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Extra Snow Days Could Delay State Tests

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MICHELLE KANU / IDEASTREAM

The miserable cold and seemingly endless snow fall has led many Ohio school districts to blow through the number of calamity days allowed by the state.

And all of those days off mean schools have had less time than usual to prepare students for the Ohio Achievement Assessment, the state mandated standardized tests.

That’s caused some school leaders and legislators to ask the Ohio Department of Education to delay the spring tests.  And as Jo Ingles with the Statehouse News Bureau reports, ODE is considering it.

“Maybe we can help them out a little bit by maybe getting them an extra week of class before they have to take those assessments,” says John Charlton, a spokesperson for ODE.

Students are slated to take the OAAs between April 21 through May 9th.

“Probably what might happen if that window is expanded, maybe they would add a week on to the end of that so that districts would have the option to maybe move their test dates within that window back a little bit,” Charlton says.

The Ohio Graduation Test would not be delayed, however, because there wouldn’t be enough time to get the results back before graduation ceremonies that begin in May.  Students who did not pass that test in their sophomore or junior year will still have to take it between March 10 and March 23.

Charlton says State Superintendent Richard Ross has the authority to expand the test dates but the Ohio General Assembly would have to extend the deadline in Ohio law for reporting test results. That measure could be added to the legislation now under consideration that would allow schools to take more calamity days this year.

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