Legislative Watch – April 28, 2021

Testing Reduction Legislation to Receive Proponent Testimony

House Bill 73 is jointly sponsored by Representatives Gayle Manning (R- North Ridgeville) and Erica Crawley (D- Columbus). The bill is aimed at reducing the testing load on Ohio’s students. The bill is similar to HB 239 from the last General Assembly, the Testing Reduction Act, which passed the House 78-14 but was not taken up by the Senate. OEA strongly supports the bill.

The major provisions of HB 73 include:

  • Eliminates the Fall administration of the third grade ELA test and student retention provisions of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
  • Beginning with the class of 2024, reduces the number of end-of-course exams to four by combining the American History and American Government exams.
  • Requires each school district to establish a workgroup made up of teachers, parents, and administrators to examine the amount of time students spend on district-required testing and make recommendations on how to reduce testing.
  • Permits districts to exceed statutory testing limitations through passage of an annual resolution after considering recommendations from the testing work group.
  • Eliminates taking the ACT/SAT as a graduation requirement and makes student participation voluntary.
  • Requires ODE to issue an annual report on the amount of time students spend on state and district required testing.

The bill is likely to receive proponent testimony next week before the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee. If you are interested in supporting the bill by providing written testimony, contact Robert Davis in OEA Government Relations (davisr@ohea.org) for more information.

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