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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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IEPs with Results-Driven Accountability (RDA)
Starting this 2014-15 school year school districts will see a major change in how the Office of Exceptional Children (OEC) is revising its accountability system of special education programs provided to students. In precious years, on-site reviews conducted by OEC were very muc "compliance" focused in nature. IEP forms were reviewed to determine if all of the various sections fo the IEP were completed and if the wording in those sections were appropriate to meet federal law requirements. If problems were found, then the district had to correct the IEPs out of compliance and then submit future IEPs to OEC to show OEC those new IEPs were also being written correctly with compliant information.
 
This year OEC will shift monitoring of special education programs towards educational results and functional outcomes of students with disabilities. The change is called Results Driven Accountability or RDA. This process will now span up to four years for a district's involvement. More general information on this four year process will be presented at our trainings.
 
Four trainings have been scheduled for our region and are listed on the right side of this page under the "Upcoming Events". Please click  on the date  you wish to attend to access STARS to get registered.
Legal News
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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