This portal is your source for information about Ohio’s State Tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
The paper ordering and Pre-ID windows for the fall 2016 high school end-of-course tests opens today, Monday, Sept. 12th. Districts with students taking a fall 2016 high school end-of-course test on paper must submit their on-time orders in TIDE Sept. 12-16 .
District test coordinators will place orders under the “Paper Orders High School Fall 2016” administration in TIDE. Districts can place orders for paper test materials at the school-level only during the on-time order window. Do not order materials in excess of actual paper testing need. All orders are subject to department approval.
Districts whose students are using paper tests and who wish to receive Pre-ID labels must submit their Pre-ID data in TIDE by Sept. 16 under the “Ohio’s State Tests 2016-2017” administration. Remember to use the Student Pre-ID File Layout for the 2016-2017 school year. Test coordinators are advised to review the Guidance Document for 2016-2017 Pre-ID Files. Please note that Pre-ID labels are only shipped for entities that also place on-time orders.
Find additional guidance for testing on paper in the Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing manual.
The Ohio Department of Education invites all districts and schools to help frame the look and feel of future Ohio writing tests through an upcoming pilot program. The department will conduct the voluntary English language arts (ELA) writing pilot, along with American Institute for Research (AIR), on October 10-21. The pilot’s purpose is to determine the feasibility of test questions intended for future use on Ohio’s State Tests through actual field testing.
The pilot will include English language arts classes in grades 4-9, and ELA I and ELA II at the high school level. Students will take the test of the previous year’s enrolled grade. For example, new fourth graders in fall 2016 will take the third grade writing pilot. The time on test will be limited to up to 1 hour. This will be an online pilot only using existing systems. No paper forms will be available.
By participating, you can help Ohio’s schools and students become better prepared for future test administrations. We need your support and will greatly appreciate your involvement.
Please review the fact sheet with important dates and instructions for administering the pilot. If you have any additional questions about this event, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809.
The Test Information Distribution Engine, or TIDE, opens for the 2016-2017 school year today. When logging into the site, users will immediately recognize a new design. The new intuitive interface is designed to improve navigation and provide additional tools for users to perform administrative tasks.
Several resources are available on the Online Systems Resources page of the Ohio’s State Tests portal to help users navigate the new interface and complete tasks for the 2016-2017 school year. These include:
User Accounts and Resetting Passwords
All user accounts that had access to Ohio’s online systems in 2015-2016 will continue to have access for the 2016-2017 school year. Test coordinators are responsible for removing any accounts for users who no longer should have access to the testing systems. Test coordinators are encouraged to review the TIDE User Management Guidance document for information regarding user roles, managing user accounts and resetting passwords.
All users will be required to reset their passwords for the 2016-2017 school year. After TIDE opens on Aug. 29, all users will need to request a new password for the 2016-2017 school year. To request a new password, existing users will:
Test coordinators are responsible for passing this information onto their staff. Frequently asked questions regarding activating user accounts and passwords can be found in the TIDE FAQ.