Student Readiness Toolkits

Student Readiness Toolkits

What are the Student Readiness Toolkits?

The Toolkits are standards-based guides designed to help educators determine students’ levels of educational attainment when starting the new school year. The toolkits include curriculum and assessment materials, which may help identify instructional gaps and determine instructional priorities.

How should the Toolkits be used?

Understanding the level of knowledge acquisition and understanding for each student is important for teachers and schools. This understanding can inform instructional practices and the structure of the learning experience for students. The following are some of the ways the toolkits can be used:

Data-informed continuous improvement. Most schools and districts already have data-informed continuous improvement processes in place, either through deep engagement in the Ohio Improvement Process or through similar improvement frameworks. These supports could be integrated in Teacher-Based Teams (TBTs) or other collaborative planning approaches. 

Instruction and standards. A Gap Analysis tool is available to help identify what learning standards were taught before and during remote learning to identify potential gaps. The Gap Analysis should be used with other resources such as the Learning Progressions, Critical Areas of Focus and Model Curriculum to plan for instruction.

Assessment supports. Most schools have vendor-based or district-created assessment systems. To complement those tools, the Department has created additional assessment supports to help teachers gain understanding about each child's knowledge, skills, abilities and learning needs. Readiness data collected by teachers can assist with monitoring student progress toward the achievement of Ohio's Learning Standards.

The Department is working to develop additional support materials including online testing resources in the state testing portal. More information on these online Benchmarking assessments is forthcoming.

Effective Planning. During this time of uncertainty and limited resources, it is more important than ever to have a plan for student supports that is tightly aligned and targeted to meet students and educators' priority needs. The toolkits may provide key data on student readiness and instructional priorities.

Regional Data Leads (RDLs). Regional Data Leads (RDLs) are education professionals who promote the use of student performance data among other educators regionally, both to strengthen professional practice and improve learning for all students. Regional Data Leads are located at Educational ;Service Centers and within State Support Teams throughout the state. They are valuable resources to educators and administrators as they work together to make data-informed decisions to best support student learning during and after this public health crisis. Contact information is available here


English Language Arts

  • English Language Arts Student Readiness Toolkit PowerPoint (Narrated version)
  • Overview Document - Student Readiness Toolkit for English Language Arts
  • Student Readiness Gap Analysis may be used to create a record of the learning opportunities students had during 2019-2020 to help inform teachers in fall 2020 where English language arts knowledge and skills may differ from typical years.
  • Vertical Alignment documents, represented by strand, show how the standards progress from kindergarten through grade 12 for each of the college and career readiness anchor standards.
  • Learning Progressions are found before and after the Content Elaborations section of the Model Curriculum. Progression statements provide educators with a general description of the knowledge and skills students learned prior to that grade level/band, and the knowledge and skills students are expected to learn in the next grade level/band. Progressions reflect the gradual development of skills over time. The educators who updated the model curriculum paid particular attention to vertically align these progressions, which means that they represent the way the standards' skills and knowledge build on one another and increase in complexity from kindergarten to the anchor standards.
  • The Model Curriculum is a tool that provides educators with information that clarifies the learning standards and sets the foundation for planning and developing instruction aligned to Ohio's Learning Standards for English Language Arts. As educators begin to use this tool, it is important to understand how all of the components work together to accomplish the goal of educating Ohio students.
  • Ohio's Learning Standards for English Language Arts
  • Using Passage Text Sets to Plan Instruction
    • ELA Passage Text Sets - These documents contain the released passages and test items organized in text sets. The texts sets are specific to a grade level and text type (literary or informational). Each text set contains literary or informational passages and the associated reading and writing test items. A link to the scoring guide is provided on the cover of each text set.
    • ELA Passage Tracker Tool - These documents contain grade-specific spreadsheets that identify the passage/passage set by text type (literary or informational). Each passage tracker identifies the reading and writing learning standards that are assessed by the test items associated with each of the passage/passage sets.
  • Depth of Knowledge Resources for ELA - The depth of knowledge (DOK) level describes the level of understanding required to answer a question or perform an activity not whether the task is considered “difficult.” What mental processing, or cognitive rigor, must occur for a student to complete the task?
  • Assessment Resources for English Language Arts


Student Readiness Assessment Item release Guides

Grade 3 - 8
Grade 3 Student / Teacher Grade 6 Student / Teacher
Grade 4 Student / Teacher Grade 7 Student / Teacher
Grade 5 Student / Teacher Grade 8 Student / Teacher
High School
Algebra 1 Student / Teacher

Assessment Literacy Tools

“Assessment Literacy is defined as the knowledge of means for assessing what students know and can do, how to interpret the results from these assessments, and how to apply these results to improve student learning and program effectiveness.”   ~ Norman Webb
Teachers understand and use varied assessments to inform instruction, evaluate and ensure student learning. Some fundamental assessment literacy tools that can be used to develop classroom assessments are given below.
  • Test Specifications - The Ohio Department of Education has released a set of test specification documents, including descriptions of the assessment components and item types, assessment blueprints, and item specifications, to help educators and the general public better understand the design of Ohio's State Tests. These documents are used to guide the development of the Ohio's State Tests.
  • Test Blueprints - Test blueprints serve as a guide for test construction and provide an outline of the content and skills to be measured on the test. They contain information about individual tests, including the number of test items, the number of points on the test, and show how the learning standards are grouped in order to report the test results. All learning standards identified on the blueprint are eligible to appear on a test form and should be taught during instruction.

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