State Representatives Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) and Peter Stautberg (R-Anderson Twp.) have introduced legislation to ensure that student assessments for the 2014-2015 school year are held up to standard.

House Bill 413 pauses the implementation of assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) for next school by prohibiting schools and districts from administering tests supplied by PARCC.

“Assessments play an important role in ensuring that students are making progress and can graduate prepared for success after high school,” Rep. Stautberg said. “But it’s very important that, while Ohio transitions to new standards and policies, we implement new testing in the right way.”

Ohio entered into agreement with in November 2011 without a full review of all options. To ensure that Ohio students receive only assessments that have received their due diligence, HB 413 requires the Ohio Department of Education to develop recommendations for assessments by grade level and subject area.

“When it comes to the PARCC tests, there are too many unanswered questions at this time,” Rep. Brenner said. “Additionally, some of these tests are online, and there is a concern that schools don’t yet have the technology and bandwidth to administer them.”

HB 413 would halt the automatic renewal of the memorandum of understanding between the state and PARCC and require that approval of assessment purchases go through the Ohio Controlling Board as oversight.

Other available assessments will continue to be used for the 2014-2015 school year.

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