State testing remains in flux for the 2015 – 2016 school year. Earlier this year, legislators decided that Ohio students will no longer participate in PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) testing. Using feedback from parents, educators, and others, legislators opted for testing that requires less classroom time. The Ohio Department of Education has contracted with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to develop new tests in language arts and math.
Because of federal law, our students will continue to take state tests in the same subjects and grade levels as previous years. This testing includes math and reading tests in grades 3 – 8, social studies tests in grades 4 and 6, and science tests in grades 5 and 8. At the high school level, students that are currently juniors and seniors must continue to take and pass the five sections of the Ohio Graduation Test as a graduation requirement. Freshman and sophomores will take “end of course exams” in selected English, math, social studies, and science courses as part of their graduation requirements.
The “Third Grade Guarantee” law remains in place and students in the third grade must continue to attain a passing score on the third grade reading test in order to be promoted to the fourth grade. However, because of the transition to a new test developed by AIR, third grade students will not take the test in October as in previous years but will take the test for the first time in December. Third grade students that do not achieve a passing score in December will have an additional opportunity to take the test in the spring of 2016.
We are continuing to work with our teachers and families as additional information about state testing becomes available. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.