YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Most Valley schools canceled classes Thursday because of the bitter cold weather.
And, mother Nature isn’t just messing with school calendars, but also the new PARCC testing for Ohio students.
Students in both Austintown and Springfield Local Schools were supposed to take PARCC tests on Thursday. Austintown Intermediate students in grades 3 through 5 and middle school students in grades 6 through 8 started testing on Wednesday.
“Unfortunately we had a snow day or a cold weather day today. We are going to have to postpone that and push it back. And the thing with that is, it puts a burden on the testing schedule because there is a window that we have. It is a three-week window,” Austintown Superintendent Vince Colaluca said.
The district is currently in the first round of state testing for grades 3 through 12.
That means districts will have to make up this test day and most have two weeks of testing already scheduled.
Fitch High School is scheduled to begin testing next week. However, teachers were supposed to train Thursday and Friday with the Chrome Brook technology to assist students in enrolling online.
Classes have been canceled on Friday as well for all of the area school districts.
Colaluca said that training will be moved to Monday and Tuesday, which will push testing at the high school back. It also shortens the amount of time teachers have to prepare students for the second round of testing, which starts at the end of April. And the curriculum is built around testing schedules.
“That throws a curve ball into everything because at the high school level, their curriculum is mapped out,” Colaluca said.
He said he believes the district will have enough time to get through the testing.
“We are trying to spread it out and only have the children take one test a day. You can back them up and some test are only 45 minutes. Some tests are an hour-and-a-half long. If we had to back them up, we would. But we are trying not to do that,” Colaluca said.
Springfield Local Schools started state testing on Wednesday as well with the first section of the English/language arts section. There were two scheduled testing days this week, three next week and two more days three weeks from now.