Local schools explain how calamity days impact testing schedules

Schools explain how they make up for time lost to calamity days. (WDTN Photo/ Eric Pointer)
Schools explain how they make up for time lost to calamity days. (WDTN Photo/ Eric Pointer)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Miami Valley students are in the midst of taking standardized state tests, but cold and snowy weather keeps taking away school time.

Springfield superintendent Dr. David Estrop told me they’ve already had several calamity days and will have to make up at least three days at the end of the year. They’ll have to use some of their scheduled make up test days.

Dr. Estrop said, “We anticipated giving the test this time of year we were going to face, not only possibility the probability of having to make up days.”

Dr. Estrop says he thinks they students have to take too many tests as it is, and making up those days steals class time.

“The simple truth is it takes more and more time out of our schedule for teaching and learning and we have to devote more and more time for testing,” said Estrop.

With all the calamity days, the state has started giving schools an opportunity to apply for testing extensions… if they need more time outside their original schedules.

“Mother nature rules and mother nature will determine whether or not we need to exercise those extensions,” said Dr. Estrop. “I would not at all be surprised if we have to take advantage of some of the extensions. We appreciate those extensions, we appreciate that flexibility.”

Representatives from both Xenia and Dayton schools say they plan on getting an extension from the state to give their students more days to take the standardized tests.

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