K-8 District Test
Coordinator
Bulletin

K-8 District Test
Coordinator
Bulletin

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

2/2/2018

Practice Tests for 2017-2018 

Based on feedback from the field, the practice test materials, both online and paper, have been refreshed for the 2017-2018 school year.
 
Updates to the Practice Test Site include:
  • Updated practice tests for all grades and subjects, except physical science. These practice tests feature item-level scoring; no overall test scores will be provided;
  • Updated spring 2015 and spring 2016 science and social studies item release tests. The 2015 tests represent the entire test content given in spring 2015;
  • Spring 2017 item release tests for all grades and subjects, except physical science;
  • New student SSID login option. This optional login choice allows students to log in with their first names and SSIDs as they do for operational tests. Guest login remains the default option and allows anyone (e.g., parents) to experience online testing; and
  • Updated Practice Site Guidance Document, which covers all updates in detail and provides step-by-step directions for using the Practice Test Site.
 
New and updated paper practice test materials are available on the Student Practice Resources page of the portal. This includes:
  • English language arts and mathematics practice test materials;
  • Revised science and social studies practice test materials.
 
Special version practice materials have been developed for 2017-2018. Districts may access large print practice tests for all grades and subjects on the Student Practice Resources page of the portal. Braille practice tests are available for students who are blind and read braille. Districts may request braille practice test materials for all grades and subjects by contacting the Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials Center

Spring 2018 

Test Timer 

A new test timer feature will be available for spring 2018 Ohio’s State Tests. The TA Interface will provide the test administrator with the approximate time each student has been actively viewing test content. Students will also have a test timer available on the Student Testing Site to allow them to view how much time they have spent testing. More information on this feature is available in the Online Testing Highlights and Script found in Appendix L of the Test Administration Manual on the portal.
 
This feature can be viewed in the Practice Test Site. The student test timer is on by default and can be turned off via the Choose Settings page when logging into the Practice Test Site.
 
The student test timer will be on for 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 now 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 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. The TAM information is applicable for all spring 2018 Ohio’s State Tests and is applicable to online and paper testers.

Districts with students testing on paper 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 April 27 for English language arts tests and by May 11 for mathematics and science tests. Refer to the Guidance Document for 2017-2018 Ohio Pre-ID Files for more information. 
 
Districts whose students are using paper tests and who wish to receive pre-printed Pre-ID labels must submit their Pre-ID data in TIDE by Feb. 5 under the Ohio’s State Tests 2017-2018 Administration task. 

On-time Order Window 

Districts with students using paper for grades 3-8 tests may submit their on-time orders in TIDE by Feb. 5 for all subjects. All orders are subject to Department approval. District test coordinators will place orders under the “Paper Orders Grades 3-8 Spring 2018” 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. District test coordinators who wish to update their shipping addresses must contact the Ohio Help desk at 1-877-231-7809 to request a change. 

Paper Materials Pick-Up Window 

Districts have until Feb. 5 to enter pick-up date(s) for their scorable materials under the Supplemental Service task in TIDE for each of the spring 2018 test administrations. This date must be no later than one business day after the conclusion of the district’s 15-day testing window for English language arts tests and no more than one business day after the conclusion of the district’s 15-day test window for mathematics and science tests. 

Test Windows 

Please note that for spring 2018, there are two test windows; one for the English language arts tests and one for the mathematics and science tests. Districts will schedule their 15-consecutive-school-day English language arts test administrations March 26-April 27. Districts will schedule their 15-consecutive-school-day mathematics and science test administrations April 2-May 11. Make-up testing must be completed within each of the district’s 15-consecutive-school-day test window. The Important Dates page on the portal includes a summary of key dates. 

School Year 2017-2018 

Grades 4 and 6 Social Studies 

House Bill 49 eliminated the requirement that school districts and schools administer the social studies tests to students in grades 4 and 6 beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. The bill requires any social studies test to be determined by the district or school and permits the test to be formative or summative in nature. The bill also states districts are not required to report the results of any social studies test used by a district or school to the Department. 

Diagnostics 

Senate Bill 3 eliminated the requirement that school districts and schools administer diagnostic assessments to students in grades 1-3 in writing and grades 1-2 in mathematics beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.