Ohio Court Opens Tests to Public

K-12 Testing

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the state's proficiency tests for students in grades 4, 6, 9 and 12 are public records and thus open to public review. The tests can only be examined after they have been administered. People reviewing the tests will not have to sign a non-disclosure agreement.


The state Department of Education said the ruling will jeopardize the validity of the tests and increase costs. State law, however, already requires proficiency tests to be made public the year after they are administered, starting in 1999. Only a few other states allow similar public release of tests.