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Cincinnati Teacher Advocates Testing Opt-Out

A recent piece on from an Ohio teacher and parent takes issue with the PARCC test, which is being administered throughout Ohio beginning this week, but misses the mark in a several of areas, including:
As a parent, educator, taxpayer and citizen of Ohio, I cannot help but continue to question the actions of the state Department of Education in rapidly expanding the use of standardized testing in our public schools. Likewise, many parents are looking at “opt-out options” for their children; teachers and principals fret at the loss of instructional time and local autonomy; superintendents are courageously taking opposition stances; and students anxiously anticipate how they are going to score and be labeled after taking the New Ohio Tests. We would love to see some data (and not just anecdotal evidence) to back up this claim! In NYC, for example, less than one-half of one percent of students ended up opting-out.
1) Actually, Ohio received input from 75 teacher groups, had five regional meetings on the subject, and received 9,600 comments on the subject. 2) More than 1,000,000 students were field tested in 16,000 schools across 14 states and Washington, D.C. 3) We'd love to know where this figure came from! The assessments are aligned to the expectations in the Common Core State Standards.
4) This fall timeline is a 1 year issue as states set cut scores, something that happens with every new test.
In 2011 and 2012, the Ohio Department of Education decided, with very little public input, that PARCC and AIR tests would take over our schools starting in 2014-15. These mostly online tests have two, three and four parts to them, were not systemically field tested, and are written, according to many research measurement experts, two reading grade levels above the grade of the students subjected to this monolithic mess called national standardized testing. The scores of the spring assessments will not be available until next fall, after students have moved on to the next grade. Effective testing is suppose to yield immediate results and used diagnostically to help students. The New Ohio Tests accomplish neither. While other states and the school district formerly run by Duncan —Chicago Public— 5) CPS didn't drop out
6) Again, it's not a national test. It's a common assessment for its member states.
dropped out of Common Core national testing(only 12 PARCC states remain), several high-ranking Ohio Board of Regents and ODE officials, including its superintendent,decided to join PARCC and serve on its Governing Board and Advisory Committees. It was a fait accompli for our students, teachers, administrators and parents.

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