Test Talk for Parents – Understanding Ohio’s State Tests

This school year, Ohio students will take state achievement tests in math, English language arts, science and social studies in selected grades from 3 through high school. Work groups of Ohio teachers created and reviewed all items that appear on each of these tests, working with a professional testing company. Schools will receive students' test results by June 30, 2017.

What state tests measure

Ohio's State Tests measure each child's progress according to Ohio's Learning Standards. These standards tell teachers what their students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course. The standards also call for students to apply critical thinking, problem-solving and  writing skills to what they are learning.

What parents can expect

Because Ohio’s state tests have only recently begun measuring these "higher order" skills, your child’s scores may be lower than you expected. This does not mean your child is losing ground. Instead, Ohio has raised expectations for its students so that by the time they graduate they are truly ready for college or a career. Your student’s skills should improve as educators continue to teach these concepts.

Last Modified: 8/16/2017 10:02:38 AM