Update from the Director of Student Services.
As I previously stated; the 2014/2015 school year brings about many changes. The biggest change we are experiencing is the statewide implementation of the Next Generation of Assessments. Teachers and staff are working to implement the Common Core State Standards and help to prepare the students for the expectations as we move to online State and PARRC assessments. High expectations and rigorous processes are helping to enhance the opportunities provided to all our students in Tallmadge.
To help parents and families understand the importance of the Next Generation Assessments, PARRC has provided a parent brochure to help families understand the changes and some accessibility features available to all students. Unlike in the previous assessments students needed to have identified disabilities to receive specific accommodations. Today many of the accommodations are also available to students without an identified disability or ESL (English as a second language).
As teachers, administrators and staff collaborate to help the students develop the skills necessary to make progress with the increased rigor we will continue to improve processes of student services. These processes will impact how previously developed plans (IEP, 504, ESL or WEP) and services look for the individual child. The plan written for individual students becomes the driving force of what is needed to help each child access and excel in the program meeting their individual needs.
In addition to the assessment changes, the Tallmadge City Schools has been working diligently to meet the Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO) targets established by the Ohio Department of Education for the various groups of students. Our district is working to ensure that we are providing timely notification as required by the various federal and state legislation. If at any time, you receive notification as required and have a question, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Please as always do not hesitate to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns or suggestions.
Mrs. Karen Kanotz
Director of Student Services