2. Model the thinking required to engage in tasks that are aligned to the key shifts in Math and English/Language Arts, and Content Literacy.
Utilize technology features
in teaching and assessment tasks so that students form habits in using the technology rather than distracted by new use of the toolbar features at testing time (e.g., answer masking, audio amplification, headphones/noise buffer, text to speech, onscreen calculator, equation generator calculator, magnifier tool, line reader, flagging items to return to finalize response). NOTE:
Ohio Learning Standards are intended to be fewer, taught in depth, and inspire greatest conceptual understanding and application. Therefore, the focus is on thinking through the thinking of such tasks. 1-2 “sample problems” a week are to be embedded naturally into instruction, not sending a sense of urgency with practice tests or developing a "test prep" setting.
As part of the work to create Ohio’s State Tests for 2015-2016, the department has published test blueprints for math and English language arts covering grades 3-8 and high school.
Blueprints serve as guides for test construction and provide an outline of the content and skills to be measured on the tests. They contain information about individual tests, including the number of test items, the number of points on the tests and show how the learning standards are grouped in order to report the test results. The blueprints
are available under “General Resources.”
The blueprints are an important milestone in the test development process. Ohio educators are working to help build new math and English language arts tests that – while still aligned to existing Ohio’s Learning Standards – will be 39-50 percent shorter than the previous PARCC tests. The new tests will be used starting in fall 2015.