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Update on State Testing

Posted on: February 10, 2015

There have been changes in standardized testing in Ohio for the 2014-15 school year. Passing all five sections of the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) is still a graduation requirement for students currently in grades 10-12.  Beginning with the class of 2018 (current freshmen), the OGT has been replaced with seven state End-of-Course tests as a graduation requirement.  Each test is taken in the year in which the student takes the course.   The tests that will be given this year are English 9, Math I, and Math II.  Students in grades 7 and 8 who are taking Math I or Math II will take these exams in place of the grade 7 or 8 math test.

New state tests will replace the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAAs) for grades 3-8. Students in grades 4-8 will take the PARCC assessments in English Language Arts and Math.  Students in grades 5 and 8 will take the Ohio assessments in science.  Students in grades 4 and 6 and high school students taking American History and American Government will take the Ohio assessments in social studies.  Third graders will be taking the PARCC assessment in math, but will take the OAA in English Language Arts due to the requirements of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. 

All of the tests (English, math, science, and social studies) are composed of two parts: Performance-based Assessments (PBA) and End-of-course Assessments (EOC). The PBA testing window is February 16-March 20, and the EOC testing window is April 13-May 15.

Testing dates vary by building and have been communicated by the building principals to parents via the weekly newsletters.

Tests by Grade Level (pdf)

PARCC

Ohio is among 13 states that are working as a consortium, called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and mathematics. The assessments are based on what it takes to become ready for college and careers. States will administer the PARCC tests during the 2014-2015 school year. Milford participated in a pilot last year for PARCC (ELA and Math) to better prepare us for the administration of these tests this year.

Opt-Out Information

There is no law that allows a parent or student to opt out of state testing and there is no state test opt-out procedure or form. There are consequences for students, teachers and districts when students do not participate in state tests. The Ohio Department of Education has resources detailing these consequences on their website. Please click here for more information.

You can also direct questions on the state tests to the Ohio Department of Education at statetests@education.ohio.gov.