GMEN - READY TO TAKE ON STATE TESTING -
Every year the beginning of March ushers in many of the much anticipated rites of spring: warmer weather, baseball, and blooming flowers. March also brings about the less anticipated and mandated annual state testing for Ohio public school districts. Last year, due to COVID 19, all state tests were cancelled. Although the decision to cancel testing was a relief for most educators, school districts did lose a year of student data that informs them of the possible educational needs and educational gaps of students.
The debate to administer testing for the 2020-21 school year started as early as August 2020 and still continues to this day. Should schools test? Should the federal government offer another waiver to cancel testing? If students are tested, should the tests count and be reported on the state report card? These questions and concerns are well-founded and valid. Presently, the federal government has denied all testing waiver cancellation requests for the 2020-21 school year - which means Georgetown students will participate in yearly testing. Participation in testing means that the student’s scores are reported to the state and recorded in the student’s academic record, as in years past. The state has yet to make a decision if the scores will be factored into the school district’s report card. Regardless of the inclusion of the scores on the district’s report card, the test results will provide teachers and administration with valuable educational information about their students. The Georgetown Schools district will use this data to improve in the areas where learning gaps exist and continue building upon the areas of strength. Not only do students benefit from the test data, but also the staff benefits from the data by analyzing it in order to improve teacher assessments and build professional development and teacher training. State testing may not be the most anticipated aspect of spring, but as a district, we plan on utilizing any and all information afforded us in order to ensure our students reach their academic potential.
Whatever the outcome of the testing debates and decisions, I know this much is true, the students of the Georgetown Exempted Village School District have been prepared by their teachers to take the state tests and not only pass them, but excel. GMEN - READY FOR ANYTHING!