This year at Cardinal Local Schools, your son or daughter will be participating in various classroom, district, and state-level assessments that will help to communicate academic progress and to prescribe relevant research-based instructional strategies integral to the Response to Intervention process. The MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test from assessment vendor, NWEA, is one such test that will be given 3 times throughout the school year to students in grades K-8 in the areas of Reading, Mathematics, and Language Usage (grades 3-8 only). This test is given on the Chromebook and adaptive to the student’s level of understanding in that particular area of assessment.
The Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) will not be given this year as it has in years past. This year, students will be taking the Grade 3 ELA test developed by AIR (American Institutes for Research) in December and again in April.
The Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) will again be given to students in grades 11 or 12 who have not yet passed either the Reading, Writing, Math, Science, or Social Studies test in late October. The OGT will be given to students in grade 10 for the first time or in grades 11 and 12 if necessary in mid-March in the same content areas.
As part of the 2016-2018 budget bill, the General Assembly directed the Ohio Department of Education to transition to new assessments for the 2015-2016 school year in Mathematics and English/Language Arts. Per the new law, Ohio will cease the use of PARCC tests. Instead, ODE is working with AIR – which has provided Ohio’s Science and Social Studies assessments – to develop Ohio’s Math and English/Language Arts tests. The new tests will use the same testing platform and other services that AIR already has offered Ohio. These will be Ohio’s tests and will align to Ohio’s standards. Students will be tested in grades 3-8 English/Language Arts and Mathematics, grades 4 & 6 Social Studies, and grades 5 & 8 Science. At the high school level, students will be tested in English/Language Arts 1 & 2, Algebra 1, Geometry, Math 1 & 2, Biology, Physical Science, American History, and American Government. These 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.
Students who have been identified as English Language Learners (ELLs) will be required to take the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century this year instead of the OTELA which has been given in years past. The ELPA21 measures your child’s proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, listening to, and understanding English. ELPA21 is a computer -based test that is designed to be engaging and interactive. It includes innovative questions that reflect classroom and real -world scenarios. This assessment is based on the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards, which are designed to address the language abilities that students need to be successful in school and beyond.
Ohio’s Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) is aligned to Ohio’s Learning Standards–Extended (OLS-E) and designed to allow students with significant cognitive disabilities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in an appropriately rigorous assessment. The AASCD will be administered by grade band (3-5, 6-8, HS). Students in grades 3 and 7 will be assessed in English/Language Arts and Mathematics. Students in grades 4 and 6 will be assessed in English/Language Arts, Mathematics and Social Studies. Students in grades 5 and 8 will be assessed in English/Language Arts, Mathematics and Science. Students taking the HS-AASCD will be assessed in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
Lastly, Kindergarten students will be participating in the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment alongside their teachers and classmates from the beginning of the school year until the beginning of November. Students in grade 2 will be taking the CoGAT in April, an assessment that helps in identifying students who are gifted in the areas of superior cognitive ability (general intelligence).
Building administration, guidance counselors, and teachers will be communicating specific testing dates throughout the school year. As well, if you have any questions at any time, please don’t hesitate to seek out their professional knowledge of the testing experience. Please ensure your child’s best performance on these tests by encouraging your child to go to bed early the night before and to eat a nutritious breakfast the morning of testing. As well, please support your child by encouraging them that these tests are simply a way to show what they know and our Huskies know A LOT! Best Wishes for a happy and successful testing year!
Yours in Education,
Mrs. Sherry Peters
District Testing Coordinator