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January 15, 2016
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Top Ten Skills Employers Seek According to Forbes
1) Teamwork
2)  Decision-making and problem solving
3) Plan, organize and prioritize work
4) Verbal communications
5) Obtain and process information
6) Analyze quantitative data
7) Technical knowledge related to job
8) Proficiency with software programs
9) Create and/or edit written reports
10) Ability to influence others

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School Report Cards Reflect Ongoing
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It will be challenging for educational professionals and the public to understand the significance of the Ohio School Report Cards to be released in two parts. These district report cards will convey the results from Ohio's newly developed, more rigorous state tests. Ohio's state tests are intended to measure student progress toward Ohio's Learning Standards (OLS) adopted by the State Board of Education in 2010.[1] Although the board adopted more rigorous standards in 2010, students continued to be tested using the 'old' standards and 'old' assessments until 2014-2015. 
 
The preliminary results show that the 2014-15 state and district scores have dropped compared to 2013-14.[2] That is not surprising to many given the changes in the academic rigor of the standards, text complexity and format of the test itself. Here are some key considerations as you review the results:
  • In 2014-2015 students were required to take two parts of each PARCC [3] test given in two rounds.
  • Most districts chose to have their students tested online and some faced a wide variety of technological challenges.
  • Some parents opted their children out of the tests. If a student "does not attempt" the test, it counts as a fail for the school and district impacting the performance rating.
  • The results are over 9 months old.
  • The Ohio legislature determined that the 2014-15 English language arts and mathematics tests developed by PARCC will not be given again.  Teams of Ohio educators and the Ohio Department of Education are working with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to develop new tests to be administered for 2015-2016.

[1] Ohio's State Tests: Information for Students and Families. http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba
/students-and-families/
[2] Ohio Department of Education. http://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/Pages/default.aspx
[3] Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). http://www.parcconline.org/
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