Law ensures students are not penalized for poor test scores

State Sen. Joe Schiavoni co-sponsored a bill to help protect students from being penalized on the new state tests
State Sen. Joe Schiavoni

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Lawmakers are working to make sure Ohio students are not penalized if they don’t do well on the new standardized tests.

State representatives and senators passed a bill that would make sure students are not held back or denied class credit if they perform poorly on the Common Core Tests. State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, is a co-sponsor of the bill, which is awaiting Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s signature.

Schiavoni said the goal is to help students succeed.

“we have to make sure we are making those positive changes to give them the opportunity to be successful,” Schiavoni said.

Lawmakers acknowledge this is a temporary fix and said they hope they will have more of a permanent solution with the new tests.

“although this is something positive in the short term, it is like putting a piece of duct tape on a piece of pipe that is about to explode,” Schiavoni said.

Youngstown City Schools Deputy Superintendent Doug Hiscox said this bill means lawmakers are listening.

“I think it is a good bill, something we need. I think districts will be pleased,” Hiscox said.

If the bill is passed into law, it will only protect students for the 2014-15 school year.

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