9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

Ohio’s State Tests – English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies

3/1/2018

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;
  • Updated Practice Site Guidance Document, which covers all updates in detail and provides step-by-step directions for using the Practice Test Site; and
  • New timer features.
 
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.
 
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 

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 until 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.
 

Spring 2018 

New Timer Features 

New test timer features are available for spring 2018 Ohio’s State Tests. The TA Interface provides the test administrator with the approximate time each student has been actively viewing test content. The online system will not enforce a time limit. Students also have a test clock available on the Student Testing Site to allow them to view how much time they have spent testing. More information on these features is available in the Online Testing Highlights and Script found in Appendix L of the Test Administration Manual on the portal.
 
These features can be viewed in the Practice Test Site. The student test clock is on by default and can be turned off via the Choose Settings page when logging into the Practice Test Site.
 
The student test clock is on by 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 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 also must 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.
 

Pre-ID Window 

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.
 

Score Report Labels 

Districts that wish to receive a set of spring 2018 Ohio’s State Tests score report labels must access the Score Report Label Requests task in the Ohio State Tests 2017-2018 administration in TIDE, select “Yes” and click save by May 11. All districts automatically receive printed Family Reports. If your district does not want to receive score report labels, no action is required.
 

Test Windows 

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.