K-8 District Test
Coordinator
Bulletin

K-8 District Test
Coordinator
Bulletin

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

7/3/2017

Spring 2017 

Online Reporting System Student Population Selections 

A new feature that provides additional flexibility for viewing individual student and educator reports is available in the Score Reports section of the Online Reporting System. To access this feature, log in to the Online Reporting System, select Score Reports and then select one of three radio buttons below the Test and Administration drop-downs. These buttons allow district and school personnel to view reports for student populations for any one of the three criteria based on enrollment. The enrollment used by this feature is based on student information (pre-ID upload) in TIDE.
 
  • Scores for students who were mine at the end of the selected administration: Results for students who were enrolled in your school or district at the end of an administration, regardless of where that student tested or is currently enrolled. This allows districts to see results for students who transferred to their districts after testing.
  • Scores for my current students: Results for students who are currently enrolled in your school or district, who tested in any school or district in Ohio for the selected administration. This is useful for joint vocational school districts and career-technology centers that need to view scores for incoming students.
  • Scores for students who were mine when they tested during the selected administration: Results for students who tested in your school or district for the administration, regardless of where that student is currently enrolled. This is the default option and is traditionally how reports are presented in Ohio.
 

Spring 2017 Discrepancy Resolution Window 

Districts will have an opportunity to resolve discrepant records in TIDE. District test coordinators must sign in to the “Ohio State Tests 2016-2017” administration of TIDE and check the Discrepancy Resolution Task to resolve any records that require resolution. Review the guidance document for instructions. Districts must resolve all discrepant records through the summer. Unresolved records will not be reported.
 

Spring 2017 Rescores and Verifications Window 

Districts will have an opportunity to submit rescore and verification requests for grade 3 English language arts tests until July 31 and all other tests until Aug. 11. Review the guidance document for instructions.
 
District test coordinators can submit rescore requests in TIDE if they believe the 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. Before submitting a rescore request, district test coordinators are encouraged to check whether the student’s test needs to be resolved in the Discrepancy Resolution in TIDE. Rescore requests can only be processed for tests that contained hand-scored items. Refer to the guidance document for a list of eligible tests.
District test coordinators can submit verification requests if (1) the district believes the student tested and did not receive a score, or (2) the district believes a score was incorrectly assigned to a student. Verification requests only apply to students who took paper tests. Review the guidance document for instructions for submitting verification requests in TIDE.
 

Summer 2017 

Grade 3 English Language Arts Administration 

Test Administration
Summer testing is optional. Students, schools and districts may elect to participate or not participate. The grade 3 English language arts administration is July 10-14.
 
Pre-ID
Districts testing online must ensure all grade 3 participating students are pre-identified in TIDE in advance of the test window and have the English language arts grades 3-8 test mode field set to “O” for online or “P” for paper. Refer to the Guidance Document for 2016-2017 Ohio Pre-ID Files for more information.
 
Secure Browsers
The secure browsers used for spring 2017 will be used for summer 2017 testing. If the devices that will be used for summer 2017 testing already have the secure browser installed, no updates are needed. If your district has devices that will be used for summer testing that do not have the secure browser installed, please refer to the Secure Browsers page on the portal and the documentation there to prepare the devices and install the secure browser.
 
User Accounts
Personnel administering the grade 3 English language arts tests online must have a Test Administrator (TA) or Teacher (TE) user account. Refer to the Online Test Administrator User Guide  for additional information. Encourage personnel to log into the Test Administrator Practice Site with their TA or TE user accounts prior to test day to ensure user accounts are active and ready for testing. Instructions for trouble shooting login issues can be found in the TIDE FAQ document.
 
Testing Times
Specific grade 3 English language arts test times are located at this link. Test administrators are responsible for ensuring that students receive the appropriate amount of time for each part of the test.
 
Manuals
Digital copies of the summer Test Administration Manual and the Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing are posted on the portal.
 

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.
 
Districts will see changes to the Practice Test Site at the end of July. Updates to the site include:
  • Updated practice tests for all grades and subjects, except physical science. These practice tests feature item level scoring; no overall test score 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 login 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.
  • Updated Practice Site Guidance Document, which covers all updates in detail and provides step-by-step directions for using the Practice Test Site.
 
Districts will see new and updated paper practice test materials available on the Student Practice Resources page of the portal at the end of July. This will include:
  • English language arts and mathematics practice test materials.
  • Revised science and social studies practice test materials.
 
Special version practice materials will be available later this fall. At the end of September, districts may access large print practice tests for all grades and subjects on the Student Practice Resources page of the portal. Districts may request braille practice test materials for all grades and subjects starting the end of November. Watch for future communication on how to request braille practice test materials.