The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

February 17, 2014

Department of Education gives schools extension

Star Beacon

COLUMBUS — The harsh winter has prompted the Department of Education to expand the testing window for the Ohio Achievement Assessments.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Richard A. Ross said, “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.”

The modified testing window will be April 21 through May 16. The first three weeks will serve as the actual testing weeks, and the fourth week will be the make-up week for students who were absent for testing.

“We feel it is important to provide educational leaders with flexibility regarding the assessments,” Ross said. “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 covers the Ohio Achievement Assess-ments for grades 3-8. It does not include the Ohio Graduation Test. The scoring and reporting of the third grade Reading OAA will be a priority in order to fulfill the Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements.