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135 Ohio Teachers Earn National Board Certification
Columbus, Ohio—In December 2007 the Ohio Department of Education announced that 135 of its teachers have joined the elite by becoming National Board Certified Teachers. National Board Certification (NBC) is an advanced teaching credential and a challenging professional development experience offered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. NBC is a voluntary certification system based on high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. To learn more please visit: https://webapp1.ode.state.oh.us/cncs/

Final Report Released on the National Assessment of Title I

Washington, DC—In a letter to Chairman George Miller of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings announced the release of the National Assessment of Title I Final Report.

In her letter to Chairman Miller, Spellings reviews the report, which looks at data collected from the 50 states during the past several years.

View the press release.

View the letter from U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling to the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor.

View the National Assessment of Title I Final Report.

Ohio—State Board of Education Recognizes High-Performing Schools and Districts
October 22, 2007—"State Board of Education members will honor schools and districts that performed well on the 2006-2007 Local Report Cards by delivering banners and certificates this month...The 139 school districts that received an Excellent designation on the 2006-2007 Local Report Card are receiving a congratulatory letter signed by President Sheets and Susan Tave Zelman, superintendent of public instruction. Banners will be presented to 62 districts that have received an Excellent designation for at least five consecutive years. The 1,150 individual schools that earned an Excellent designation will receive a congratulatory letter and a certificate to be displayed in the school." To learn more about these high-performing schools and districts, visit https://webapp1.ode.state.oh.us/cncs/view.asp?id=397686323192716931

Michigan—Department of Education Sets the Date for 5th and 6th Grade MEAP Writing Tests
October 19, 2007—"To prevent another security breach of the grade 5 and 6 MEAP writing prompts, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is requiring that all fifth and sixth graders in the state be given the replacement writing prompts as the first school activity on Wednesday, November 7, 2007. Last week, there was a security breach at a local school district of the MEAP writing prompt at grades 5 and 6. To ensure fairness to all students and to protect the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status of each school giving that test, the department determined that all students in those grades be given a replacement writing prompt—a decision concurred in by the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday." To learn more about the new testing dates, visit http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-37818-178480--,00.html

Flanagan Strongly Supports Funding for Education Technology in House Budget
Lansing, Michigan—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan today said that any recent controversy over proposed funding in the state’s School Aid budget for education technology does not diminish its need in the state’s classrooms. To learn more visit:

Ohio Summit Focuses on International Education
Columbus, Ohio—Leaders from education, business and industry, foundations and government gathered today at the Ohio Historical Center for Ohio's first International Summit for Education to explore the implications of globalization and technological change for education, and to identify the resources and action steps required to ensure that Ohio's students are prepared to compete and collaborate successfully in a global economy and interconnected world. To learn more, visit https://webapp1.ode.state.oh.us/cncs/view.asp?id=111622163546546959

New Directory of Technical Assistance Service Providers and R&D Centers Available
The Directory is a compilation of technical assistance service providers and research and development centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is intended to be a comprehensive, easily accessible guide that users can keep at their fingertips for contact information. To learn more visit: http://www.learningpt.org/greatlakeseast/resources/

Leadership Awards in Early Childhood Education Announced
Columbus, Ohio—The Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) Office of Early Learning and School Readiness will announce the recipients of the 2007 Irene Bandy-Hedden Leadership Awards at the Ohio Early Care and Education Conference tonight at the Columbus Convention Center. To learn more visit:

Michigan State Board of Education Announces 23 Blue Ribbon Schools for 2006-2007
LANSING – The State Board of Education has announced that Michigan Blue Ribbons are being awarded to 23 elementary schools this year, recognizing outstanding improvement strategies throughout the state.  To learn more visit: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140--162429--,00.html

Ohio State Board of Education to hear from Governor Strickland
Columbus – The State Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting March 12-13 at the Ohio School for the Deaf, 500 Morse Road in Columbus.  On Tuesday, Governor Ted Strickland will attend the meeting and take part in a discussion on education policy. On Monday, the Board will recognize Ohio’s 2006 Milken Educators – Anne Hartmann Cunningham of West Elementary School in Athens City School District, and Julie Herman of Compton Elementary School in Athens City School District.  To learn more visit: https://webapp1.ode.state.oh.us/cncs/view.asp?id=491651397472719426

Secretary Spellings Launches Priorities for NCLB Reauthorization
On January 24, 2007, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings launched Building on Results: A Blueprint for Strengthening the No Child Left Behind Act. It was designed to provide additional tools to help America's students read and do mathematics at grade level by 2014. To Learn more about Building on Results, visit http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2007/01/01242007.html

Michigan State Test Scores Show Increases in Mathematics and Reading
A report from the Michigan Department of Education on January 22, 2007, showed that mathematics and reading scores on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) tests increased for the state's elementary and middle school students. To learn more, visit http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140--160514--,00.html

Ohio Adds 109 New National Board Certified Teacher
On January 11, 2007, The Ohio Department of Education announced that 109 Ohio teachers received their National Board Certification, which is the highest credential in the teaching profession. To learn more, visit https://webapp1.ode.state.oh.us/cncs/view.asp?id=244519246184953917

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