COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Tim Ginter (R-Salem) today applauded House Bill 74, which passed in the Ohio House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support. HB 74, sponsored by State Representative Andrew O. Brenner (R-Powell), would revise the state assessments and examinations given to Ohio’s students.


Overall, the bill is expected to reduce testing time by 50 percent while ensuring continued local control over assessments used by schools and districts.  HB 74 aims to move Ohio away from a one-size-fits-all approach in favor of a more efficient operation of state assessments for local schools. Additionally, the bill provides a deadline for the completion of the ongoing review of academic content standards.


“I am happy to support HB 74,” said Ginter. “This bill seeks to address, in a responsible manner, some of the concerns I have heard from parents, teachers, and administrators in Columbiana County regarding PARCC testing. Approximately 78 percent of Ohio’s teachers and 72 percent of school superintendents recently polled said that the current testing system is in need of an overhaul. This is a good, necessary step in the interests of our students and schools.”


Major provisions included in HB 74 are as follows:



  • Reduces      the administration time for state assessments


    • Test       administration time increased approximately 120 percent for the current       school year over the 2013-2014 school year due to the new assessments


  • Allows      greater local control over decision making with regards to assessments      used to inform instruction

  • Delays      online testing and a requirement that the Ohio Department of Education      evaluate districts’ technology needs for test administration

  • Prohibits      state restrictions on local testing

  • Requires      the Ohio Department of Education to identify assessments that can be used      for multiple purposes allowing local schools to reduce testing time

  • Increases      local control over teacher evaluations

  • Requires      teacher and administrative input in the selection of state assessments

  • Requires      that new state assessments for the 2015-16 school year be selected based      on ease of administration and overall quality, as well as performance      benchmarks and cost

  • Requires       the Ohio Department of Education to study the impact of online administration      of state assessments and report to the General Assembly and the governor      no later than June 30, 2016


House Bill 74 now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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