OST, OELPA and AASCD
Test Window Dates 2018-2019
2018-2019 Ohio’s State Tests – grades 9-12
- Dec. 3-Jan. 11 End-of-course
Spring 2019 Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA)
- March 25-April 26 English language arts
- April 1-May 10 Mathematics, science, social studies
Feb. 4-March 29
Spring 2019 Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD)
Feb. 19-April 12 Operational
April 15-May 31 Independent Field Test (IFT)
Requesting Exceptions to Online Testing –
Ohio’s State Tests and Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment
Ohio’s State Tests and the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment are online tests for all students, with some exceptions. The expectation is that all districts and schools will schedule time and provide technology appropriately for their local situations.
The following are situations where districts and schools may be eligible for paper testing:
- A district or school with students who will require the use of paper test forms as an accommodation documented in an IEP or 504 plan or due to a student’s religious beliefs; or
- A district or school that lacks the required technology infrastructure to test all students online, including schools that:
- Are new to state testing and verify a lack of technology to test all students online; or
- Experience a change in the district’s or school’s technology system that impacts capacity to test all students online.
Districts or schools with the above situations involving the limitation of technology should contact the Ohio Department of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org
to start the process of determining eligibility for an exception to online testing.
District Student Results File Layout 2017-2018
A new layout for district student results data files for the 2017-2018 school year is available on the ORS Support Documents
page of the portal. All changes to the layout from the prior year are indicated in red font. Please distribute this layout to all EMIS coordinators, data managers and information technology centers.
This layout will support the reporting of the following administrations:
- OELPA spring 2018;
- Ohio's State Tests fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018; and
- AASCD spring 2018.
Directions for accessing district data files can be found in the Online Reporting System User Guide and the Downloading Data Files guidance document, both available on the ORS Support Documents
Secure Browsers and Technology Updates for 2018-2019
Please watch for future communication regarding updates to the secure browser and system requirements for the 2018-2019 school year. Districts should anticipate a new secure browser will be released during the summer months.
Several resources are available on the Online Systems Resources
page of the Ohio’s State Tests portal to help users navigate TIDE and complete tasks for the 2017-2018 school year. These include:
- TIDE User Guide;
- TIDE Tasks Summary for Test Coordinators;
- TIDE User Management Guidance Document;
- User Role Matrix;
- Pre-ID Guidance Document;
- Pre-ID File Layout;
- Pre-ID Upload Templates; and
- TIDE Tutorials.
Students and the ACT/SAT
State law requires that schools administer the state-funded ACT or SAT to all grade 11 students, who entered grade 9 after July 1, 2014, in the spring of the school year. Senate Bill 3 exempts the following students from the requirement to take the assessment:
- A student who has significant cognitive disabilities and is administered an alternate assessment in accordance with the student's individualized education program (IEP).
- A student who has a disability that includes an intellectual disability; Guidance available.
- A student who is an English learner who has been enrolled in United States’ schools for less than two years and for whom no appropriate accommodations are available; Guidance available.
- A student who received a "remediation-free" score on the required nationally standardized assessment and has presented evidence of that fact to the student's district or school.
A board may not prohibit an exempted student from taking the nationally standardized assessment if the student would like to take the assessment.
To ensure that every student can participate in the state-funded administration of the ACT or SAT, districts and schools should prepare to test all students. This includes registering all students and requesting accommodations that may be required for a student. For exempted students, the Ohio Department of Education encourages, but does not require, schools to request that a parent place in writing a decision not to participate so there is a record of why the student was not tested.