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The computer-based tests are aligned to Ohio’s new learning standards. They include the Common Core standards that Ohio and 45 other states adopted, as well as state generated science and social studies standards.
The language arts and math questions come from PARCC. You can try out a few sample questions here. The science and social studies questions have been designed by the state and the American Institutes for Research.
Students who try out the new assessments won’t receive actual scores. The Ohio Department of Education says the purpose of the field testing is to work out the kinks and give students a feel for taking the exams on the computer, though some districts will give a paper and pencil version.
Critics of the new exams say not all schools have the computers needed to administer the tests. ODE says a statewide survey of districts shows 70 percent of them have enough technology to do so.
Students who participate in the field testing will still have to pass the Ohio Graduation Test and the Ohio Achievement Assessment.
The new exams are slated to go into effect in the 2014-2015 school year, although there is a bill pending in the state legislature that could delay that timeline.