state testing

Bill would combine state test, change third grade reading guarantee

BY: - April 22, 2021

A bipartisan bill introduced in the Ohio House seeks to reduce the number of end-of-course tests, make ACT/SAT tests voluntary and take the pressure off the third grade reading guarantee. The cosponsors of the bill — state Rep. Gayle Manning, R-North Ridgeville, and state Rep. Erica Crawley, D-Columbus — said they hope to study the […]

State report cards bill will be improved; testing bill passed through committee

BY: - March 17, 2021

Update 03/17/21 The Ohio Senate passed a bill to modify standardized testing, allowing different pathways for current juniors and seniors to graduate amid a pandemic school year. The House concurred on the changes the same day. The bill also reinstated an emergency clause to the bill that the House removed in their initial vote on […]

With no waiver of federal testing, legislators still weigh state testing

BY: - February 25, 2021

A bill to pause state testing for another year due to the impact of COVID-19 has been made more complicated by a Biden administration decision made this week. The part of the bill that would request a waiver of federal testing was rendered moot after an announcement by the U.S. Department of Education that they […]

Testing should take a back seat to mental health, educators say

BY: - February 19, 2021

Educators say the focus of schooling this year should be recovering from the trauma of a pandemic rather than worrying about testing scores. The Ohio House committee on primary and secondary education is moving along with House Bill 67, a Republican-sponsored bill to waive state testing for the school year and request a waiver for […]

State education testing shows declines, may be waived in new legislation

BY: - February 10, 2021

As state officials look for solutions to an education gap caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, two pieces of legislation introduced Tuesday hope to give more leniency on state and federal testing. State rep. Lisa Sobecki, D-Toledo, is a cosponsor with Rep. Jeffrey Crossman, D-Parma, on House Bill 40, to make exemptions for students in taking […]

Study shows third-grade English achievement dropped amid pandemic

BY: - February 5, 2021

A study done by political science researchers at the Ohio State University showed a significant loss for third-graders in the area of English Language Arts caused by pandemic learning. The study, released by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs used data from the fall administration of the third-grade English Language Arts assessment in an […]

Dems reintroduce bill to cancel state testing

BY: - January 25, 2021

Two House Democrats are bringing back a measure to eliminate state testing for the 2020-2021 school year. Known as House Bill 686, state Rep. Lisa Sobecki, D-Toledo, and Rep. Jeff Crossman, D-Parma, said they have “broad and bipartisan support” for the legislation, and continue to hear from teachers and parents “about the importance of cancelling […]

Legislators pushing for education funding before end of general assembly

BY: - September 28, 2020

Members on both sides of the Ohio legislature are trying to get changes to school funding formulas and testing metrics to stick before the end of the current General Assembly. House representatives are moving forward with legislation they say will finally address concerns about the state’s K-12 funding formula, the topic of a decades-old decision […]