What’s NEWs! Department of Academic Achievement and Professional Development December 2014 Which State Assessments Are We Required to Administer This Year? This school year all of our students in grades 3-9 will be participating in the new online state assessments that are aligned with the New Ohio Standards. The grades and content that will be assessed are below. Grade 3* 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 HS Subjects Assessed Reading, Math Reading, Math, Social Studies Reading, Math, Science Reading, Math, Social Studies Reading, Math Reading, Math, Science English I or II, Math I or II, Physical Science, OGT Reading, OGT Writing, OGT Math, OGT Social Studies, OGT Science American History, American Government *Students who score below 394 on the Fall OAA Reading will take the OAA Reading in the Spring. The Reading and Math assessments are designed by PARCC (Partnership of Readiness for College and Career). The Science and Social Studies assessments are designed by AIR (American Institute for Research). When Will These Tests Take Place? Grade Level/Content **Testing Window Grades 3-9 – Reading, Math, English I or II, Math or III, Performance Based Grades 5, 8, 9 – Science, Physical Science Performance Based Grades 4, 6, 10, 11 – Social Studies, American History, American Gov’t Performance Based February 16 – March 20 Reading – 3 sessions Math – 2 sessions Grade 10 – Ohio Graduation Test March 2 – 13 Science – 1 session March 2 – 13 Social Studies – 1 session March 16 – 20 Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies – 5 Sessions April 13 – May 15 Grades 3-9 – Reading, Math, English I Reading – 2 or II, Math I or II, End of sessions Course Math – 2 sessions Grades 5, 8, 9 – Science, May 4 – May 15 Physical Science Science – 1 session End of Course Grades 4, 6, 10, 11 – May 4 – May 15 Social Studies, American Social Studies – 1 History, American Gov’t. session End of Course **Each building will be creating its own testing schedule. Please check the building websites in January for those schedules. What Have the Teachers Been Doing to Get Our Children Ready? Worthington Schools has been transitioning to the New Ohio Standards for the last three years with full implementation this school year. District Administrators, Principals, Teacher Leaders and Instructional Coaches have been working with ALL teachers to ensure that the level of rigor in the classroom matches that of the new assessments. The new Worthington Graded Courses of Study can be found on the district website or click on this link – 2013 Graded Courses of Study (scroll down the page). The State Assessments will be conducted online using the District Chromebooks. This will provide us feedback in a timely manner in future years. Classroom teachers have embedded more use of technology in classroom instruction in order to provide authentic practice for their students. For more information on curriculum, instruction and assessment please visit our Parent Resource webpage (Academic Achievement Parent Resources).