| The Columbus Dispatch
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.
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 from issuing annual school district report cards this school year and next. The bipartisan bill has received three hearings, the most-recent on Sept. 23.
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