In the recently passed budget bill, the Ohio House of Representatives proposed to cut the budget for the controversial PARCC assessments introduced to students in grades 3-12 this school year.
PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) tests have received criticism from students, families, school faculty, as well as local and state leadership due to these factors: testing takes up too much time (two rounds, February and April), it occurs too soon in the school year, it’s stressful on students, and the surprising amount of technical glitches with the online exams.
Ohio was the first state in a group of states to administer PARCC tests this school year. As PARCC Inc. staff members have said, hiccups have occurred, but those like chief of assessment at PARCC Inc., Jeff Nellhaus, are listening to the criticism and working on the changes that need to happen.
In passing this language, the House encouraged Ohio leadership to look at alternative testing mechanisms for students. Millions have been spent state and district-wide on the new tests; many aren’t ready to give up on them yet, but would definitely like to see major changes made to the test, especially in its timing.
Under federal law (No Child Left Behind), all students in grades 3-8 must be administered annual standardized assessments in English/language arts and math. High school students are administered these tests at least once in their 9-12 career.
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