Nonpublic School Newsletter

Nonpublic School Newsletter

New state testing requirements start with 2014-2015 school year


This school year, Ohio launches a new generation of computer-based state tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.

State tests are the Ohio Achievement Assessment for third-grade reading and the Ohio Graduation Tests for students who entered ninth grade before July 1, 2014. The state tests also include new tests for grades 3-8 and new high school exams, which are required for the first time for the class of 2018 — students starting grade 9 after July 1, 2014.

Each new state test has two parts. The first is performance-based and the second is end-of-year. The student’s scores on the two are combined to create a final score for each subject. Students must provide an answer and explain how and why they chose it on the performance-based test. The end-of-year test requires students to select responses.

Districts and schools have the option only in the 2014-2015 school year to give the tests on computers, in paper format or a combination of both by content level or grade level.

The Ohio Achievement Assessment will continue this year only for third-grade reading. The Ohio Graduation Tests will continue as one requirement for earning a high school diploma for the classes of 2015 through 2017.

The 2014-2015 testing dates are below. For nonpublic schools that participate in one or more of the state scholarship programs, more information regarding specific testing requirements is forthcoming.

Next Generation Assessments
Math and English language arts for High School

  • Performance-Based Tests (paper/pencil only):  Monday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 12
  • End-of-Course Exams (paper/pencil only):  Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 through Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Math and English language arts for Grades 3-8 and High School

  • Performance–Based Tests (paper/pencil):  Feb. 16 through March 6, 2015
  • Performance–Based Tests (by computer): Feb. 16 through March 20, 2015
  • End-of-Course Exams (paper/pencil): April 13 through May 1, 2015
  • End-of-Course Exams (by computer):  April 13 through May 15, 2015

Science (Grades 5, 8 and High School) and Social Studies (Grades 4, 6 and High School)

  • Performance–Based Tests: March 2 through March 13, 2015
  • End of Course Exams: May 4 through May 15, 2015

Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT)

  • Fall Administration: Monday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
  • Spring Administration: Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29, 2015
  • Summer Administration (Optional): Monday, June 15 through Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA)

  • Fall Administration: Grade 3 Reading – Monday, Oct. 6 through Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
  • Spring Administration: Grade 3 Reading – Monday, April 20 through Friday, May 1, 2015 

For more testing information, visit the ODE website and search Testing.