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Ohio drops PARCC, calling it a ‘damaged’ brand

By Jeremy P. Kelley, Dayton Daily News
July 15th, 2015

“The word PARCC became synonymous with a nightmare test,” said chair of state senate education committee

parcc-damagedThe longer, tougher PARCC school tests, criticized by many as too time-consuming and full of technological glitches, are gone from Ohio after one year — before students and schools even know their scores.

Now the state will begin a 10-month sprint to design new English and math tests and train schools to administer those tests next spring. That’s about one-third as long as Ohio and its schools had to prepare for PARCC (the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).

The new tests will come from the American Institutes for Research (AIR), which designed the science and social studies tests Ohio students took for the first time this year. Ohio education officials said Wednesday that the state has just begun talking to AIR about adding the new tests.

The major switch comes as a result of the state budget bill, where the Ohio legislature and Gov. John Kasich retained the Common Core state learning standards, but prohibited Ohio from using tests from PARCC to measure students’ performance.

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