ERIC Number: EJ759541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul-27
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Ohio Mandates New Tests for Charters
Robelen, Erik W.
Education Week, v43 n24 p1, 31 Jul 2005
At a time of growing concern around the U.S. about the academic accountability of charter schools, Ohio has mandated a new regime of testing solely for those schools that may force the shutdown of repeated low performers. Under a new state law, Ohio charter schools that meet certain criteria will have to give an extra set of standardized tests at the start and end of each school year, in addition to the regular state assessments given in all public schools. A subset of those charter schools that miss state-prescribed goals for academic growth for three years in a row must close, under new requirements incorporated into the state budget signed into law in late June 2005. No regular, district-run public schools are subject to the new testing requirements. The move comes as other states with large charter sectors, such as California and Florida, are experimenting with new accountability approaches that go beyond the oversight provided by the school districts or other authorizers that grant the publicly financed but largely independent schools their charters. The two-year measure for fiscal 2006 and 2007 also sets a new cap on the creation of charter schools, imposes a moratorium on new e-schools, and includes a major expansion of the state's school voucher program.
Descriptors: State Legislation, Testing, Standardized Tests, Charter Schools, Accountability, Educational Vouchers, Educational Quality, Institutional Evaluation, Criteria, Student Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Academic Standards
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Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; Ohio