Great River Connections Academy works tirelessly to be in full compliance with all state laws and mandates on a daily basis. According to the Ohio Department of Education, “Federal and state laws require all districts and schools to test all students in specific grades and courses. There is no law that allows a parent or student to opt out of state testing, and there is no state test opt-out procedure or form. If a parent withdraws a child from participation in certain state tests, there may be consequences for the student, the student’s teacher, and the school and district.”
Great River Connections Academy administers the following Ohio State–Mandated tests:
- Kindergarten Readiness Assessment—kindergarten students
- 3rd Grade English Language Arts—3rd grade students
- Ohio’s State Tests—students in grades 3–8
- English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science
- End-of-Course Tests—high school students, Class of 2018 and beyond
- English Language Arts I and II, Algebra I, Geometry (or Integrated Mathematics I and II), Biology or Physical Science (Class of 2018 only), American History, and American Government
- The English I EOC exam is for students in classes 2022 or before. Students who entered ninth grade on or after July 1, 2019, are no longer required to take the English language arts I test.
- Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment—students identified as English-language learners
- ACT College Readiness Exam—11th grade students
- Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities—students completing an alternative curriculum
Mandated State Testing—Site Locations: The law states that testing sites need to be located within 50 air miles of where our students reside; however, GRCA continuously strives to make state testing as stress-free as possible. In the spring of 2019, GRCA will be offering 25 testing sites across the entire state. Each testing site will provide multiple highly qualified staff members to ensure state testing runs smoothly and efficiently.
For more information, please visit the Ohio Department of Education’s state testing web page.