2 state tests eliminated for Ohio school students

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2 state tests eliminated for Ohio school students

Ohio students will see a slight reduction in state testing in the upcoming school year, as the state budget bill eliminated the fourth- and sixth-grade state social studies tests, effective immediately.

State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria had recommended a broader change — eliminating one of those social studies tests, plus two high school end-of-course exams, and the WorkKeys test for students hoping to earn a diploma via the industry credential pathway.

DeMaria said Monday morning at the state school board meeting that the Ohio Department of Education will continue talking to the state legislature about passing more changes, either for the upcoming school year, or further in the future.

“The legislature will be back here as soon as September,” DeMaria said. “I think there continues to be an interest in the assessment discussions, so we expect to be advocating for additional modifications, and we’ll see how that plays out. … It’s a great first step.”

DeMaria is expected to talk to the state school board later Monday about preliminary state test scores from the 2016-17 school year, as well as K-12 education provisions in the state budget bill.

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