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Students Should Get Testing Pass

Ohio lawmakers tried their best to give schools a little wiggle room for required testing. They added an extra week in April or May to the window for assessments, after federal education officials said no to the request to skip the tests.

Bizarrely, the bipartisan bill that has passed the House created a little flexibility for most tests, and also canceled the state-required end-of-course exam in U.S. History.

Federal officials did have the good sense to offer states a chance to apply for exemptions to some accountability measures linked to the results of those tests, and the Ohio bill directs state officials to do so. That, of course, begs the question — if states can apply to make the tests meaningless, why force students and schools to go through the motions?

Little will be gained through testing this year. Teachers should do their best to make testing as simple as possible.

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