Many frustrated voices have been heard by Ohio lawmakers. PARCC Testing has been eliminated in the state of Ohio. Gov. John Kasich recently signed the state’s two-year budget bill, in which he banned the state from spending more state funds on PARCC tests.
The elimination of PARCC from Ohio does not mean Ohio students are done with standardized testing. 2002’s No Child Left Behind Act mandated annual testing in all 50 states and a provision in the most recent budget bill mentions that Ohio must provide “nationally normed, standardized assessments” to our elementary and secondary students.
ODE has already made a choice for a new testing provider: American Institutes for Research (AIR). AIR assessments have already been used within the state for secondary science and social studies, previous Ohio Achievement Tests and Ohio Graduation Tests. State Superintendent Richard Ross said he is comfortable with AIR, having worked with them in the past, and confident their assessments will meet the needs of administrators, teachers, families and students.
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