Note important reminders as Spring 2016 Ohio’s State Tests begin today
Today is the beginning of the statewide testing window for spring administration of Ohio’s State Tests. As your district prepares to administer state tests on its selected dates, test coordinators and test administrators will benefit from reviewing an important email message that American Institutes for Research is sending them today. The department is reprinting the message below.
Reminders for Districts Testing Online and on Paper
Dates for Spring Testing – The spring test windows are listed on the Important Dates page of the portal. Districts must select defined test windows per the instructions provided in Section 2 of the Test Coordinator’s Manual. Districts must complete testing within the district’s selected test windows, including make-up testing. There will be no extensions of the published test windows.
Essential Manuals – Please be sure to review the Test Coordinator’s Manual and/or Directions for Administration Manual to familiarize yourself with policies and procedures you will need to know to fulfill your role. The District Test Coordinator Checklist provides district test coordinators with important test administration reminders and testing support contact information. The Test Administrator Checklist provides test administrators with important test-day reminders for schools administering tests online or on paper.
Reminders for Online Testing
Online Testing Checklist – Test administrators must use the Online Testing Checklist when administering Ohio’s State Tests to students testing online. It includes step-by-step directions, the oral script that test administrators must follow (information to be read aloud to students is printed in bold letters), descriptions of test settings and accommodation codes, and troubleshooting tips.
Testing Times – Find specific English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies test times at this link. Test administrators are responsible for ensuring that students receive the appropriate amount of time for each part of each test. The Test Administrator Interface does not enforce testing time.
Pre-ID – Districts must add to TIDE all students participating in the spring administration of Ohio’s State Tests, regardless of test mode. Students who are testing online cannot access the Student Testing Site until the district or building test coordinator pre-identifies them in TIDE. Refer to the Guidance Document for 2015-2016 Ohio Pre-ID Files for more information.
User Accounts – District test coordinators are responsible for creating user accounts for any new personnel in the district or for delegating this task. Authorized users create new accounts under the Manage Users task in TIDE. Refer to the Online User Management Guidance Document for additional information. Find the instructions for troubleshooting log-in issues in the TIDE FAQ document.
Secure Browsers – You may download the AIR Secure Browsers and AIR SecureTest Apps for the 2015-2016 school year from the Secure Browsers page of the portal. Schools administering Ohio’s State Tests online must download and install the AIR Secure Browser on the desktops and laptops that the students will use for testing. If students will test online using Chromebooks or tablets, districts and schools must download and install the AIR SecureTest App on these devices. Find the detailed installation instructions in the Secure Browsers Installation Manual. See additional information about preparing your network and devices for online testing in the Technical Specifications Manual.
Reminders for Paper Testing
Testing Times – Find specific English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies test times at this link. Test administrators are responsible for ensuring that students receive the appropriate amount of time for each part of each test.
Pre-ID – Districts must add all students participating in the spring administration of Ohio’s State Tests to TIDE, regardless of test mode. Districts must enter student Pre-ID data for paper testers in TIDE by end of each applicable paper test window to receive student scores. Do not delete students from TIDE before the close of the test window. Remember to use the 2015-16 Pre-ID layout. Refer to the Guidance Document for 2015-2016 Ohio Pre-ID Files for more information.
Pre-ID and Generic Labels – To minimize the occurrence of discrepant records, districts must apply pre-ID labels (if available) or generic labels to students’ scorable materials. If a generic label is applied, accurately bubble all the student’s information on the demographic page. Add student information to TIDE before the close of the paper test windows.
Materials Return – Districts testing on paper must return scorable materials immediately after testing and no later than one business day after the district’s testing window ends. Return non-scorable materials within one week of returning scorable documents. See the guidance provided in section 2.1.1 of the Test Coordinator’s Manual for more information. Districts that did not submit pickup dates for scorable materials in the Supplemental Services task in TIDE by the Feb. 19 deadline are responsible for scheduling their own pickups according to the instructions in section 9.5 of the Test Coordinator’s Manual.
Please direct questions to the Ohio Help Desk at OHHelpdesk@air.org or (877) 231-7809.