What are the Student Readiness Toolkits?

The Toolkits are standards-based guides designed to help educators determine students’ levels of educational attainment when starting the new school year. The toolkits include curriculum and assessment materials, which may help identify instructional gaps and determine instructional priorities.

 

How should the Toolkits be used?

Understanding the level of knowledge acquisition and understanding for each student is important for teachers and schools. This understanding can inform instructional practices and the structure of the learning experience for students. The following are some of the ways the toolkits can be used:

 

Data-informed continuous improvement. Most schools and districts already have data-informed continuous improvement processes in place, either through deep engagement in the Ohio Improvement Process or through similar improvement frameworks. These supports could be integrated in Teacher-Based Teams (TBTs) or other collaborative planning approaches. 

Instruction and standards. A Gap Analysis tool is available to help identify what learning standards were taught before and during remote learning to identify potential gaps. The Gap Analysis should be used with other resources such as the Learning Progressions, Critical Areas of Focus and Model Curriculum to plan for instruction.

Assessment supports. Most schools have vendor-based or district-created assessment systems. To complement those tools, the Department has created additional assessment supports to help teachers gain understanding about each child’s knowledge, skills, abilities and learning needs. Readiness data collected by teachers can assist with monitoring student progress toward the achievement of Ohio’s Learning Standards.

The Department is working to develop additional support materials including online testing resources in the state testing portal. More information on these online Benchmarking assessments is forthcoming.

Effective Planning. During this time of uncertainty and limited resources, it is more important than ever to have a plan for student supports that is tightly aligned and targeted to meet students and educators’ priority needs. The toolkits may provide key data on student readiness and instructional priorities.


Regional Data Leads (RDLs). Regional Data Leads (RDLs) are education professionals who promote the use of student performance data among other educators regionally, both to strengthen professional practice and improve learning for all students. Regional Data Leads are located at Educational Service Centers and within State Support Teams throughout the state. They are valuable resources to educators and administrators as they work together to make data-informed decisions to best support student learning during and after this public health crisis. Contact information is available here. 


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Student Readiness Assessment Item release Guides

 

  • Practice Tests and Sample Test Items – Both practice tests and sample test items allow students to view and answer test questions that are like those that could appear on state tests. Teachers and parents also may use related resources to help their students know what to expect.  

    • Student Practice Site
    • Student Testing Site Tutorials: Testing Tools – These tutorials provide information about the online Student Testing Site. Part 1 walks through the student sign-in process and navigation. Part 2 covers the tools available to students. 
    • Student Practice Resources – Mathematics

      • Online Practice Test and Item Release Scoring Guides – These documents provide the answer keys and scoring guides for the Math Practice Tests and various released items available on the Student Practice Site. They include the item type, the content strand and content statement assessed, an answer key 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. Math tools such as online calculators and reference sheets are also included as part of these resources.
      • Paper Test Materials

        • Math Paper Practice Tests – These documents contain the items from the online math 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.
        • Math Paper Practice Test Answer Documents
        • Math Large Print Paper Practice Tests – These large print documents contain the items from the online math practice tests that can be rendered on paper. These PDFs can be downloaded and printed for use as large print practice tests in place of the online practice tests. The large print practice tests can be used with the existing paper practice test answer documents and scoring guides available on the test portal and listed in these practice resources.
        • Grade 3 Math Paper Item Release – These documents contain the released items from the online math tests that also appeared on paper. These PDFs can be downloaded and printed for use as practice in place of the online released items. The paper item release can be used with the existing item release scoring guides available on the test portal and listed in these practice resources.
        • Grade 3 Math Large Print Paper Item Release – These large print documents contain the released items from the online math tests that also appeared on paper. These PDFs can be downloaded and printed for use as large print practice. The large print paper item release can be used with the existing item release scoring guides available on the test portal and listed in these practice resources.

  • The Restart Readiness Assessments Portal contains a suite of optional assessment tools for students in grades 3 through high school that have been developed by the Ohio Department of Education in collaboration with Cambium Assessment, Inc. Comprised of two components, Benchmark Tests and Checkpoint Assessments, the purpose of these assessments is to provide educators with actionable performance data using assessments that have been aligned with Ohio’s Learning Standards and built using items from Ohio’s State Tests.

    • Benchmark tests are full-length assessments that mirror the content and test characteristics of Ohio’s State Tests in terms of length, test specifications, blueprints and tools available to students (such as the calculator). These benchmark tests will be machine-scored, allowing reporting in near real-time to give teachers rapid access to results. Mirroring Ohio’s State Tests also allows for reporting measures that are familiar to Ohio educators, such as performance levels. Results will be reported in a new, innovative reporting system, with additional tools to assist teachers in understanding and using the data. To aid teachers in connecting assessment results with instruction, the Department is providing resources specific to each benchmark test, including instructional strategies, content information and learning activities.
    • Checkpoint assessments consist of six to 10 items and offer a range of opportunities to assess within each reporting category. Items offer varying levels of difficulty or complexity, as well as breadth of Ohio’s Learning Standards for the reporting category. To a large extent, these assessments will be machine-scored. Raw scores (the number of items correct) will be provided in the new reporting system. As part of a balanced system of local informal and formative assessments, the checkpoint assessments will provide useful information in gauging students’ knowledge and performance within each reporting category.

  • Data gathered by these readiness assessments will be available for analysis using the Centralized Reporting System, an online platform through which assessment data can be analyzed. Educators will be able to conduct an item level analysis at the district, classroom or student level; review individual student responses for every item on every test; compare performance across a wide variety of contexts and categories; and much more. Resources about the Centralized Reporting System, Readiness Assessments, how to access and view assessment data, FAQs, user guides and more can be found here.

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  • The Restart Readiness Assessments Portal contains a suite of optional assessment tools for students in grades 3 through high school that have been developed by the Ohio Department of Education in collaboration with Cambium Assessment, Inc. Comprised of two components, Benchmark Tests and Checkpoint Tests, the purpose of these assessments is to provide educators with actionable performance data using assessments that have been aligned with Ohio’s Learning Standards and built using items from Ohio’s State Tests.

    • Benchmark tests are full-length tests that mirror the content and test characteristics of Ohio’s State Tests in terms of length, test specifications, blueprints and tools available to students (such as the calculator). These benchmark tests will be machine-scored, allowing reporting in near real-time to give teachers rapid access to results. Mirroring Ohio’s State Tests also allows for reporting measures that are familiar to Ohio educators, such as performance levels. Results will be reported in a new, innovative reporting system, with additional tools to assist teachers in understanding and using the data. To aid teachers in connecting test results with instruction, the Department is providing resources specific to each benchmark test, including instructional strategies, content information and learning activities.
    • Checkpoint tests consist of six to 10 items and offer a range of opportunities to assess within each reporting category. Items offer varying levels of difficulty or complexity, as well as breadth of Ohio’s Learning Standards for the reporting category. To a large extent, these tests will be machine-scored. Raw scores (the number of items correct) will be provided in the new reporting system. As part of a balanced system of local informal and formative assessments, the checkpoint tests will provide useful information in gauging students’ knowledge and performance within each reporting category.

Data gathered by these readiness assessments will be available for analysis using the Centralized Reporting System, an online platform through which assessment data can be analyzed. Educators will be able to conduct an item level analysis at the district, classroom or student level; review individual student responses for every item on every test; compare performance across a wide variety of contexts and categories; and much more. Resources about the Centralized Reporting System, Readiness Assessments, how to access and view test data, FAQs, user guides and more can be found here.


Assessment Literacy Tools

“Assessment Literacy is defined as the knowledge of means for assessing what students know and can do, how to interpret the results from these assessments, and how to apply these results to improve student learning and program effectiveness.”   ~ Norman Webb

Teachers understand and use varied assessments to inform instruction, evaluate and ensure student learning. Some fundamental assessment literacy tools that can be used to develop classroom assessments are given below.

  • Test Specifications – The Ohio Department of Education has released a set of test specification documents, including descriptions 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. Test specification documents are used to guide the development of the Ohio’s State Tests.

  • Test Blueprints – 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. All learning standards identified on the blueprint are eligible to appear on a test form and should be taught during instruction.
  • 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 illustrate the typical demonstration of the learning for each of the five performance levels: Limited, Basic, Proficient, Accelerated and Advanced. Teachers can review the PLDs for each grade level/course to match each descriptive statement with its grade level/course learning standards. Teachers can then review local curriculum materials to see if opportunities are being given to students to demonstrate deeper conceptual understanding of course content at the different performance levels.

Last Modified: 8/27/2021 12:46:32 PM