In the Ohio Senate’s version of the state budget bill, House Bill 64, a controversial provision added in by the Ohio House was left unchanged:
Sec. 3301.078. (B) No funds appropriated from the general revenue fund shall be used to purchase an assessment developed by the partnership for assessment of readiness for college and careers for use as the assessments prescribed under sections 3301.0710 and 3301.0712 of the Revised Code.
The “partnership for assessment of readiness for college and careers” is better known as PARCC, the consortium that administered the new state tests in Ohio and many other states this year and was beset by problems, from how it was administered (technology issues, a dramatic increase in testing time for students) and from a public relations standpoint where an unprecedented number of parents began refusing to allow their children to participate in the tests.
Also like the House’s version, the bill is devoid of specific details as to what Ohio would use to replace the new exams, which means that we are likely to see components of House Bill 74 and/or Senate Bill 3 hurriedly integrated into the bill. The probable scenario is that such changes to the actual assessments used and any testing time limits will be added in during the conference committee after the Senate passes their version of HB64.
With only three weeks left to get this bill to the Governor, any final changes will unfortunately be made without the benefit of any real public vetting and/or input on the final decisions, once again leaving teachers, parents, and schools out of the process.