State & District Testing

2017-2018 Testing Dates

The following testing information is a summary for the 2017 – 18 school year.  General testing information can be found on the ODE website.

State Tests Fall Administration – 

  • Grade 3 English language arts – There will be a reading sub-score of this test that will be used for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirement.  Five consecutive school days, including makeups, within the Oct. 23 to Nov. 3 window: DISTRICT selects Oct. 25 & 26, 2017

  • High school end-of-course tests – Ten consecutive school days, including makeups, within the Dec. 4 to Jan. 12 window: DISTRICT selects Dec. 4 - 15, 2017

State Tests Spring Administration – 

School districts select 15 consecutive school days, including makeups, within each test window.

  • English language arts - March 26 to April 27:  DISTRICT selects Apr. 9 - 27

  • Mathematics, science and social studies - April 2 to May 11: DISTRICT selects Apr. 23 - May 11

Building test dates must fall within the DISTRICT selected testing windows of time.  All building schedules are posted to the individual building webpages linked here:

Gurney Elementary School Test Schedule - Gr. 3 ONLY

Chagrin Falls Intermediate School Test Schedule

Chagrin Falls Middle School Test Schedule

Chagrin Falls High School Test Schedule

Which Students Take Which Tests?




Grade 3



Grade 4



Grade 5




Grade 6



Grade 7



Grade 8




High School Courses Assigned an End of Course State Test

  • The Class of 2018 and beyond will take End Of Course tests in ELA I & II, Alg. I, Geom. (or integrated Math I & II), Biology or Physical Science (Class of 2018, ONLY), American History, American Govt. (Students enrolled in AP American History and/or AP American Govt. will use AP tests in place of End Of Course assessments).

When will districts receive electronic results?  Approximately June 30, 2018

Final results reported with the Local Report Card release in September 2018

ODE College Entrance and Career Readiness Assessment

As of the 2016-17 school year, all 11th grade students will be required to take a district-identified college entrance exam (not including the Essay) which is administered at the expense of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).  Our district has identified the re-designed SAT to be administered to all 11th graders in spring 2018 - on March 7, 2018.  This assessment, coupled with the district-provided administration of the PSAT 8/9 to all students enrolled in grades 8 and 9 and the PSAT/NMSQT to all students enrolled in grade 10 and the free SAT Practice provided via Khan Academy and the College Board suggests that our students will find most success on this assessment.

Alternate Assessment for Students w/ Significant Cognitive Disabilities -  Feb. 20-April 13, 2018.  Score reports due in districts June 7

Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment – Formerly the OTELA, the OELPA will cover the new standards for English Learners adopted by the ODE (now aligned with current English Language Arts standards)

Spring Administration: Feb. 5-March 30, 2018

MAP – MAP testing will be used to inform the RTI process and gifted screening.  

In grades 2 – 8, benchmarking will occur three times this school year for all students who are not enrolled in HS credit courses, with progress monitoring conducted at minimum one time per month for students in tiers 2 or 3 of RTI for reading and/or math.  Progress monitoring is required to take place only in the subject area(s) (reading or math) in which the student receives intervention or special education services, but can exceed the district’s minimum expectation. The testing window should follow NWEA’s guidelines.  

Fall – Aug. 21 - Sept. 8, 2017

Winter – Dec. 4 - Dec. 15, 2017

Spring – Apr. 9 - Apr. 27, 2018

SAT Suite of Assessments -

The district will administer the following assessments to all students:

PSAT 8 / 9: all 8th graders on October 11, 2017

PSAT 8 / 9: all 9th graders on October 11, 2017

PSAT/ NMSQT: all 10th graders on October 11, 2017

SAT: all 11th graders on March 7, 2018

Gifted Screening - As per ODE guidelines (July 2017), all districts must provide at least 2 whole grade screening opportunities as follows: (a) For (1) superior cognitive ability, (2) specific academic ability in the areas of (a) mathematics and (b) reading, writing or a combination of these skills, and (3) creative thinking ability for all students once prior to the end of grade two. (b) For (1) superior cognitive ability, (2) specific academic ability in the areas of (a) mathematics and (b) reading, writing or a combination of these skills, and (3) creative thinking ability for all students once after the completion of grade 2 but prior to the end of grade 6.  

While the MAP assessment will satisfy requirements for full-grade screening in Math and Reading, screening in the areas of cognitive ability and creative thinking will occur as follows:

Grade 4 - fall CogAT 7, level 10 testing on October 24, 2017

Grade 2 - spring CogAT 7, Level 8 testing on Apr. 11, 2018

Gifted Testing Windows By law, we are required to offer four testing windows for the purpose of gifted identification.  Our schedule is published for the ODE and the community, at large. Parents, teachers, even students, can refer a student or themselves for testing.  Once a referral is made, the district has 90 days to evaluate the child. The gifted testing windows are: August 15 - September 15, November 15 - December 15, February 15 - March 15, and May 15 - June 15.

Diagnostic Testing Window - Ohio’s diagnostic assessments are aligned to Ohio’s Learning Standards. The primary purpose of the diagnostic assessments is to provide a tool to check the progress of students toward meeting the standards. 


Grades 1 - 3 Reading diagnostic by Sept. 30

Kindergarten Reading diagnostic by Nov. 1

Math - administered at least 1x during the school year

Grades 1 & 2 Math diagnostic

Writing - administered at least 1x during the school year

Grades 1 - 3

Preschool Tests -

Ohio’s Early Learning Assessment - Assessment Windows - Aug. 15 – Nov. 14 AND Feb. 15 – May 14

The assessment is designed to aid teachers in determining where children are in their readiness for kindergarten. The Early Learning Assessment will provide information for teachers about children from early preschool to kindergarten.  The ELA is an ongoing process of observations performed by the teacher to gather information on how a child is developing over time.   The assessment focuses on seven areas of a child’s growth and development:

  • Social Foundations (including social and emotional development, and approaches toward learning)

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Social Studies

  • Language and Literacy

  • Physical Well-being and Motor Development

  • Fine Arts

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