9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

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

4/30/2018

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 in to 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 manual 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 Test Administration Manual is applicable for all spring 2018 Ohio’s State Tests, including both online and paper tests.

Districts with students using paper tests 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 May 1 for English language arts; 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 

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 the district’s 15-consecutive-school-day test window. The Important Dates page on the portal includes a summary of key dates. The English language arts test window closes May 1.
 

Returning Paper Test Materials 

Return scorable materials immediately after testing and no later than one business day after each of the district’s test windows end. Return non-scorable materials within one week of returning scorable documents. Districts that did not submit pickup dates for scorable materials in the Supplemental Information task in TIDE by the Feb. 5 deadline are responsible for scheduling their own pickups according to the instructions in section 4 of the Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing.
 

Summer 2018 

High School End-of-Course Administration 

Test Administration
 
Summer testing is optional. Students, schools and districts may elect to participate or not participate. The summer high school end-of-course administration is an online administration, all subjects are available.
 
Pre-ID
 
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. Refer to the Guidance Document for 2017-2018 Ohio Pre-ID Files for more information.
 
Secure Browser for Summer Testing
 
The secure browser used for spring 2018 online testing should continue to be used for summer testing. Refer to the secure browsers page and technology coordinators page for more information.