Ohio letting students try out new exams

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio plans to give students new exams to measure achievement starting as soon as next year, and thousands of children will be testing those tests this spring.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/1e2KnML ) reports about 120,000 students throughout the state will take the mostly online exams during the Common Core field testing between March and June. The two-hour tests don't count this year, and the only results districts will get are assessments of whether participants properly took the exams.

The trial run will help officials identify any problems that need to be addressed before the real rollout.

The testers are students from 2,000 schools representing about half of Ohio's school districts. The state also will have schools trying out Ohio's new social studies and science tests during the same period.

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