Approved Assessments List FAQ

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Approved Assessments List FAQ

General

Third Grade Reading Alternative and Diagnostic Assessments

Alternative Standardized Assessment for Grades 3-8 for Chartered Nonpublic Schools (Alt 3-8)

Teacher and Principal Evaluation Component (Growth Measure)

High Quality Student Data (HQSD)

Gifted Prescreening and Identification


General

    Why does the Department use a common approval process for so many kinds of assessments?
    In the past, each assessment area (Gifted Identification, Alternative Assessment for the Third Grade Guarantee, etc.) had its own approval process. The current process, initiated for the 2018-2019 school year, streamlined the separate processes into a single Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and provides a common list across assessment areas. This process is intended to inform districts of possible multiple uses for various assessments and has strengthened the technical evaluation to ensure approved assessments are sound and appropriate measures.

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    Will the Department have an assessment approval process each school year?
    The Department intends to seek applicants through a similar process annually. Previously approved vendors can request annually to remain on the list by meeting certain criteria to establish that their assessment remains unchanged and current, provided there have been no changes at the state level (standards revisions, etc.). Barring changes, vendors will be required to submit a full evaluation every five years.

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    How do vendors find out about the process for seeking approval of tests for use in Ohio?
    Vendors that wish to receive notices regarding future postings on an RFQ process should complete the Vendor Contact Information Form or contact statetests@education.ohio.gov.

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    Why is one of the assessments we have used in the past no longer on the list?

    There are multiple reasons why an assessment listed in the past may no longer be listed. Some vendors chose not to make an application or did not apply for every assessment approved in the past. It may indicate that they are phasing out a product, choosing to focus on some other business concern. In other cases, vendors have introduced new versions that replace previously approved assessments.

    In addition, the current approval process requires clarity, rigor and transparency in both technical aspects and content considerations. Not every vendor that applies is approved. Every vendor with assessments that were not approved is provided feedback and given the opportunity to respond. Some do, and some of those assessments are approved as a result.
     
    Prior approved lists are available on request should they be needed. Contact statetests@education.gov.

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    Where can we get cost information for the approved assessments?
    The vendor’s contact information is provided for you to contact the vendor directly.

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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 can be found on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee webpage.

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Alternative Standardized Assessment for Grades 3-8 for Chartered Nonpublic Schools (Alt 3-8)

    Who can use the Alternative 3-8 Assessments?
    Ohio Revised Code §3301.0711(K) allows certain chartered nonpublic schools to use state-approved alternative assessments in place of the Ohio State Tests. This change pertains to assessments of mathematics and English language arts (ELA) in grades 3-8 as well as science in grades 5 and 8. Prior to this legislation, chartered nonpublic schools who accept students through state voucher programs were required to test those students using the Ohio State Tests.
     
    The intent of the legislation was to allow schools participating in voucher programs to use a single assessment for both voucher and non-voucher students without requiring all students to be tested using the Ohio State Tests. For approval, alternative assessments must demonstrate a high degree of alignment to Ohio State Tests in terms of content and scoring, as well as meeting standards of reliability and validity.
     

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Teacher and Principal Evaluation Component (Growth Measure)

    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 can be found at Student Growth Measures for Teachers.

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    Are Ohio districts required to use assessments from the approved list for their Teacher and Principal Evaluation?
    Districts may elect to use the approved assessments. Ohio districts are also permitted to use nonapproved assessments as measures of Student Learning Objectives (SLO) for this purpose. A guide for the use of SLOs may be found at SLO Guidebook. Approved assessments may also be used as a source of High Quality Student Data.

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High Quality Student Data (HQSD)

    How may High Quality Student Data be used for teacher and principal evaluation?
    Senate Bill 216, 132nd General Assembly, enacted changes to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. For OTES 2.0 approved vendor assessments may be used as a source of High Quality Student Data (HQSD).

     

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Gifted Prescreening and Identification

    Can districts identify students who are gifted using remotely administered assessments?
    Many publishers do not recommend using data from remote testing to make high-stakes decisions, including gifted identification. Keep in mind, districts should always administer tests consistent with the specifications in the publisher’s technical manual. Districts should clarify with publishers, specifically someone with expertise in the technical specifications of the assessment, if there are circumstances under which districts can test students remotely while still maintaining the validity of scores for gifted identification. Scores can only be used for gifted identification if they are valid per the publisher’s technical manual. 
     

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    What is the difference between assessments that are approved for prescreening and those approved for identification?

    When an assessment is approved for identification, a student who receives a qualifying score must be identified as gifted. Scores that students receive from instruments approved for prescreening only cannot be used to identify students as gifted; these instruments can be used to identify a student for further gifted assessment.

    Some assessments listed for both prescreening and identification have a survey (brief) version or a particular battery that may be used for prescreening. 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 can be found at Gifted Screening and Identification.

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Last Modified: 10/22/2020 2:25:28 PM