What Race to the Top Means for Ohio

Ohio was granted $400 million in Round 2 of Race to the Top. The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has allocated 52% of that money to districts to spend on RttT initiatives. Those initiatives can include an IIS, or professional development systems to help districts achieve any of the four main goals.

What is an IIS?

"Instructional Improvement System" (IIS) is a term describing technology-based tools and other strategies that provide teachers, principals and administrators with meaningful support and actionable data to manage continuous instructional improvement in a single platform. It’s a new model that favors a consolidated, streamlined tool leveraging the integration of student and school data across all programs.

Below are components of the IIS in their basic form from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), directly from the ODE’s Race to the Top documentation:

  1. Online access to electronic curriculum, resources and tools aligned to revised standards
  2. Curriculum customization for differentiated instruction
  3. Online formative assessments
  4. Data-analysis capabilities including early-warning indicators for teachers, administrators, parents, and students.

Software Answers will respond to the ODE’s RFP (Request for Proposal) when released. Software Answers products, including StudentInformation (DASL), are being used by over 75% of Ohio Schools, and we are confident that ProgressBook applications will continue to be the leader and majority provider of systems to Ohio schools.

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