As Ohio transitions to new state tests, safe harbor gives schools, teachers and students time to adjust to the new tests. In most cases, there will no longer be consequences tied to the results of the state tests given in the 2014-2015 school year.
Many districts are receiving communication from families refusing their children’s participation in state tests this spring. The department encourages schools to talk with families about their concerns regarding testing.
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In response to reports of irregular student attendance, enrollment and withdrawal practices within multiple school districts and a statewide concern over the integrity of the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) accountability and reporting system, the Auditor of State’s Office completed an audit in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 117.11. This audit includes an objective review and assessment of ODE’s accountability policies, procedures and data, and local school district attendance, enrollment, withdrawal and reporting practices.