Canfield parents get briefed on new state testing

The Ohio State School Superintendent wants to reduce testing.

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Canfield School District administrators met with parents Tuesday evening to talk about major changes, both good and bad, with standardized testing in the school district.

“It not only compares themselves with students in Canfield but across the state, and along with that, nationwide,” Canfield Schools Superintendent Alex Geordan said.

He said it is nice to see how Canfield students compare against other students in Ohio. But, he said he is afraid that since tests are three weeks after a new semester begins in February, results could be worse than they usually are.

“Time issue, huge,” Geordan said.

Canfield Schools run on a semester schedule, which is something seen at a lot of colleges. That is why the district is wanting state lawmakers to intervene and allow local districts to choose when tests are given so students are better prepared.

“Not trying to be confrontational with the Ohio Department of Education, with the state, but at least give us the opportunity to assess the youngsters when we see fit,” Geordan said.

Troy Radinsky has children who go to Canfield Schools. He said he and other parents will have to adjust to the brand new tests, like everyone else.

“I think the expectations we are being told now is that levels will be lower than we are used to,” Radinsky said.

One of the other things district leaders emphasized Tuesday night was the fact that the information they provided could literally change within weeks. Some of the changes could include when the tests are administered and how long the tests will be.

Geordan said district officials will do whatever it takes to keep parents informed.

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