9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT)

10/10/2018

School Year 2018-2019 

New Format-Online OGT 

Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) will be administered through an online platform or through the test administrator (TA) Data Entry Interface (DEI) system for the small number of individuals who have a paper test accommodation.
 
Each participating school shall administer the OGT to individuals who were enrolled in grade 9 for the first time before July 1, 2014, and who have at least one OGT needed to meet graduation requirements. These individuals also are not excused from taking the OGT in accordance with Ohio Revised Code or Ohio Administrative Code. There will be a small number of students attending high school who will take the OGT. Most of the OGT testers will be adults who have completed their high school curriculum requirements or adults who are completing their high school requirements in an adult diploma or 22+ program. An SSID or student ID and a photo ID is required to take the test.
 
OGT testers are provided three opportunities during the school year to take any required Ohio Graduation Tests for which a proficient score has not been previously obtained. Districts will receive test results within 30 school days from the date the individual has taken the test and will notify the tester of their results. The Department recommends that testers review their test results and testing materials before taking the next test opportunity for the needed subject area. Each person should receive or obtain targeted intervention services to make satisfactory progress toward passing the OGT.
 
The OGT tests include reading, writing, mathematics, social studies and science. The tests are administered in any order. Multiple tests may be administered on one day. The 2018-2019 OGT administration is an open test window that began Sept. 4, 2018, and concludes July 31, 2019. The OGT administration will use the same systems as the Ohio’s State Tests.
 
Districts may refer to the Ohio Graduation Tests FAQs and the OGT Test Administration Manual on the Department website for additional information.
 

Pre-ID 

Districts must Pre-ID their testers in TIDE under the Ohio’s State Tests 2018-2019 Administration task. Remember to use the 2018-2019 Pre-ID File Layout. Districts must ensure all participating individuals have the appropriate subject eligibility field (fields 879-883) set to “Y.”
 

Manuals 

The manual for the 2018-2019 OGT test administration is available for download from the Ohio Graduation Tests Resources page of the portal. The 2018-2019 OGT Test Administration Manual (OGT-TAM) must be reviewed by test coordinators and test administrators prior to the OGT administration. The OGT-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. This information is applicable to all OGT 2018 administrations, including testers testing online and on paper.  
 
The OGT-TAM also includes a series of appendices that can be downloaded as part of the OGT-TAM or separately. The appendices cover important policies and procedures regarding oral translations, human read-aloud administrations, and breach administrations. The appendices also include information on test materials, material lead-times and information for test administrators on the Data Entry Interface for students testing using paper test booklets. The appendices include a series of checklists, including the District Test Coordinator Checklist, Test Administrator Checklist and the Online Testing Highlights and Scripts.
 
Districts with students testing on paper also must download and review the Appendix L-Supplemental Instructions for Paper Administrations and Appendix P – Directions and Scripts for Paper Administrations. There are no answer documents for the OGT, all student responses must be entered in the Data Entry Interface by the test administrator immediately after testing. The OGT Data Entry Interface User Guide also is available on the Ohio Graduation Tests Resources page of the portal.
 

Results 

Tester’s individual results will be available in the Online Reporting System (ORS) 30 days after the test is submitted. District’s may download and print an Individual Student Report (ISR); no printed reports for the OGT will be sent to the district.
 
The OGT layout for district student results data files is new this year and is available on the Ohio Graduation Tests Resources page of the portal. Please distribute this layout to all EMIS coordinators, data managers and information technology centers.


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 in the ORS Support Documents page of the portal.
 
 

English Learners and the OGT 

The OGT three-year rule that defined what accommodations English Learners (Els) may have on state tests is no longer in place. English learners in U.S. schools for any length of time are permitted English learner appropriate accommodations. For guidance about allowable accommodations on state tests, including accommodations for ELs, refer to Ohio’s Accessibility Manual, which includes the OGT.