Ohio students to 'test' the new tests

Dry run begins this month in 2,670 schools across the state.
TNS Regional News
Mar 7, 2014

 

More than 120,000 Ohio school children this spring will help the state fine tune the next generation of the high stakes assessments when state education officials begin field testing standardized tests covering math, English, science and social studies as well as course material for high school kids.

The Ohio Department of Education is doing a dry run through the tests beginning this month in 2,670 schools across the state. The field testing will help officials find glitches, fine tune questions, iron out technology issues and get feedback from teachers and students before the exams are rolled out for real in the 2014-15 academic year, said Sasheen Phillips, senior executive director of the Center for Curriculum and Assessment at the state education department.

The “Next Generation Assessments” will eventually replace the Ohio Graduation Test for the high school classes of 2017 and later as well as the Ohio Achievement Assessments administered in grades three through eight. The new tests, which will be given online, will be aligned to the new Common Core standards adopted by 45 states.

“They will be more rigorous because they’re aligned to our new standards, which are more rigorous,” Phillips said.

Field testing will begin March 24 for the new achievement assessments and will begin May 5 for the end-of-year tests taken by high school students. The scores on these field tests will not count.

Statewide, 290 districts volunteered to field test English and math assessments and 422 districts volunteered to try the science and social studies tests.

English and math tests are created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, PARCC, which are aligned to the Common Core standards. The science and social studies tests are based on standards developed by Ohio officials.

Some conservative state lawmakers are pushing bills to stop Ohio from using the common core standards and the PARCC assessment tests but state education officials are pressing on with the expectation that the new tests will be used in the 2014-15 academic year.

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By Laura A. Bischoff - Dayton Daily News, Ohio (MCT)

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Comments

Whitebuffalo

This isn't just about High School students. Better get your 2nd graders reading or they will be held back. I'm not talking about just reading "sight words" either. That's for kindergarten and 1st grade. The Norwalk school system is FAR behind on common core. I hope the admins have thought about this one!! My poor kid went from good grades in Norwalk to failing in an NC school since she was so far behind the common core standards.