Approved Vendor Assessments

Fifty-percent of Ohio's Teacher and Principal Evaluation System is based on student growth.

If Value-Added data is not available to measure student growth, schools can choose to use other assessments provided by national testing vendors and approved for use in Ohio. Teachers and Principals with approved vendor data are considered Category B and must use this data for 10-50% in the student growth measures calculation.

Guiding Questions to Inform District Conversations with Approved Vendors

The Department has created a document which provides a list of questions for administrators to consider when making decisions about purchasing approved vendor assessments that can be used to determine growth scores. This document was written to guide and support administrators in evaluating the alignment of the assessment to district and school goals. To view this document please click here.

Overview

Required by law, the Ohio Department of Education created a list of assessments that can measure student growth on subjects that do not have the OAA Value-Added growth measure. Districts may choose to use an assessment on the ODE approved list of assessments as an option to determine student growth for those teachers who do not have Value-Added data. Districts administering an assessment on the approved list must contact the assessment vendor directly for details on how the assessment is used for measuring growth. 

The EVAAS Value-Added data from Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) results for grades 4-8 in reading and math at the teacher level must be used as one of the growth measures.  No other assessments for ELA/Reading and/or mathematics for grades 4-8 would be applicable, and therefore, do not appear on the following listings.  Please note, this is a change from the 2012 list.  If districts choose to use assessments in these areas, they would be considered local measures.

Approved Assessment Requirements

The vendors on the Approved List provided evidence that the assessments meet these fundamental requirements for measuring student growth:

  1. Be highly correlated with curricular objectives
  2. Have enough "stretch" to measure the growth of both low-and high-achieving students
  3. Meet appropriate standards of test reliability
  4. Have specifics on relating assessment growth measures to the 1-5 point Teacher Effectiveness scale

Approved Assessments that meet all of the above criteria are on the Approved list.    If a District is using an assessment on the list, they must contact the assessment vendor directly for details on how the assessment is used for measuring growth. There will be future opportunities for vendors to demonstrate they meet the qualifications to be on the list.  The RFQ review process for 2014 will begin with the release of the RFQ about November 1, 2013 with a submission deadline of about December 6, 2013 with the updated list posted in January 2014.

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Approved Assessments

The following assessments were approved by ODE, based on evidence provided by vendors, for use in measuring student growth for evaluation purposes:

Assessment Vendor Grade Subject
STAR Early Literacy Renaissance PK-3 ELA
STAR Math Enterprise Renaissance 1-3, 9-12 Math
STAR Reading Enterprise Renaissance 1-3, 9-12 Reading
Stanford 10 Pearson K-12
K-3, 9-12
Science, Social Studies
Math, Reading
AIMSWeb Pearson K-3, 9-12 ELA, Math
Stanford Aprenda 3 Pearson K-12
K-3, 9-12
Science, Social Studies,
Math
Terra Nova 3 CTB K-12
K-3, 9-12
Science, Social Studies,
Math, ELA
Explore ACT 8-9
9
Science 
ELA Math
Quality Core ACT 9-12 End of Course Exams: English, Algebra I, II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, U S History
the ACT ACT 11-12 ELA, Math, Science
PLAN ACT 10 English, Reading, Math, Science
Compass ACT 10-12 Writing, Reading, Math
Iowa Assessments Riverside

K-12
K-3, 9-12

Science, Social Studies
ELA, Math

Riverside Interim Assessments Riverside 2-3, 9-11 ELA, Math
MAP NWEA 3-10 Science
MAP NWEA 2-12 Language Usage
MAP NWEA 2-3, 9-12 Math, Reading
Map Primary Grades NWEA K-2 ELA, Math
Performance Global Scholar K-12
K-3, 9-12
Science
ELA, Math
iReady Diagnostic Curriculum Associates K-3 ELA, Math
Dibels AD Amplify (formerly Wireless Generation) K-3 ELA
DORA Let's Go Learn PK-3, 9-12 ELA
DOMA Let's Go Learn PK-3, 9-12 Math
PRO-Core ProCore 2-10 Science, Social Studies
PRO-Core ProCore 2-3, 9-10 ELA, Math
Inspect Key Data 2-3 ELA, Math

 

When measuring student growth, local education agencies must use Value-Added data when available. If Value-Added is not applicable for a given subject or grade, schools can choose to use the approved assessments listed in the first table. For subjects without state assessments or approved vendor assessments, schools should establish a process to create student learning objectives to measure student progress. The assessments listed below were proposed but the vendor provided incomplete and/or insufficient evidence regarding growth measures to warrant placement on the Approved list.  Districts may choose to use any vendor assessments on this list or not on the list in combination with Student Learning Objectives as part of the locally determined measures. 

Assessment Vendor Grade Subject
Career Tech OSU CETE 9-12 Vocational Technical 
Readistep College Board 9 ELA, Math
PSAT/NMSQT College Board 10-11 ELA, Math
SAT College Board 11-12 ELA, Math
Achieve 3000 Achieve 3000 2-3, 9-12 ELA
Test Packs Edmentum 2-3, 9-12 ELA, Math

 

Additional Information

The following criteria were used to review the proposed assessments for Approval.  Approved assessments (first table) met the Designations of 1 or 2 or 3.  Assessments with a Designation 4 are on the second table.  

  1. EVAAS® Value-Added
    • Evidence that the assessments have been previously used by SAS® for value-added modeling (VAM) and results are provided to SEA’s and LEA’s through the SAS® Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS®) or the assessment results meet the criteria to be used in the SAS® value-added analysis, or
    •  Evidence regarding the potential use of the assessment in the SAS VA analysis must be provided by SAS EVAAS®.  The assessment can be administered at the end of each academic year or at the conclusion of a course where end-of-course assessments are provided, and
    •  Information about how the data verification information being  collected  through ODE’s teacher linkage system will be used to assure accurate teacher attribution
  2. Other Student Growth (previous experience)
    •  Evidence that the assessment has been used previously to produce measures of student growth by other SEA’s or LEA’s to yield a measure of teacher effectiveness, and
    • Evidence that the assessment can be administered at the end of each academic year or at the conclusion of a course where end-of-course assessments are provided, and
    •  Evidence of statistical reliability and how the provider attends to measurement bias including students with incomplete records, measurement errors in test scores, and testing administration protocols, and
    •  Evidence that the student growth model attributes instructional influence on student academic progress accurately to the teacher, and
    •  Demonstration that the results can be equated to the levels of teacher effectiveness structure, modeling the state’s EVAAS® classifications.
  3.  Other Student Growth (Use may be developed)
    • Evidence that the assessment can be used to produce measures  of student growth to determine levels of teacher effectiveness, and
    • Test data meet the criteria expressed  on assessment security, and
    • Evidence of statistical reliability and how the provider attends to measurement bias including students with incomplete records, measurement errors in test scores, and testing administration protocols, and
    • Evidence that attributes the instructional influence on student academic progress accurately to the teacher, and
    • The results can be equated to the levels of teacher effectiveness structure, modeling the state’s EVAAS® classification
  4. No Student Growth model  
    • Assessments meet criteria as valid and reliable measures of mastery of course content but no specific growth measure is applicable to teacher effectiveness.
    • Could be useful for local measures and student learning objectives.
NOTE: The Ohio Department of Education does not approve the monetary aspect and cost structure of the provision of services. Monetary aspects and cost structure of the provision of services are determined between the District and the vendor. ODE will not provide any funds for district use of the assessments on this list or any other assessments the district may consider for the use with their evaluation systems.

Last Modified: 3/14/2014 11:01:10 AM