Assessment Update from Dr. Rough

February 2015

Dear Parents:

Attached you will find a copy of this year’s student assessment calendar. I apologize for the lateness of this information sharing, but many complications have made this final calendar difficult to create. Earlier this school year, the state mandated that all chartered nonpublic students in the state of Ohio take their required assessments. Many Christian and Catholic parochial schools in the state challenged this requirement and have been in constant dialog with the department of education over the last few months. The most recent conclusion from these discussions is that students in chartered nonpublic schools are not required to take the state assessments as long as the school provides an alternative nationally normed assessment. However, if students attending a chartered nonpublic school are also participating in the Ed Choice program, they must comply with the state requirements.

As a result of these discussions, DCSS will be providing two different sets of student assessment this year. The first set of assessments are required of all Ed Choice students (grades 3-9) and are Ohio’s New State Assessments. These assessments are administered in two parts, the first in late February to early March (Performance Based) and the second in late April to early May (End of Year). Only Ed Choice freshmen high school students enrolled in English 9, Algebra, and/or Geometry will be required to take the State assessments.
For those students not involved in the Ed Choice program, the Terra-Nova assessment will be administered in late April to grades 3-11. We have administered the Stanford Achievement Test to our K-2 for years and will continue this assessment this year.

All high school 10th graders (and upper-classmen who have not successfully completed all subtests) will take the OGT (Ohio Graduation Test) in Mid-March. The class of 2017 is the last class that will be required to successfully complete this graduation requirement. In addition, all third graders will take the reading portion of the OAA (Ohio Achievement Assessments) on April 20 in compliance with the 3rd Grade Guarantee mandated by the state of Ohio. You will also notice OTELA, The Ohio Test of English Language Acquisition, on the assessment calendar. This is an annual assessment given to our international students only.

If you have come to the conclusion that this is quite complex and that DCSS is heavy on the amount of assessments we require of students, you would be correct. The state’s mandate involving our Ed Choice students has added several layers of assessment that we hoped to avoid. As a chartered nonpublic school we have no option and must comply with this requirement.

Walking in His grace,

David Rough

David Rough Ed.D.
Academic Dean – Dayton Christian School System

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