Diagnostic Assessments

The ODE Diagnostic Assessments are available for the 2013-2014 school year. 

The primary purpose of Ohio’s Diagnostic Assessments, which are aligned to Ohio’s New Learning Standards, is to provide a tool to check the progress of students toward meeting the standards. The Ohio Diagnostic Assessments were developed in two formats:

  • Screener:  measures beginning year skills
  • Full Measure:  measures end-of-year skills

Based on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, districts/schools must administer a reading diagnostic assessment to all students in kindergarten through grade three by September 30 of each school year to meet the requirements of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Districts have the option of using the ODE developed diagnostics or a vendor assessment on the ODE approved list of diagnostic assessments. Click here for an approved list. If districts choose to administer the ODE developed diagnostics, ODE recommends using the reading screener to meet the September 30th deadline.

Districts/schools must administer a mathematics diagnostic assessment to all students in grades one and two, and a writing diagnostic assessment to all students in grades one, two, and three at least once during the school year. 

For the next two school years 2013-14 and 2014-15, a district's/community school's ability to use a vendor diagnostic assessment for writing and mathematics is contingent on the previous year's letter grades for the categories Performance Index and Value-Added. If a district earned an "A" or "B" grade in Performance Index or Value-Added on the previous year's report card, then the district may use a vendor diagnostic assessment. For example, a district that earned "C" grades in both measures on their 2013 report card would have to use ODE's diagnostic assessment for the 2013-2014 school year. If a district earned an "A" or "B" in Performance Index and a "C" in Value-Added, it would be able to use a vendor diagnostic assessment.

All results must be reported in the EMIS end-of-year data collection. Student results will be reported as on-track and not on-track. Please check at the end of each score sheet for the number of points to determine the on-track/not-on track result. (Note: On the Student Score Sheet, students who score in the category of "further assessment may be needed" is considered "on track". However, it is strongly encouraged to provide interventions to these students.)

Please print the diagnostics you would like to administer in 2013-14. The Ohio Department of Education will not distribute diagnostic kits.

Please direct any questions on the diagnostic assessments to Sara Allen at (614) 387-7722 or sara.allen@education.ohio.gov, or Paula Mahaley at (614) 466-0217 or paula.mahaley@education.ohio.gov.

Ohio Diagnostic Assessment

Last Modified: 2/12/2015 2:32:03 PM