Ohio schools question state requiring in-person tests during online learning

Even if they’re learning online from home, Ohio’s third-graders will soon be expected to return to school buildings to take a state-mandated reading test, unless legislators act quickly to make an exception to current state law.



a desk with a laptop in a room: Classrooms sit empty for remote instruction at Southwood Elementary School on Oct. 8. Columbus City Schools is preparing to begin letting students return on a hybrid schedule in the coming weeks


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Classrooms sit empty for remote instruction at Southwood Elementary School on Oct. 8. Columbus City Schools is preparing to begin letting students return on a hybrid schedule in the coming weeks

Representatives of the Ohio 8 coalition, an alliance of superintendents and teachers union presidents from the state’s eight largest school districts, discussed the issue during a call with reporters Friday morning. It highlighted pending legislation that could affect an unprecedented school year hit by COVID-19.

Senate Bill 358, introduced Aug. 27, would waive state testing requirements and direct the Ohio Department of Education to ask for test waivers at the federal level. It would also prohibit the department

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Ottawa County special education school closes after staff member tests positive for coronavirus

ALLENDALE, MI – The Ottawa Area Center, a public school serving students with cognitive impairments, is closed to in-person instruction for one week after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.



a person in a blue blanket: Registered Nurse Hailey Allen changes gloves while testing patients for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Mercy Health Saint Mary's drive-through testing center in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Patients must have a doctor's order to receive a test. Mercy Health also offers a testing site in Muskegon.


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Registered Nurse Hailey Allen changes gloves while testing patients for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Mercy Health Saint Mary’s drive-through testing center in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Patients must have a doctor’s order to receive a test. Mercy Health also offers a testing site in Muskegon.

About 50 students and staff have been placed in quarantine following the positive test result, according to a news release issued by the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The suspension of in-person instruction is effective Thursday, Oct. 7 through Friday, Oct. 16, district officials said. The school will use remote learning during the facility’s closure.

The school,

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Buddy groups help pupils take online tests : The Tribune India

Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 7

With a view to fostering team spirit among students, teachers as well as officials, the Punjab Education Department celebrated ‘Buddy: Mera Sikhiya Saathi’ week recently. The impact of this week was so strong that it helped to enhance leadership qualities among the students and networking of teachers and students became strong and online education in schools got a boost.

Punjab 1st state to launch achievement survey

Punjab is the first state in the country, which has started conducting the Punjab Achievement Survey (PAS). The main objective of the survey is to strengthen the learning level, understanding of basic concepts of different subjects, developing reasoning ability among students from the beginning so that they could be prepared for various competitive examinations. The first round of tests for the survey was held from September 21 to October 3. Around 26 lakh students

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Poland’s new education minister tests positive for COVID, swearing-in postponed

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland rescheduled a ceremony at which the president was to confirm new ministers on Monday, after the incoming education minister said he had tested positive for coronavirus.

Przemyslaw Czarnek, 43, announced he had been infected ahead of an event at the presidential palace, where President Andrzej Duda was due to confirm the cabinet line-up after a government reshuffle announced last week.

“I was tested this morning due to a headache so as not to expose the President, the cabinet and other participants in today’s events. I feel good. Don’t underestimate the symptoms,” Czarnek, said in a tweet posted on Monday.

The ceremony was moved to Tuesday, Presidential spokesman Blazej Spychalski told public television.

Health authorities said that anyone who had contact with Czarnek between Oct. 2 and Oct. 5 would have to self-isolate.

The government spokesman said on Twitter that those people included Deputy Prime Minister Jacek

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New Polish education minister tests positive for coronavirus

WARSAW, Poland — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has requested that the official swearing-in of his reshuffled Cabinet be postponed Monday after one of the ministers tested positive for COVID-19.

The ceremony conducted by President Andrzej Duda was planned for Monday afternoon, but the new education minister, Przemyslaw Czarnek, said early in the day he had a headache and a test showed he was infected with the coronavirus.

It was not immediately clear when the swearing-in would be held for the right-wing government that has recently been trimmed down after the ruling coalition ran into difficulties.

Government spokesman Piotr Mueller said on Twitter that Czarnek was put in quarantine and sanitary procedures have been put in place.

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Poland’s incoming education minister tests positive for coronavirus

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s incoming education minister said on Monday he had tested positive for coronavirus, as new cases in Poland have continued to reach records over the past week.

Przemyslaw Czarnek, 43, announced he had been infected ahead of an event at the presidential palace, where President Andrzej Duda was expected to confirm new ministers after a government reshuffle announced last week.

“I was tested this morning due to a headache so as not to expose the President, the cabinet and other participants in today’s events. I feel good. Don’t underestimate the symptoms,” Czarnek, said in a tweet posted on Monday.

Poland on Saturday reached a record of new daily coronavirus infections. As of Monday, Poland had a total of 102,080 confirmed cases and 2,659 deaths.

“We do not expect the situation to change drastically in the coming days. We will likely be observing results at the level of

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