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English Language Arts
Ohio’s State Tests 2015-16

 A variety of material has been released to help teachers prepare for the upcoming Ohio State Tests developed by the American Institute for Research based on Ohio’s New Learning Standards (which include Common Core for English Language Arts and Math). On this page we have included links to the resources that could prove useful for teachers in tested grades. These resources include test blueprints and performance level descriptors that are essential for guiding instruction.

Continue to check the Ohio Department of Education Learning Standards page (http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohios-Learning-Standards), the State Tests Updates page (http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/State-Test-Updates-for-2015_2016), and the Ohio State Tests Portal page (http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/) for the most recent updates.

English Language Arts

-- Test blueprints serve as a guide for test construction and provide an outline of the content and skills to be measured on the test. They contain information about individual tests, including the number of test items, the number of points on the test, and show how the learning standards are grouped in order to report the test results.
-- http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/ (Click on General Resources)

Performance Standards
-- This document summarizes the scale score ranges and performance standards of Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts and mathematics.
-- http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/ (Click on Reporting Resources)

Performance Level Descriptors
-- The American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the Ohio Department of Education assembled panels of Ohio stakeholders to review actual test questions to define what students should know or be able to do at each performance level.
-- http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/  (Click on Reporting Resources)

Vertical Alignments
-- The following standards for grades 6-12 offer a focus for instruction each year to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year's grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.
-- http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohios-Learning-Standards/English/Transition-Tools-Ohio-Learning-Standards-K-1

Text-Dependent Mini-Assessments K-12 (Achieve the Core)
A growing collection of English language arts / literacy mini-assessments that illustrate the shifts required by the Standards. These mini-assessments are designed for teachers to use either in the classroom, for self-learning, or in professional development settings.
-- http://achievethecore.org/dashboard/300/search/1/1/0/1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/page/1035/annotated-mini-assessments-list-pg

Fluency K-12 (Achieve the Core)
-- A collection of fluency resources for teachers to help build and assess student fluency and increase comprehension. Though fluency does not guarantee comprehension, lack of fluency guarantees students will not be able to comprehend text. However, research has shown that through regular practice students at all grade levels can improve their fluency skills dramatically in less than 1 school year. The resources below support assessment and practice of fluency.
-- http://achievethecore.org/dashboard/300/search/1/1/0/1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/page/981/fluency-resources-list-pg

Argument/Opinion Writing K-12
-- This Common Core instructional resource will help educators and students develop a clearer understanding of effective writing as described in the Standards and provides examples of writing integrated within the curriculum. This section focuses on CCSS.W.1: "Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence."
-- http://achievethecore.org/dashboard/300/search/1/1/0/1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/page/503/common-core-argument-opinion-writing-list-pg

Informative/Explanatory Writing K-12
-- This Common Core instructional resource will help educators and students develop a clearer understanding of effective writing as described in the Standards and provides examples of writing integrated within the curriculum. This section focuses on CCSS.W.2: "Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content."
-- http://achievethecore.org/dashboard/300/search/1/1/0/1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/page/504/common-core-informative-explanatory-writing-list-pg

Writing Rubrics
-- Two writing rubrics are available for grades 3 through 5: informative/explanatory and opinion. Two writing rubrics are available for grades 6 through high school: informative/explanatory and argumentation. Each rubric describes the score point characteristics across three domains.
-- http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/  (Click on Student Practice Resources then select English Language Arts)

Practice Site Guidance Document
-- This document provides guidance for the online practice tests and released items, including an overview of the available tests, how to sign into the Student Practice Site, and the available features.
-- http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/  (Click on Student Practice Resources then select English Language Arts)

Sample Item Answer Keys
-- The sample item answer keys include standards alignment information, the answer key, exemplars and scoring information.
-- http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/  (Click on Student Practice Resources then select Mathematics)

Student Practice Site
-- You can use this site to take sample online tests.
-- https://login1.cloud2.tds.airast.org/student/V145/Pages/LoginShell.aspx?c=Ohio_PT

-- This website provides reading passages and resources that build comprehension, including skill and strategy units, comprehension units, and novel study units. Passages are leveled and include question sets as well as read-aloud and paired texts. Topics include history and science/technical subjects which would assist with teaching the additional literacy standards that will be found on the ELA assessments. Resources are K-12.
-- http://www.readworks.org  


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