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.
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.
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.