responses or questions that use a rubric or set of parameters to score the question. These committees establish the range of acceptable responses, including no credit, partial credit and complete credit. They use sample student responses to help determine the range. Committee members will meet in late spring on dates that will be announced at a later time.

Those who are interested in participating on one of the range-finding committees or wish to nominate someone else may complete the application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H7KF2C2.

On the application, please describe the nominee’s experience in education, including expertise with Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts or mathematics. Also, please identify grade level and content area assignment preferences. Submit applications by 4 p.m. EST on Friday, January 29. Selected participants will receive notification by the end of February. Please be sure to include an active email address for notifications. Applications MUST BE COMPLETED to be considered for participation on a committee.

 We hope you will be interested in nominating yourself or a representative of your district or organization to serve on one of these committees.

TAWLS Tuesday 9/15/15

Amazing Race:  The Third Annual Candy Budd Amazing Race will be taking place on Saturday, October 3rd beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Sidelines Sports Eatery & Pub.  The team that completes the most tasks in the shortest amount of time will be declared the winners.  All funds raised will benefit the Washington Local Employee Scholarship Fund.  This event is a public event open to EVERYONE…not just TAWLS Members.
CBC Road Rally Flyer 2015
Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Registration Cost is $20.00 per participant
Registrations should be sent to McGregor School Attention:  Theresa Evearitt
Questions??  Contact Jen Gent at jgent@wls4kids.org

 Volunteers Needed:  We are in need of volunteers to supervise the pit stops during the Candy Budd Amazing Race.  Volunteers would be required to verify that a challenge has been completed and then provide the team with the clue to their next pit stop.  If you are available to help, please email jgent@wls4kids.org

 OEA Delegate ElectionsAt this time TAWLS is seeking nominations for delegates to represent TAWLS at the Ohio Representative Assembly (RA).  So…what is the RA?

 The Representative Assembly (RA) is the policy-making body of the Association. The OEA RA meets semi-annually in the fall and spring in Columbus, OH to establish Association policies and objectives, elect officers, establish dues, adopt Association budget, adopt/evaluate a legislative program, act on resolutions, act on new business items and conduct necessary business. The RA is comprised of members who have been elected as delegates to represent their local associations.  Dates for this year’s RA are December 5, 2015 and May 13-14 2016.  Hotel, mileage and food expenses incurred by delegates is reimbursed by TAWLS.

If you are able to represent TAWLS, please email Jennifer Mayo jmayo@wls4kids.org by Friday, September 18th!

 OEA Press Release 9/14/15: 

Ohio teacher unions jointly call for independent investigation of ODE’s role in charter school data rigging!

Columbus – The Ohio Education Association and the Ohio Federation of Teachers today sent a letter to the Ohio State Board of Education President Thomas Gunlock. Following is the text of that letter:

 Dear President Gunlock,

As representatives of Ohio’s professional educators, we share the concern that you and other members of the Ohio Board of Education have expressed about the apparent violation of the law that occurred in the decision by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to exclude the poor grades of online schools in the evaluation of charter school sponsors. In light of the recent disclosure that this decision was made without the apparent knowledge of State Superintendent Ross, we urge you and colleagues on the Board to support an independent investigation of what happened at ODE.

While we welcome the stated intention of Dr. Ross to examine the breakdown in the internal control process, we believe that an external investigation is warranted in order to restore public trust in the decision-making process at ODE. As you know, there is broad bipartisan support on both the Board of Education and in the General Assembly for greater charter school accountability and transparency, and ODE has a critical role to play in achieving that goal. An investigation of the data manipulation by Mr. Hansen and the knowledge that others in the Department had of that decision would help to restore public confidence in ODE’s ability to be a fair and impartial evaluator of charter school sponsors.

 Everyone with a stake in Ohio’s education system – policy makers, administrators, educators, charter school sponsors and operators, and above all the students – is hurt by the dismal performance of too many charter schools in this state. Reading media accounts that refer to charters in Ohio as “a national joke” makes us wince. An investigation of what occurred at ODE in the manipulation of data for charter school sponsor ratings is critical to turning around the perception and reality of charter school performance in Ohio.

 We urge you to join those State Board members who are seeking an independent investigation of what took place at ODE in the decision to exclude certain data in ODE’s ratings of charter school sponsors.

 Thank you.
Sincerely,
Becky Higgins, President, Ohio Education Association
Melissa Cropper, President, Ohio Federation of Teachers
cc:           Dr. Richard Ross, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Members of the State Board of Education

 WLS Board Meetings:  A special WLS board meeting is scheduled for tonight at 5:00 PM at Lincolnshire.  The regularly scheduled September Board Meeting is tomorrow, September 16th , same time, same place.  TAWLS members are always encouraged to attend.

2015: LETTER FROM TAWLS PRESIDENT

UNITY, INTEGRITY, PROFESSIONALISM

 WELCOME BACK TAWLS MEMBERS!                                                                   September 5, 2015

After a restful and revitalizing summer break, the start of each school year is always the perfect time to engage new ideas and embrace new opportunities.  Doing so, requires enthusiasm, passion, and commitment. Your embodiment of those ideals remains a role model for inspiring each other and our students. Our efforts and actions challenge each other daily to become better learners in order to step forward and make a difference.

Our ideals of unity, integrity, and professionalism have never been as strong as in this upcoming school year. Not only have we experienced the agony of legislation from Columbus, the changes in OTES, SLOs, new standardized testing, but we face another school board election and a year to negotiate our contract. We have all watched the humiliation of public educators from Strongsville to Youngstown, as legislators and school boards have sought to eliminate the integrity of teaching. We are fortunate that there has always been strong respect and collaboration between TAWLS, the Administration, and the school board. Keeping that relationship strong, successful, and for the betterment of our community, it is imperative to support David Hunter, Eric Kiser, and Lisa Canales.

Even with victory, that does not mean we should be complacent. Continue to be active with TAWLS by standing together and working cooperatively with other teachers will help us maintain our professionalism and integrity. It is also your duty as an educator to call attention to injustices or remarks by being assertive yet professional. It is collectively through our voices that we can improve education.

As we advance through the school year, remember that we are a professional association here to listen, support, and advocate for you. We will always listen to your concerns, ideas, recommendations, and suggestions for assistance, professional development, and help to enhance your achievements. We will continue to support and celebrate your successes in the classroom and the work you do in the district, while always continuing to advocate for your rights and fair treatment as a professional, because you have earned it. Let us remain strong and united to work together for our kids and our district to make this a great year!

Mr. Christopher Hodnicki
TAWLS President

TAWLS Tuesday 9-8-15

 

Welcome Back!!

We hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend!!!

Tuition Reimbursement:  The deadline for tuition reimbursement is next Tuesday, September 15, 2015.  Reimbursement forms/guidelines can be found using the following link http://wlsteamwork/tawls/index.cfm.  Contact Tammy Conlan @ Shoreland if you have any further questions.

TAWLS T-shirts:  In honor of the new school year and in conjunction with our new pay of the year, please plan on wearing your TAWLS T-shirt this Friday, September 11th.  Any NEW teachers who haven’t received theirs yet, please email Chris Hodnicki to let him know & we can send one over to you.

Amazing Race:  The Third Annual Candy Budd Amazing Race will be taking place on Saturday, October 3rd beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Sidelines Sports Eatery & Pub.  The team that completes the most tasks in the shortest amount of time will be declared the winners.  All funds raised will benefit the Washington Local Employee Scholarship Fund.  This event is a public event open to EVERYONE…not just TAWLS Members.
CBC Road Rally Flyer 2015   
Registration deadline is Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Registration Cost is $20.00 per participant
Registrations should be sent to McGregor School Attention:  Theresa Evearitt
Questions??  Contact Jen Gent at jgent@wls4kids.org

Labor Day Parade:  THANK YOU to those TAWLS members and their families who came out to represent TAWLS in the 2015 Toledo Labor Day Parade!!!