PARCC Pause Bill Filed – HB138

The unanimous passage of HB7 confirmed that the legislature is hearing the concerns of Ohio parents, teachers and administrators regarding PARCC’s validity and reliability. The high level of opt outs within many districts also draws into question the use of these compromised scores as a factor for any component of a district’s report card or as a measure of effectiveness for teachers and administrators.

Bottom line – The loss of any additional instruction time to enable more testing is detrimental to students and without educational value, which is why HB138 is desperately needed.

Intent of legislation –

  •  Districts will not be required to administer the PARCC end-of-year portion of assessments.
  •  Results of the end-of-year portion will not be used for calculating report card ratings, to evaluate  teachers and administrators, or to determine high school graduation eligibility.
  •  Requires the Ohio Department of Education to request a waiver from the annual federal testing requirement if testing administered to date is found insufficient.

HB138 offers an olive branch to Ohio students, parents, teachers and districts, who have borne the brunt of this incompetent program. It will allow districts to salvage what’s left of this school year by returning teachers to their classrooms for the purpose of education and instruction, so our children may end their school year in a positive environment, conducive to learning.

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE – PLEASE START CALLING TODAY

Call on House Leadership to expedite this bill and pass it through the Rules and Reference Committee. No testimony is needed. This bill simply completes what was established in HB7.

Speaker Rosenberger (614) 466-3506
Rep. Ron Amstutz – Speaker Pro Tempore (614) 466-1474
Rep. Barbara Sears – Majority Floor Leader (614) 466-1731
Rep. Jim Buchy – Asst. Majority Floor Leader (614) 466-6344
Rep. Mike Dovilla – Majority Whip (614) 466-4895
Call on your Representative to support HB138 – Find your Rep and their contact info here

Districts have completed the first of two spring testing rounds (PARCC Performance Based Assessments), which has subjected our children to more testing than any previous statewide tests given in their entirety. The second round of PARCC is scheduled to being April 13th. Make sure the Representatives and Governor hear from you!

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