• Ohio State Testing (OST) Preparation

    Ohio’s State Tests (OST)

    Ohio schools will continue to fully implement Ohio’s Learning Standards in the current school year.  These include the areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  The standards are designed to allow for greater focus and depth within topics and skills.  

    The state of Ohio has developed the Ohio based assessments in the areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  

    All state assessments will incorporate computer based testing in grades 3-8 with High School online assessments phased in as capacity allows.  
    The state assessments will include the following grade level/subject areas:

                    High School:  OST assessments – 9th/10th graders enrolled in the following courses:

                        Biology 
                            Advanced Algebra 1
                            Algebra 1B 
                            Geometry
                            English 9
                            English 10 

                          All HS students enrolled in the following courses, regardless of grade, will take the following exams: 

                                 US History

                                  Government             

    Subject Area Resources

    English Language Arts

    Testing 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.

    English Language Arts Blueprints

    ELA Scoring Rubrics:  Two writing rubrics are available for high school: informative/explanatory and argumentation. Each rubric describes the score point characteristics across three domains.

     Scoring Rubrics

    AIR practice questions:  Access link below, sign in as guest, select grade, click on subject area of choice.

    AIR Test Tips

    Scoring Guides – go under student practice resources found at this link:  http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/

    PARCC released test questions:  This online tool is lengthy in content.  ODE has recommended these as a resource for AIR testing even though Ohio will NOT be using PARCC for testing in the future.  Access the link below and enter English Language Arts in the “Subject” field and appropriate grade level. 

    Mathematics

    Testing 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.

    Mathematics Blueprints

    AIR practice questions:  Access link below, sign in as guest, select grade, click on subject area of choice.

    AIR Test Tips

    Scoring Guides – go under student practice resources found at this link:  http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/ 

    PARCC released test questions:  This online tool is lengthy in content.  ODE has recommended these as a resource for AIR testing even though Ohio will NOT be using PARCC for testing in the future.  Access the link below and enter Math in the “Subject” field and appropriate grade level. 

    Calculator Policy

    Online Math Tools

    Math Reference Sheets

    Science / Social Studies 

    Testing 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.

    Science Blueprints

    Science Tools

    Science Reference Sheet

    Social Studies Blueprints

    AIR practice questions:  Access link below, sign in as guest, select grade, click on subject area of choice.

    AIR Test Tips

     Scoring Guides – go under student practice resources found at this link:  http://oh.portal.airast.org/ocba/resources/

    Online Testing Resources

    • Item Type Tutorials:  Below are tutorial (without audio) that demonstrate the various item types that students may encounter in the test platform.
    Constructed Response [HTML] This tutorial demonstrates how to respond to questions that require the student to enter text. Please note there is no audio.
    Equation [HTML] This tutorial demonstrates how to respond to questions that require the student to create an equation or expression. Note this item type appears only on the Physical Science Tests. Please note there is no audio.
    Matching Items [HTML] This tutorial demonstrates how to respond to questions that require the student to match items in a table. Please note there is no audio.
    Multi Select [HTML] This tutorial demonstrates how to respond to questions that require the student to select any number of answers from available options. Please note there is no audio.
    Multiple Choice [HTML] This tutorial demonstrates how to respond to questions that require the student to select an answer from several options. Please note there is no audio.
    Objects and Lines [HTML] This tutorial demonstrates how to respond to questions that require the student to place, move, or interact with objects, or draw points or lines. Please note there is no audio.
    Simulation [HTML] This tutorial demonstrates how to interact with questions that require the student to make choices and run a simulation. Please note there is no audio.
    Table Entry [HTML] This tutorial demonstrates how to respond to questions that require the student to enter responses in a table. Please note there is no audio.
    Text Selection [HTML] This tutorial demonstrates how to respond to questions that require the student to select or drag text. Please note there is no audio.
    Two Part Selected Response [HTML] This tutorial demonstrates how to respond to questions that require the student to answer a two part question. Please note there is no audio.


    Tech Skills
     – InfOhio has online resources supporting the various tech skills embedded with the testing platform.  This includes drag/slide, plotting points, equation editor, drag and drop, etc. You can see these resources here:  http://www.pearltrees.com/brandi_young/infohio-skills-online-testing/id12112629