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Ohio's State Tests

9/28/2021

Fall 2021 English Language Arts Online Writing Pilot Administration 

Districts, schools and classrooms with students in grades 4 through high school are invited to participate in the voluntary online writing pilot to determine the feasibility of test questions intended for future use on Ohio’s State Tests. 

The online pilot will be administered Nov. 1-19 and uses the operational testing systems (TIDE, Secure Browser and TA Interface). The pilot includes writing prompts of English language arts (ELA) tests for grades 3-8 and the high school ELA II end-of-course (EOC) test.  Students take the test of the previous year’s enrolled grade. To participate, students need to be preidentified with their current enrolled grades in TIDE. The correct grade level pilot test is automatically assigned in the Test Delivery System. 

2021 Fall Grade 3 English Language Arts Materials Delivery and Additional Orders Window 

Districts that placed orders in TIDE by Aug. 23 will have their materials delivered Oct. 4. TIDE will be open for additional orders Oct. 5-Nov. 3. District test coordinators place orders under the “Paper Orders Grade 3 ELA Fall 2021” administration in TIDE and must provide a reason for their requests in the comments field. All orders are subject to Department approval.    

To access any Orders task, the district test coordinator must first confirm contact information and the shipping address under the Verify Contact Information task. If an update to the shipping address is required, the district test coordinator must contact the Ohio Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809 to request a change before placing an order.   

Districts and schools schedule their five-consecutive school-day test administrations during Oct. 18-Nov. 5. Make-up testing must be completed within the district’s or school’s five-consecutive school-day test window.  

2021 Ohio’s State Tests Fall Manuals 

The fall 2021 manuals are available for download from the test portal. District test coordinators, building test coordinators and test administrators must review the information in the manuals prior to testing. 

Range-Finding Committees for English Language Arts 

The Ohio Department of Education (The Department) is currently seeking participants and accepting applications for participants to serve on range-finding committees for English language arts (ELA).  Ohio’s educators, content specialists and other stakeholders play a vital role in creating valid and reliable assessments by serving on these committees. 

Range-finding committees are necessary whenever a test contains “open-ended” questions which for ELA are essays. Using sample student responses, these committees establish the range of acceptable responses from no credit to partial credit to complete credit. Range-finding committees make recommendations to the Department to ensure all written-response test questions are scored accurately, fairly and consistently. 

Committees are specific to each Ohio’s State Test (OST) in ELA (for example, OST in Grade 5 ELA or ELA II EOC test). Ohio educators who serve as assessment committee members represent the diversity of Ohio’s schools and districts: public, nonpublic, career technical, urban, suburban and rural. Some may work in higher education or serve in school districts as curriculum specialists or administrators, but the majority of the committee members are classroom teachers with varied years of teaching experience in the appropriate grade levels and areas of study.  

These ELA range-finding committees will convene for a limited series of virtual meetings. They are not ongoing committees. Meetings will be held in January and February 2022 only but will span several days. After you apply to participate on one of the committees, you will be able to indicate which dates you are available to serve. The dates for each of the grade level meetings are listed below.   

Grade Level 

Meeting Dates 

Grade 3, Part 1 

Feb. 9 - 11 

Grade 3, Part 2 

Feb. 14 - 16 

Grade 4 

Jan. 18 - 21 

Grade 5 

Jan. 31 - Feb. 4 

Grade 6 

Jan. 24 - 27 

Grade 7, Part 1 

Jan. 18 - 21 

Grade 7, Part 2 

Feb. 14 - 16 

Grade 8 

Feb. 7 - 11 

High School (ELA II), Part 1 

Jan. 24 - 28 

High School (ELA II), Part 2 

Jan. 31 - Feb. 4 

High School (ELA II), Part 3 

Feb. 17 - 18 

These meetings will be held virtually.  

Please note the following: 

  1. All eligible meeting participants will have the cost of substitute teachers directly reimbursed to school districts. Participants will receive reimbursement guidelines at the meeting.  

  1. These meetings require participants’ full attention and engagement as if it was an in-person meeting. The materials discussed are secure. Therefore, please be sure you have a secure location in which to work where no one else will see or hear the meeting or the meeting materials and you will be uninterrupted. 

  1. Participants will receive certificates from the Department, Office of Assessment, that can be used for LPDC credit approximately 4-6 weeks after the meetings are completed. 

Those who are interested in participating on one of the ELA range-finding committees should complete this application.  

Applicants should describe their experiences in education, including expertise with Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts. Please be sure to identify grade level choice, ELA as the content area assignment and range-finding as the committee preference. Submit applications by 11 p.m. EST, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. Selected applicants will receive notification by the week of Nov. 22, 2021. 

Please be sure to include an active email address for notifications. Applications MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED to be considered for participation on a committee. 

Once the Office of Assessment has received your completed application, a link will be sent to indicate your availability. Please indicate at least two days that you are able to attend. Having all committee members attend the entire meeting allows for the best personal experience and the most consistent process; however, the Office of Assessment understands that being away from the classroom for several days is not always possible or beneficial to your students. 

The Department hopes you will consider participating in this very important work. Your experience and expertise can serve a crucial role in the development of Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts.  

If you have any questions, please email the Office of Assessment at statetests@education.ohio.gov.