Ohio Board of Education

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Jan. 11:

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The leaders of the Ohio House and Senate education committees are taking different stances on whether to extend changes to high-school graduation requirements to future classes.

The Ohio Board of Education voted Tuesday to recommend that the classes of 2019 and 2020 have the same alternative graduation options as the class of 2018. Students could choose to pass their end-of-course exams, complete a senior project, or maintain a high attendance rate, among other things.

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The Ohio Board of Education is recommending lawmakers reduce the number of exams students must take to graduate.

Board members voted Tuesday to get rid of three types of assessments. The first are local tests that are used solely to evaluate teachers.

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This time last year state school board members saw an alarming report that showed about a third of Ohio’s high school juniors were not meeting the standards needed to graduate. The numbers aren’t looking much better for the class of 2019.

So far, only 65 percent of this year's high school juniors have met or are highly likely to reach graduation requirements for 2019.

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The state school superintendent is recommending cutting out some mandated state tests, and suggesting that local districts consider trimming tests for teacher evaluations.

 

Deputy state schools superintendent John Richard told the state board of education that though people complain about required state tests, they only comprise 71 hours of the 215 hours of testing from kindergarten through senior year.

“144 of those hours are due to local tests.”

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