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Rep. Cera weighs in on Ohio testing requirements

ESSA to be delayed in Ohio until September. (WTOV)

Due to grassroots pressure from teachers and parents alike, it was announced Monday that the Ohio Board of Education will delay its plan to comply with a new federal education law until the fall.

State Representative Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) said he wants to identify assessments for elimination.

The Every Student Succeeds Act, dubbed ESSA, was signed into law in December of 2015 and replaces the No Child Left Behind law. It's designed to require each district to develop a plan explaining how it will reach education goals to comply with federal standards.

But many believe the emphasis is in the wrong place.

"Throughout all ages we're testing way too much now,” Cera said.

Cera says he hopes districts continue to rally against what he deems to be a system based more on testing than education.

“There are 20 some tests in Ohio that kids take throughout the year and the graduation tests where good students who just aren’t good test takers get in the position of not graduating and I think we need to find a better approach to that,” Cera said. “So I think it's time to take a step back and let teachers teach and let students learn and learn critical thinking without having the pressure of the test."

The state board of education is drafting new plans for implementing the federal changes by the September deadline.

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