House budget bill bans funding for PARCC testing

Controversy continues over Ohio's PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) testing as Ohio lawmakers have added language into a two-year budget bill (HB64) that would ban the tests and the money to pay for them, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The testing is currently required by federal law and eliminating it could cost the state $750 million in federal funding, according to the article. The tests have been crafted over several years and have been made to conform to Common Core standards.

The Dispatch reports that the bill would not only ban the tests, but also cuts a large chunk of the Ohio Department of Education's budget that is reserved for assessments, and prohibits other money from being reallocated to pay for testing. Even some lawmakers who are not necessarily in favor of the PARCC testing in its current form have expressed concerns about this, as the state is required to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind Law, and eliminating funding for testing would make it difficult to do so. The bill is currently pending in the Ohio House and should be passed on to the Senate next week.

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