Office of Assistant Superintendent

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 Dr. Douglas A. Cozad 
 Assistant Superintendent
 150 East Sixth Street
 Franklin, Ohio 45005
 Phone: (937) 743-8601
Pamela Holliday,
Secretary to Assistant Superintendent
Phone: (937)  743-8601

The Office of Assistant Superintendent supports the educational process in the areas of curriculum/instruction and student services. Curriculum and instruction involve all activities that are associated with student learning. This includes subjects/topics to be taught, instructional approaches, educational materials and other educational experiences. Student Services assists all students with special needs through the efforts of educational psychologists, counselors, the school nurse, speech/language pathologists, the media coordinator, the gifted and talented teachers, academic intervention teachers, special education services and alternative school placement services.

Next Generation Of Assessments

Franklin City Schools has been transitioning to Ohio’s New Learning Standards and in the 2014-15 will now be taking the Next Generation of Assessments. Teachers have working on aligning and mapping curriculum and exposing our students to PARCC-like questions to help ensure that they are prepared to do their best on these new assessments. For the 2014-15 school-year we have chosen to give all tests paper and pencil except for Government. The following grade levels and subjects will be taking these assessments.

Elementary and Junior High School

3-M; 4-8-ELA and M; 4 and 6-SS; 5 and 8-Sci

High School (Graduation class of 2018 and beyond) Click here for Graduation Requirements

ELA I, ELA II, Alg. I, Geometry, A.H., Govt., Physical Science (Biology will be required for 2019 and beyond)

10th, 11th ,12th – OGT and A.H., Govt. (online).

ELA and Math are PARCC; Sci and SS are ODE AIR tests.

Assessments are broken into 2 parts - Performance Based Assessments (PBA) and End of Year (EOY) tests. Scores from these 2 tests will be combined into 1 score. We should know results in the Fall/Winter of 2015. These new assessments are much more rigorous than OAA and OGT. 

79 separate tests or “units” will be taken during that time in grades 3-12. In the years past we have given 19 tests in grades 3-12. Units range from 60 – 90 minutes long. The first state test will be on Feb. 17 and the last on May 13. (PBA-Feb. 16-March 13, EOY-April 13-May 15). 3rd Graders will still be taking the OAA Reading Test and the Class of 2015, 2016 and 2017 still must pass the OGT's that are first administered in 10th grade. Click on the FCS testing schedulefor the exact testing dates for each of the tests.

To learn more about what these tests and to look at practice tests look like visit the following websites.

Visit  ODE’s Testing Portalfor general information about state tests.

Visit  Ohio’s New State Tests Resource Page created by John Mansel-Pleydell at NWOCA. This a great one-stop shop.

Visit PARCC Games. PARCC Games was created to help students and teachers take on the new Common Core Standards as wel as the PARCC assessment. This site was designed as a reinforcement tool for previously taught content.

Visit  ODE’s PARCC Mathoverview page for more information about the PARCC Math Test, including sample test questions.

Visit ODE’s PARCC English/Language Artsoverview page for more information about the PARCC English/Language Arts Test, including sample test questions.

Visit thePARCC websitefor general information about the PARCC tests and for sample test questions.

VisitODE’s Computer-Based Assessment Portalfor more information about administering the assessments, tutorials on how to respond to questions, a thorough description of the different components for each test, and practice tests. 


Test Taking Tips!

  • Get a good night's rest
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Bring materials you will need
  • Sharpen pencils prior to the test

Approach the test with CONFIDENCE 

  • View the test as an opportunity to show how much you know
  • Don't let yourself become anxious
  • Take a deep breath to relax.

Keep your eyes on your own test

  • Don't cause unnecessary trouble for yourself.

When you begin

  • Pace yourself
  • Mark the answer sheet very carefully. Stray pencil marks can be picked up by the computer, causing the wrong answer to be recorded.

Types of Questions

  • Multiple Choice
  • Essay questions with writing prompts

Multiple Choice 

  • You have to choose which ending or answer is correct!
  • Be careful, some questions have more than one correct answer.
  • If you know the correct answer, carefully mark it and go to the next question.
  • When you are uncertain: eliminate the choices you know are wrong, are there any "key" words?, silly or ridiculous answers are usually not the correct choice
  • Don't go against your first impulse unless you are SURE you were wrong!
  • Don't eliminate answers unless you actually know what every word means!

Essay Questions/Writing Prompts
Before you Begin Writing:

  • Really look at the question/prompt. Are you sure you know what it is asking? 
  • Think about what you are going to say, then make a web or an outline using your scratch paper.
  • Write your answer in complete sentences.
  • Make sure that you use evidence from the text to support your anwer.
  • State things as clearly as you can.
  • Write LEGIBLY! If the person grading the test can't read what you wrote they may mark it wrong.

What about MATH?

  • Do the easiest problems first.
  • Check you math answers for careless mistakes.
  • Your first choice is usually correct; don't change answers unless you are sure of the correction.
  • Some questions may ask you to show your work or explain your answer.

I'm Finished, I think!

  • Use extra time to make sure you answered all the questions.
  • Go over the more difficult questions and read them a second time.
  • Read Essays/prompts for accuracy first and grammar second.

Don't Let others distract you!
Stay focused! If others finish before you, don't panic; use your time wisely.

Think positive! Listen to directions! Take your time! There is no reward for finishing first!

Show Your Wildcat Pride!
Do your best on the test!

Understanding Ohio's New Accountability System

The new Accountability System features a number of measures to evaluate the performance of districts and schools throughout the state.  These include: 

  • Academic achievementfor all students by grade level and subject compared to national standards of success.
  • Progress, which measures the average annual improvement for each student during the course of a year (Note: This measure was formerly known as "Value Added").
  • Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO), which measures how well a school or district is doing narrowing gaps in reading, math, attendance and graduation rate among students according to socioeconomic, racial, ethnic or disability status
  • Graduation Rate, which measures the percentage of students who enter the ninth grade and graduate.  Data is examined in four- and five-year trend patterns.
  • K-3 literacy, which measures improvement in reading for students in grades K-3.
  • Prepared for Success, which measures whether graduates are prepared for college or a career.

These designations are now awarded in terms of letter grades, similar to those on students' school report cards.  

In the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, no overall district or school ratings were issued.  Only the first four components --academic achievement, progress among students in grades 4-8, AMO and graduation rate -- were assessed.  Progress measures for high school students will appear on the state Report Card in August 2016.  The K-3 literacy measure will be added to the Report Card in late 2014, and the Prepared for Success measure will be added in 2016.

The combination of the measures above will eventually be used to determine the rating of each school district and school building.  

Understanding Ohio's new Report Card System:  Resources

For more detailed information about the new Report Card, visit:

An explanation of each component of the new report card can be found here:


Franklin City Schools Report Card for 2013-14

Individual Buildings can be found by going to this link and searching for your school. 

Race To The Top

RttT Goals Year 5 2014-15


Activity Description

The LEA commits to participating in high quality professional development on the new standards and state assessments and will contribute teacher and principal time to participate.

Strategy/performance indicators

The LEA will ensure that all curriculum are aligned to the new standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

The LEA will ensure that teachers in the tested grades/subjects in the areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies will investigate and have collaborative time to learn about test specifications, sample performance tasks and rubrics of the Next Generation of Assessments.

Activity Rationale

The LEA needs an additional year of support in this area due to the challenge of effectively implementing new standards while at the same time trying to get ready for Next Generation of Assessments. After teaching the new standards last year, teachers need collaborative time to refine and revisit these curriculum alignments. To add to this challenge is the lack of timely information about what these assessments look like. We continue to find out more information on an on-going basis about the details of the Next Generation of Assessments. As the information becomes available, teachers need time to learn about and integrate its use in his/her classroom.



Activity Description

The LEA will continue to commit to implementing the resident educator program with intensive supports for new teachers. 

Strategy/performance indicators

The LEA will contract and collaborate with a local ESC to provide a resident educator program. A trained, in-district mentor will be provided for every teacher involved in the resident educator program. Documentation will include: the program and its components, assigned mentees and mentors, assigned mentees and mentors attendance at resident educator meetings, completion of the requirements necessary for each teacher’s yearly requirements, and documented collaboration between mentors and mentees.

Activity Rationale

Effectively supporting new teachers is critical to high retention rates and to provide them with the needed resources to start their teaching career. This initial support is one of the keys to becoming an effective teacher. Finding good mentors, and providing them with high quality mentor training, is also a key ingredient to supporting new teachers who are a part of the resident educator program. Additionally, mentors and mentees will meet and collaborate on a regular basis as a part of a structured resident educator program. 

District Leadership Team Feb-Mar 2012 Newsletter

District Leadership Team Dec-Jan 2012 Newsletter

Student Achievement/Enrichment Grant

In January 2001, Franklin City Schools established a Student Achievement Award to honor students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in academics, community service, or character. Since the award's inception, 66 students have been recognized by the Board of Education.

Examples (but not an exhaustive list) of achievements that would merit this award:

·  Perect (or high) scores on SAT or ACT (minimum composite score in the 95th percentile)

·  Winners or district-wide competitions such as spelling bees and speech contests.

·  Scoring at the advanced level on four or five out of five of the Ohio Proficiency Test

·  Exemplary service to others, including heroic acts.

·  Three consecutive years of perfect school attendance, with no absences, no tardys, and no sign-outs.

·  Best of the graduation class, based on GPA.

·  Wildcat of the Year (Junior High)

·  State or National recognition in the areas listed above (academics, service, and character).

Any Franklin student, including those attending the Career Center, is eligible for this award. Students may be nominated by any district employee, Board Member, or by another student.

Nominations are reviewed by a committee consisting of students, parents, administrators, Board Members, and community members. The committee meets monthly.


The Student Achievement Committee meets to review nominations on the first Monday of each month. If you are interested in serving as a parent or community representative, please contact us.


Franklin City Schools is proud to accept a donation from the George and Margaret McLane Foundation for $50,000 with an additional $150,000 donated over the next two school years for a total of $200,000. This donation will be used exclusively for the Student Achievement/Enrichment grant. This grant is designed to recognize and support exemplary practices that will have a positive impact on student achievement and/or provide enrichment experiences for the students of Franklin City Schools. The McLane Foundation was founded through an endowment by Wilhelmina McLane after her passing in 2011. She was a 1926 Franklin HS graduate and her father, George, was a four time mayor of Franklin. This foundation also supports the students of Franklin City Schools through two annual scholarships, replacement of the high school auditorium curtains, and sponsorship of the spring musical and McLane Summer Music Program. The students, staff, and Board of Education of Franklin City Schools sincerely thanks the McLane Foundation for this generous gift.   

Excellent and Perfect Attendance Rewarded at FHS

Students at Franklin High School that obtained Excellent and Perfect Attendance for the first semester of the 2014/2015 school year will be offered a field trip to Perfect North Ski Slope on February 12, 2015 to ski, snowboard or tubing. We like to recognize and reward these students for having perfect attendance or have only missed two days for the first semester. Studies show that being in school daily benefits student achievement and provides them with a sense a school community. Students who qualified for the trip but could not pay were still able to attend because of the Student Achievement/Enrichment Grant funded by the McLane Foundation.


This trip provides an opportunity for faculty to interact with students outside a classroom setting and to get to know students on a different level. One student stated “one of my most enjoyable moments was tubing with one of my students.  He needed a friend to tube with and I was that friend.  He is a student of mine, who has a hard time with eye contact and speaking out.  But when I saw him tubing, his face lit up, I knew then this field trip truly benefited him.”


Testing Schedule

District Curriculum

    Professional Development

    Information coming soon.