My previous post on the House bill which curbs standardized testing incorrectly stated that the bill would limit testing on state achievement and graduation tests to four hours per student per year.

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The bill actually limits standardized testing to four hours per assessment per year.  The limit would go into effect for the 2015-16 school year.

The confusion stems from news reports which characterized the proposed testing limit as “four hours per student per year,” and “four hours per student each year.”

Even a November 2nd post on Rep. Andrew Brenner’s Facebook page said,

“What do you think? I along with State Representative Anne Gonzales introduced House Bill 629 which would reduce the testing hours to a maximum of 4.”

Regardless, the bill actually limits testing to four hours per assessment, which drastically changes the scope of what the bill accomplishes.

The assessments affected are the PARCC tests for English language arts and math and the AIR tests for science and social studies. But the AIR tests are already well within the four hour proposed time frame.  The PARCC tests do not fall within the proposed limit.

The PARCC tests for English language arts and math in total take approximately 10 hours per grade as follows:

Grade 3:  ELA* 4.75 hours, Math 5 hours

Grades 4-5:  ELA 5 hours, Math 5 hours

Grades 6-8:  ELA 5.75, Math 5 hours

Grades 9-10:  ELA 5.75

Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I & II:  5.33 hours

(*The bill indicates that the testing limit does not apply to the Grade 3 ELA assessment.)

Reducing the PARCC English and Math tests to four hours each cuts approximately 2 – 3 hours off testing per grade per year. And for third graders, it’s only 1 hour off testing since the limit does not apply to the third grade ELA assessment.

As noted in the previous post, a principal in the Gahanna-Jefferson School District testified to the House Education Committee that third graders in her district would spend approximately 23 hours on testing this school year when taking into account all other testing that is scheduled in addition to state achievement testing. Reducing testing by 1 hour for third graders, while welcomed, will make but a dent in the oppressive testing regime these 8 and 9 years olds face.

A November 19th Columbus Dispatch article reports,

“A bill to reduce state testing of students by half could get a vote in the Ohio House this week.”

It’s hard to see how such a limit could reduce student testing by half given the information provided above.  If readers have any additional information on this issue, please make a post in the comments below.

The Ohio Department of Education has posted the testing times for the PARCC and AIR tests HERE.