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Ohio Ditches PARCC

albertogp123 / flickr After a year filled with concerns from parents, teachers, and lawmakers, Ohio is ditching its current Common Core-aligned standardized testing provider. When Gov. John Kasich signed the state’s two-year budget last night, he cut ties with the national testing consortium known as PARCC, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness and Careers. The [...]

Evaluations Rate Most Ohio Teachers as Good

A new statewide report finds the overwhelming number of Ohio teachers are doing a good job. The Ohio Education Research Center, based at Ohio University, was commissioned by the Ohio Department of Education to go through evaluations of 86 thousand teachers. The research center looked at tests scores and other factors from the first full [...]

Opponents of Standardized Tests Meet with Sen. Sherrod Brown

Even though school was out of session at Shaker Heights High School, a group of teachers, parents, and students crowded into a theater on Monday to vent their frustration about standardized tests. They came to hear Sen. Sherrod Brown talk about reducing the number of tests required by federal law. Ohio students spent an average [...]

Study Says Ohio Pupils Not Hurt by Switching Schools

A new study has found that closing schools in Ohio can be a good thing. A report from the non-profit Thomas B. Fordham Institute finds students generally do better in math and reading when they move to new schools. Investigators from Ohio State and the University of Oklahoma followed some 23,000 students in Ohio’s 8 [...]

Gov. Kasich Urges Parents to Keep Kids in Tests

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MARK URYCKI/STATEIMPACT A few parents around Ohio are reportedly holding their children back from taking standardized tests. The tests are looking at proficiency based on the Common Core math, reading and writing standards. That response is itself testing both state lawmakers – and the governor. Gov. John Kasich says he supports bills that would reduce the number [...]

Sen. Sherrod Brown Says SMART Act Will Alleviate Test Burden in Ohio

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albertogp123 / flickr A consensus appears to be forming that American schoolchildren are taking too many standardized tests. Liberals complain that it’s being done to punish teachers. Conservatives say the federal government is intruding in local schools. The Ohio Department of Education wants a 20 percent reduction in such tests. Now, they may get some [...]

Some Parents Boycott PARCC State Testing

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The Ohio Channel Ohio students are taking the first round of standardized testing using the new assessment known as the PARCC, an acronym for the testing consortium that developed the tests. But some parents are leading a movement to boycott these tests, which are aligned with the Common Core math and English standards. Sarah Lewis, [...]

Putting The Technology Behind Ohio’s New Standardized Exams to The Test

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StateImpact Ohio / Amy Hansen Ohio’s students are taking a new batch of standardized testing aligned to the Common Core, the math and English standards adopted by the majority of the country. This year, state officials initially planned for the test to be delivered strictly on a computer, but only about 60 percent of students [...]

Teachers at Columbus Charter School Seek Union Vote

Teachers at a Columbus charter high school want to unionize–and the organizing effort is believed to be a first among the state’s 387 charter schools. A group of teachers at Franklinton Preparatory Academy have taken steps to force an organizing vote. They got help from the Ohio Education Association, and the group’s vice president, Scott [...]

Less Than One Month Until Students Take The Latest Round of PARCC Exams

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Screen capture of online practice question It’s the final countdown. In just a few weeks, Ohio’s students will take the first set of spring exams aligned to the Common Core. While approximately 70,000 students took a statewide trial run of the exams last spring, those results didn’t actually count. The Ohio Department of Education administered [...]

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