Ohio Achievement
Tests
Update
(B-1)
Ohio Department of Education
Office of Assessment
September 2008
09-05-08
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Purpose of This Session
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Highlight the main components of
statewide grades 3–8 Ohio Achievement
Tests (OAT) for 2008–2009
Highlight the changes in schedules and
procedures regarding the OAT for
2008–2009
Grades 3–8 Achievement
Testing Dates
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Fall Testing
o Grade 3, Reading: October 6–10, 2008
Spring Testing
o Grades 3–8 all subjects: April 20–May 8,
2009 (not a three-week test window)
No summer tests for grade 3 Reading;
however, summer intervention offers are still
required
Grade 3 Reading
Fall 2008 Schedule
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Districts may begin the test
administration any day during the week
of October 6–10; ODE does not dictate
a beginning date.
Any day after the initial administration is
a make-up day; for example, for a test
given on Monday, Tuesday–Friday are
make-up days.
Grade 3 Reading
Fall 2008 Results
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Grade 3 Reading results, downloadable
data and paper hard copy reports,
shipped to districts November 14, 2008
Grade 3 Reading results, interactive
online report, available November 28,
2008
Late batch results available December
15, 2008
Grade 3 Reading
Fall 2008
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No field-test questions will be used.
One form only; will not be designated
as form.
There is no Form A for the fall grade 3
reading test.
Grade 3 Reading
Fall 2008 Special Versions
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Braille test booklet
Large-print test booklet
English audio CD
Read aloud—test administrator reads
the test aloud to student
NO foreign-language CDs—districts
may have translators at the district’s
expense
Data Submission to Test Vendors for the OAT—
Needed for Accurate Score Reports
Class score report data can only be reported according to
information contained in these three columns in the Pre-ID file for
Reading test results.
Sample Pre-ID data:
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District
IRN
School
IRN
Student
Name
SSID
Reading
Class
Name
Reading
Class
Section
Number
Reading
Teacher
Name
000001
000002
John Doe
XX1234567
Reading
Period 2
Janet
Baker
Spring 2009 OAT Administration
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Eighteen operational achievement tests
Embedded field-test questions—will
have Forms A
Centralized pickup at designated
district location
Spring 2009 Dates
April 20–May 8
• Test window is not a three-week
window.
• Districts may choose a starting date:
April 20, 21 or 27.
• NOTE: April 27 allows four testing days,
initial administration must be completed
by May 1.
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Spring 2009 Schedule
Administration rules:
• All administrations must begin with the
Reading test.
• Test administration must follow this
sequence: R, M, W, Sc, SS.
• Initial test administration must be
completed within the first two weeks or
by May 1.
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2009 Schedule (Cont.)
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Administration rules (cont.):
Tests administered during the initial two
weeks must be picked up on Friday,
May 1— “rolling pickup”
The starting date for each grade-level
test administration must be district-wide
(e.g., all grade 3 Reading on same day
throughout the district).
2009 Schedule (Cont.)
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Any make-up test must be administered
within nine calendar days of the original
testing day.
Any make-up tests given during the
week of May 4 must be returned by
Friday, May 8.
2009 Schedule “Rolling Pickup”
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Determine when materials are picked up:
o If the district’s total enrollment in grades K–12 is
less than 2,500, pick-up will be May 1.
o If the district’s total enrollment in grades K–12 is
2,500 or more, but less than 7,000, pick-up will
be May 4.
o If the district’s total enrollment in grades K–12 is
7,000 or more, pick-up will be May 5.
Spring 2009 Results
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Electronic results available
June 15.
Hard-copy reports shipped to districts
June 29.
Spring 2009 Special Versions
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Braille test booklet
Large-print test booklet
English audio CD
Read aloud—test administrator reads
the test aloud to student
NOTE: Requires Form A test booklet
Spring 2009 Special Versions
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Foreign-language CDs:
o Spanish
o Somali
o Japanese
o Ukrainian
o Korean
Translator—reimbursed rate of $75 per
test per student
Spiraling—Multiple Forms
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Test booklets will be spiraled within the
shrink-wrapped packages that are distributed
to schools.
Multiple forms of test booklets (between
three and seven) will be assigned to each
school building.
Each test book will contain identical
“operational” test items used for assigning
scores to students.
Spiraling (Cont.)
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Each test form has different embedded
sets of field-test questions that are
used for item development and
possible placement on future tests.
Field-test items are not used in student
scores.
Spiraling (Cont.)
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Within a classroom, three to seven different
forms of test booklets are distributed to
students.
Certain accommodations require matching
test forms—for example, using a read-aloud
method, an English audio CD, a foreign
language CD, a Braille version, a large-print
test booklet.
Spiraling (Cont.)
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Sufficient quantities of Form A test
booklets must be ordered in February
when ordering special versions of tests
NOTE: All special versions of OAT are
based on Form A for that grade and
subject.
Release of 3–8 Achievement Test
Items
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Public release of tests July 1.
All 18 achievement tests are partial
item release.
No full release for any test.
Educational Choice Scholarships
Students eligible to apply for EdChoice
are currently attending a public school
that has been rated in Academic
Emergency or Academic Watch for two of
the past three years.
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EdChoice (Cont.)
Use of SSID:
• It must be included on the state assessment.
• If it is not on the test, this will delay the
process to confirm that the student took state
assessment.
• Non-confirmation will cause the student to
lose the scholarship.
• The SSID is on the EdChoice application.
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EdChoice (Cont.)
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EdChoice Scholarship Program
Toll-free number 877-644-6338 OR
e-mail [email protected]
Accelerated Testing and OAT
Test administration procedures:
• Students testing as accelerated must be identified
o in the Pre-ID file or
o By the appropriate bubble on demographic page
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o Record Changes System (NCS SchoolHouse®)
• Failure to properly identify students as “accelerated
tester” will delay processing and reporting
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Accelerated Testing and Ohio
Achievement Tests
Find the testing rules for accelerated
students at
• www.ode.state.oh.us,
• keywords: “Testing Rules for SubjectAccelerated Students”
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Contacts for Accelerated Testing
Questions
General accelerated testing rules:
• e-mail: [email protected]
or call 614-466-2650
• For questions regarding report card and
accountability calculations or EMIS
reporting, please contact your district’s
EMIS coordinator.
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Resources for Achievement Tests
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Released test questions from the spring 2008
administration available on the Score Report
and Released Items Web site at
success.ode.state.oh.us.
IMS Web site—test question annotations and
links to related model curriculum materials at
ims.ode.state.oh.us.
Practice tests on the Web site.
Contacts for OAT
Committees and Item Development
• Willa Brown ([email protected])
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Grades 4 and 5 Reading, grades 4 and 7 Writing
• Sharon Bowman ([email protected])
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Grades 6, 7 and 8 Mathematics, grades 5 and 8 Science
• Melissa Denniston ([email protected])
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Grades 6, 7 and 8 Reading
• Lana Hall ([email protected])
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Grades 3, 4 and 5 Mathematics, grades 5 and 8 Social
Studies
• Andrew Hinkle ([email protected])
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Grade 3 Reading
Test Administration, Scoring and Reporting Security
• Paula Mahaley ([email protected])
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Contacts
Office of Assessment:
• 614-466-0223
• 614-995-5568 (fax)
• www.ode.state.oh.us
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