In Ohio, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) oversees and monitors charter schools, public school districts, educational and regional educational providers, early learning and child care programs, joint vocational school districts, and private schools. The Education department is also responsible for developing the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) to evaluate the knowledge and proficiency of the Grade 3 through 8 students in Maths, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Writing at the end of each grade for promotion to the next grade. The development of the Achievement Assessment Test (AAT)) also meets the Ohio's Academic Content Standard requirement, a necessity of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The Act requires all states to establish the minimum academic standards for evaluating the maths and reading knowledge of the grade 3 - 8 students.
The Ohio Department of Education has also developed ODE Practice Tests with the actual OAA test questions. The basic aim of the Sample test is to get ready students for the AAT, measure their knowledge on various subjects at the end of each grade, and find out what they have learned in the classroom. The Sample Test also assists students in understanding the Achievement Assessment (AA) testing process and test questions. The families and teachers can also evaluate their child's performance level through the test, and find out how far students have understood their classroom subjects. The teachers can also develop their own online Sample Tests with the actual AAT questions provided on the ODE Practice Test.
The Department of Education has also produced Online Practice Tests as an additional resource for the statewide assessment and OAA Assessment. The online tests serve four purposes for the education department including:
- Help students know about the test, test score, performance level, possible points, and what they need to learn in different subjects for the test by the end of each term.
- Students can take a Practice Test with actual test questions and prepare for Achievement assessment.
- The teachers can see the actual Test questions and develop their own Practice Test for the students. They can offer these tests to students, and on the basis of the scores, teachers can assess the knowledge and performance of the students.
- The students can find real test questions, learn scoring process and see scores, know their performance for each question, find out where they are lagging and how they can improve.
The Ohio sample tests for different grades are also available in PDF formats, large print versions, administration manuals, and answer documents.
By Subodh Maheshwari