House Bill 237 would void the state Board of Education’s adoption of the Common Core, a new set of standards for what students should know and be able to do in English and math that Ohio and 44 other states originally adopted.
The bill was introduced by Rep. Andy Thompson, a Republican from southeastern Ohio, and co-sponsored by 13 other legislators, all Republicans.
Thompson told us earlier that the bill is a response to calls from constituents with a variety of concerns about the Common Core. Those concerns include questions about the rigor of the standards, the role of the federal government in developing them and how new tests tied to the Common Core will affect students and schools.
The bill would bar Ohio from joining any group that would “require the state to cede any measure of control over education,” including control over academic content standards and tests.
That would seem to bar Ohio’s participation in Partnership for Assessment of Readiness in College and Career or PARCC. PARCC is a consortium of states, including Ohio, that is creating new tests tied to the Common Core.
The bill would also impose limits on state collection and sharing of student information.
House Education Committee Chair Gerald Stebelton, a Republican, told us earlier this month that he expects the bill to be assigned to the Education Committee and receive hearings there.
Stebelton said he doesn’t think the bill will get significant support in the House.