An informational meeting about the state of Ohio's new standardized testing was held on March 25 at Grove Patterson Academy.

PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. It is a coalition of states working to create and deploy a standard set of K-12 assessments in Math and English. The AIR designation stands for American Institutes for Research, the assessment company hired by the Ohio Department of Education to create Ohio’s Science and Social Studies state assessments.

At the meeting at Grove Patterson, those in atterndance learned how TPS prepared for the tests; the consequences on a school district if a student does not take a test; the state mandates surrounding standardized tests and the impact testing has on students. This meeting was sponsored by Partners in Education and the newly-formed Parent University.

Click here for the PowerPoint that was presented at the meeting.

Here are the upcoming testing dates to remember:

MAP Testing Grades 5 & 8 Science
On Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 24, grades 5 and 8 will be taking the MAP Science Test.

PARCC End of the Year (EOY) Testing
The PARCC End of the Year (EOY) testing begins on Monday, April 20, for Grades 3-9 in Math and Grades 4-8 in ELA. There will be two units of Math whereby students will be tested for 60 to 80 minutes each. The ELA test will be one unit for Grades 4 and 5 for 75 minutes. Grades 6-9 will take two units of ELA with each test being 60 minutes. The PARCC testing window closes on Friday, May 15.

AIR Testing
The AIR End of the Year (EOY) testing window for grades 4th and 6th Social Studies; 5th and 8th grade Science, 9th grade Physical Science and any student enrolled second semester in American Studies and American Government, is from Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 15.

Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA)
All third grade students will be taking the OAA reading test on Tuesday, April 21. Make-up OAA testing will occur from Wednesday, April 22 through Friday, May 1.

MAP Testing (OAA Alternative Reading Test for Third Graders)
Any third grade student who did not score a 394 or higher on the Fall Third Grade OAA Reading Test OR did not score a 184 or higher on the MAP Test taken last fall, MUST take the Third Grade MAP Reading Test during the week of April 27 through May 1, 2015.

Updated on April 1, 2015