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U.S. Department of Education Releases Student Privacy Guidelines for Schools Using Online Services

When districts contract with companies providing online services, they typically negotiate a Terms of Service or “TOS” agreement addressing what each user must consent to before accessing the programs.  Students and teachers accept these services by clicking “I agree” the first time they use the service or mobile application.  Because these agreements typically control which [...]

Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance about Students with Limited English Proficiency

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued a Dear Colleague letter addressing districts’ obligations towards English Learners (EL) in their schools.  In this letter, OCR focuses on ten specific areas and delineates common challenges in each.  For example, the letter explained districts’ obligation to identify and assess students, provide them with appropriate language assistance [...]

ODE Recommends Reduced Student Testing

On January 15, 2015, State Superintendent Richard Ross submitted his “Testing Report and Recommendations” to Governor Kasich, in which Ross recommends a 20 percent reduction in the amount of time students are tested.  In preparing the report, the Ohio Department of Education surveyed districts and community schools; had conversations with teachers, administrators, and education stakeholders; [...]