Ohio's Next Generation Assessments to Replace Ohio Achievement Assessments
This year, students in grades 3-8 will take a new and different set of state achievement tests that are based on Ohio’s New Learning Standards. Both the standards and new tests reflect higher expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math, English language arts, science and social studies. Assessments will measure whether students are meeting expectations in the new learning standards to be ready for college and careers in the 21st century. The new state assessments for 2014-2015 are computer-based and will require students to demonstrate knowledge through the skills of critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration.
In grades 3-8 math, the new state tests will replace the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA).
The new tests also will replace the OAAs in grades 4-8 English language arts. All grade 3 students will take the OAA in reading this fall. Students who reach a promotion score on that test will switch to the state’s new third-grade reading test next spring. Those who do not receive a promotion score will take the OAA in reading again next spring.
The new state tests also replace the grade 5 and 8 science tests and bring back the social studies tests at grades 4 and 6.
Each of these state tests has two parts. The first is performance-based. Students will provide answers and explain how and why they chose them. The second part is an end-of-course exam in which students simply select responses. A student’s final score will combine the scores from both parts.
If you have questions about the new state tests, contact your child’s teacher.
Would you be ready? Use the links below to try sample questions.
Grade 3 Math: http://ccsstoolbox.agilemind.com/parcc/elementary_3758_1.html
Grade 4 Math: http://ccsstoolbox.agilemind.com/parcc/elementary_4.html
Grade 6 Math: http://ccsstoolbox.agilemind.com/parcc/middle_1.html
Grade 7 Math: http://ccsstoolbox.agilemind.com/parcc/middle_5.html
High School Math: http://ccsstoolbox.agilemind.com/parcc/highschool_3831_1.html
English Language Arts:
Grade 3 ELA: http://www.parcconline.org/samples/english-language-artsliteracy/grade-3-ebsr-end-year-assessment
Grade 7 ELA: http://www.parcconline.org/samples/english-language-artsliteracy/grade-7-prose-constructed-response-research-simulation-task-0
Grade 10 ELA: http://www.parcconline.org/samples/english-language-artsliteracy/grade-10-ebsr-literary-analysis-task
Science & Social Studies:
Grades 4-8 & HS: http://oh.portal.airast.org/OH_FieldTest/students/
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What's Changing in Ohio Education
There are several initiatives impacting Ohio schools over the next few years. These are several one page handouts that explain some of the big issues along with timelines of key implementation dates.
Ohio's New Learning Standards
School and District Report Cards
Ohio's New Local Report Card Design
Timeline for Change