State Representative Sarah LaTourette (R-Bainbridge Township) 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 strongly believe this is a great first step in addressing many concerns raised by students, parents, teachers, and administrators across the 76th District and throughout the State of Ohio,” LaTourette said. “I encourage my constituents to contact my office with any additional questions or concerns regarding this legislation. As legislators and citizens of Ohio, we need to remain focused on our future generations, and I believe House Bill 7 does just that.” 

The bill passed unanimously out of the House Education Committee and passed unanimously on the House floor. It will now go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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