Springfield Board votes to opt out of some testing

Springfield Board of Education votes in favor of a waiver to some state and federal standardized tests.

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – The Springfield Board of Education voted Thursday night to apply for a waiver to opt out of most state and federal testing requirements.

The district is a part of the Innovation Lab Network, a group of schools that experiment with new student centered learning techniques. Recently a law went into effect that gives the group permission to apply for the waiver.

If Springfield’s waiver is approved by the state, the wave would exempt students from different tests in third grade all the way up to the high school.

Superintendent Dr. David Estrop says some of those mandated tests are redundant and his teachers spend more time preparing the students for tests rather than teaching.

He also says not giving those tests could save the district thousands of dollars and that money could be used to fund research and development for new tests and improve instruction.

Dr. Estrop said they would like to innovate new learning methods that are more project based and help with real world problems.

“Real world things that better prepare our students to be successful in careers as well as college and university level courses,” said Dr. Estrop.

Estrop will hold a news conference Friday morning with the superintendent of Yellow Springs schools to talk more about the waiver and introduce what he calls, “a little magic.”

After the conference Estrop plan is the drive the application to Columbus himself. He says the state superintendent has to respond to the application within 30 days of the due date, which is March 2nd.

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