COLUMBUS— State Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) and Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) today have sent letterS to Governor DeWine and State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria insisting that state mandated testing be canceled for this academic year now that schools have been closed for at least the next three weeks due to concerns about the spreading Coronavirus.
“Now that the Governor has closed the schools, it is unfair to students, parents, and educators to have these tests hanging over their heads upon their return.” Said Rep. Crossman. “There simply will not be sufficient time to properly prepare students for these tests and to complete the remaining coursework for the academic year.”
According to Rep. Sobecki, “Failing to cancel these tests now will only create more anxiety among the community and will result in an overly extended school year, which no one wants. People should be concerned about staying well during this unprecedented crisis.”
State mandated testing is scheduled to begin in April and local districts often test over a several week period through May. Reps. Crossman and Sobecki are only calling for a one year cancellation of the state testing requirements given the uncertainty surrounding the actual date students might return to classrooms.