Winter weather puts student testing to the test

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – The winter weather could impact statewide testing at schools.

Many have missed more than the allotted five calamity days already.

One superintendent says those missed days count more than you might think.

“Can those days make a difference in test scores,” asked 2 NEWS’ Jordan Burgess.

“Absolutely, it’s all about time on task. We’ve seen that in Springfield,” said Dr. David Estrop, Springfield City Schools.

Dr. Estrop and other superintendents across the state would like the option to push back the Ohio Graduation Test and the Ohio Achievement Assessment because of all the missed school days this winter.

“We would like the flexibility to extend the testing period if we think that’s what’s best for our kids.”

The OGTs are set for mid March. The OAAs are in late April and early May.

2 NEWS called the Ohio Department of Education to see about the possibility of pushing back those dates.

A spokesperson says the problem is by law the scores have to be in by June 15.

“Is there any wiggle room where they could try to get these scores quicker,” asked 2 NEWS’ Jordan Burgess.

“We are having conversations to see if that’s a possibility. It doesn’t look good for the OGTs, but it does look like there may be the opportunity to expand that window for the OAAs by maybe a week.”

The OAAs are used to determine if students meet the state’s third grade reading requirement.

If they don’t., they are held back unless they use summer school to try to reach that standard.

A delay in scores and students may not know if they need the extra help.

“All of this fits together like a puzzle. That’s why these calamity days are such a problem for everybody.”

The state is talking with the company that administers those tests to see if there’s any way they can speed up the process to see if they can push those dates back, but still have the tests back in time.

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