Assessment and Accountability Waiver Information for the 2019-2020 School Year


Ohio’s ordered school-building closure and subsequent emergency legislation (House Bill 197 of the 133rd General Assembly) have substantial impacts on the state’s assessment and accountability systems, including Ohio School Report Cards for the 2019-2020 school year. During this time of crisis, Ohio’s schools and educators should be focused on addressing the health and safety needs of their students and making a good faith effort, within their available capabilities, to support continued learning outside of school.
The U.S. Department of Education has provided states the ability to seek one-year waivers from the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) testing and accountability requirements. The Ohio General Assembly subsequently passed emergency legislation canceling the spring administration of Ohio’s State Tests and waiving report card requirements other than reporting of some limited, available data. The legislation also put in place a “Safe Harbor” period for many elements of the accountability system. Accordingly, the Ohio Department of Education sought and received a federal ESSA waiver for the 2019-2020 school year.
Additional information on Ohio’s state testing during the ordered school-building closure can be found online here.
Additional information on Ohio’s accountability system and report cards for the 2019-2020 school year can be found online here
Many questions still exist regarding the status and details for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond. The Ohio Department of Education will provide updates as they become available.
For additional questions related to state testing, please contact For additional questions related to accountability and report cards, please contact