Should Ohio cut testing time or keep PARCC? New panel will review state's key testing issues

State Sen. Peggy Lehner wants to hear from educators about how much testing Ohio has and whether the new PARCC tests are what Ohio needs.

Lehner, who heads the Senate Education Committee, and Ohio Senate President Keith Faber just announced creation of the Senate Advisory Committee on Testing -- a panel of state school board members, teachers and superintendents.

Lehner said it is clear that Ohio will have to make a lot of decisions about testing, as opposition to increased test hours grows and as Ohio shifts to new tests based on the Common Core and other new state education standards.

On the table: testing time and the future of the new Common Core tests through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) that Ohio students have just started taking.

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