Submit grade 3 paper testing resolution for 2020-2021 by July 1


Ohio Senate Bill 216, specifically Ohio Revised Code Section 3301.0711(G)(4), allows districts the choice to administer paper or online tests only for the third grade state assessments, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. Under this legislation, a district board of education or governing authority must make the choice to use paper tests, and it must submit a board or governing authority resolution to the Ohio Department of Education.
Due to the coronavirus crisis, the deadline for the board or governing body to submit a copy of the resolution to the Department is July 1, 2020.
The Department sent a secure, unique link to each district’s superintendent and test coordinator from the Ohio K12 Help Desk ( during the week of April 6. Personnel should use this link to complete a survey and submit the approved resolution for third-graders to take the assessment in paper format for English language arts, mathematics or both. If your school board or governing authority has decided to administer paper tests, a PDF version of the resolution must be uploaded via this secure link by July 1.
Districts and community schools do not need to respond to this survey if they meet one of these criteria:

  1. Your district or school gives only online tests to third-graders. NOTE: If a district or school continues to administer the tests online, paper accommodations still are available as accessibility features. See descriptions of these in Ohio's Accessibility Manual. A board or governing authority resolution regarding accommodations is not required.
  2. Your district or school does not test third-graders. 
For general information, please visit the Department’s website. For technical issues or to update your contact data, email For policy questions, contact the Department’s Office of Assessment at or call (614) 466-1317.