Diagnostic Assessments

Ohio’s diagnostic assessments are aligned to Ohio’s Learning Standards. The primary purpose of the diagnostic assessments is to provide a tool to check the progress of students toward meeting the standards. The diagnostic assessments were developed in two formats:

  • Screener:  measures beginning year skills
  • Full Measure:  measures end-of-year skills

Based on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, districts/schools must administer a reading diagnostic assessment to all students in kindergarten through grade three. Districts must administer a reading diagnostic assessment to students in grades 1 through grade 3 by Sept. 30 and to students in kindergarten by Nov. 1 of each school year to meet the requirements of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Districts have the option of using the state-developed diagnostics or a vendor assessment on the Department’s approved list of diagnostic assessments.  For kindergarten, districts may also choose to use the Language and Literacy portion of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment to meet the reading diagnostic requirement. Districts who use the state-developed diagnostics must print the assessments locally. 

All results must be reported into EMIS. Student results will be reported as on-track and not on-track.  (Note: On the Student Score Sheet, students who score in the category of "further assessment may be needed" is considered "on track". However, it is strongly encouraged to provide interventions to these students.)

Note: Per changes in ORC 3301.079(D)(3), beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, school districts will not be required to administer the mathematics or writing diagnostics in grades one and two or the writing diagnostic in grade three, but may do so at the discretion of the district board. 

Please direct any questions on the diagnostic assessments to statetests@education.ohio.gov.

Third Grade Reading Guarantee Guidance Manual

Ohio Diagnostic Assessment

Last Modified: 5/4/2020 1:05:22 PM