9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

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

9/6/2019

Release of Spring 2019 Ohio’s State Tests Items 

A release of items from the spring 2019 OST is now available on the portal. These items give educators insight into the kinds of questions students experience, and they are a useful tool to inform classroom instruction. Both teachers and parents may use this resource to help students know what to expect.
 
Included with each released item are the associated learning standard(s) and scoring rubric. Examples of student responses also are available to illustrate actual work and the corresponding points earned on the student examples.  

Updated Bilingual English/Spanish Version of Practice and Released Items 

A new English-Spanish bilingual version will be available for practice tests and released test questions for the OST mathematics and science tests. English language arts items are not translated.
 
Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, there is a new toggle function which allows students to switch between English and Spanish forms at the push of a button. This new function replaces the stacked format of the bilingual test. When toggling between languages, the testing system maintains all student responses, as well as the approximate place on the page. To provide students an opportunity to use the new function, all practice tests and release test questions on all OST in mathematics and science have been updated to include the toggle and are available for use on the portal.
 

Practice Tests 

Newly released items from the spring 2019 tests are now available on the portal on the practice test site. In addition, two features in the student interface have been updated for 2019-2020. The navigation dropdown has been replaced by an items pop-up which provides the same information as the review screen and allows for easier navigation. Progress through the test is now displayed graphically as a blue bar the fills up as the student answers questions.
 
The TA Interface also has been updated for 2019-2020. The same blue bar used to show progress in the student interface is now also used to show progress on the TA Interface. Additionally, when a test session first begins, all students will appear under the Tests started/paused/completed heading. If the system notices an irregularity (example: system crash or student inactivity) the student will show under the Tests requiring TA intervention heading which will appear at the top of the TA Interface, flagging the student for the test administrator’s attention.
 

Special Version Practice Test Materials 

Special version practice test materials are available. Districts may access large-print practice tests for all grades and subjects at Student Practice Resources. Braille practice tests are available for students who require them. Districts may request braille practice test materials for all grades and subjects by contacting the Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials Center.
 

Julie and Violetta License Expiring After Spring 2020 Testing

The license for the Julie or Violetta voice packs expires after May 2020. Districts will no longer be able to use the voice packs on devices on which they have been installed. Districts may use pre-installed voice packs on Windows 10 devices, which are of equivalent or better quality.
Districts should account for the expiration of the license when planning technology in 2020 and beyond. Students should be provided with opportunities to use the Practice Test Site to familiarize themselves with the pre-installed voice packs on the devices they will use for secure student testing.
 

Summer 2019 High School End-of-Course Administration

Score Reporting and Rescore Window 

District results for students who took the summer 2019 Ohio’s State Tests will be posted in the Online Reporting System (ORS) on Sept. 4. Family reports will be delivered to districts by Sept. 30.
 
Districts will have an opportunity to submit rescore requests in TIDE from Sept. 4 until Oct. 24. Review the Rescores and Verifications Guidance document for instructions. A district can submit rescore requests if it believes a 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.
 

Fall 2019 

New! Pre-ID and On-Time Order Window 

Districts must Pre-ID their students who are participating in the fall 2019 administration in TIDE under the Ohio’s State Tests 2019-2020 Administration task. Remember to use the Student Pre-ID File Layout for the 2019-2020 school year. Districts whose students are using paper tests and who wish to receive printed Pre-ID labels must submit their Pre-ID data in TIDE by Sept. 16. All students, regardless of test mode, must be preidentified no later than Jan. 10.
 
Districts with students testing on paper for high school tests may submit their on-time orders for all subjects in TIDE Sept. 10-Sept. 16. All orders are subject to Department approval. District test coordinators will place orders under the “Paper Orders High School EOC Fall 2019” Administration task in TIDE. To access the Orders task, district test coordinators must first confirm their contact information and shipping address under the Contact Info task. Districts test coordinators who wish to update their shipping addresses must contact the Ohio Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809.
 

New! Score Report Labels

Districts that wish to receive a set of high school fall 2018 Ohio’s State Tests score report labels must access the Score Report Label Requests task in the Ohio’s State Tests 2019-2020 Administration in TIDE, select “Yes” and click Save by Jan. 10. All districts automatically receive printed Family Reports. If your district does not want to receive score report labels, no action is required. 

New! Manuals

The manuals for the fall 2019 Ohio’s State Tests administration are available for download from the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents page of the portal. The Test Administration Manual (TAM) must be reviewed by test coordinators and test administrators prior to the fall 2019 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. This information is applicable to all fall 2019 test administrations, including students testing online and on paper. 
The TAM also includes a series of appendices that can be downloaded as part of the TAM or separately. The appendices cover important policies and procedures regarding oral translations, human read-aloud administrations, calculator policies and breach administrations. The appendices also include documents such as the Test Incident Guidance Document and Special Testing Scenarios Guidance Document. Lastly, the appendices include a series of checklists, including the District Test Coordinator Checklist, Test Administrator Checklist and the Online Testing Highlights and Script. 
Districts with students testing on paper also must download and 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.