News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Levin Furniture

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Akron Children's Hospital

For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us

Only minor bugs revealed in Common Core field test
A trial run of new Common Core tests in Ohio revealed a few small problems.
Story by BILL RICE

Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Schools across Ohio have just finished up a trial run of tests incorporating Common Core, the new set of education standards adopted by most states. StateImpact Ohio's Bill Rice reports not everyone participated, and the tests don't count this year.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:19)

Nearly half of Ohio school districts have just finished up a trial run of tests incorporating Common Core, the new set of education standards adopted by most states.

And state officials say they’re pleased with the outcome.

It’s the first field test of the new Common Core English and math assessment, which are more focused on analysis and problem solving than rote memorization.

Department of Education spokesman John Charlton says some districts did report some relatively minor glitches.

“A lot of those fell along the line of spam filters on school computers, students accidentally saving and exiting their tests, some problems related to passwords,” Charlton said.

“The technology coordinators had to step in and be able to make some updates and make some changes to help out,” he said. “Overall though, there were no, I would say, critical or systematic concerns or problems.”

About 70,000 Ohio students took part in the first part of the exam in March and April. The second part will be given in May and June.

The field test is to identify problems with the exam content – the way questions and problems are posed – and the technology used to give the exams, said Laura Sklover, CEO of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers,or PARCC, the company that designed them.

Neither school administrators nor students will see the results. But some are already saying that what the exams require students to do may call for significant adjustments in the way course material is taught.

All Ohio students will begin taking the tests for real in the spring of 2015.

Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

Kasich campaign evokes dark images of a Trump presidency

Backers of legalizing marijuana in Ohio promise to be back in 2016
We should be aloud to grow more than 4 plants and not have to register with the state considering it will be a free market.

Akron says it's had no second thoughts about welcoming refugees
What business does Councilman Neal own on North Hill? I'd love to support him. I am so glad to have the refugees in our neighborhood. I have lived here for 25 ...

Scarborough says the University of Akron is trying to rebuild relationships
In order for the University of Akron to grow and become a desirable place for students across Ohio and elsewhere, it must address the crime problem in the Akron...

Ohio Sen. Cliff Hite wants to end pay-to-play sports fees at Ohio's schools
You can bet Hite and Husted will also rush to the rescue of the Academic Challenge team, the speech-and-debate squad, the Science Olympians and the chess club. ...

Ohio lawmakers consider new gun bills
States that have gun restrictions/cities have reduced gun violence is false. CHICAGO has some of the toughest gun laaws/restrictions but yet fun violence is off...

Cleveland's public transit system considers fare increase for 2016
I work with individuals with disabilities. Yes some of my folks need more help than the average person. As a whole, the group I work with however can manuver ju...

Community group sues to re-open part of Wadsworth hospital
My father was part of the founding group of citizens which started the "new" Wadsworth/Rittman Hospital. For some reason the leadership for the future of the ho...

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents painters who loved their gardens
brilliant masterpiece, Greetings from

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University