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First day of school: All standardized tests are now online
MOUNT AUBURN, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- Monday, August 25th, 2014, was back to school day for more than 30,000 students in the area's largest public school district, Cincinnati Public.
For Cincinnati superintendent, Mary Ronan, the day was familiar, "Oh I think this is my 37th first day of school in the Cincinnati Public Schools," she said.
And each year there was always something different. Taft Elementary has been fixed up, new paint, new exteriors, new security. Last year the 375 children were in a different school while the work was done. Taft almost shut down permanently. The state of Ohio said Cincinnati Public's enrollment would drop so some buildings were not needed. But CPS has stayed steady at around 32,500 students.
"We were right and the state of Ohio was wrong. When they said we were going to drop to 29,000 that has not come true. We've been steady and holding," said Superintendent Ronan.
Some students and administrators alike are worried about next spring. Kids all across Ohio have to take their high stakes standardized tests on a computer. No more pen and pencil. With all the pressure that these tests bring, does it make it worse?
Laura Sublett, a second-grade teacher said, "I do . I think our children are really good at video games, iPads. But the skills they need for testing, the keyboards, the little ids, the laptops. How to use the mouse on the laptop, those are skills we are going to have to work on through the year so we are not distracted when it comes to taking the tests."
And of course there's the new common core curriculum. In all, it's a lot to digest. Also Monday the district launched the "My Tomorrow Initiative" which is designed to better prepare students for the workforce.
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