Approved Assessments List FAQ

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Approved Assessments List FAQ

General

Gifted

Third Grade Reading Alternative and Diagnostic Assessments

Teacher and Principal Evaluation


General

    Why does the Department use a common approval process for so many kinds of assessments?
    In the past, each assessment area (Gifted Identification, Alternative Assessment for the Third Grade Guarantee, etc.) had its own approval process. The current process, initiated for the 2018-2019 school year, streamlined the separate processes into a single Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and provides a common list across assessment areas. This process is intended to inform districts of possible multiple uses for various assessments and has strengthened the technical evaluation to ensure approved assessments are sound and appropriate measures.

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    Will the Department have an assessment approval process each school year?
    The Department will evaluate the RFQ process for determining approved assessment lists and may reissue another RFQ for the 2020-2021 school year or future years.

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    How do vendors find out about the process for seeking approval of tests for use in Ohio?
    Vendors that wish to receive notices regarding future postings on an RFQ process may provide contact information to the Department at statetests@education.ohio.gov.

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    Why is one of the assessments we have used in the past no longer on the list?

    There are multiple reasons why an assessment listed in the past may no longer be listed. Some vendors chose not to make an application or did not apply for every assessment approved in the past. It may indicate that they are phasing out a product, choosing to focus on business in states where they can more easily demonstrate content alignment or some other business concern.
    In some cases, vendors have introduced new versions that replace previously approved assessments.
    In addition, the current approval process requires clarity, rigor and transparency in both technical aspects and content considerations. Not every vendor that applied was approved. Every vendor with assessments that were not approved was provided feedback and given the opportunity to respond. Some did, and some of those were approved as a result.
     

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    The cost information provided is general in some cases. Where can we get more specific information?
    The vendor’s contact information is provided for you to contact the vendor directly.

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Gifted

    The approved list does not include any screening or identification checklists of artistic behaviors. We are required to screen and identify students in these areas. What may we use?
    The Department is reviewing options to help districts and school with their needs in these areas. 

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    What is the difference between assessments that are approved for prescreening and those approved for identification?

    When an assessment is approved for identification, a student who receives a qualifying score must be identified as gifted. Scores that students receive from instruments approved for prescreening only cannot be used to identify students as gifted; these instruments can be used to identify a student for further gifted assessment.
    Some assessments listed for both prescreening and identification have a survey (brief) version or a particular battery that may be used for prescreening. Generally, the full versions of these assessments are approved for identification.
     

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    Where can we find more information about gifted screening and identification?
    Comprehensive guidance and an explanation of gifted screening and identification can be found at Gifted Screening and Identification.

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Third Grade Reading Alternative and Diagnostic Assessments

    Some assessments are approved as comparable for diagnostic and for the alternative standardized assessment, while others are approved only for one of these. Can you explain the differences?
    Complete information about testing associated with the Third Grade Reading Guarantee can be found on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee webpage.

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    Why isn’t the latest DIBELS assessment included on the approved list?
    The DIBELS 8th Edition is still in the process of compiling scoring data to align with Ohio’s requirement for “on track” reporting.
     

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Teacher and Principal Evaluation

    Are districts required to use the Ohio tests for state-tested grades and content, or can they use another assessment? What may districts use for grade/content combinations where there is no Ohio test and no approved test on the list?
    Complete information about the use of student growth measures for teacher evaluation can be found at Student Growth Measures for Teachers.

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    How does Senate Bill 216 change the requirements for teacher and principal evaluation for the 2019-2020 school year?
    Senate Bill 216, 132nd General Assembly, enacted changes to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. Further information on the system in place can be found at Current OTES System.
    Note: A voluntary pilot of the revised evaluation system will be conducted in 2019-2020. Information on this pilot can be found at 2019-2020 Project OTES Pilot.
     

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Last Modified: 6/20/2019 9:44:37 AM