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HQT for Intervention Specialists Whose Students are Eligible for Alternate Assessment has changed
 
At the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, intervention specialists of students with disabilities eligible for the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disability (AASCD) in grades 7-12 are required to meet increased highly qualified teacher (HQT) requirements by completing professional development for each core content area that they are the teacher of record. Intervention specialists will continue to use Form D in the HQT Toolkit until the beginning of the 2016-17 school year when they will be required to use Form E to document compliance with this new requirement. To prepare for this change, it is important that intervention specialists impacted by this change understand the options available to them in meeting the HQT requirements.
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NOTICE TO PARENTS AND/OR GUARDIANS FROM FEDERAL COURT REGARDING REALEASE OF EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION HELD BY THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:
A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from
the Ohio Department of Education’s Educational Management Information
System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing
lawsuit.

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act,
families of students whose data will be released must be notified and
given the opportunity to object. The court is instructing all local
education agencies to post notice about this opportunity to object on
their district websites and in a central location, accessible to the
public, in each building that is open to the public. 

A copy of the notice – which includes instructions on how parents may object to the data release – can be found here<
http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Parents/Parents-News/Notice-to-Parents-from-Federal-Court-about-the-Rel/274-2_notice.pdf.aspx>. The court must receive objections no later than Sept. 12.

Students’ names, addresses and social security numbers are not part of the information to be released. Ohio is one of only three states that do not allow their departments of education to collect this data, to protect
student privacy.

Data to be released for each student include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and disability category. The records also reveal student performance on the state’s  Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests, as well as tests related to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Student suspensions
and expulsions also are listed.

The data is subject to a protective order, which means Disability Rights Ohio cannot publicize it.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please contact the Ohio Department of Education’s legal office at (614) 466-4705 if you have questions.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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