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Ohio May Delay Standardized Testing Due to Excessive Snow Days

COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Kate Liebers) -- Some Ohio school districts have had more snow days than school days in 2014, and the Ohio Department of Education is considering adjusting standardized testing dates because of it.

Education officials have been discussing the possibility of pushing back the state achievement assessments for students in third to eighth grade back one week, ODE spokesperson John Charlton said.

Adjusting test schedules for high school students is more complicated, though. Charlton said the Ohio Graduation Tests will have to be administered as schedule so as to not impact graduation.

Although ODE does not tally up the number of calamity days a district has taken until the end of the year, Charlton said many districts have already notified ODE about reaching their limit of five days.

In Pike County, for example, Waverly City Schools have held classes 10 days since winter break and have had to use 12 calamity days.

Districts are likely to have four additional calamity days to use this school year, pending the approval of a bill pushed by Gov. John Kasich.

 
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