Synopsis: OH public and charter school third-graders are required to take a state reading test. Failure on the test means they can’t graduate to the fourth grade.
But kids receiving vouchers to attend private schools do not have to take this test. Even though just over 36% of them would probably fail the test.
Advocates of vouchers say that they are the solution for students stuck in poorly performing public schools. So it seems to me that testing of such students would be a very high priority. Improvements in test scores would be the kind of evidence you’d want to beat your opponents over the head with. Yet the whole testing thing was supposedly overlooked in the law. At least that’s what officials are saying.
But I’m inclined to agree with Congressman Fedor when she says the “oversight” was intentional. And someone else agrees with her:
If you’re in favor of vouchers, how do you feel about exempting voucher students from testing? If it doesn’t bother you, how would you go about assessing standards in schools accepting public money? And why would you accept looser standards from those schools versus public schools?