New tool to help notify parents about College Credit Plus!

Written by CLA Admin. Posted in CLA News

 

 

 

Dear Parent or Guardian:

As your child moves closer to high school graduation you are probably thinking about whether he or she will go to college. Will your son or daughter be prepared for higher education? Will you be able to afford it?

These are normal questions for parents to ask. We have good news that can help you answer them if you think college may be in your child’s future. Ohio’s College Credit Plus program offers students in grades 7-12 the chance to earn college credit from any Ohio public college or participating private college while earning high school credit for the same courses, if they qualify academically. If a student qualifies for College Credit Plus, all associated costs are free to students seeking credit from public colleges. There may be limited costs for students seeking credit from private institutions.

 

Ohio has never offered your child a better start on a college education. A College Credit Plus student enjoys the opportunity to pursue more challenging classes and explore college interests sooner. Your child can earn anywhere from a few college credits to more than a year’s worth while still in high school. College Credit Plus can reduce your child’s time in college and greatly reduce your family’s higher education costs.

 

Private school and home school students also can apply to take part in College Credit Plus. If you are interested in having your child participate, I urge you to begin learning more now. The deadline is April 1 for students to let their high schools know they want to participate in College Credit Plus next school year. Students who attend nonpublic schools or are home-schooled must inform the Ohio Department of Education by the same April 1 deadline.
Here are your next steps:

  1. Talk with your child’s school.

Your local school district is required to provide you with information about College Credit Plus before March 1. If you haven’t received an email, letter or call yet, check your district’s website.

 

The district also must hold a public meeting before March 30 to explain the program, and it must invite participating colleges and universities in your area to attend.

 

  1. If you have a question about College Credit Plus, please visit our FAQ page at www.ohiohighered.org/node/5557 to see if the answer to your question is there.

 

  1. If your question is not answered on the FAQ page or you do not receive timely information from your school, please contact the Ohio Department of Education toll-free at (877) 644-6338 or via email at ccp@education.ohio.gov. Your child’s school and your area colleges will have the information you need to do your part on time.

 

  1. In the meantime, have your child meet with his or her school counselor—you’re welcome to attend also—to talk about whether College Credit Plus might be a good fit for your child.

 

  1. Once you have the facts, contact or check the website of participating colleges in your area. All public and participating private colleges in the state are listed at www.ohiohighered.org/ccp. Ask them for College Credit Plus application forms, instructions and a list of criteria they will use to determine if your child is college-ready for admission to that institution.

Once your child is admitted to a college under College Credit Plus, he or she will be able to register for college courses. Again, conversations with the high school counselor or a college advisor can help your child decide which of the many available college courses would match his or her needs and plans.

 

  1. Have your child register for classes and provide a copy of his or her schedule to the high school counselor for review.

Ohio has many hardworking students, and we want to see all of them rewarded with a greater array of options and choices for their futures. Please start talking to your child about College Credit Plus today.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Richard A. Ross                                                                 John Carey
Superintendent of Public Instruction                                        Chancellor
Ohio Department of Education                                                Ohio Board of Regents

 

 

 

 

25 South Front Street         phone  614.466.6000

Columbus, Ohio 43215      fax       614.466.5866

web     www.OhioHigherEd.org | education.ohio.gov

                                                          

 

 

 

 

PARCC TESTING

Written by CLA Admin. Posted in CLA News

Dear CLA families,

This email is to remind you that we will be administering the Performance Based Assessments (PBAs), part of the new Next Generation Assessments, as required by state law, to all students beginning on Thursday, March 5.  As an Expeditionary Learning school, we focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and writing, and that is what the new tests focus on as well.  The tests are rigorous, but we have spent the year using Common Core curriculum and then specifically using the test format during the last few months.  Your CLA scholars should feel confident as they complete this series of PBAs – they should feel very familiar to them!

The importance of these assessments is paramount.  The results of these assessments allow the state to monitor the academic performance of our students, and they are also a component of what we use to determine the appropriate academic grade level placement for our scholars.

There are several things that you can do at home to support your child throughout the testing week(s): First, make sure your child is getting enough sleep at night.  Set an early bedtime and plan to wake up 15 minutes earlier than normal. Second, make sure your child arrives at school between 7:15-7:40 a.m. to eat breakfast. All students need to arrive at school prior to 7:40 to prepare for each test. Third, help your child study key concepts and vocabulary that are included in their lessons this week and next week.  Fourth, review test-taking strategies with your child that will help him or her to be successful on the assessment.  These strategies have been taught and reviewed throughout the first part of the year with your child.
Please be aware that once testing has started, students may not leave the testing room until the test is completed.  Please make appropriate arrangements to ensure that no appointments are made prior to dismissal. In order to ensure both students and teachers maintain the stamina for the duration of the high-stakes testing days, we are asking that you arrange for early pick-up at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11.
The schedule of assessments is below:

Social Studies/Science – Thursday, March 5

6th Grade Social Studies – 8:30 start (75 minutes)
8th Grade Science – 9:00 start (75 minutes)

 

English and Math (PARCC)

Monday, March 9 Tuesday, March 10 Wednesday, March 11 Thursday, March 12 Friday, March 13
6th Grade English Task 1
– 8:30 start
(75 minutes)
Math Task 1
– 8:30 start
(80 minutes)
English Task 2
– 8:30 start
(90 minutes)
Math Task 2
– 8:30 start
(70 minutes)
English Task 3
– 8:30 start
(60 minutes)
7th Grade English Task 1
– 8:45 start
(75 minutes)
Math Task 1
– 8:45 start
(80 minutes)
English Task 2
– 8:45 start
(90 minutes)
Math Task 2
– 8:45 start
(70 minutes)
English Task 3
– 8:45 start
(60 minutes)
8th Grade English Task 1
– 9:00 start
(75 minutes)
Math Task 1
– 9:00 start
(80 minutes)
English Task 2
– 9:00 start
(90 minutes)
Math Task 2
– 9:00 start
(70 minutes)
English Task 3
– 9:00 start
(60 minutes)

 

In addition to pushing students intrinsically, we know that it is important to recognize them extrinsically as well. Attached, please find the 2015 incentive plan for the students.
Thank you for working with CLA and for your continued support in advancing the academic achievement of our scholars.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.