Assessments at Little Miami
Students at Little Miami will take a number of assessments over the course of their academic career. Learn more about LM Benchmark Assessments, and how to understand your student's score.
Primer on new state assessments
Ohio’s adoption of new state standards has brought new assessments, and with it new terminology, acronyms and testing procedures. For a primer about the changes and what to expect for your child in the months ahead, please click here.
Common Core State Standards
The Little Miami Local School District has begun implementing the Common Core State Standards, a set of learning requirements that are intended to level the playing field for students across the nation, and prepare Little Miami students for college and careers. Ohio adopted these standards in July 2010, and they must be fully implemented by the 2014-2015 school year.
What are the Common Core State Standards?The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative is a state-led effort intended to provide more clarity and consistency in what is expected of students across the country. Until now, every state has had its own set of academic standards, meaning public school students at the same grade level in different states have been learning at different standards.
What are the goals of the Common Core State Standards?
The Common Core defines rigorous skills and knowledge in English language arts and mathematics that need to be effectively taught and learned for all students to be ready to succeed academically in college-entry courses and workforce training programs.
What should you and your student expect?
A more rigorous school experience and an on-line PARCC assessment tool that will do away with the current Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA). (See links at right for the official websites of the Common Core and PARCC). The Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) will be replaced with a nationally standardized college readiness test and end-of-course exams for English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. These new assessments will be required of all high school sophomores beginning with 2014-2015 school year.
Little Miami students will spend more time on fewer concepts, digging deeper into writing, close reading and mathematics. The days of "a mile wide and an inch deep" instruction are a thing of the past.
Students and parents both will notice changes: students in the rigor of their coursework, and parents in the difference in standardized test scores. On average, only 37 percent of questions need to be answered correctly on the current OAA for a student to be considered "proficient." The new PARCC assessment will raise the bar for achievement. Those students who may have scored in the "accelerated" or "advanced" ranges of the OAA may find themselves scoring significantly lower on the new assessments.
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