School administrator, lawmaker point out problems in OH state testing

Struthers and Campbell School administrators brought up issues that their schools faced in taking the tests

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STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Every school district in Ohio received a test score Thursday. There were 10 grades per district, and each school got 10 grades.

There were over a dozen districts which had one school with a failing score. Struthers Elementary got one of those low grades, but there was only one indicator from 6th grade on that Struthers missed.

“We didn’t meet third, fourth, fifth grade indicators. We know that. We’re attacking that,” Struthers Superintendent Joe Nohra said. “Give us those students for three years, and then look at the trends.”

Struthers students had eight calamity days last year. Blizzard bags, which contain assignments to do at home, help, but it’s just not the same as being with a teacher. Struthers also had its scores influenced by parents of three kids who refused to let them take the test, according to Nohra.

“That hurt us in our performance index, and we finished with a 69.9% ‘D’ at the elementary for a performance index, and it we would’ve been a ‘C,’ the next grade up,” Nohra said.

Poorer school districts also struggled with scores more than rich ones. Struthers and Campbell also chose to take the tests electronically, but the districts which gave the test via paper and pencil scored much better.

“It’s not even age appropriate, in most cases, where very young children have to show what they know by typing an extended written response,” Campbell Schools Superintendent Matt Bowen said.

That was the case for students as young as eight years old, plus they also had to copy and paste on the computer. Many of the students don’t have computers at home..

“I hold a lot more weight in the day-to-day performance of the student than I do the one accountability measure that’s administered all online last year, more than a year and a half ago, to where we’re now just getting these results,” Bowen said.

Ohio has used 3 different tests in recent memory — OAA, PARCC and AIR, which has added to the confusion. Thursday, a Democratic state lawmaker from Toledo called for the state to stop the tests, saying the grades are worthless.

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