K-8 District Test
Coordinator
Bulletin

K-8 District Test
Coordinator
Bulletin

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

11/7/2017

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 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 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. 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.
 

Discrepancy Resolution Window for 2016-2017 Closing 

Districts are responsible for resolving discrepant records in TIDE for the spring 2017 administration. 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 remaining 2016-2017 discrepant by Nov. 17. Unresolved records will not be reported.
 

Fall 2017 

Grade 3 English Language Arts Administration 

Test Administration
Districts will schedule their five-day test administration Oct. 23-Nov. 3. All testing, including make-up testing, must be completed within the district’s five-day window. The Important Dates page on the portal includes a summary of key dates.
 
Pre-ID
Districts must Pre-ID their students who are participating in the fall 2017 administration by Nov. 3 under the Ohio’s State Tests 2017-2018 Administration task. Remember to use the Student Pre-ID File Layout for the 2017-2018 school year. All students, regardless of test mode, must be pre-identified by Nov. 3.
 
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 and “P” for paper.
 
Manuals
The manuals for the fall 2017 Ohio’s State Tests administration are now available for download from the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents page of the portal. The Test Administration Manual (TAM) must be reviewed by test coordinators and test administrators prior to the fall 2017 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. This information is applicable to all fall 2017 test administrations, including students testing online and on paper.
 
The TAM also includes a series of appendices that can be downloaded as part of the TAM or separately. The appendices cover important policies and procedures regarding oral translations, human read-aloud administrations, calculator policies and breach administrations. The appendices also include guidance documents that were previously stand-alone documents, such as the Test Incident Guidance Document and Special Testing Scenarios Guidance Document. Lastly, the appendices include a series of checklists, including the District Test Coordinator Checklist, Test Administrator Checklist and the Online Testing Highlights and Script.
 
Districts with students testing on paper also must download and 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.
 

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 four and six 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.