Educators happy with delay in PARCC reading exam

Educators happy with delay in PARCC reading exam

CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – The State of Ohio has once again changed the way the reading skills of third graders will be tested this spring.

Before the holiday break, Ohio’s Department of Education let districts in the state know that all third grade students will continue to take the Ohio Achievement Assessment in reading, instead of switching to the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam.

Jackie Glista teaches 24 third graders at C.H. Campbell Elementary School in Canfield. She’s preparing her students to take education assessments this spring, but there has been a change in which reading test they will take.

“It is a great decision for both our students and teachers because we can truly see the growth that they make,” Glista said.

Principal Travis Lavery said parents will be sent information on the change soon.

“This is going to put a lot of our parents at ease and allow them to realize that the students are going to be benchmarked based on a test they are familiar with, that they have already taken in the fall and have the opportunity to take again in the spring,” said Principal Travis Lavery, C.H. Campbell Elementary.

The bill signed by Governor John Kasich only changes the reading test for this spring. Districts will transition to the new Common Core reading assessment for the 2015-2016 school year, and teachers are preparing for it with weekly training sessions from the Mahoning County Education Service Center.

“So, next year when they are taking the PARCC in the fall and PARCC in the spring, it will be clear to see their growth as well. It is a good decision for our students,” Glista said.

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