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State Testing Revamp Must Be Quickly Completed

Gov. John Kasich’s recently signed budget bill includes a total revamp of Ohio’s batch of Common Core-aligned math and English exams. But education officials have a lot of work to complete in a relatively small amount of time. Working alongside the American Institutes for Research testing company, state officials will need to create the new [...]

Lawmakers Agree Students Should Spend Fewer Hours on Standardized Tests

COCOEN / FLICKR As lawmakers in Columbus battle to finalize the state budget, the debate over standardized testing continues. But one area where legislators are finding some common ground is agreeing that students spend too much time on the assessments. Ohio’s students currently log roughly 20 hours per year taking the exams, and legislators want [...]

House Republicans Propose Cutting PARCC While Testing Officials Visit Ohio

PETER BULTHUIS / FLICKR House Republicans want to stop the state from using the education assessments known as the PARCC. The tests have caused a large amount of controversy with critics who say they take up too much time and place too much pressure on students. But  others say now is not the time to [...]

State Board of Education on Public Complaints over PARCC Test

District 11 member Mary Rose Oakar of Cleveland (foreground) telling Sen. Peggy Lehner (back) about public complaints over PARCC test.

Ohio public schools are in their third week of issuing standardized tests for students in fourth through sixth grades, eighth grade, and high school. The state legislature passed a law one year ago that eliminates any ramifications for the pupils in this first year of the test. But that hasn’t calmed down members of the [...]

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


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 [...]

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


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 [...]

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


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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