Ohio school board members concerned about test discrepancies


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some state school board members are concerned by results of a survey that indicated poorer results for districts that administered state tests online instead of on paper.

The survey by an administrator at Amherst schools in northern Ohio determined districts that tested online received F grades on a key state report card measure nine times as often as those that used paper and pencil.

More than 420 districts responded to the survey by Michael Molnar, Amherst’s director of educational services.

Board member Roslyn Painter-Goffi of Strongsville says many superintendents who committed to giving this year’s tests online now want to change back to giving paper ones.

The Department of Education disputes the notion that different test formats leads to different results.