State Developed Assessments – Science and Social Studies

Ohio will develop assessments for science and social studies for an online administration to complement the computer-based PARCC assessments. Additional information can be found on the Ohio Online Field Test Portal. The Field Test Portal is your gateway to all systems and resources for the Spring 2014 Ohio Online Science and Social Studies Field Tests. It includes FAQs and resources for students and families, teachers/test administrators, test coordinators, and technology coordinators. Although the Field Test Portal is available to the public, several systems require users to log in using their account information. 

The Ohio Online Field Test Portal can be accessed at

Proposed timeline

Although many details are still to be completed, the proposed timeline for the computer-based assessments is:

  • 2013-14: Field Tests for Science (Grades 5 & 8, High School Biology and Physical Science) and Social Studies (Grade 4 & 6, High School American Government and American History)
  • 2014-15: Standard Setting Implementation of New Assessments

The Ohio Department of Education has released a set of Draft test specification documents, including description of the assessment components and item types, assessment blueprints, and item specifications, to help educators and the general public better understand the design of the Next Generation of Ohio developed Science and Social Studies assessments. These documents are used to guide the development of the Next Generation of Ohio Assessments for Science and Social Studies.

Science Test Specifications

Social Studies Specifications

ODE Resources

Last Modified: 8/27/2014 2:39:22 PM