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Advocacy Update – 5.28.20 – ODE ESSA Assessment Waiver Input; More COVID-19 Resources 

ODE ESSA Assessment Waiver Input – ODE has put out a request for public comment on a revision to the federal middle school testing wavier.  The revisions are necessary because the Ohio General Assembly has eliminated the Geometry and English Language Arts I assessment for class of 2023 and beyond. These test eliminations have a potential negative affect on middle school students who are taking advanced course work. ODE’s waiver request would help to maintain some level of flexibility to avoid double testing of advanced middle school students as much as possible. OAGC supports ODE’s waiver revision proposal to the USDOE. For more information, please go to . ODE is seeking comments on this revision by June 17th. You can submit comments to . 

New COVID-19 Resources – OAGC continues to add COVID-19 resources to our resources page at . New items of interest are an excellent document of distance learning resources curated by Art Snyder and advice on the administration of the TerraNova from the Data Recognition Corporation. 




Posted: 5/28/2020
Last Update: 5/28/2020

Advocacy Update – 5.18.20 – State Education Budget Cuts; GAC Application; State Board Deliberations; Gifted COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Education Budget Cuts – The Ohio Budget and Management (OBM) office released a document last week detailing the education budget cuts district by district. As expected, OBM made deeper cuts to wealthier districts. It does not appear that ESC funding (including gifted units) were cut. The document detailing the cuts can be found at . 

Gifted Advisory Council (GAC) Application - The Ohio Department of Education is accepting applications for the Gifted Advisory Council until June 11. For more information, please go to

State Board of Education Meeting – The State Board of Education met virtually last week. The majority of the meeting was discussing various topics through the lens of COVID-19. One of the more interesting documents shared was a draft of how schools might restart next fall. The draft of that plan can be found at . 

Gifted FAQ and Other COVID-19 Resources – OAGC continues to update the COVID-19 resources section of our website including the ODE Gifted COVID-19 FAQ. Other new resources include enrichment activities and testing advice. The resources page is at








Posted: 5/18/2020
Last Update: 5/19/2020

Advocacy Alert - 5.5.20 - Pssst -- It's Out! ODE COVID-19 Guidance for Gifted; Education Budget Cuts

ODE Releases COVID-19 Guidance for Gifted Education - At long last, the Ohio Department of Education has released guidance for gifted education due to the COVID-19 crisis. You can find the guidance at . 

Governor DeWine Plans Budget Cuts to Education - In today's daily press conference, Governor DeWine outline scuts to the state budget. Primary and Secondary Education will be cut by $300 million with an additional $55 million in other non-district education line items.  Higher education will be cut by $110 million. These cuts are for the remaining two months of this year's budget which ends June 30. The State Budget Director should provide additional details on these cuts later this week. The federal CARE act allocated $460 million to Ohio's K-12 education, but it is unclear how free the state is to spend it.  The governor is not using the state rainy day fund at this time to replace tax shortfalls. 

Posted: 5/5/2020
Last Update: 5/5/2020

Advocacy Update 4.21.20 – Schools Shut Down for the Remainder of the School Year; ODE Gifted Fact Sheet

Schools Out – As most of you are aware, Governor DeWine informed Ohioans that Ohio schools will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. This should not be a surprise to anyone, as Ohio still lacks critical testing that is necessary to open up high-density buildings. The larger question might be about how school will look in August or September. It is by no means clear that things will back to normal. It is likely that some districts will decide to continue some level of online learning – especially as they way union demands on liability issues. There is no crystal ball or even expert advice on what to expect. When OAGC learns of new developments, we will continue to share them. 

ODE Gifted FAQ on COVID-19 – Many in the gifted field have a list of questions about how ODE will handle issues from gifted testing to acceleration requests to WEPs to EMIS. The gifted staff at ODE have been working on these questions and are very aware of the questions from the field. The FAQ is in final stages of review and will hopefully be available soon – maybe before the end of the week. OAGC will work with ODE to get information out about the FAQ. If you have additional questions once the FAQ is released, you may submit them to


Posted: 4/21/2020
Last Update: 4/21/2020

Advocacy Update 3.31.20 - School Closure Date Extended; OAGC Survey; Ohio Education Changes

School Closure Date Extended Until May 1 – As expected, Governor DeWine extended the school closure order until May 1. Clearly, this date is not set in stone.  OAGC will continue to share information about the status of school closures as we receive it. 

OAGC Gifted Identification Practices Survey – OAGC is currently asking gifted coordinators to participate in a survey regarding gifted testing and identification. The survey can be accessed at . We ask that you fill out the survey by April 24th, if possible. 

COVID-19 Education Law Changes – Last week the Ohio General Assembly met to address pressing issues to the COVID-19 crisis. Here is a brief summary of these issues. 





Posted: 3/31/2020
Last Update: 3/31/2020