ERIC Number: ED410256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Fourth-Grade Proficiency Tests: Information Guide.
Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.
The Ohio Fourth-grade Proficiency Tests, which are described in this information guide, are designed to measure a fourth-grade level of literacy and basic competence. Proficiency tests in writing, reading, mathematics, and citizenship were implemented in March 1995, and a science assessment is planned for March 1996. These tests will be administered annually. The tests have been developed by Ohio educators and the State Department of Education. Learning outcomes were developed for each subject area and test items were written, reviewed, field-tested, and operationalized to establish the tests. Students will have a maximum of 2.5 hours to finish each test, although it is expected that each test will take about 75 minutes. The writing test is defined by nine learning outcomes in two writing activities that call for prewriting, writing, revising, and editing. Twenty learning outcomes define the reading test, items of which are based on fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Each test form will contain multiple-choice, short-answer, and extended-response items, as do all the other proficiency tests. The mathematics test is defined by 25 learning outcomes developed from the 8 strands of the state model curriculum. The citizenship test is defined by 18 learning outcomes, and the science test by 19 learning outcomes. (Contains three diagrams and eight tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Citizenship Education, Competence, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Field Tests, Grade 4, Intermediate Grades, Literacy, Mathematics Achievement, Outcomes of Education, Reading Achievement, Resource Materials, Science Instruction, Scoring, Test Coaching, Test Content, Test Items, Writing (Composition)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.