From the Superintendent



Last week I mentioned the Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award banquet where I spoke to award winners, their parents and educators. Before leaving that topic, I want to point out that this is the 25th year the Ohio Educational Service Center Association has offered the awards. I congratulate the association and its members for recognizing hundreds of outstanding students who have achieved academically and provided important service to their schools and communities.

On another note, the first round of field tests for Ohio’s Next Generation Assessments is complete, and I’m happy to report that the tests went well overall. I appreciate the district technology coordinators who worked to make updates that enabled Ohio students to take the PARCC math and English language arts tests as well as the AIR science and social studies tests. I also thank the 180,000 students and their teachers who participated in all of these field tests. These individuals have helped Ohio take a big step toward building a better testing system.

The Ohio Department of Education will use what it has learned to work with test vendors and technology coordinators to improve the assessments and local technology before the Next Generation Assessments launch in spring 2015. We’ll also use the experience to create professional development materials to help teachers and schools better understand how to make the Next Generation Assessments successful.

Additional field testing will take place in early May for end-of-year tests. I appreciate the districts and schools that have agreed to participate.

Thanks to all of you for the work you do to serve the girls and boys of Ohio.


Dr. Richard A. Ross
Superintendent of Public Instruction