Delegates represent CEA members at national urban council

Delegates from the Columbus Education Association (CEA) attended the 2010 Summer Meeting of the National Council of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA) in New Orleans from June 26-29. CEA has been a member of the council for many years. Ohio members of NCUEA include CEA, the Dayton Education Association and the South-Western Education Association.

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Quarterly Diagnostics Suspended

cea-logo_quarter.JPGSupt. Gene Harris announced that teachers will not administer the quarterly diagnostics scheduled in May, given the extended school year due to calamity days, “…we want to be sure that students are motivated to attend and participate for the remainder of the school year. Due to the timing of the scheduled administrations of the Ohio Achievement Tests (the week of Apr. 20-24) and the Grading Period 4 Quarterly Diagnostics (May 18 and 19), it has been decided not to administer the quarterly diagnostics due to the minimal number of weeks between the two test administrations and the remaining length of the school year with the students,” Harris wrote in a memo.

Even though the quarterly diagnostics have been suspended for the fourth quarter, CEA will continue to advocate for valid, reliable formative assessments. You have already helped us make a difference by giving your feedback on our survey about quarterly diagnostics. The data from the survey presented at the Joint Labor-Management Committee meetings has demonstrated that the quarterly diagnostics need to be retooled. “CEA does not oppose formative assessments, but they should assist teachers in improving student achievement,” said CEA President Rhonda Johnson. “We will continue to work on issues about the testing schedule and support for grading and scanning tests.”

High schools will continue their end-of-course exams at the end of Grading Period 4. Meanwhile, a joint committee will look at next year’s testing schedule using this year’s teacher surveys and data from the reading comprehension assessments to form their analysis and recommendations.