From the daily archives: Sunday, December 15, 2013

As we’ve pointed out over the last couple of days, Ohio’s private schools are exempt from the same level of standardized testing requirements that are stressing out teachers, students, and parents in the public schools. ¬†These exemptions occur because of the ways the laws are written by Ohio’s elected state officials — they simply make the laws apply only to the public school children, omitting nonpublic (i.e., private) schools from the vast majority of the testing requirements.

Currently, students in Ohio’s public schools are required to test a minimum of 20 times throughout their 13 years […]

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As we discussed yesterday, Ohio’s private schools are exempt from administering Ohio’s standardized tests with two exceptions – they must administer the state’s graduation tests (OGT) and the must administer the tests to all students on taxpayer-funded scholarships. ¬†Ohio’s scholarships are vouchers that pay the tuition to the private school for qualifying students (low-income families).

The largest of these voucher programs is the EdChoice program, described by the Ohio Department of Education as follows:

The Educational Choice Scholarship (EdChoice) Program was created to provide students from underperforming public schools the opportunity to attend participating private schools. […]

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