Mason City Schools Calls for Ohio to Reduce State Testing to ESSA Fed Minimums
Posted on 09/14/2016
District joins more than 50-member strong Greater Cincinnati School Advocacy Network in calling for a new lesson plan for Ohio students – fewer state assessments
The Mason City School District joins other area districts that are members of the Greater Cincinnati School Advocacy Network (GCSAN) in voicing concern that Ohio continues to overreach in state testing. The call is simple: “Ohio should not enact any legislation or regulations in addition to the federal minimum requirements of ESSA [Every Student Succeeds Act],” Mason City Schools Superintendent Dr. Gail Kist-Kline said.
“Our community strongly values locally controlled public education. We join our counterparts throughout the state in believing that the principle architects of the locally controlled education system in Ohio should be community members - including parents, principals, teachers, students, school board members and superintendents,” Kist-Kline wrote in a letter to the Ohio State Superintendent and members of the State Board of Education.
ESSA builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country. Currently the federal testing requirements include reading and math in grades 3-8 and one high school test. The state of Ohio expands on those minimum requirements to include testing in reading, math, science and social studies in grades 5-8, and multiple end-of-course exams for high school.
“It is time to reduce the amount of state testing, and let our local communities hold us accountable to the high standards that they set for their public schools,” said Kist-Kline.
The Mason City School District wants to ensure our community’s voice is heard regarding Ohio’s implementation of ESSA. The Ohio Department of Education will host several ESSA stakeholder meetings – with one in Cincinnati scheduled for Thursday, September 29 from 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Click here to see full details for the event and to register.
The more than 50-district strong Greater Cincinnati School Advocacy Network (GCSAN) was developed in 2015 to build a collective voice of school districts advocating for students with lawmakers in Columbus and Washington D.C.