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Ohio Alternate Assessment Participation Waiver: Public Comment Period Open Through Nov. 11

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, addresses alternate assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Each state must submit a waiver request to the United States Department of Education if it predicts exceeding 1 percent participation in the alternate assessment in a subject. Ohio’s 2018-2019 alternative assessment participation rate was approximately 1.8 percent in reading. Due to this rate, Ohio must request an extension to its current waiver to the 1 percent cap for the 2019-2020 administration of the alternate assessment in reading, math and science. Ohio will be submitting a waiver to the U.S. Department of Education by November 19, 2019. The Department will be taking public comments via this survey on the proposed one percent waiver application from Oct. 25 through Nov. 11, 2019

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