While assessments are only one snapshot in time of a student's achievement level and progress, Lakota fully supports testing in moderation. That's because any and all data helps us gain a better understanding for how we can individualize instruction and help every single student perform at their highest level in the most foundational academic areas.
Advocacy among our state legislators, both by school leaders and the community at large, has invoked positive change for state testing. This includes just one test provider for all four content areas. Students are also spending far less time taking state tests, and just once per year, during a single testing window.
State testing, which tests students' comprehension of Ohio Learning Standards, is particularly important when paired with our own local classroom assessments. This gives our teachers a much more complete picture for tailoring instruction for each students.
Lakota students participate in one or more of the following assessments. Click here to view the district's current testing calendar.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
Lakota uses MAP tests to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Reading (K-1), and Mathematics (K-8). For more information, read this Parent Letter Introducing MAP (September 2013) or view our MAP Parent Toolkit.
Ohio Graduation Test (OGT)
Students must pass all five parts of the Ohio Graduation test in order to receive a high school diploma. It is being phased out, so the Class of 2017 will be the last class to take the OGT.
Ohio's Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities (AASWD)
The AASWD is a state-mandated assessment for students who cannot take the default OAA or OGT. According to the Ohio Department of Education's guidelines, “AASWD is appropriate only for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are either completing a curriculum that is modified substantially (in form and/or substance) by the [Individualized Education Program] (IEP) from the general education curriculum or completing the general education curriculum but have a disability that presents unique and significant challenges such that the IEP provides for accommodations that exceed the allowable criteria for statewide assessment accommodations.”
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)
The new assessment includes ways for teachers to measure a child’s school readiness. Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards (birth to kindergarten entry) are the basis for the new assessment. It has six components: social skills (including social and emotional development, and approaches toward learning), mathematics, science, social studies, language and literacy, and physical well-being and motor development.
English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21)
The ELPA21 is a new state-mandated assessment for students in grades kindergarten through twelve who have been identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP). The ELPA21 does not determine if the student is LEP. The ELPA21 assessment is an online system which measures and reports on student’s English language proficiency overall, as well as in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and comprehension. This replaces the OTELA test from past years. The test is given during the winter quarter.
InView and TerraNova 3rd Edition (TN3)
The InView is a product of CTB McGraw-Hill that assesses “critical cognitive abilities in verbal reasoning, nonverbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning". Lakota also uses InView results as one indicator for Gifted placement. The TN3 is also a product of CTB McGraw-Hill that “accurately and reliably measures student progress relative to state standards.” Students in grades 2 and 5 will take the InView and TN3 in the spring. Parents will receive a Home Report explaining their child's results and how their child compares to other students in the nation who took the TN3.