Schools across Ohio have seen the beginning of state testing for the 2015-16 school year. But these tests are not the notorious PARCC tests introduced in Ohio last year. PARCC testing received state-wide criticism, as it took up too much classroom time, occurred too early in the school year. This school year, ODE completely altered tests in hopes of simplifying the process for students, teachers, administrators and families.
State testing occurs each school year to update parents, teachers and administrators on how well students are growing with the skills outlined in the Ohio Learning Standards. These standards are the backbone of each classroom across the state. Testing also occurs because federal law mandates it. Because of 2002’s No Child Left Behind Act, 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.
For more great testing information (how long testing will occur, who takes what tests, etc.), visit The Ohio Department of Education’s testing page.