Once a year and less time – 2015-2016 State Testing Changes
There have been several significant state testing changes since last year we need to communicate. Most notably, there will be fewer minutes spent on state testing this year. Additionally, Ohio’s 2015-2016 state tests were developed specifically for Ohio. More than 250 Ohio teachers were selected to create test blueprints, and evaluate test questions and related test materials so that each question is valid and appropriate to measure Ohio’s Learning Standards. Ohio contracted with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to develop the English Language Arts and Math tests for 2015-16. AIR has worked with Ohio for more than a decade to develop tests such as the OGT and the OAA.
Here are a few key facts about state testing for 2015-2016:
• Ohio’s state tests are shorter this year.
Ohio legislators heard the concerns of educators and families and reduced the number of test sessions. Each test is now approximately 180 minutes long and may be divided into two shorter sessions. Specific testing schedules will be sent out by each school.
• Ohio’s 2015-16 state tests are specific to the same grades and subjects as last year.
Grades 3-8: English Language Arts and Math
Grades 4 and 6: Social Studies
Grades 5 and 8: Science
High School: Classes of 2018 and beyond - English Language Arts 9 and 10; Math I, Math II; Biology (or Physical Science for Class of 2018 only); and American History and American Government. These assessments are related to graduation requirements. LHS will send out more information to high school families.
Classes of 2016 and 2017: Ohio Graduation Tests, American History, American Government
• Ohio has testing data protections in place.
FERPA prohibits the public release of student-level data by state education agencies. Ohio House Bill 487 further enhanced existing student data privacy laws.
This year the state assessment window for grades 3-8, and spring block and full year high school courses will begin on April 4. Fall block testing at the high school may begin November 30.
Loveland families and educators know that state assessment is just one small part of the Tiger educational program. Our teachers provide classroom experiences that go far above and beyond state minimum expectations. However, the assessments are an important part of our state and local accountability system. We believe that the tests provide an opportunity for our students to show skills they have mastered and allow educators to ensure that our students continue to achieve at high levels as compared across the state.
As always, we thank you for sharing your students with us.
In service to our Tigers,
Amy C. Crouse, Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning