Spring Edition 2009
The Importance of Required State Testing OGT Dates
Student participation in required tant to ECOT because they are used Monday, March 16, 2009
state testing is extremely important. to determine the school’s success in
The state requires all high school educating its students.
students to pass all five sections of the The federal government has a par- Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to earn ticipation standard in its Adequate Math
their diplomas. Students who do not Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement Wednesday, March 18, 2009
test may be withdrawn from ECOT as that requires 95% of all students, and Writing
stated in Ohio law. students in each demographic cat- Thursday, March 19, 2009
Students also benefit by taking egory in grades 3-8 and 10, to com- Science
the tests. Not only is it an opportu- plete all required tests. ECOT has met
nity for students to follow the law, this standard for the past three years.
Friday, March 20, 2009
feedback from testing helps ECOT The state of Ohio uses the average Social Studies
provide the best learning environ- test scores of students enrolled the
Testing times vary at each site;
ment for students. Remember: Even entire school year to rate ECOT on the
check the scheduled times on
students who may be exempt from school’s Local Report Card. Students
the Testing Department web-
consequences must attempt to take who don’t attend testing are assigned
site in IQity or call 1-888-326-
the tests. a score of “0.” This makes attendance
8395, extension 8153.
Student attendance and perfor- important to ECOT on both the state
mance on the tests are also impor- and federal levels.
Last Minute OGT Tips ECOT Offers Rewards for State Testing
• Review the functions of the All ECOT students who complete the required sections of the Ohio
OGT calculator; check the Graduation Test (OGT) and the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) are
Testing Department website in eligible to receive financial incentives.
IQity for usage instructions. High school students will receive $10 for each section of the OGT
• Bring your confirmation letter they complete. This requires answering all short answer and extend-
to the test site. ed response questions. The amount will double to $20 per section if
• Eat breakfast on each test day. the tests are completed in the required sequence March 16-20, 2009
• Arrive on time to the testing (see above chart).
location. Students in grades 3-8 will also be eligible to receive $10 for each
• Complete the whole test; section of the OAT they complete. As with the OGT, the amount will
select an answer for every double to $20 per exam if students complete the tests in the re-
question on the test (take your quired sequence on April 21, 23, 27 & 29, 2009. (number of tests vary
best guess if necessary). by grade level--See back panel for test dates by grade)
• Answer all short answer and Incentives will be sent to students 6-8 weeks after the conclusion of testing.
extended response questions; Students must be enrolled in ECOT through the end of the school year.
they’re worth the most points!
ECOT LifeSmarts Team: Back-to-Back State Champions
For the second straight While many ECOT students
year, the ECOT LifeSmarts may not see other ECOT
Team became state champi- students regularly, the mem-
ons. bers of the LifeSmarts team
LifeSmarts is a program interact with each other and
designed to develop the learn about teamwork while
consumer skills of high school practicing.
students in a fun way. “These kids are 120% caring
The teams with qualifying and supportive of one another
online scores advance to the and dedicated to excellence,”
state tournament, where they said Marilyn Hiestand, who
meet their competitors face- has coached the team for the
to-face. past two years.
The ECOT team faced the top Teamwork is not the only
nine teams in Ohio. On the quality students learn through
day of the competition, the LifeSmarts.
team was optimistic. “I like LifeSmarts because it First row (left to right): Brandyn Chaney, Tessa Pavey,
“I thought we had an 80-90% helps me challenge myself. I Shabazse Chaney, and Nickie Pavey. Second Row (left to right):
chance of winning,” said Sha- like all aspects of it: the team- Marilyn Hiestand and Stephenie Willis
bazse Chaney, team captain. work, consumer knowledge, “Practicing for nationals will of three rookies: Stephenie
Along with Nickie Pavey, this knowing how to use informa- be challenging since some Willis, Brandyn Chaney, and
is Chaney’s second year as a tion. It prepares me for real team members have to focus Tessa Pavey.
member of the team. life,” Chaney said. on preparing for the OGT. The team also increased the
In their final round, they The team is currently prepar- However, we will be ready for coaching staff this year. Erin
faced a very strong team from ing for the National LifeSmarts the national championship,” Newman, ECOT’s Media Spe-
Benjamin Logan High School. Competition to be held April Chaney said. cialist, has joined the effort to
The ECOT team dominated the 25-28, 2009 in St. Louis, Mis- In addition to Chaney and coach the team to victory.
match and won by 65 points. souri. Pavey, the team is comprised
IQity Learning Management System Update
In 2008, ECOT’s Learning and teachers for 98% of the only a few hours. be viewed as a sign of prog-
Management System, called time, with occasional slow These planned outages and ress rather than set-backs.
IQity, experienced occasional performance issues during the occasional slow (but still We are confident that IQity is
unplanned outages and slow peak hours. functioning) performance now on the right track and in
periods. In order to continue to issues may still cause stu- the right hands.
These events increased in improve the system, there dents, parents and teachers While we continue to strive
frequency and duration until will continue to be occasional to become frustrated, and we for 100% up-time with the
IQity, working closely with scheduled maintenance peri- apologize for this. fastest experience possible,
ECOT, made the decision to ods when IQity will be unavail- The good news is that ECOT we are confident that the per-
replace its original application able to teachers and students. should see continued im- formance issues will continue
development vendor with a While in 2008 these outages proved performance week-by- to improve as IQity’s new
new vendor. were unplanned and often week. vendor conducts their work.
The new vendor is a leading during peak hours, mainte- All non-scheduled outages We apologize for the incon-
technology company, and nance windows are now timed that have occurred in the past venience that students and
we have great faith in their to occur during non-peak 60 days have been the result teachers have experienced
abilities. hours (preferably in the early of the new vendor’s efforts because of the technology
During the past 60 days a.m. hours), are communicat- to improve the system. Such issues that have occurred.
since they took over, IQity has ed to students and teachers in incidents may continue to Thank you for continuing to
been available to students advance and typically last for occasionally occur, but should choose ECOT.
Meet Kimberly Kocher: Ohio’s Fastest Student
Kimberly Kocher is not work and determination.
your typical teenager. She has a small motocross
The ECOT student became track on her parent’s prop-
a professional motocross erty that contains all of the
rider last August, and she’s elements for the skills she
been riding motorcycles needs to practice.
nearly as long as she’s been “I used to ride everyday,
walking. but now I just get out there
“I started riding at three and focus on perfecting the
and a half to four years-old skills,” Kimberly said.
and started racing when I Having a track at home
was six. Now, I’m 19,” Kim- means she can work on
berly said. those skills whenever she
Before she enrolled in wants.
ECOT in the fall of 2006, When she is not on her
Kimberly participated in bike, Kimberly is training in
many national amateur the gym. Kimberly Kocher poses for a picture with her many
motocross trophies and awards.
competitions which re- “It takes a lot of upper
quired traveling. body strength to handle “I was very happy with In 2004, a broken leg
Sometimes, the admin- a bike, and it takes leg my finish. At that point, I required extensive surgery.
istrators at her previous strength to stay on the hadn’t been on a bike for It took over a year for Kim-
school were concerned bike,” Kimberly said. two months due to Ohio berly to heal.
about her need to miss The training helps build weather so I did pretty well,” “Through all the pain, I still
school days for her sport. the endurance she needs Kimberly said. The riders wanted to race,” she said.
Once she enrolled in ECOT, for competitions. The aver- who finished ahead of her Why does she love moto-
her school could go with age event lasts 20 minutes. were from warmer states cross so much?
her. Kimberly has a long list such as California, Florida, “The thrill of winning is
“Anytime I traveled, I’d of top 10 finishes in moto- and Arizona. exciting. It just runs in my
take my Dad’s laptop and cross events. On New Year’s Kimberly has enjoyed blood, I guess.”
could still go to school,” she Day, she competed in the several benefits from racing When asked about her
said. Women’s Motocross Asso- motorcycles. Since she plans for life after high
Kimberly was not able ciation (WMA) Cup in Texas started racing at a young school, Kimberly said she
to “turn pro” without hard and finished 7th overall. age, all of her friends are as- wasn’t sure yet.
sociated with racing, too. “I’ve debated going to
“It’s something construc- college, but I will definitely
tive to do. It keeps me continue with my racing
away from other things like career,” she said.
partying.” Kimberly recently com-
However, participating in pleted all of her graduation
motocross comes with its requirements at ECOT.
own dangers (please do not While she is looking
try this at home!). Kimberly forward to the graduation
has a list of injuries she’s ex- ceremony, she may not be
perienced as a result of par- able to attend. The sec-
ticipating in the sport. In ond round of the Women’s
addition to sprained joints National Motocross Cham-
and a concussion, Kimberly pionship begins on June
has broken two fingers and 6, the same day as ECOT’s
Kimberly taking on a curve during a competition.
her collar bone. graduation ceremony.
Columbus, OH 43207
3700 S. High St. - Suite 95
Key Dates Required Ohio Achievement
March 5, 2009 - Family Night - Bring the whole family! Test Dates and Sequence
Open Door Ministries
3130 S. Bridge St., Chillicothe, OH 45601 Tuesday, Thursday, Monday, Wednesday,
March 16, 2009 April 21 April 23 April 27 April 29
Ohio Graduation Test - Reading 3rd Reading Math - - - - - -
March 17, 2009 Grade
Ohio Graduation Test - Math
4th Reading Math Writing - - -
March 18, 2009 Grade
Ohio Graduation Test - Writing
5th Reading Math Science Social
March 19, 2009 Grade Studies
Ohio Graduation Test - Science
6th Reading Math - - - - - -
March 20, 2009 Grade
Ohio Graduation Test - Social Studies
7th Reading Math Writing - - -
April 1, 2009 - Family Night (all teachers will be present) Grade
Kings Island Convention Center
5691 Kings Island Dr., Mason, OH 45040 8th Reading Math Science Social
April 10-19, 2009 Grade Studies
Spring Break - School Closed (school resumes 4/20/09) All grade 3-8 ECOT students must attend required Ohio
Achievement Tests at a site in their area. H.S. students should
April 21, 23, 27, 29, 2009 see front page. For complete information, visit the Testing
Ohio Achievement Test - See complete sequence ------->
Department website in IQity or call 1-888-326-8395, ext. 8153.