Superintendent John Marschhausen will have the opportunity to share his concerns about time required for state-mandated testing as a member of a new Ohio Senate advisory committee.

Superintendent John Marschhausen will have the opportunity to share his concerns about time required for state-mandated testing as a member of a new Ohio Senate advisory committee.

"Our parents, teachers and students have expressed concerns about the new assessment schedule for months," Marschhausen said. "I am deeply concerned about the amount of instructional time we are losing to assessments. We must find a way to balance the need for accountability and the protection of instructional time.

"I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve on this committee," Marschhausen said.

Marschhausen told school board members March 9 that the first meeting of the committee was scheduled March 18.

He said the committee is expected to meet each Wednesday for about the next seven to eight weeks and have a set of recommendations established by early May.

"I see the opportunity to be on the committee as a means to share with our legislative body the voice of Hilliard," Marschhausen said.

State Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering), chairwoman of the Senate's education committee, appointed Marschhausen.

"I received a call from Sen. Lehner asking if I would serve on the committee," said Marschhausen.

According to Lehner's office, Marschhausen is one of six superintendents on the committee of 25 education professionals and three senators. Other local superintendents on the committee are New Albany-Plain Local's April Domine and Upper Arlington's Paul Imhoff.

Marschhausen said he recently had testified before the education committee about the state's current assessment schedule and structure.

Marschhausen has been critical of Ohio Department of Education policies he says require too much time for testing.

For example, at his State of the Schools address last October, Marschhausen said, "We are entering a new era of testing where our students will be tested more before the sixth grade than the current system tests them before they graduate."

Marschhausen said March 6 that he would engage administrators, teachers and parents as he serves on the committee and he plans to host a second testing and accountability summit, likely upon the return of Hilliard students from spring break, which is March 23-27.

The Senate advisory committee will have a twofold task, according to a press release announcing the appointment of Marschhausen.

The committee will assist the Senate in an evaluation of the current Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests and develop recommendations to "reverse the culture of testing that has come to be such a prevalent problem in our classrooms."