Civitas

A Newsletter for the CCS K-12 Social Studies Community

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Special Edition - Preparing for Online State Social Studies Tests (AIR)

Volume 3, Issue 3, Special Edition


Inside this edition:


  • Transitioning to Online State Tests
  • CCS Social Studies Assessment Webpage
  • Using the Released Test Items
  • Ohio's Computer Based Assessment Portal
  • Using Edcite for Diagnostic and Formative Assessment
  • Ohio Test Prep Tutorials and Edcite Assessments
  • Digital Tools for Document Analysis and Technology-Enhanced Questions

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Transitioning to Online State Tests

In 2016-17 all state tests will be administered online. This will be a change for some students who have taken paper-pencil versions of the state tests for the past few years. Online testing includes a greater range of question types beyond traditional multiple choice and constructed response. Students will be required to drag and drop responses into charts, graphs, and maps, make multiple selections on a grid, and analyze text sets. The resources in this newsletter provide tools for students to learn content and practice online test-taking skills.


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CCS Social Studies Assessments Webpage

The CCS Social Studies website includes a page with assessment preparation resources: http://www.ccsoh.us/SSAssessments.aspx. These resources include teachers guides to the state tests, student review guides, state practice test answer keys and scoring guides, and formative assessment resources.


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Using the Released Test Items


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Ohio's Computer-Based Assessments Portal

AIR and the Ohio Department of Education have created a Student Practice Site on the State Test Portal: https://ohpt.tds.airast.org/student. Students can access practice tests for each course and released test items from previous test administrations. The practice portal provides the same online format as the actual tests. The gives students an opportunity to practice navigating the interface and using the test-taking tools.


The screenshots below show how to navigate the practice portal. There are several screens students will need to go through to access the practice tests.



Guest information is already entered. Click the Sign In button to begin.

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Select a grade level. Since high school courses do not have designated grade levels, all tests will appear for Grades 9-12.
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There are three options for each state test: The Practice Test, the Spring 2015 Released Items, and the Spring 2016 Released Items.
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Students can leave the default settings or customize them as they wish on the next few screens.

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Using State Practice Tests in Edcite for Diagnostic and Formative Assessment

There are limitations to using the State Practice Test Portal. Questions cannot be re-organized by standard or content statement and there is no way to track student data. It is really more for student practice with the online test format and to see the complexity of the questions.


Edcite is a free web-based platform for creating interactive assessments. Edcite has loaded Ohio's practice tests and released test items into their platform. The assessments and questions on Edcite can be copied to an individual teacher account. Teachers can then re-organize questions into smaller assessments aligned by standard. This allows teachers to collect data and use it as diagnostic and formative data.


To access the Ohio AIR Assessments on Edcite, go to: http://www.edcite.com/lp/ohio.


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Ohio Test Prep Tutorials and Edcite Assessments

Ohio Test Prep is a blended learning tool with eight self-paced modules for each state test in social studies. Each module contains three sections: LEARN, PRACTICE , and ASSESS. In addition to embedded YouTube video tutorials and practice games, each module includes a Mastery Assessment developed with the Edcite platform.


All of the Ohio Test Prep assessments and questions are also available in the Edcite public library, which means teachers can copy them to their own account and customize them as needed. To access the Ohio Test Prep Edcite collections, create a free account (you can log in with your CCS Google Account) and follow the collections here: https://www.edcite.com/social/profile?user=ohiotestprep.


Ohio Test Prep is under development and new content is added monthly. The remainder of the American Government assessments should be ready by December 2016.


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Getting Started on Edcite


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Digital Tools for Document Analysis and Technology-Enhanced Questions

DocsTeach is the online tool for teaching with documents from the U.S. National Archives. DocsTeach brings together more than 3,000 primary sources and seven types of online activities, each designed to reinforce specific historical thinking skills. Teachers can also create their own activities.


Historical Thinking Interactives (Annenberg Learner) model a specific skill or set of skills, such as analyzing historical artifacts or using primary sources to develop a thesis.


Timeline (ReadWriteThink) allows students to create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line.


Brain Rush includes a library of adaptive learning games on a variety of social studies topics. Teachers can also create their own original activities.

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Columbus City Schools Social Studies

Mission: Support, build capacity, and empower all members of the teaching and learning community to increase student achievement


Matt Doran, 6-12 Social Studies Coordinator

Lynda Ray, K-5 Social Studies Coordinator

Chris Weatherholtz, K-5 Science/Social Studies Coordinator