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District Choice for Grade 3 Testing

Senate Bill 216, 132nd General Assembly, effective Nov. 2, 2018, allows districts the option of paper or online test administration only for the third-grade state assessments, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. Specifically, Ohio Revised Code Section 3301.0711(G)(4), as amended by SB 216 provides: 

Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, a school district, other public school, or chartered nonpublic school may administer the third-grade English language arts or mathematics assessment, or both, in a paper format in any school year for which the district board of education or school governing body adopts a resolution indicating that the district or school chooses to administer the assessment in a paper format. The board or governing body shall submit a copy of the resolution to the department of education not later than the first day of May prior to the school year for which it will apply. If the resolution is submitted, the district or school shall administer the assessment in a paper format to all students in the third grade, except that any student whose individualized education program or plan developed under section 504 of the “Rehabilitation Act of 1973,” 87 Stat. 355, 29 U.S.C. 794, as amended, specifies that taking the assessment in an online format is an appropriate accommodation for the student may take the assessment in an online format.

The election to use paper tests must be made by a district board of education or a governing body. Please advise your district board of education or governing body to take action if paper-and-pencil test administration is desired. Online submission and uploading is expected to begin on April 11, 2019 and end by May 1, 2019.