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A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education’s Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit.

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and given the opportunity to object. The court is instructing all local education agencies to post notice about this opportunity to object on their district websites and in a central location, accessible to the public, in each building that is open to the public.

A copy of the notice – which includes instructions on how parents may object to the data release – can be found here. The court must receive objections no later than Sept. 12.

Students’ names, addresses and social security numbers are not part of the information to be released. Ohio is one of only three states that do not allow their departments of education to collect this data, to protect student privacy.

Data to be released for each student include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and disability category. The records also reveal student performance on the state’s Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests, as well as tests related to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Student suspensions and expulsions also are listed.

The data is subject to a protective order, which means Disability Rights Ohio cannot publicize it.

Ohio will soon replace its Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) with new end-of-course exams that better measure whether students will be ready for college or a position in the workforce.

This year, most Ohio students in grades 3-8 will take a new and different set of state achievement tests that are based on Ohio’s New Learning Standards. Both the standards and new tests reflect higher expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The new tests also will better measure what students have learned and what they can do with their knowledge.

In grades 3-8 math, the new state tests will replace the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA).

Pat Dubbs

Wayne Local Schools
Superintendent’s Message

August 22, 2014

Welcome back to our returning families and a very special welcome to those who are new to our District. I hope you had a wonderful summer and you are now ready to learn.

Once again, we were busy over the summer, adding improvements to our schools. In addition to the turf project we rearranged the media center in the high school and middle school to add 16 new computers in a more open area concept. New carpeting was laid in a number of areas. Two more early childhood rooms were renovated. The elementary playgrounds were spruced up to complement the new elementary outdoor fitness area. All of our parking areas received preventative asphalt maintenance; crack sealing, seal coating and asphalt patching/repair. Lines were repainted and are more visible. Three new buses were purchased; highlighted by a new special needs bus equipped with wheel chair lift.

We also offered professional development opportunities for our staff. They continue to model and exhibit a commitment to lifelong learning.

Back to School Nights were extremely well attended. The sights and sounds were a prelude to the enthusiasm and excitement of Day 1. They are the first step each year to the development of a working partnership between child, parent and teacher for the school year ahead. I encourage parents to attend future conference days as found on our school calendar. Visit our website www.wayne-local.com and subscribe to Good News Friday; combined they provide you important information and news about our District and community. Please feel free to contact us through the district directory. Don’t forget to sign up or update your c-notify information. Important messages regarding weather and other special occurrences are communicated via this phone/electronic messaging system. You can follow the district via Facebook and Twitter. All children attending Wayne Local Schools are important and we will strive to help them reach their highest potential and beyond.

Spartan Pride Community Wide,
Pat Dubbs
Superintendent of Schools

Wayne Local Schools, Waynesville, OH is seeking regular bus drivers (4.25 hrs/day) and substitute bus drivers for the 2014-15 school year to operate a school bus according to all motor vehicle laws and transport students to and from school.  Extra hours available driving co-curricular and extra-curricular trips.  Qualified candidates must hold current commercial driver’s license with “school bus operator” endorsement.  Successful BCII and FBI background checks.  Must be physically qualified as determined by an annual physical examination.

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