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Reduce testing: LM joins with other districts on ESSA

Posted on: September 6, 2016

It is a call – again – for more local control. The Little Miami Local School District is joining other area districts that are members of the Greater Cincinnati School Advocacy Network (GCSAN) in voicing concern that state edicts continue to provide for extensive overreach in testing, and the district is sending a strong message to state legislators regarding implementation of the recent Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Let our teachers teach.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, ESSA – the federal education act that replaced No Child Left Behind in December 2015 – builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country. In practice, ESSA was established in part to allow for more state-driven measures on student performance targets and school ratings, with state-developed identification and intervention for district accountability.

"Our hope that the establishment of the ESSA and removal of federal one-size-fits-all mandates would provide our district the opportunity to re-establish more local control," said Superintendent Greg Power. "In fact, I am supportive of an assessment framework which gives local control of the assessment process back to each district."

Read Power's blog post on ESSA.

Currently the federal testing requirements include reading and math in grades 3-8 and one high school test. The state of Ohio expands on those minimum requirements to include testing in reading, math, science and social studies in grades 5-8, and multiple end-of-course exams for high school.

Little Miami wants to ensure our community’s voice is heard regarding Ohio’s implementation of ESSA. The Ohio Department of Education will be hosting several ESSA stakeholder meetings – with one in Cincinnati scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Click here to see full details for the event and to register.