For the third time in three years, Ohio students will face a different standardized test.
Starting Monday, Ohio schools can begin administering the newest version of those exams. Education leaders believe the tests will avoid much of the controversy that doomed last year’s exams created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
“In general, will it go better? I think it most certainly will,” said Chad Aldis, vice president for Ohio policy and advocacy for the education think tank Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
Students, parents and educators grew dissatisfied with last year’s exams for taking too long and not being developmentally appropriate. This and other problems led to the state firing PARCC last summer and selecting the American Institutes for Research to provide its English and math exams. The company was already in charge of the state science and social studies exams.
Aldis said last year was especially problematic because Ohio was essentially the guinea pig for the national use of PARCC tests. He said the state has made a good effort to ensure the new test roll-out goes well, but there will likely be some hiccups regardless.
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