High school principal updates school board on mandatory testing

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By Nancy Schaar

FPS Correspondent

 

Carrollton High School Principal Dave Davis updated board of education members regarding state required testing of students last week.

Davis said graduation requirements are still set at 21 course credits and students are required to take seven required state tests and a college readiness test before graduation.

The seven required tests for the graduating class of 2019 include English I, English II, Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, American History and American Government. The tests were previously administered in February and May but will now be given in April and May.  In addition, instead of tests being given to students for five days straight, they will be given one subject test a week.

Davis also said that students may retake the yearly tests if they wish to do so.

“Every junior has to take the college readiness test but it will be at no cost to the student.  The state is going to pick that up,” said Davis.

Students after this year will be required to take all seven required state tests and take the college readiness test as a junior, earn 18 points on the state tests or earn a passing score on the college readiness test or earn an industry credential and pass that test.

In other business the board:

– MET in executive session with representatives of Rea and Associates to discuss the employment and compensation of a public employee or official and for matters to be kept confidential by federal law or state statutes.

– GRANTED total salary increases of 3%, 3%, 1.5% and any benefit changes to non-union classified staff for the fiscal years 2016 to 2018 as negotiated with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees bargaining unit for non-union classified staff.

– AGREED to the first reading of several general board policies.

-ENTERED into an agreement with Frontier Communications for equipment purchases, installation, and maintenance schedule at a cost of $98,712.

– WILL withdraw from the Northeastern Buckeye Conference (NBC) effective at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 school year.

– APPROVED the senior trip to New York City April 21 – 23.

– AUTHORIZED a contract with Stark State College for the Alternative Funding Structure Agreement retroactive to Jan. 28, 2016.

– WILL sign a contract with Kent State University College Credit Plus Master Agreement.

– ESTABLISHED a Memorandum of Understanding between the district and the Carroll County Sheriff’s office.

– APPROVED the 2016-2017 school calendar.

– ENTERED into an agreement with Pathway Caring for Children for July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2018.