Franklin City Schools has been transitioning to Ohio’s New Learning Standards and in the 2014-15 will now be taking the Next Generation of Assessments. Teachers have working on aligning and mapping curriculum and exposing our students to PARCC-like questions to help ensure that they are prepared to do their best on these new assessments. For the 2014-15 school-year we have chosen to give all tests paper and pencil except for Government. The following grade levels and subjects will be taking these assessments.
Elementary and Junior High School
3-M; 4-8-ELA and M; 4 and 6-SS; 5 and 8-Sci
High School (Graduation class of 2018 and beyond) Click here for Graduation Requirements
ELA I, ELA II, Alg. I, Geometry, A.H., Govt., Physical Science (Biology will be required for 2019 and beyond)
10th, 11th ,12th – OGT and A.H., Govt. (online).
ELA and Math are PARCC; Sci and SS are ODE AIR tests.
Assessments are broken into 2 parts - Performance Based Assessments (PBA) and End of Year (EOY) tests. Scores from these 2 tests will be combined into 1 score. We should know results in the Fall/Winter of 2015. These new assessments are much more rigorous than OAA and OGT.
79 separate tests or “units” will be taken during that time in grades 3-12. In the years past we have given 19 tests in grades 3-12. Units range from 60 – 90 minutes long. The first state test will be on Feb. 17 and the last on May 13. (PBA-Feb. 16-March 13, EOY-April 13-May 15). 3rd Graders will still be taking the OAA Reading Test and the Class of 2015, 2016 and 2017 still must pass the OGT's that are first administered in 10th grade. Click on the FCS testing schedule for the exact testing dates for each of the tests.
To learn more about what these tests and to look at practice tests look like visit the following websites.
Visit ODE’s Testing Portalfor general information about state tests.
Visit Ohio’s New State Tests Resource Page created by John Mansel-Pleydell at NWOCA. This a great one-stop shop.
Visit PARCC Games. PARCC Games was created to help students and teachers take on the new Common Core Standards as wel as the PARCC assessment. This site was designed as a reinforcement tool for previously taught content.
Visit ODE’s PARCC Mathoverview page for more information about the PARCC Math Test, including sample test questions.
Visit ODE’s PARCC English/Language Artsoverview page for more information about the PARCC English/Language Arts Test, including sample test questions.
Visit thePARCC websitefor general information about the PARCC tests and for sample test questions.
VisitODE’s Computer-Based Assessment Portalfor more information about administering the assessments, tutorials on how to respond to questions, a thorough description of the different components for each test, and practice tests.
Test Taking Tips!
- Get a good night's rest
- Eat a healthy breakfast
- Bring materials you will need
- Sharpen pencils prior to the test
Approach the test with CONFIDENCE
- View the test as an opportunity to show how much you know
- Don't let yourself become anxious
- Take a deep breath to relax.
Keep your eyes on your own test
- Don't cause unnecessary trouble for yourself.
When you begin
- Pace yourself
- Mark the answer sheet very carefully. Stray pencil marks can be picked up by the computer, causing the wrong answer to be recorded.
Types of Questions
- Multiple Choice
- Essay questions with writing prompts
- You have to choose which ending or answer is correct!
- Be careful, some questions have more than one correct answer.
- If you know the correct answer, carefully mark it and go to the next question.
- When you are uncertain: eliminate the choices you know are wrong, are there any "key" words?, silly or ridiculous answers are usually not the correct choice
- Don't go against your first impulse unless you are SURE you were wrong!
- Don't eliminate answers unless you actually know what every word means!
- READ EVERY ANSWER!
Essay Questions/Writing Prompts
Before you Begin Writing:
- Really look at the question/prompt. Are you sure you know what it is asking?
- Think about what you are going to say, then make a web or an outline using your scratch paper.
- Write your answer in complete sentences.
- Make sure that you use evidence from the text to support your anwer.
- State things as clearly as you can.
- Write LEGIBLY! If the person grading the test can't read what you wrote they may mark it wrong.
What about MATH?
- Do the easiest problems first.
- Check you math answers for careless mistakes.
- Your first choice is usually correct; don't change answers unless you are sure of the correction.
- Some questions may ask you to show your work or explain your answer.
I'm Finished, I think!
- Use extra time to make sure you answered all the questions.
- Go over the more difficult questions and read them a second time.
- Read Essays/prompts for accuracy first and grammar second.
Don't Let others distract you!
Stay focused! If others finish before you, don't panic; use your time wisely.
Think positive! Listen to directions! Take your time! There is no reward for finishing first!
Show Your Wildcat Pride!
Do your best on the test!