State Senate expected to vote on Common Core bill

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The Ohio Senate is expected to vote on a bill about controversial Common Core testing, which is now underway in classrooms. The legislation is backed by growing opposition to the so-called PARCC tests.

House Bill 7 would ban test scores from being used against students. The House already unanimously passed the bill, and it sailed through a senate committee.

Under the bill, test scores would not be allowed to be used to deny a class credit or prevent students from getting to the next grade. Also, it clarifies that schools cannot provide scores to any outsiders and allows students who are not taking the test to take it at a later time.

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The bill is described as symbolic because it is not clear whether it will have any kind of impact. Test scores already cannot be shared with anyone outside the school. Students who score low would not be penalized, except for third graders under the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. However, test results from this year were not being used anyway.

Parents and teachers throughout the state continue to voice their opinions against the new testing, and kinks are still being ironed out.

Ohio is the first state to have students take the Common Core tests. Students in more than 40 states will also have to take the math and reading tests. It is 10 hours of testing over eight or nine days and every student between third and ninth grade has to take them.

These tests will grade school districts and can be used to evaluate teachers.

State senators are meeting on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.