9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

OST, OELPS, OELPA, AASCD and OGT

2/6/2020

Windows 7 Support 

Microsoft announced that it will stop supporting Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 after Jan. 14, 2020. The most prominent aspect of this is that they will no longer provide security patches or updates. When an operating system manufacturer ends support for an operating system in the middle of the school year, the Department maintains support for that operating system until the end of the school year. Schools and districts should not need to upgrade from Windows 7 to administer assessments in Spring 2020. However, they may choose to do so in order to enjoy the benefits and security updates of an operating system fully supported by its manufacturer. Testing support for Windows 7 will no longer be available after the 2019-2020 school year. Districts that have not upgraded from Windows 7 by the end of the school year must plan to do so before the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
 

Rules Book Posted 

The 2019 Ohio’s State Tests Rules Book was posted in September. Please review for the most current information on all state tests including OST, OELPS, OELPA, AASCD, Diagnostics, OGT and KRA. During the school year, the Office of Assessment will post any changes to the Rules Book master version under the heading Changes on the Rules Book page.  
 

Scheduled System Maintenance

Cambium Assessment (AIR) will be conducting periodic maintenance of the testing systems to ensure system stability and reliability throughout the school year. These maintenance periods will occur approximately once a month on a Saturday and can last up to 24 hours. During a maintenance period some or all of these systems may be inaccessible:
  • TIDE;
  • Student Testing Site and Practice Test Site;
  • TA Interface and TA Practice Site;
  • Online Reporting System;
  • Teacher Hand Scoring System;
  • Data Entry Interface;
  • TA Certification Course;
  • Assessment Systems Inbox.
 
Maintenance Windows
  • Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 9 a.m.