ODE Releases Testing Report and Recommendations

January 2015
School Law Newsletter

House Bill 487 of the 130th General Assembly required the superintendent of public instruction to issue a report reviewing the number of tests administered in grades K-12 and make recommendations for reducing the number of tests.  The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released this report last week.  The testing report included a number of recommended legislative and administrative changes. 

Recommended legislative changes:

If the recommended legislative changes are adopted, Ohio can reduce the amount of time students are taking tests by 20 percent.

The ODE identified a number of system improvements that will greatly impact student testing.  Recommended administrative changes by the ODE:

The ODE’s recommended administrative changes will streamline testing and result in a reduction in testing time for students.

What You Need To Know

If the recommended changes are adopted, be prepared for the above changes to be made to your current testing program.