Here in the Fairfield City School District, we are making many plans for the 2017-2018 school year and beyond. In addition, agencies across the state are doing the same.
Each Wednesday, a committee selected by the Ohio Department of Education meets in Columbus to discuss Ohio graduation requirements for the Class of 2018 and later. One thing the committee focuses on is the high school end-of-course exams, specifically whether these assessments are a fair and accurate measurement of students’ knowledge and skills.
Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), there is a minimum amount of testing students must do. The Ohio legislature and the Ohio Department of Education have increased the number of tests students must take in order to graduate. This could be an issue for Ohio students for several reasons:
- Additional assessments put students in Ohio at a disadvantage relative to other states.
- Local school districts should have local control over the amount of tests and the types of tests that are required for graduation.
- There have been many changes in the Ohio assessment system in recent years.
As this committee meets to discuss next steps, we would like to make you aware that you have the opportunity to weigh in on this important topic. Your voice is important, and your feedback is needed. If you would like to provide feedback, please address concerns with the individuals listed below:
Gov. John Kasich via Personal Assistant Alex Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org
Tess Elshoff, State Board of Education President email@example.com
Pat Burns, Local State Board of Education Representative firstname.lastname@example.org
Paolo DeMaria, State of Ohio Superintendent email@example.com