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State Assessments
Ohio’s State Tests

Information for Students and Families

WHY DO WE HAVE STATE TESTS?
Ohio’s State Tests measure student progress toward Ohio’s Learning Standards. They help us make sure every Ohio student receives a high-quality education. Student test results show that students have the knowledge and skills they need to move successfully to their next steps in education or a career. That’s why federal and state laws require state testing for specific grades and subjects.

We use the results from state tests in creating Ohio school and district report cards, which show parents and school leaders how well our students are performing. State tests are one way we identify schools and districts that need additional support and recognize those that have done a great job of helping all students learn.
 
ARE THESE OHIO TESTS?
Yes. State law requires the Ohio Department of Education to develop state tests in mathematics, English language arts, science and social studies with the help of Ohio educators. To build these new tests, the department works with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), one of the country’s largest student assessment providers. The role of Ohio educators is to help review the questions and the way the test is constructed.

HOW LONG IS A STATE TEST?
Each test has two parts. Districts can choose whether their students take both parts in one sitting or take part 1 on one day and part 2 on another day. Each test allows test-takers a maximum amount of time, which varies from 2.5 to 3.5 hours.

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE TESTS?
Starting in the 2016-2017 school year, Ohio will, with limited exception, move to online testing for all students, schools and districts. All students will take state tests online unless schools and districts meet one of three allowable exceptions. Districts can request paper test forms if they have: students with disabilities who are unable to use computers due to their disabilities, as documented on their individualized education plans or Section 504 plans; students who are unable to access online tests due to religious beliefs; or inadequate technology capacity to assess all of their students online during the allowable test window.

IN WHICH GRADES AND SUBJECTS DO STUDENTS TAKE STATE TESTS?
Grades 3-8 English language arts and mathematics
Grades 4 and 6 Social studies
Grades 5 and 8 Science

High School
Classes of 2018 and beyond – End-of-course tests in English language arts I and II; algebra I, geometry, and integrated mathematics I and II; Biology and American History and American Government.  For additional information, please visit the graduation requirements section at education.ohio.gov.

WHEN ARE THE TESTS?

Districts will select a series of consecutive school days for testing within a specified window. Students will not take tests on every one of these consecutive days; schools will communicate the specific days when students in each grade and/or subject will test.
 
Fall Testing
For grade 3 English Language Arts – Districts will select five consecutive days within the November window. 
 
Winter Testing
High school end-of-course tests – Districts will select 10 consecutive school days during the early December to mid-January window.  This testing window is only for high school students needing re-testing based on previous Spring testing results.

Spring Test Days

Districts will select 15 consecutive school days during the windows specified by the State each year.  The 15-day test schedules for the two groups of tests may overlap. 
• English Language Arts for all students:  typically mid-March to mid-April
• Mathematics, Science and Social Studies:  typically early April to early May.

HOW CAN I STAY IN THE KNOW ABOUT THE NEW STATE TESTS?

Please visit the State Tests Updates website. You also can register here to receive updates when they are posted.
Testing Calendar

The list below shows 15 calendar posting of upcoming dates posted to the testing calendar.  To view, search or filter additional events, click on the calendar above.  Click "Show Options", choose "Testing Calendar" , choose "View Monthly" and apply the filtering options.


STAR CLOSES: 3/4-3/22
Fri Mar 22 2019
AIR Grade4 ELA 1 (AM)
Wed Apr 3 2019
TIDE ELA 7 (90)
Wed Apr 3 2019
TIDE ELA 6 (90)
Wed Apr 3 2019
AIR Grade4 ELA 2 (AM)
Thu Apr 4 2019
TIDE ELA 6 (90)
Thu Apr 4 2019
TIDE ELA 7 (90)
Thu Apr 4 2019
SLO Window
Fri Apr 5 2019
AIR Grade5 ELA 1 (AM)
Mon Apr 8 2019
TIDE ELA 8 (90)
Mon Apr 8 2019
TIDE ELA 10 (90)
Mon Apr 8 2019
AIR Grade5 ELA 2 (AM)
Tue Apr 9 2019
TIDE ELA 10 (90)
Tue Apr 9 2019
TIDE ELA 8 (90)
Tue Apr 9 2019
AIR Grade3 ELA 1 (AM)
Wed Apr 10 2019
Heath City School District
107 Lancaster Drive, Heath, OH 43056
Phone: 740-238-7110 | Fax: 740-238-7053
Heath High School
300 Licking View Drive, Heath, OH  43056
Phone:  740-238-7150 | Fax:  740-238-7079
Heath Middle School
310 Licking View Dr, Heath, OH 43056
Phone: 740-238-7140 | Fax: 740-238-7072
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Stevenson Elementary
152 Cynthia Street, Heath, OH 43056
Phone:  740-238-7130 | Fax: 740-238-7066
Garfield Elementary School
680 South 30th Street, Heath, OH  43056
Phone:  740-238-7120 | Fax: 740-238-7060
107 Lancaster Drive, Heath, OH 43056
P: 740.522.2702

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