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    2015-2016 Spring Ohio’s State Tests
    Students in grades 3-8 and high school will take Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies in the 2015-2016 school year. 
     
     
    How long is a test?
    Each test will be approximately three hours (180 minutes) and will be divided into two parts. Districts will choose whether their students will take a test in two 90-minute sessions or in one 180-minute session.
    When will districts offer the tests?
    School districts will select either 10 consecutive days (for paper tests) or 15 consecutive days (for online tests) during the windows of dates allocated for the tests:
    • English language arts tests for all grades – April 4 to 29, online tests.
    • Mathematics, science and social studies – April 4 to May 13, online tests.

    What will the tests look like?
    Test blueprints will be available in September 2015. Sample test items will be available in October 2015.
     
    Who is developing the tests?
    Ohio will use its existing contract with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), a well-known test vendor. AIR provided Ohio’s 2014-2015 science and social studies tests. Ohio educators will help review and select the test questions.
     
    Which tests will be given for what grade level?
    High School Courses
    Classes of 2018 and beyond – End-of-course tests in English language arts I and II, algebra I, geometry (or integrated mathematics I and II), biology or physical science (class of 2018 only), American history, American government.
     
    Classes of 2015-2017 – Ohio Graduation Tests and end-of-course tests in American history and American government. 
     
    3rd Grade ELA
    • This fall, Ohio’s third grade English language arts test will be administered from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. Districts are to select five consecutive days during that window for the test. There will be a reading sub-score of this test that will be used for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirement. More details about the Fall Third Grade Reading Guarantee are forthcoming. 
     
    When will districts receive results?
    Districts and schools will receive results by June 15 for grade 3 English language arts and by June 30 for all other tests.
     
    For more information
     
    • See the State Test Updates page (www.education.ohio.gov/Topics/Testing/State-Test-Updates-for-2015_2016), where those who are interested may sign up to receive email notification of major news. 
     
    • Send any questions to statetests@education.ohio.gov