K-8 District Test
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K-8 District Test
Coordinator
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OST, OELPS, OELPA, AASCD, Diagnostics and KRA

12/1/2019

New! 

The 2019 Ohio’s State Tests Rules Book was posted in September. Please review for the most current information on all state tests including OST, OELPS, OELPA, AASCD, Diagnostics, OGT and KRA. The master version will not be changed but any changes that are made through the year will be posted on the Rules Book page under the heading Changes.
 

New! Bilingual English-Spanish Toggle Function 

Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, there is a new toggle function for the Ohio’s State Tests that 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 tests. 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 released test questions on all Ohio’s State Tests in mathematics and science have been updated to include the toggle function and are available for use on the portal. English language arts items are not translated. To enable the toggle function, the Language setting must be changed to “Bilingual English-Spanish” on the test settings page before beginning the test.
 
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Scheduled System Maintenance

AIR will be conducting periodic maintenance of the testing systems to ensure system stability and reliability throughout the school year. These maintenance periods will occur approximately once a month on a Saturday and can last up to 24 hours. During a maintenance period some or all these systems may be inaccessible:
  • TIDE;
  • Student Testing Site and Practice Test Site;
  • TA Interface and TA Practice Site;
  • Online Reporting System;
  • Teacher Hand Scoring System;
  • Data Entry Interface;
  • TA Certification Course;
  • Assessment Systems Inbox.  

Maintenance Windows

  • Saturday, Dec. 14, beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 11, beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 9 a.m.  


Translator Reimbursement for Ohio’s State Tests  

There has been a change in the Translation Reimbursement Policy. The translation reimbursement amount has increased. It is now $90 per translated test administration for each part of the test for Ohio’s State Tests and the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities and $180 per translated test administration for Ohio Graduation Tests. Please refer to the Translation Reimbursement Guidance Document for additional information on the policy.
 
All reimbursement applications for the 2018-2019 school year have been submitted for payment. The reimbursement application for the 2019-2020 school year is now available online. It can be found with the guidance document on the Documents and Forms page on the Testing website. Please contact Noël Nethers at noel.nethers@education.ohio.gov or (614) 728-2759 with any questions or challenges.
 

Assistive Technology Manual

A new technical document is available on the Technology Resources page of the portal. The Assistive Technology Manual provides an overview of the embedded and non-embedded assistive technology tools that can be used to help students with special accessibility needs complete online tests. It includes lists of supported devices and applications, as well as setup instructions for those that require additional configuration.
  • Embedded assistive technology tools include the built-in test tools in the Test Delivery System, such as the Text-to-Speech tool. These tools can be accessed without third-party software or hardware and do not require Permissive Mode to be turned on.
  • Non-embedded assistive technology tools are the third-party hardware and accessibility software that students use to help them complete tests in the Test Delivery System. These tools require Permissive Mode to be turned on and may require additional configuration steps prior to testing.
Students should be familiar with assistive technology and accessibility features prior to testing and should have the opportunity to select, practice and use those features in instruction before test day. The best way to test compatibility with assistive technologies is to take a practice test administered through the secure browser with those technologies turned on.