State Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) applauded today’s Ohio House passage of House Bill 7, legislation that provides academic protections for students taking new state assessments during the 2014-15 school year. New assessments in mathematics and English language arts are supplied by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

House Bill 7 prohibits schools from using test scores from state assessments when determining a student’s advancement to the next grade level and granting of course credit. The bill also states that schools are not permitted to share individual student test scores to outside sources without consent from either the student or his or her parents.

“I believe this bill takes the necessary steps to create a safe-harbor for students taking PARCC Testing. This is a first step in fixing the current issues with the amount of testing being done in Ohio schools,” Koehler said.

Rep. Koehler supported the bill both in the House Education Committee and on the House floor. The bill passed unanimously in both committee and on the floor. It will now go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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