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How H.B. 193 Could Affect the Tests Ohio Students Need to Graduate

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School administrators feeling crunched for time to implement the new end of course exams slated to replace the Ohio Graduation Test next year aren’t alone.

Some state legislators are concerned the new tests haven’t been vetted yet, and schools don’t have adequate technology to administer them online.

That’s why State Representative Andrew Brenner proposed House Bill 193 and the measure passed the House almost unanimously on Wednesday.  The legislation would delay phasing out the OGT and a number of other changes.

Here are some of the highlights of H.B. 193:

  • Delays the phase out of the Ohio Graduation Test: The Ohio Department of Education wants students to start taking the end of course exams in the 2014-2015 school year.  If H.B. 193 passes, students won’t take those exams until the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Gives school districts flexibility on which exams to use: The measure would allow ODE to identify equivalent end of course exams or nationally normed assessments that school districts could give students at the end of their required high school courses.
  • Requires teacher input on curriculum: School districts would have to develop a formal process in which they engage teachers and parents when selecting textbooks and materials used to teach the academic content standards.  In most districts, that’s the Common Core.
  • Creates “non-remediation” or “workforce endorsements” on the high school diploma:   The non-remediation endorsement is essentially a seal that indicates students have passed their classes at such a level that they won’t need remedial math or English classes in college.  A workforce endorsement indicates a student has taken special vocational classes and passed a nationally recognized job skills test that demonstrates the student is ready to work.

Comments

  • ParentWatch

    I think it’s a great start. I do not agree with the way Common Core State Standards(CCSS) were imposed on the states. I know states had an option to apply for the Race To The Top funds, but the people are the ones who will be taxed and ultimately responsible for these funds. What leader in the Ohio Department of Education wouldn’t have jumped at the opportunity to get millions in funds in grant money? They were hoodwinked and now the truth is coming out and it is up to our lawmakers and concerned parents to do something about it! I support H.B. 193 and I will be contacting my State Reps/Senators to let them know.

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