Ohio: Frequently Asked Questions for Families
What are the Ohio Achievement Assessments?
The Ohio Reading and Mathematics Achievement Assessments are annual tests that measure how well students have learned the reading and math concepts taught in grades 3–8. The Ohio Science Assessments are annual tests provided to students in grades 5 and 8. These assessments are designed specifically for Ohio students and are based on Ohio’s Academic Content Standards. They do not test a child’s intelligence or aptitude and are not meant to compare children’s abilities. (Note: Social Studies and Writing Assessments have been temporarily suspended and will not be administered in spring 2010 or spring 2011.)
Why Does my Child Take the Ohio Achievement Assessments?
The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires all states to establish academic standards that show what students should know and be able to do in reading and mathematics at the end of each grade. NCLB also requires states to test all students in grades 3–8 annually in reading and mathematics to assess how well students are meeting the Academic Content Standards. The results of the assessments are used to identify districts, schools and students that may require additional resources to meet state Academic Content Standards.
How do the Ohio Achievement Assessments Benefit my Child?
The Achievement Assessments ensure that families and teachers know whether each student has learned the reading and math skills and information expected at each grade level. The Achievement Assessments can also help identify specific areas in which a student needs extra support and practice. Teachers and families can then work together to ensure that a student gets the help that he or she needs.
The Achievement Assessments also help identify when students have gained a strong understanding of grade-level materials and may be ready to be challenged by more advanced concepts and activities.
What Happens if my Child Does Not Score Proficient on the Achievement Assessments?
These test results are one of the factors (but not the only factor) teachers use to evaluate a child’s readiness to move to the next grade. Teachers also look at the child’s attendance, classroom participation and class work to determine whether the child is ready to be promoted.
If your child does not score at or above the proficient level on any of the assessments, this is an indication that he or she is having difficulty learning the skills and developing the knowledge expected of his or her grade level and may need additional help. You may wish to talk to your child’s teacher(s) about the assessment results and the resources that can help ensure his or her success.
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