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June 29, 2020 Articles

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6/29/2020

Graduation requirement flexibility information available 

The Department recently posted information online to address the fact that disruptions to Ohio’s State Tests in the spring of 2020 due to Ohio’s ordered school-building closure will continue to impact graduation eligibility for high school students. The information, titled Graduation Flexibility – 2021 and Beyond, describes changes made by newly enacted House Bill 164 that allow districts and schools to substitute an eligible student’s final course grade in an eligible course for the corresponding high school end-of-course examination.  

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6/29/2020

2020 Annual Emergency Management Test Extension  

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction has used his authority pursuant to Section 17 (I) [1] of House Bill 197 to approve an extended deadline for the Emergency Management Test in the wake of the coronavirus-related ordered school-building closure. Each school building must conduct at least one emergency management test (functional, full-scale, or tabletop) annually to assess and evaluate their emergency preparedness (Ohio Revised Code 3313.536 (E)(1)[2] and Ohio Administrative Code 3301-5-01). The December 31, 2020 deadline for conducting the 2020 annual Emergency Management Test has been extended to December 31, 2021.  

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6/29/2020

Reminder: Submit grade 3 paper testing resolution for 2020-2021 by July 1 

Ohio Senate Bill 216, specifically Ohio Revised Code Section 3301.0711(G)(4), allows districts the choice to administer paper or online tests only for the third grade state assessments. Under this legislation, a district board of education or governing authority must make the choice to use paper tests, and it must submit a board or governing authority resolution to the Department. 

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6/29/2020

New COVID-19 videos debut; Updated testing site map available 

Governor Mike DeWine has released three new videos featuring medical professionals and a business owner encouraging Ohioans to do their part to keep each other safe in public settings, including social distancing and wearing masks. 

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6/29/2020

Updated science and social studies assessment materials to be released on June 30 

On June 30, the Department is releasing updated science and social studies materials, including practice tests, test scoring guides, test specifications and blueprints, and Performance Level Descriptors. 

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