Ohio Report Cards to Reflect Students Who Opted Out of Tests

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio education officials say district performance ratings for last year will reflect the impact of students who opted out of high-stakes standardized testing.

The Department of Education said Tuesday that district report cards for 2014-15 won’t count the missed tests against schools and districts. The change will apply for just one year – one that saw a national backlash against new, more rigorous examinations aligned with Common Core standards.

Superintendent Lonny Rivera said almost 99 percent of Ohio students took the tests, but the additional information would be provided to address concerns that non-participation could hurt districts’ performance scores.

Republican state Reps. Kristina Roegner and Jim Buchy praise the move. They say a small percentage of districts and community schools experienced significant drops in test participation.