State school board pushes for more testing cuts

One of the U.S. Education Department’s concerns about Georgia’s plan involved dealing with test scores for students who are absent on the days tests are given or refuse to take the tests.

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One of the U.S. Education Department’s concerns about Georgia’s plan involved dealing with test scores for students who are absent on the days tests are given or refuse to take the tests.

The state school board is urging Ohio lawmakers to make three more reductions in state testing for students, including two changes tied to graduation.

The board voted this week to recommend eliminating the high school English 1 state exam — one of the seven end-of-course tests that currently make up a primary pathway to graduation. The English 2 exam would remain in place.

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If the state legislature agrees, the move would also likely require a recalculation of how many test points are required for graduation on that pathway. Currently there are seven tests, each graded on a 1-5 scale, for a maximum of 35 points, and with 18 points required for graduation.

If the state legislature approves the changes, it is not yet clear which graduating class they would first apply to.

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