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Ohio State Test Preparation Checklist

The Ohio Department of Education has produced a pair of Ohio State Test Preparation Checklists to provide district and school personnel with information on the key steps needed to prepare for the spring test administration. These two documents are separated Science/Social Studies and Mathematics/English Language Arts.


A colored theme has been incorporated into the Checklists to allow readers to quickly distinguish between the two. The Science/Social Studies checklist contains green headings meanwhile; the Mathematics/English Language Arts document contains blue headings.


These documents contain important dates, contact information, links to additional resources, and a suggested timeline for preparation.


Connecting the Dots - Ohio’s New State Tests, Graduation Options and the Value-Added Model for High Schools, Science and Social Studies

Preparing for Ohio’s New State Tests, Graduation Options and the Value-Added Model for High Schools, Science and Social Studies


Dual Alignment for the 2014 Ohio Graduation Tests for Social Studies

The Ohio Graduation Tests for social studies for 2014-2015 and beyond will be dually aligned with the focus on American History and Modern World History. However, in order to maintain the test requirements (blueprints) of the social studies OGT, there will be a few questions from the following 2002 benchmarks (that are also aligned to Ohio’s New Learning Standards): People in Societies A-C; Geography A-C; Economics A-B; Government A-B; Citizens Rights & Responsibilities A-B.


Veterans Day observances required by law; free, related resources available

Veterans Day honors America’s veterans for their patriotism and willingness to serve for the common good, and it provides students with the opportunity to examine the meaning of civic ideals.


Dual Alignment

One component of the transition from the 2001-2002 Academic Content Standards to Ohio’s New Learning Standards is the dual alignment of the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA) and the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) for the 2013-2014 school year. Below are the answers to frequently asked questions about this dual alignment.

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