State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Allen County) co-sponsored House Bill 74, which passed the Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday with broad bipartisan support. H.B. 74, would revise state tests, examinations and assessments given to Ohio’s students.
Overall, the bill is expected to reduce testing time by 50 percent while ensuring continued local control over local assessments used by school districts to measure student learning. Additionally, the bill provides a deadline for the completion of the ongoing state review of academic content standards.
“Although some standardized testing is necessary to assure that all students are learning, state testing mandates have evolved into a time-consuming morass. This bill will begin to change that,” Cupp said.
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.
Cupp is serving his first term as state representative but was a member of the Ohio Senate from 1985 to 2000, and served as Senate President Pro Tempore from 1997 to 2000. A former Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, he has the distinction of being the only former judge currently serving in the state legislature. Cupp has also served as Lima City Prosecutor and Allen County Commissioner, and is a lifelong Allen County resident. He represents the 4th Ohio House District, which includes all of Allen County.