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3rd Grade OST Update
Posted on 10/23/2020

Dear Parent/Guardian of our Grade 3 Scholar,

Each year, the Akron Public Schools (APS) administers the state-mandated Grade 3 Ohio State Test (OST) in English Language Arts (ELA) in the fall. The Ohio Department of Education has not provided an option for districts to remotely administer state tests and the state legislature has not waived state testing this school year. Therefore, fall testing for APS grade 3 students on the Ohio State Test will be conducted in person in our school buildings.


FYI Regarding the State Third Grade GuaranteeStudents in third grade this year do not have to meet a specific promotion score on the OST to be promoted to fourth grade.  Due to Covid-19, our state legislature waived the requirement as long as the student’s principal and reading teacher agree that other evaluations of the student’s skills in reading demonstrate the student is academically prepared to be promoted to the fourth grade.  This applies only to third graders in 2020-21.


APS Procedures:  For this fall only, due to Covid-19, APS families can choose whether you want to send your 3rd-grade student to school to take the fall Grade 3 OST.  There are no individual student penalties to not testing this fall because the test is repeated in the spring.  The spring Grade 3 OST will be mandatory for all students.  The advantage to testing this fall is the results will give the teacher, student, and family information on how your child is progressing in reading, and your child will become familiar with the test to prepare for the spring test.  Most importantly, though, we want you to make the best decision for your child’s safety and academic success.  


If you choose to have your child participate in the test administration, the exact time slot and procedures will be provided after you register your student to take the test.  Details of the fall testing opportunity are provided below.


The 3rd-grade fall OST will be administered on November 4 and 5, 2020 between 10:00 AM to 11:30 AMStudents will arrive at 9:30 AM to the school and depart school at approximately 12:00 pm.  Students with IEPs who have extended time for testing will be notified of their unique departure time.  

  • The 3rd-grade fall OST has two parts; each part is 90 minutes.

  • Part 1 will be administered the morning of November 4th.

  • Part 2 will be administered the morning of November 5th.

  • Transportation will be provided, if needed, for all eligible students.  

  • Students MUST bring their chromebook, fully charged 


IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS TESTING OPPORTUNITY, PLEASE REGISTER BY CALLING YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL BY WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28th, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9:00 AM AND 2:00 PM ON WEEKDAYS.   


For more information on the Grade 3 Ohio State Test, please visit: https://oh.portal.cambiumast.com/resources/student-practice-resources/


Sincerely,


David W. James, Ed.D.,
Superintendent of Schools

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