State Support Team

Serving school districts in Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion,

Medina, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties in Ohio

1495 W. Longview Ave., Suite 200

Mansfield, Ohio 44906

Telephone: 419.747.4808

Toll Free: 800-424-7372

Fax: 419.747.3806


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The State Support Team Region 7 collaborates with the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children by providing professional development and technical assistance to school districts and other agencies that provide services for students with disabilities and students with gifts and talents.

State Support Team Region 7 is part of Ohio's State System of Support that uses a connected set of tools to improve instructional practice and student performance.

State Support Team Region 7 partners with the Office of Early Learning School Readiness (ELSR) by supporting the development and well-being of young children, birth - 5 years, to foster their learning by providing high quality professional development and high quality technical assistance.

"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."

                                                                                                              ~ ~ Margaret Mead

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USDOE Guidance: Access to a free appropriate public education includes IEPs aligned to grade level academic content standards

On Nov. 17, 2015, the US Department of Education issued guidance on access to a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities.  The guidance clarifies that students with disabilities should not only have access to a free appropriate public education (FAPE), but also they should have individualized education programs (IEPs) that are aligned with state academic content standards for the grade in which a child is enrolled.  This will help to ensure that all students receive gigh-quality instruction that perpares them for success in college and careers.

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SST 7 Training


Ohio's State Test Accessibility Manual

State Support Team Region 7 is providing Ohio's State Test Accessibility Manual training for the spring 2016 state tests.  Ohio's Accessibility Manual is a comprehensive policy document providing information abo the accessibility features of Ohio's State Tests for grades 3-8 and high school in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.


Click HERE to view the flyer for more info and list of scheduled training dates.



Resources to Help Your Child

Struggling readers greatly benefit from their families’ involvement and help at home. This page has links will give you the tools you need.

Click HERE for info.


NEW from ODE!!!

Accessibility Manual for Ohio's State Tests

This page includes information and resources related to accommodations on state assessments.

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New resources available to assist with IEPs, ETRs and other valuable resources.  

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USDOE Dispute Resolution Guidance


The US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), issued a "Dear Colleague" letter on April 15, 2015 with dispute resolution guidance.


• Some school districts in the United States are filing due process complaints against parents concerning the same issue(s) for which the parents have filed formal complaints.

• The school districts’ purpose is to delay the State’s complaint resolution process as the complaint is put into abeyance (suspension) until the due process complaint is resolved.

• OSEP warns that increased costs and a potentially more adversarial and lengthy dispute resolution process are not in the best interest of children with disabilities and their families.

• OSEP questions why a school district would file a due process complaint when there is already an active State complaint on the same issue(s) where other opportunities for dispute resolution are available, such as mediation or informal dispute resolution procedures.

• The U.S. Department of Education strongly believes that it is in the best interest of parents and school districts to respect the parents’ choice of forum for resolution of their disputes.


Click here to view/print/save the letter.


Ohio's Project AWARE

Back to School:  Ready or Not, Here it Comes!

August means back to school for most Ohio school-aged children and adolescents.  For many children, this can be an exciting time, but fo rothers - particularly those with mental health issues - it can be stressful or overwhelming.  Here are a few tips for families and teachers to ease the transition back.  Read More!


Trauma-Informed Care

Unfortunately, some children and adolescents will be returning to school having been exposed to trauma.  Educators play an important role in fostering resilience by ensuring a supportive learning environment for these students.  Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is a framework for service delivery that recognizes and responds to the influence of trauma.  

Click here for an information brief to learn more about Trauma-Informed Care.



New Braille Code for Students who are    

Blind/Visually Impaired

The Braille Authority of North America (BANA) adopted Unified English Braille (UEB) to replace the current English Braille American Edition (EBAE) in the United States.  


Related Links:

*Transition Timeline 2014-2018

*Additional Information, rules, guidelines,  

 tutorials, and resources


Questions?  Contact Paula Mauro at CISAM, 614-644-8465, or email


News Items and Links from ODE

The updated Testing Rules for Subject-Accelerated Students have been posted.  The Rules have been updated to reflect the recent federal waiver related to state testing.


Related Links:

*Testing Rules for Subject-

 Accelerated Students

*Chart of Approved Instruments

*Combined Factsheet

*High Quality Professional


*Ongoing Assistance

SST 7 would like to highlight a great resource that promotes and supports the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children and young adults, prenatal - 25.


A unique feature that will allow you to develop a better understanding of the resources available at is found on YouTube.  The attached link will explain the web site's available resources and allow you to find what you need quickly.  The introductory session is only 3:34 long, but it is time well spent.

Congratulations to the 2015 Award Recipients!


Joel Starkey

R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement

Award Recipient


To read about Joel, click HERE!

Jennifer Branstetter

Franklin B Walter Outstanding Educator

Award Recipient


To read about Jennifer, click HERE!






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Any Test Administrator or Second Rater who is administering the Alternate Assessment for the first time this school year (2015/16).



Any Test Administrator or Second Rater who administered the Alternate Assessment last year.


Click HERE to view the 2015-2016 Full Day and Refresher Trainings Schedule

SST 7 Newsletter 

Nov-Dec 2015

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Principals as Instructional Leaders

March 10, 2016

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