Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:08 PM
MICHELLE KANU / IDEASTREAM
The Ohio Department of Education says it will increase the number of weeks schools have to administer the Ohio Achievement Assessment this spring.
The new testing window gives schools an extra week, from April 21st through May 16th.
The first three are set aside for testing weeks, and the fourth can be used for make-ups for any students who were absent.
In a statement released today from ODE, state superintendent Dick Ross said the decision gives school districts more flexibility.
“Due to inclement weather, district and school leaders have faced unprecedented challenges as they have made the safety of our boys and girls their top priority. However, they have expressed concern about missed instructional time and the need to prepare students for the assessments,” Ross said. “We feel it is important to provide educational leaders with flexibility regarding the assessments. Therefore, we are extending by one week the spring testing window for Ohio schools. This is a reasonable step we can take that will benefit students and teachers.”
The extension only applies to the Ohio Achievement Assessment and does not affect the March window for the Ohio Graduation Test.
Extending the testing window could delay the time it takes for schools to get their results back.
John Charlton, a spokesperson for ODE, says the state will try to put a rush on getting the scores back on the third grade reading section of the OAA in order to fulfill the requirements of Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
A separate measure is still pending in the legislature to increase the number of allotted calamity days a district can use each year.