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Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement: Doe vs. Ohio Department of Education
The parties in the Doe v. Ohio Department of Education class action have submitted a proposed settlement to the U.S. District Court for approval. The first step in the approval process of the settlement is to provide notice of the proposed settlement to affected students and their parents. To accomplish this, the Department requests your district take the following steps as soon as possible:
  1. Post a copy of the Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement on your district’s website;
  2. Post a copy of the Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement in a central location in each building that is open to the public in your district;
  3. Provide a copy of the Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement directly to the parents or students through email, any electronic portals (for example, parent or student portals used to distribute grades, assignments or forms) or other means reasonably calculated to reach the parents or students in your district.

If you have any questions about this process, please call the Department’s Office of the Chief Legal Counsel at (614) 752-5807.

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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.