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Ohio to use Florida test questions next spring



As Floridians complain that their spring 2015 state tests used too many questions from Utah, Ohioans will use items from Florida's test for its new assessment, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

Ohio recently dropped out of the PARCC consortium, just like Florida did a couple of years ago, and it hired AIR to create its new exams, just like Florida. Also like Florida, Ohio can't draft its own tests fast enough. So, as the Plain-Dealer details:

"A few hundred Ohio educators and the American Institutes for Research are piecing together the state's new English and math tests for 2016 from questions that have already appeared on state tests in Arizona, Florida and Utah...

"'We know that they work,' said John Cohen, AIR's president of assessments. 'They're all fair. And they have all been vetted through Ohio educator committees.'"

Of course, we all know where this type of activity landed Florida. Can't wait to see what happens in Ohio.

Read the full story here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 10:08am]


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