Below are the assessments Springfield administers during our school year:
College Readiness Examinations
The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) are tests used as college entrance requirements for juniors and seniors. The Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams are also given as a measure of college readiness.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
The National Assessment of Educational Progress is given randomly to selected students throughout the United States each year. Assessment areas include mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history. Typically, students in fourth, eighth, or twelfth grades are selected.
Next Generation Assessments
The Ohio Department of Education requires that all public schools in Ohio administer the Next Generation Assessments to students in grades 3-8 and high school. This test is administered online and only in paper form in very rare cases. The content areas that are tested in each grade level include:
- Grade 3: English Language Arts and Mathematics
- Grade 4: English Language Arts and Mathematics
- Grade 5: English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science
- Grade 6: English Language Arts and Mathematics
- Grade 7: English Language Arts and Mathematics
- Grade 8: English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science
- High School: English Language Arts - Grade 9 and 10, Biology, Algebra, Geometry, US History, and US Government (students are strongly encouraged to re-take any assessments where they score "Limited" or "Basic" to improve their chances of meeting their graduation points)
Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA)
The Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment is the assessment used for testing English language proficiency for Ohio English language learner (ELL) students in grades K-12. The OELPA is given to students until they have met a predetermined standard for English proficiency. This test is given online and only in paper form in very rare cases.
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)
Students in kindergarten are tested at the beginning of school to determine their readiness for language and literacy, mathematics, physical well-being and motor development, and social foundations.
Students in preschool are tested two times per year with the Early Learning Assessment (ELA). These assessments provide valuable information about the early childhood needs of our students.
Alternate Assessments for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD)
For students with significant cognitive disabilities, these assessments are administered in lieu of the Next Generation Assessments. Students in grades 3-8 and 10 are given this assessment.
Students are whole-group tested in second and third grade to identify students who might be gifted and talented. The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is administered in second grade and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) is administered in third grade. Students may be individually tested if the student is possibly gifted and talented.
STAR is a short screener diagnostic assessment that helps teachers determine a student's reading and mathematics ability. With this data, teachers can design intervention for students to help improve student skills. This assessment is given to grades K-8 and high school students.
District Test Security Procedures
Per the Ohio Department of Education, the district must create and administer test security procedures for state testing. Staff, families, and students should be aware of these procedures as all can be impacted. The procedures as well as a copy of Ohio's State Test Rules Book and Accessibility Manual are posted below.
Should you have any questions or concerns about our assessments, please contact Crystal Aker, the district’s Coordinator of Assessment, Accountability, and Research, at (937) 505-2838 for more information.