Test Talk for Parents

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Test Talk for Parents - Understanding Ohio's State Tests

Test Talk for Parents - Understanding Ohio's State Tests

The Ohio Department of Education wants to keep families informed about what their children are expected to learn in school and the state tests that show us if they are reaching their learning goals. This newsletter is the first in an ongoing series.

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Online State Tests a Smooth Experience

In the last two weeks, more than a half million Ohio students have taken nearly 1.2 million state achievement tests online. These tests are in math, English language arts, science and social studies. So far, the testing has gone smoothly, with only a few districts having minor technical issues that were easily fixed. Ohio’s spring test period began April 4 and will end May 13. Each district has chosen 15 consecutive days during this time to give all of its online tests. Parent reports on student test results will reach districts in July.

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Help your Child Avoid Test Anxiety

The word test can cause a certain amount of stress in any student, no matter how well she is doing in school. Confidence and a positive attitude are key to overcoming it — and parents can help on both counts.

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Ohio is updating the standards that guide your child’s education. We need your help.

Ohio’s Learning Standards in mathematics, English language arts, science and social studies are more than five years old. This spring, the Ohio Department of Education is reviewing the English and math standards to update them, if necessary.

Learning standards lay out what students need to know and be able to do in each grade. These guidelines help schools make sure their students are learning everything they need to know to be successful in college or jobs. Standards are different from curriculum, which refers to how schools teach and the materials they use. Your school district chooses its own curriculum for each grade and subject.

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State tests accessible to all kinds of learners; new texting service keeps parents up to date

  • Ohio now has designed state tests that make it easier for students of all abilities to show what they have learned and can do.
  • A new texting service from the Ohio Department of Education now gives parents another way to stay up to date on education news and resources. 

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Spring 2016 Test Dates, Student Privacy and State Tests, and Ohio’s Grade 3 English Language Arts Test

  • Spring 2016 dates – Ohio’s State Tests
  • Student privacy and state tests
  • What parents should know about Ohio’s grade 3 English language arts test 

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