A Newsletter for the CCS K-12 Social Studies Community
Special Edition - Preparing for Online State Social Studies Tests (AIR)
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
Transitioning to Online State Tests
CCS Social Studies Assessments Webpage
Ohio's Computer-Based Assessments Portal
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.
Students can leave the default settings or customize them as they wish on the next few screens.
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.
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.
Digital Tools for Document Analysis and Technology-Enhanced Questions
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.
Columbus City Schools Social Studies
Matt Doran, 6-12 Social Studies Coordinator
Lynda Ray, K-5 Social Studies Coordinator
Chris Weatherholtz, K-5 Science/Social Studies Coordinator