Approved Assessments List FAQ

General

Gifted

Third Grade Reading Alternative and Diagnostic Assessments

Teacher and Principal Evaluation


General

    Why did the Department decide to change the approval process this year?
    In the past, each assessment area (Gifted, Third Grade Reading, etc.) had its own approval process, necessitating a Request for Quotes (RFQ), readers, technical experts and reporting mechanisms. This year’s process not only streamlined these separate processes through issuing a single RFQ and culminating in a single list across assessment areas, but it also sought to inform districts as to possible multiple uses for various assessments. The resulting process also aimed at strengthening the technical evaluation of assessments to assure districts that approved instruments are sound.

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    When will a new RFQ be posted for vendors?
    The Department will open a new RFQ early this fall for approval of any area without assessments or for vendors who are not on the new list.The new list will be available in March 2019 for use in the 2019-2020 school year.

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    My district already purchased, for the 2018-2019 school year, an assessment that does not appear on the approved list. Can we use it anyway?
    Recognizing that districts already may have made purchases; the Department is allowing the use of previously approved assessments for the 2017-2018 school year through June 30, 2019. In addition, the Department will open a new RFQ early this fall for approval of any area without assessments or for vendors who are not on the new list.

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    One of the assessments that we have used in the past is no longer on the list. Why?

    There can be multiple reasons that an assessment that was listed in the past may no longer be listed. Some vendors chose not to make an application or did not apply for every assessment that was approved in the past. This may indicate that they are phasing out a product, choosing to focus on business in states (such as those using Common Core) where they can more easily demonstrate content alignment or some other business concern.

    In addition, this year’s approval process sought greater clarity, rigor and transparency regarding both technical aspects and content considerations. Not every vendor that applied was approved. Every vendor with assessments that were not approved was provided with feedback and given the opportunity to respond. Some did, and some of these were approved as a result.

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    How long will approved assessments stay approved? Will every vendor have to apply again next year? Will the process be the same?
    The Department is evaluating this year’s process and will use the information in determining approval methods moving forward. In general, there are two primary considerations that will inform decisions regarding ongoing approval. One is whether there has been a change to the assessment itself (new forms, etc.) and the other is whether there are changes to the Ohio (or other) requirements governing approval of specific types of assessment.

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    The cost information provided is very general. Where can we get more specific information?
    Contact the vendor directly.

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Gifted

    The approved list does not include any screening or identification checklists for giftedness in visual or performing arts. We are required to screen and identify students in these areas. What may we use?
    The Department’s RFQ did not generate any responses from vendors with these types of assessments. The Department will conduct outreach to assessment vendors to ensure they are aware of the RFQ. Districts also will be asked to reach out to vendors they have used in the past to make certain they are aware of the RFQ. Districts may use previously approved assessments for the 2017-2018 school year through June 30, 2019.

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    Can you explain the difference between assessments that are approved for “pre-screening” and those approved for identification?

    When an assessment is approved for identification, qualifying scores must be recognized. Scores from instruments approved for pre-screening cannot be used to identify students who are gifted – they can only be used to identify a pool of students for further testing.

    Some assessments that are listed for both pre-screening and identification typically have a survey (brief) version or a particular battery, etc., that may be used for pre-screening. Generally, the full versions of these assessments are approved for identification.

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    Where can we find more information about gifted screening and identification?
    Comprehensive guidance and an explanation of gifted screening and identification may be found on the Department’s website here.

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Third Grade Reading Alternative and Diagnostic Assessments

    Some assessments are approved as comparable for diagnostic and for the alternative standardized assessment, while others are approved only for one of these. Can you explain the differences?
    Complete information about testing associated with the Third Grade Reading Guarantee may be found here.

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Teacher and Principal Evaluation

    Are districts required to use the Ohio tests for state-tested grades and content, or can they use another assessment? What may districts use for grade/content combinations where there is no Ohio test and no approved test on the list?
    Complete information about the use of student growth measures for teacher evaluation may be found here.

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Last Modified: 7/3/2018 10:08:05 AM