Hilliard Northwest News

Achievement-testing window extended


The Ohio Department of Education last week expanded the testing window for public schools to administer Ohio Achievement Assessments.

"Each district now has more time to administer testing on their own schedule during the window," said Amanda Morris, spokeswoman for Hilliard City Schools.

Hilliard schools officials appealed to Gov. John Kasich and the General Assembly in a Jan. 31 letter requesting that the window for the Ohio Achievement Assessment, which was April 21 to May 9, be extended because of the number of calamity days used this winter.

In a Feb. 11 press release, state Superintendent Richard A. Ross announced the testing window will be from April 21 to May 16.

The one-week extension applies to Ohio Achievement Assessments for students in grades 3 to 8 and does not include the Ohio Graduation Test.

The scoring and reporting of the Third-Grade Reading Guarantee component of the assessments will be a priority, according to the press release.

"We are thankful that Dr. Ross took action to provide our students and teachers with additional time to master the content on these state assessments," said Hilliard Superintendent John Marschhausen. "At Hilliard City Schools we rely on accurate data to inform our instruction and this additional time will be especially important during this first year of full implementation for the Third-Grade Reading Guarantee."