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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.
Science
  • Science Standards

    • The State Board of Education has adopted the more rigorous Ohio’s New Learning Standards: Science as part of Ohio's Learning Standards for academic learning. The Ohio Department of Education advised Ohio classrooms to fully adopt the Ohio's Learning Standards for kindergarten to grade 12 by 2014-2015. Ohio is now basing its state assessments on these standards.

    • http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohios-Learning-Standards/Science

       

  • Literary Standards in Science

  • Implementing Scientific Practices

  • Scientific Inquiry Primer

  • Blueprints (Science and Social Studies)

    • The Ohio Department of Education has released a set of Draft test specification documents, including description of the assessment components and item types, assessment blueprints, and item specifications, to help educators and the general public better understand the design of Ohio’s State Tests in Science and Social Studies. These documents are used to guide the development of the Ohio’s State Tests for Science and Social Studies.

    • http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/. (Click on General Resources).

       

  • Performance Standards

  • Performance Level Descriptors

    • The Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) are the link between Ohio’s Learning Standards and performance standards. They were developed by Ohio educators and other content experts to recommend the most appropriate implementation of content and skills for Ohio’s State Tests for Science and Social Studies as part of the Standard Setting process. 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. The feedback from the Ohio stakeholders during the standard setting process was compiled and analyzed to determine the cut scores to rank student performance. The Ohio stakeholder recommendations for cut scores were shared with the State Board of Education and approved at the September 2015 board meeting.

    • http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/. (Click on Reporting Resources)

  • Calculator Guidance

    • Information about the recommended and allowable calculators for the high school Physical Science test can be found on the Ohio Department of Education website.

    • http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/. (Click on Student Practice Resources then select Science)

       

  • Science Tools

    • Three additional tools are available in the Student Testing Site and Practice Test Site for the Physical Science tests. The reference sheet and periodic table can be downloaded and printed. The scientific calculator is fully functional and identical to the calculator available in the tests.

    • http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/. (Click on Student Practice Resources then select Science)

       

  • Science Practice Tests Scoring Guides

    • These documents provide the answer keys and scoring guides for the Science Practice Tests available on the Student Practice Site. They include the item type, the content standard and content statement assessed, an answer key (for some item types) and the number of points associated with each item. They also include the guidelines for scoring (i.e., scoring rubrics), sample responses and notes on scoring and rationales that describe why response options are correct or incorrect.

    • http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/. (Click on Student Practice Resources then select Science)

       

  • 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. Additional information about the Test Administrator Practice Site and the Student Practice Site is available in the Test Administrator User Guide.

    • http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/. (Click on Student Practice Resources then select Science)

       

  • Paper Science Practice Tests

    • These documents contain the items from the online science practice tests that can be rendered on paper. These PDFs can be downloaded and printed for use as practice tests in place of the online practice tests.

    • http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/. (Click on Student Practice Resources then select Science)

       

  • Paper Science Practice Tests Answer Document

    • These answer documents can be used in conjunction with the paper practice tests for students to record responses.

    • http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/. (Click on Student Practice Resources then select Science)

       

  • Science Item Release Tests Scoring Guides

    • These documents provide the answer keys and scoring guides for the Spring 2015 Science Item Release Tests available on the Student Practice Site. They include the item type, the content standard and content statement assessed, an answer key (for some item types) and the number of points associated with each item. They also include the guidelines for scoring (i.e., scoring rubrics), sample responses and notes on scoring and rationales that describe why response options are correct or incorrect.

    • http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/. (Click on Student Practice Resources then select Science)

       

  • Student Practice Site

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