At the April 10 Olentangy school board meeting, spring break for 2015 was changed from March 16-20 to March 30-April 3 due to state graduation testing.
According to school board member Julie Feasel, the need to make this change was necessitated by the state’s decision to maintain the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) in 2015. Feasel explained that when Ohio's new Academic Content Standards were adopted a new graduation test was to be developed, but because of disagreements between state lawmakers and the Ohio Department of Education, that new test has yet to be developed which would have been administered closer to the end of the school year. Because the new test has not been developed, the Ohio Department of Education will continue to use the current OGT for next year during the same testing time period, which will be March 16-20, 2015. This test impacts every sophomore in Ohio along with any junior or senior who needs to pass the test.
The Olentangy school board determined that it is in the best interest of students to move spring break to the same week as this year, which is March 30 through April 3. According to the school board, this change allows high school students more time to prepare for the Ohio Graduation Test. The change was approved 5-0 at the April 10 school board meeting.
Along with the OGT, Olentangy will administer Terra Nova tests in the appropriate elementary and middle school grades during that week of March 16-20, 2015.
Due to the change in spring break dates, the last day of school in 2015 has been moved from Friday, May 22 to Thursday, May 21.
If readers are interested in additional information about 2014-2015 state testing dates, click here