Ohio’s State Tests – English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Practice Tests for 2017-2018
Based on feedback from the field, the practice test materials, both online and paper, have been refreshed for the 2017-2018 school year. Updates to the Practice Test Site include:
- Updated practice tests for all grades and subjects, except physical science. These practice tests feature item-level scoring; no overall test score will be provided;
- Updated spring 2015 and spring 2016 science and social studies item release tests. The 2015 tests represent the entire test content given in spring 2015;
- Spring 2017 item release tests for all grades and subjects, except physical science;
- New student SSID login option. This optional log-in choice allows students to log in with their first names and SSIDs as they do for operational tests. Guest login remains the default option and allows anyone (e.g., parents) to experience online testing; and
- Updated Practice Site Guidance Document, which covers all updates in detail and provides step-by-step directions for using the Practice Test Site.
New and updated paper practice test materials are available on the Student Practice Resources page of the portal. These include:
- English language arts and mathematics practice test materials;
- Revised science and social studies practice test materials. 3
Special version practice materials have been developed for 2017-2018. Districts may access large print practice tests for all grades and subjects on the Student Practice Resources page of the portal. Braille practice tests are available for students who are blind and read braille. Districts may request braille practice test materials for all grades and subjects by contacting the Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials Center.
Fall 2017 Student Results Available
District student results data files for the fall 2017 end-of-course high school tests will be posted in the Online Reporting System (ORS), Feb. 26. Data files will include scores for students who tested online or whose scorable documents were returned to DRC per the instructions in the manuals. Records that require discrepancy resolution will be reported after the records are resolved in TIDE.
Fall 2017 Discrepancy Resolution Window
Districts will have an opportunity to resolve discrepant records in TIDE. District test coordinators must sign into the “Ohio State Tests 2017-2018” administration of TIDE and check the Discrepancy Resolution Task to resolve any records that require resolution. Review the guidance document for instructions. Districts must resolve all discrepant records. Unresolved records will not be reported.
Fall 2017 Rescores and Verifications Window
Districts will have an opportunity to submit rescore and verification requests Feb. 26–April 12. Review the guidance document for instructions.
District test coordinators can submit rescore requests in TIDE if they believe the student’s score does not reflect expected student achievement. There is a $25 charge for processing rescore requests unless the rescore results in a score change.
District test coordinators can submit verification requests if (1) the district believes the student tested and did not receive a score, or (2) the district believes a score was incorrectly assigned to a student. Verification requests only apply to students who took paper tests. Review the guidance document for instructions for submitting verification requests in TIDE.
A new test timer feature will be available for spring 2018 Ohio’s State Tests. The TA Interface will provide the test administrator with the approximate time each student has been actively viewing test content. Students also will have a test timer available on the Student Testing Site to allow them to view how much time they have spent testing. More information on this feature is available in the Online Testing Highlights and Script found in Appendix L of the Test Administration Manual on the portal.
This feature can be viewed in the Practice Test Site. The student test timer is on by default and can be turned off via the Choose Settings page when logging into the Practice Test Site.
The student test timer will be on for default for the operational tests. The feature can be turned off in the Test Administrator Interface when approving students to test or it can be turned off in TIDE, like other test settings, manually or via file upload.
Spring 2018 Manuals
The manuals for the spring 2018 Ohio's State Tests administration are now available for download from the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents page of the portal.
Test coordinators and test administrators must download and review the Test Administration Manual (TAM) prior to the spring 2018 administration. The TAM includes key information regarding scheduling, test security, student Pre-ID and test eligibility, staff responsibilities, test status requests and other important policies and procedures. The TAM information is applicable for all spring 2018 Ohio’s State Tests and is applicable to online and paper testers.
Districts with students testing on paper must also review the Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing. The supplemental instructions cover policies and procedures specific to paper testing, such as important dates, distributing paper test materials, test-day procedures, oral scripts, returning test materials and more.
Districts must ensure all participating students are pre-identified in TIDE in advance of the test window and have the appropriate subject mode field set to “O” for online or “P” for paper. All students regardless of test mode must be Pre-ID’d by April 27 for English language arts tests and by May 11 for mathematics, science and social studies tests. Refer to the Guidance Document for 2017-2018 Ohio Pre-ID Files for more information.
Districts whose students are using paper tests and who wish to receive pre-printed Pre-ID labels must submit their Pre-ID data in TIDE by Feb. 5 under the Ohio’s State Tests 2017-2018 Administration task.
On-time Order Window
Districts with students testing on paper for high school tests may submit their on-time orders in TIDE by Feb. 5 for all subjects. All orders are subject to Department approval. District test coordinators will place orders under the “Paper Orders High School EOC Spring 2018” administration task in TIDE. To access the Orders task, district test coordinators must first confirm their contact information and shipping address under the Contact Info task. District test coordinators who wish to update their shipping addresses must contact the Ohio Help desk at 1-877-231-7809 to request a change.
Paper Materials Pick-up Window
Districts have until Feb. 5 to enter pick-up date(s) for their scorable materials under the Supplemental Service task in TIDE for each of the spring 2018 test administrations. This date must be no later than one business day after the conclusion of the district’s 15-consecutive-school-day testing window for English language arts tests and no more than one business day after the conclusion of the district’s 15-consecutive-school-day testing window for mathematics, science and social studies tests.
Please note that for spring 2018 there are two test windows; one for the English language arts tests and one for the mathematics, science and social studies tests. Districts will schedule their 15-consecutive-school-day English language arts test administrations March 26-April 27. Districts will schedule their 15-consecutive-school-day mathematics, science and social studies test administrations April 2-May 11. Make-up testing must be completed within each of the district’s 15-consecutive-school-day test window. The Important Dates page on the portal includes a summary of key dates.