State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima) supported today’s Ohio House passage of House Bill 7, a bill 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.
“There is considerable confusion and concern with the tests that our school students must take and that our schools must administer this year – including the testing related to Common Core,” Cupp said. “HB 7 will temporarily suspend the consequences of the unproven online tests until the larger questions over the tests are resolved.”
The bill passed unanimously out of the House Education Committee and passed with unanimous support on the House floor. It will now go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.