Ohio’s State Tests – English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science
New Timer Features
New test timer features are available for spring 2018 Ohio’s State Tests. The Test Administrator Interface provides the test administrator with the approximate time each student has been actively viewing test content. The online system will not enforce a time limit
. Students also have a test clock available on the Student Testing Site to allow them to view how much time they have spent testing. More information on these features are available in the Online Testing Highlights and Script
found in Appendix L of the Test Administration Manual on the portal.
These features can be viewed in the Practice Test Site. The student test clock is on by default and can be turned off via the Choose Settings page when logging in to the Practice Test Site.
The student test clock is on by 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
prior to the spring 2018 administration. The manual 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 Test Administration Manual is applicable for all spring 2018 Ohio’s State Tests, including 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.
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 May 1
for English language arts; May 11
for mathematics and science tests. Refer to the Guidance Document for 2017-2018 Ohio Pre-ID Files
for more information.
Score Report Labels
Districts that wish to receive a set of spring 2018 Ohio’s State Tests score report labels must access the Score Report Label Requests task in the Ohio State Tests 2017-2018 administration in TIDE, select “Yes” and click save by May 11
. All districts automatically receive printed Family Reports. If your district does not want to receive score report labels, no action is required.
Districts will schedule their 15-consecutive-school-day mathematics and science test administrations April 2-May 11
. Make-up testing must be completed within the district’s 15-consecutive-school-day test window. The Important Dates page on the portal
includes a summary of key dates. The English language arts test window closes May 1
Returning Paper Test Materials
Return scorable materials immediately after testing and no later than one business day
after each of the district’s testing windows end. Return non-scorable materials within one week of returning scorable documents. Districts that did not submit pickup dates for scorable materials in the Supplemental Information task in TIDE by the Feb. 5
deadline are responsible for scheduling their own pickups according to the instructions in section 4 of the Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing
Grade 3 English Language Arts Administration
Summer testing is optional. Students, schools and districts may elect to participate or not participate. The summer 2018 administration is an online test administration. Grade 3 English language arts paper tests are only available for specific situations. Refer to the Requesting Exceptions to Online Testing
article in the OST, OELPA and AASCD section in this bulletin.
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 2017-2018 Ohio Pre-ID Files
for more information.
Secure Browser for Summer Testing
The secure browser used for spring 2018 online testing should continue to be used for summer testing. Refer to the secure browsers
page and technology coordinators
page for more information.
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.
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