Ohio students could get an extra week to take standardized tests this year.
Citing rough winter weather, state Superintendent Dick Ross gave schools permission yesterday to add a week to the testing window.
“We feel it is important to provide educational leaders with flexibility regarding the assessments. Therefore, we are extending by one week the spring testing window for Ohio schools. This is a reasonable step we can take that will benefit students and teachers,” Ross said in a news release.
The extension covers the Ohio Achievement Assessments for grades 3-8, but not the Ohio Graduation Test. A priority will be given to the new third-grade reading test, which students must pass so they potentially don’t get held back a grade next year.
Now, tests can be given April 21 through May 16, with the final week a make-up week for students who were absent for earlier tests.
The move also would require the General Assembly to extend the June 15 deadline in Ohio law for reporting test results.
The Ohio Graduation Test, which is given in March, will not be delayed because there wouldn’t be enough time to get results before graduation. High-school graduation ceremonies begin in early May.
By Darrel Rowland - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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