House Approves Proficiency Test Bill
The Ohio House of Representatives has approved a bill prohibiting schools from using the results of new proficiency tests being conducted this school year to determine a student's advancement to the next grade level. The measure that now goes to the Ohio Senate also prohibits using the results of new state mathematics and English assessments to make course credit decisions. It also prevents schools from sharing individual test scores with outside sources without parental consent. Backers say it will ensure students have the same protections against unintended consequences of the tests that teachers and school districts were provided last session.