9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

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

3/5/2019

Fall 2018 

Writing Dimension Scores in Student Results Data Files 

Six writing dimension score fields have been added to the District Student Results File Layout for 2018-2019. The information below may help districts when reviewing this data.
  • Each writing item is evaluated on three dimensions – Purpose, Focus and Organization (organization); Evidence and Elaboration (elaboration); and Conventions of Standard English (conventions).
  • Organization and elaboration are scored on a 4-point scale. The Conventions dimension is scored on a 2-point scale.
  • Per the English language arts blueprint, students in grades 6 and higher receive two writing items. One writing prompt will be Argumentation and one writing prompt will be Informative/Explanatory.
  • When reviewing the data files, Writing Item 1 fields contain dimension scores for the Argumentation item. Writing Item 2 fields contain dimension scores for the Informative/Explanatory item.
  • More information on the writing rubrics for each type of writing are available here.
 

Discrepancy Resolution Window 

Districts will have an opportunity to resolve discrepant records in TIDE. District test coordinators must sign in to the “Ohio State Tests 2018-2019” 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.
 

Rescores and Verifications Window 

Districts will have an opportunity to submit rescore and verification requests until April 11. 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 each rescore request 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. Review the guidance document for instructions for submitting verification requests.
 

Spring 2019 

NEW! Pre-ID Window 

Districts must ensure all participating students are preidentified in TIDE in advance of the test window and have the appropriate subject mode field set to “O” for online and “P” for paper. All students, regardless of test mode must be preidentified by April 26 for English language arts tests and May 10 for mathematics, science and social studies tests. Refer to the Guidance Document for 2018-2019 Ohio Pre-ID Files on the portal for more information.
 

Test Windows 

Please note that for spring 2019, 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 during March 25-April 26. Districts will schedule their 15-consecutive-school-day mathematics, science and social studies test administrations April 1-May 10. Make-up testing must be completed within each of the district’s 15-consecutive-school-day test windows. The Important Dates page on the portal includes a summary of key dates.
 

Retester Flag 

At the request of districts, AIR has added nine new optional student attributes to TIDE. These fields allow districts to indicate when a student is considered a retester for an end-of-course subject. There is one attribute for each end-of-course subject, except Physical Science. These fields can be edited or added like other student attributes or uploaded using a new feature of TIDE. This data will be reported back to districts in the student results files in ORS. These fields will be available, along with the new upload feature, later in February. Watch for future communication with additional details.
 

Score Report Labels 

Districts that wish to receive a set of spring 2019 Ohio’s State Tests score report labels must access the Score Report Label Requests task in the Ohio’s State Tests 2018-2019 administration in TIDE, select “Yes,” and click “Save” by May 10. All districts automatically receive printed Family Reports. If your district does not want to receive score report labels, no action is required.
 

Preparing for the Spring 2019 Administration 

Districts should review and familiarize themselves with the following manuals, guidance documents and other resources available on the portal resources webpage to prepare for a successful administration:
  • Administration Manuals & Guidance Documents – Test Administration Manual (includes: policies and procedures, Test Coordinator Checklists, Online Testing Highlights and Scripts and testing scenarios), Ohio’s Accessibility Manual and Planning Tools and the Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing;
  • Online Systems Resources – TIDE Support Documents, ORS Support Documents, User Guides and Tutorials;
  • Technology Resources – Online Systems Requirements, Technical Specifications Manual and Secure Browser Installation Manual.
 
These and other resources are available on the Ohio's State Tests portal.