9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

Science and Social Studies Updated Assessment Materials Available

7/22/2020

The updated science and social studies assessment materials presented below are now available on the test portal. Please note the social studies assessments refer to the high school American history and American government assessments. The science assessment refers to the Biology assessment.
 
The science and social studies updated test specifications provide an overview of the structure and content of Ohio’s State Tests. This overview includes a description of the test design as well as information on the types of items that will appear on each test. Also included is a test blueprint, a document that identifies the range and distribution of points grouped by reporting categories. Test specifications also provide specific guidelines for the development of all items used for Ohio’s State Tests in Science and Social Studies.
 
The science and social studies updated test blueprints have been updated to reflect the 2018 Ohio Learning Standards for Science and Social Studies. Test blueprints serve as a guide for test construction and provide an outline of the content and skills to be measured on each test. They contain information about individual tests, including the number of points on the test and how the learning standards are grouped in reporting categories.
 
The half-length practice tests now reflect the 2018 Ohio Learning Standards for Science and Social Studies. Updated half-length practice tests are available for each of the state tests. Practice test items allow students to become familiar with the online test environment by showcasing the different item types, features, and functionality available to students during online testing. 
 
The Practice Test Scoring Guides have also been updated to reflect the 2018 Ohio Learning Standards for Science and Social Studies. The Practice Test Scoring Guides provide answer keys and scoring guidance for each of the Ohio's State Tests. They include the item type, the content standard and content statement assessed, an answer key, and the number of points associated with each item. They also include the guidelines for scoring (i.e., scoring rubrics), sample responses and notes on scoring and rationales that describe why response options were correct or incorrect.
 
The Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) have been updated to reflect the 2018 Ohio Learning Standards for Science and Social Studies. The PLDs are the link between Ohio’s Learning Standards and performance standards. They were developed by Ohio educators and other content experts to illustrate the typical demonstration of the learning for each of the five performance levels: Limited, Basic, Proficient, Accelerated and Advanced. Teachers can review the PLDs for each grade level or subject to match each descriptive statement with its course standards. Teachers can then review local curriculum materials to see if opportunities are being given to students to demonstrate deeper conceptual understanding of course content at the different performance levels. 
 
For questions about these materials regarding the science and social studies assessments, please email Thomas Bulgrin at thomas.bulgrin@education.ohio.gov.