Ohio lawmakers weclome superintendent’s plan to trim standardized testing

Lawmakers heard State schools Superintendent Richard A. Ross’ recommendations on cutting the time students spend taking standardized tests and said they will look to expand on them.

“It’s a good set of recommendations,” Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Centerville and chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, said, “I think that we may be adding on to some of the recommendations. I see us expanding them as opposed to throwing any of them away. I think the ones that are out there are solid.”

In the report, Ross recommends reducing the average time Ohio students in all grades spend taking standardized test from 19.8 to 16.2 hours. Ross said the reduction would mean all students spend no more than 2 percent of the school year taking standardized test.

The 28.4 hours high school sophomores spend on tests would remain unchanged and first-graders would see the biggest reduction from 11.6 to 4.5 hours.

(Read more at the Dispatch.com)