A partial release of items from the spring 2015, 2016, and 2017 Science Ohio State Tests is now available in the Ohio’s State Test portal. These items give educators insight into the kinds of questions students experienced, and they are a useful tool to inform classroom instruction. Both teachers and parents may use this resource to help students know what to expect.
Included with each item in this release are the associated learning standard(s) and the scoring rubrics. Examples of student responses also are available to illustrate actual work and the corresponding points earned on the student examples.
- Spring 2017 Grade 5 Science Item Release Scoring Guide
- Spring 2017 Grade 8 Science Item Release Scoring Guide
- Spring 2017 Biology Item Release Scoring Guide
- Spring 2015 Grade 5 Science Item Release Scoring Guide
- Spring 2016 Grade 5 Science Item Release Scoring Guide
- Spring 2015 Grade 8 Science Item Release Scoring Guide
- Spring 2016 Grade 8 Science Item Release Scoring Guide
- Spring 2016 Biology Item Release Scoring Guide
- Spring 2015 Physical Science Item Release Scoring Guide
Online Practice Tests Are Now Able To Be Scored
The student on-line practice tests accessed through Ohio’s State Test Portal now feature real-time item-scoring to allow a student immediate feedback on each item. The item score will show how many points the student earned for the response; how many points are possible for the item; and information about why the student’s response was correct or incorrect. The practice tests will not provide test scores (e.g., no scale score, no performance level) or item scoring information for test administrators. If the Practice Test Sign In page does not appear after selecting the Student Practice Site, try using a different browser, such as Firefox or Google.
To obtain scores on these practice test items, users need to select the End Test icon on the top row of the screen. This icon only appears on screen when the user reaches the last question in the practice test session. Constructed response items are not eligible for scoring by computer. A scoring rubric is available in the Item Release Scoring Guide for each set of these practice items. For released constructed response items, educators can use the scoring rubrics as tools for providing feedback on written student responses.
New Item Types Available for Online TestsA pair of new item types, Inline Choice and Gap Match, are now available for online Ohio’s State Tests. These new item types will be eligible to appear as field test items during the 2017-2018 school year. Field test items do not count for or against a student’s overall score. To help teachers and students become familiar with these new item types, the practice test for each grade level or high school course feature an example of each new item type.
A video tutorial demonstrating the functionality of each new item type is available in the test portal. Students can access tutorial videos for each of the various item types, including the newly added Inline Choice and Gap Match item types through the test portal any time before or after testing. During testing, students can access the tutorial videos through the testing platform.