Karen Kasler, Statehouse News Bureau |
The bill waives federal requirements on tests, extending the windows in which tests can be taken and reported and allowing for end of year grades to be used for graduates instead of tests.
Sen. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) said it also restores an emergency clause the House had removed. “If we pass this without the emergency clause, this will happen after the school year is over,” Brenner said. “If this happens after the school year is over, then all the stuff we just did here will not impact any of these seniors.”
The bill also allows juniors and seniors to retake final exams if they were unable to take them. The American History test is scrapped in the bill, but Brenner says that material is covered in another test. And diplomas can be awarded for kids who earn the OhioMeansJobs readiness seal.
Only Sen. Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) voted against it. After the 32-1 vote in the Senate, the bill immediately went back to the House for the Senate’s changes to be accepted, and it was approved unanimously.