K-8 District Test
Coordinator
Bulletin

K-8 District Test
Coordinator
Bulletin

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

9/11/2017

Spring 2017

Spring 2017 Discrepancy Resolution Window 

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 discrepant records through the summer. Unresolved records will not be reported.
 

Summer 2017

Grade 3 English Language Arts Administration 

Online Reporting System Student Population Selections
A 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.
 
Summer 2017 Discrepancy Resolution Window - Grade 3 English Language Arts
Districts will have an opportunity to resolve summer 2017 discrepant records in TIDE. District test coordinators must sign in to the “Ohio State Tests 2017-2018” 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.
 
Summer 2017 Rescores and Verifications Window - Grade 3 English Language Arts
Districts will have an opportunity to submit rescore and verification requests for grade 3 English language arts tests until Oct. 12. 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.
 

Fall 2017

Grade 3 English Language Arts Administration 

Test Administration
Districts will schedule their five-day test administration Oct. 23-Nov. 3. Make-up testing must be completed within this 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 that 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 includes guidance documents that were previously stand-alone documents, such as the Test Incident Guidance Document and Special Testing Scenarios Guidance Document. Lastly, the appendices includes 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.