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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 Reading 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 Students who do not Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement Wednesday, March 18, 2009 test may be withdrawn from ECOT as that requires 95% of all students, and Writing stated in Ohio law.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. www.ecotohio.org 1-888-326-8395 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.
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