K-12 Assessments

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Revised (KRA-R)

Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Revised (KRA-R) is a required assessment for all kindergarten students during the first weeks of school.  The KRA-R assesses students in four areas: social foundations, language and literacy, mathematics, and physical well-being and motor development. 


Ohio’s State Tests (OST) and End of Course (EOC) exams

Ohio’s State Tests (OST) and End of Course (EOC) exams are required content-specific assessments, covering the knowledge and skills outlined in Ohio’s Learning Standards.  Districts are required to administer EOCs tests to all students at the completion of the associated course as part of the state graduation requirements. Students with significant cognitive disabilities may qualify for the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) in place of other state tests.   


Assessed areas include:


  • English Language Arts:  Grades 3-8 and sophomore English (English Language Arts II)

  • Math:  Grades 3-8, Algebra and Geometry

  • Science:  Grades 5 and 8; and Biology

  • Social Studies:  American History and American Government


As part of the state’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee, the English Language Arts assessment for students in grade 3 is administered in the fall and spring. It can be retaken in the summer if students do not pass either the fall or spring administration. Students who have been subject-accelerated in a course will take the exam that corresponds to their grade level of instruction. For more information on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, you can also review the additional resources listed below.

Third Grade Reading Promotion Score Information for 2022-2023

Third Grade Reading Guarantee Family Score Reports Interpretive Guide (coming soon)


Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA)

The Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) is a required assessment for all English language learners in kindergarten through grade 12.  The assessment consists of four parts: reading, writing, listening and speaking.  Students who score at proficient levels will no longer be considered an English learner and will not receive services from the EL program. 

PSAT/NMSQT

The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized college readiness assessment developed by the College Board.  Upper Arlington Schools offers the assessment to 10th and 11th grade students.  The PSAT/NMSQT results can be used by students who take tests during their 11th grade year to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program and compete for academic recognition and scholarships.  All students may use the results to help inform decisions about participation in Advanced Placement coursework.  

ACT

Ohio law requires school districts to offer either the state-funded ACT or SAT to all students during their junior year. Upper Arlington Schools has elected to administer the ACT to students during the spring of their junior year. ACT assessment areas include English, mathematics, reading and science. Assessment results can be used when applying to college and/or being identified as gifted per Ohio law.  


The state-funded ACT is administered to juniors with no expense to the family. Students may register for additional ACT opportunities at their own expense.  


Iowa Assessments

The Iowa Assessments are achievement tests that assess students’ foundational skills and higher-order thinking skills in specific content areas. 


The tests provide national and local comparisons. The results of the Iowa Assessments are reported as national percentile ranks that indicate how an individual’s performance compares with other students around the country who took the same test. A score at the 50th percentile or above in a subject area indicates that a student is performing at grade level in that subject area.  According to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) guidelines, a score at the 95th percentile or above in a subject area identifies a child as achieving at a gifted level in that subject area. For information about gifted services in the Upper Arlington Schools, please visit our Gifted Services webpage.


Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) appraises the development of students’ reasoning abilities using verbal, quantitative and nonverbal cognitive tasks. 


A standard age score for the composite VQN of 128 or above on the CogAT identifies students in grades 2, 4, and 5 as gifted in superior cognitive ability, according to Ohio Department of Education guidelines. A standard age score for the composite VQN composite of 127 or above on the CogAT identifies students in grade 3 as gifted in superior cognitive ability. For information about gifted services in the Upper Arlington Schools, please visit our Gifted Services webpage.


Star

Star assessments are computer-adaptive tests for students that measure reading, math and early literacy skills. These assessments are administered a minimum of three times a year (fall/winter/spring).


Assessed areas include:


  • Star Early Literacy:  kindergarten and grade 1

  • Star Reading:  grades 2-10

  • Star Math:  grade 1-Geometry

You can access the documents for more information about receiving the results of your child’s Star assessments.


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