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Our Mission:  The Mission of the State Support Team Region 16 is to build the capacity of local and related education agencies to engage in systemic and sustainable improvement that impacts educational outcomes for students.

A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education

The Special Education Procedural Safeguards Notice:  A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education has been updated and is now available for use.  As of August 1, 2017 the use of this document will be required and it will no longer be permissible to utilize Whose IDEA Is This? as the procedural safeguards notice.

A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education


Science Took Kit Trainings have been Cancelled
The Science Took Kit Training’s scheduled for April 3, April 5, April 10, and April 26, 2017 have been cancelled due to low registration.  If you have already purchased a tool kit, Dr. Linda Rogness has agreed to provide remote technical assistance.  (There is no additional cost for the technical assistance.)

Teachers interested in trying out the units offered for their grade level can do so with support from the author, Dr. Linda Ingling Rogness ( and can receive credit from Muskingum University (EDUC 380, 1 credit is $130) by using 3 units for their grade level and writing a reflection for each day for each unit (one page with a set of questions that can be quickly answered).


Dr. Linda Rogness
Muskingum University
163 Stormont Street
New Concord, Ohio  43762

If you have any questions please contact Amy Wolfe at

On-line Training Program in Deafblindness

The attached flyer provides information for any intervention specialist, paraprofessional or related services provider who would like to improve his/her communication and instructional skills when working with students with combined hearing and vision loss.  Utah State University offers on-line intervener preparation leading to a national credential.  Training includes two 4-credit on-line classes (one class per semester).


Math Constructed Response Items

Last year, there were no constructed response items on the math tests, only multiple choice type items. When I asked the math content development team last year about spell check, they told me there was no reason to have the spell check tool on math tests because there weren’t any items that required it. So, this year, when we updated the accessibility manual, we included that spell check is not available for math (or ELA).

However, this year math items have been added to the tests that are constructed response. For those constructed response items spell check is available. Somehow, I missed that memo. Once I found out, we did update the accessibility manual and it now does say that spell check is available for some math items (i.e. for constructed response items).

Specifically, the manual now states:


This feature allows the student to check the spelling of words in student-generated responses.


Spellcheck is available only for some mathematics, science and social studies items that require a student to write/type a response. Unlike some word processing programs, the Student Testing Site does not automatically highlight misspelled words as the student types. Students must click the ABC button to check spelling. Spellcheck is not allowed on the English language arts tests.

It's worth noting that spelling does not count against the student for those tests where spell check is available.


PBIS Application for Recognition

Apply for recognition for PBIS implementation

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