Last week the Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill that would limit school standardized testing.
House Bill 239, which has not yet been taken up by the Senate, would make changes to state tests in three ways, according to the Ohio Legislative Service Commission.
- The bill would eliminate one high school “end-of-course exam” by combining the American history and American government tests into a single exam. The change would begin effective with students graduating high schoolas part of the class of 2023.
- The bill would create a pathway for parentsto enroll their children out of the statewide junior-year ACT, which is a college entrance exam. The change would begin effective with students graduating high school as part of the class of 2022.
- The bill would also prohibit schools from holding 2020-2021 third-graders back a year should they not receive a passing score on the state’s third-grade reading test.
The bill passed the House with bipartisan support and would also require the Ohio Department of Education to publish an annual report indicating the number of times students spent on testing required by state or individual schools. It would also establish a school and/or district workgroups designed to examine the number of time students spends on district-required testing. The workgroup would then be required to submit findings along with potential recommendations to the school and/or district board.
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Should the bill pass the Senate in its entirety, the legislation would move Ohio even closer to the minimum level of state testing currently permitted by federal law.