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Attention: Grant Funds Available!
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE), Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) requests local education agencies (LEA), Career Technical Planning Districts (Comprehensive, Compact, or Joint Vocational School) (CTPDs) or a collaborative of entities of which an LEA or CTPD is the lead agency, to submit an application proposing an innovative strategy to develop the college and career readiness of students with disabilities. OEC plans to allocate up to $125,000 ($50,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $75,000 in fiscal year 2021) to each of the 20 selected innovative sites through this Application for Grant Funds (AGF) to build capacity to improve the Secondary Transition Services system across the state. This resource will be allocated for 1.5 years. More information
Newly Released Information Regarding House Bill 318
Ohio's Learning Standards-Extended (Revised September 2018)
On September 18, 2018, the State Board of Education adopted the revised grade-level Ohio's Learning Standards-Extended for students who are assessed using the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD). Ohio's Learning Standards-Extended are specific statements of knowledge and skills linked to the expectations in Ohio's Learning Standards. The extensions build a bridge that provides grade-level access for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities to the content of Ohio's Learning Standards. Ohio's Learning Standards-Extended can be found on the Department's website.
PBIS Award Recipients for 2018 Announced
Twenty-Six schools from Lake and Geauga Counties have been awarded Gold, Silver, or Bronze medals for their successful implementation of PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) in 2018. Recipient award winners demonstrated extraordinary leadership of implementation efforts, creative problem solving and innovative strategies. 
Updated Evaluation Team Report and Individualized Education Program (ETR/IEP) Forms Now Available Online
The Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exceptional Children has revised the ETR and IEP forms. The new forms now have tool tips throughout, providing guidance in completing the forms. The new forms are required to be used beginning in Autumn of 2018 for the 2018-19 school year. To access the new forms, please click here.
Universal support materials are also available for basic IDEA guidance. The support materials are available here.