K-8 District Test
Coordinator
Bulletin

K-8 District Test
Coordinator
Bulletin

OST, OELPA and AASCD

7/3/2018

Test Window Dates 2018-2019 

2018-2019 Ohio’s State Tests grades 3-8

Fall 2018
Grade 3 English language arts                         Oct. 22-Nov. 2
 
Spring 2019
Grades 3-8 English language arts                    March 25-April 26    
Grades 3-8 Mathematics, science                   April 1-May 10    
 
Summer 2019
Grade 3 English language arts                         July 8-12
 
Spring 2019 Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA)
Feb. 4-March 29
 
Spring 2019 Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD)
Operational                                                                       Feb. 19-April 12
Independent Field Test (IFT)                                           April 15-May 31
 

Requesting Exceptions to Online Testing –
Ohio’s State Tests and Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment 

Ohio’s State Tests and the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment are online tests for all students, with some exceptions. The expectation is that all districts and schools will schedule time and provide technology appropriate for their local situations.
 
The following are situations where districts and schools may be eligible for paper testing:
  1. A district or school with students who will require the use of paper test forms as an accommodation documented in an IEP or 504 plan or due to a student’s religious beliefs; or
  2. A district or school that lacks the required technology infrastructure to test all students online, including schools that:
    1. Are new to state testing and verify a lack of technology to test all students online; or
    2. Experience a change in the district’s or school’s technology system that impacts capacity to test all students online.
Districts or schools with the above situations involving the limitation of technology should contact the Ohio Department of Education at statetests@education.ohio.gov to start the process of determining eligibility for an exception to online testing.
 

District Student Results File Layout 2017-2018 

A new layout for district student results data files for the 2017-2018 school year is available on the ORS Support Documents page of the portal. All changes to the layout from the prior year are indicated in red font. Please distribute this layout to all EMIS coordinators, data managers and information technology centers.

This layout will support the reporting of the following administrations:
  • OELPA spring 2018;
  • Ohio's State Tests fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018; and
  • AASCD spring 2018.
Directions for accessing district data files can be found in the Online Reporting System User Guide and the Downloading Data Files guidance document, both available on the ORS Support Documents.
 

Operating System and Browser Support Updates for 2018-2019

In response to feedback from the field, AIR is providing advanced notice of technology updates planned for the summer of 2018, in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year. This will allow districts to plan summer technology activities before updated documentation is posted in July. This notice includes updates to supported operating systems, supported browsers, and the release plan for new secure browsers and secure test apps. Please refer to the Technology Preparation for 2018-2019  document for details.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kirk Ross at Kirk.Ross@education.ohio.gov.
 

TIDE Resources 

Several resources are available on the Online Systems Resources page of the Ohio’s State Tests portal to help users navigate TIDE and complete tasks for the 2017-2018 school year. These include:
  • TIDE User Guide;
  • TIDE Tasks Summary for Test Coordinators;
  • TIDE User Management Guidance Document;
  • User Role Matrix;
  • Pre-ID Guidance Document;
  • Pre-ID File Layout;
  • Pre-ID Upload Templates; and
  • TIDE Tutorials.