Field trips becoming history at some Ohio schools

CINCINNATI (AP) — School field trips aren't what they used to be.

Ohio schools have cut back on traditional field trips because of budget cuts and the added time it takes to prepare students for standardized tests. Nowadays, virtual field trips online will have to do in some schools.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/QI4JTl ) reports that a growing number of Internet sites provide students the opportunity to take photo or video tours from their classrooms to museums and historical sites.

No one in Ohio's state education department or nationally keeps track of field trips.

But nearly every education veteran and family with schoolchildren during the last decade can attest that they've have seen the decline in field trips since education reforms began placing more emphasis on standardized tests.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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