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District Testing

While assessments are only one snapshot in time of a student's achievement level and progress, Lakota fully supports testing in moderation. That's because any and all data helps us gain a better understanding for how we can individualize instruction and help every single student perform at their highest level in the most foundational academic areas.

Advocacy among our state legislators, both by school leaders and the community at large, has invoked positive change for state testing. This includes just one test provider for all four content areas. Students are also spending far less time taking state tests, and just once per year, during a single testing window.   

State testing, which tests students' comprehension of Ohio Learning Standards, is particularly important when paired with our own local classroom assessments. This gives our teachers a much more complete picture for tailoring instruction to each student.

Lakota students participate in one or more of the following assessments. Click below to see the district's current testing calendars.

2021-22 All Grades Testing Calendar 

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

Lakota uses MAP tests to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Reading (K-1), and Mathematics (K-8).  For more information, read this Parent Letter Introducing MAP (September 2013) or view our MAP Parent Toolkit.

Ohio's Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities (AASWD)
The AASWD is a state-mandated assessment for students who cannot take the default OAA or OGT. According to the Ohio Department of Education's guidelines, “AASWD is appropriate only for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are either completing a curriculum that is modified substantially (in form and/or substance) by the [Individualized Education Program] (IEP) from the general education curriculum or completing the general education curriculum but have a disability that presents unique and significant challenges such that the IEP provides for accommodations that exceed the allowable criteria for statewide assessment accommodations.”

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)
The new assessment includes ways for teachers to measure a child’s school readiness. Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards (birth to kindergarten entry) are the basis for the new assessment. It has six components: social skills (including social and emotional development, and approaches toward learning), mathematics, science, social studies, language and literacy, and physical well-being and motor development.

Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (OELPA)

The OELPA is a state-mandated assessment for students in grades kindergarten through twelve who have been identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP). The OELPA does not identify students as LEP, but measures and reports on a student’s English language proficiency and progress in English language acquisition through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. This replaces the OTELA test from past years. 

InView and TerraNova 3rd Edition (TN3)
The InView is a product of CTB McGraw-Hill that assesses “critical cognitive abilities in verbal reasoning, nonverbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning". Lakota also uses InView results as one indicator for Gifted placement. The TN3 is also a product of CTB McGraw-Hill that “accurately and reliably measures student progress relative to state standards.” Students in grades 2 and 5 will take the InView and TN3 in the spring. Parents will receive a Home Report explaining their child's results and how their child compares to other students in the nation who took the TN3. 

Lakota's Learning Recovery and Extended Learning Plan

On February 9, 2021, Governor DeWine asked schools and districts to work with their communities and educational stakeholders to help students continue to advance academically and to make up for any learning that may have been lost or delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and related disruptions.

“This once-in-a-lifetime pandemic has impacted all of us, so it should be no surprise that it has impacted our children. But we should not panic, nor should we be surprised by the results of assessments,” said Governor DeWine.  “Instead, we should do what Ohioans have always done when facing a challenge – stay calm, roll up our sleeves, and work to solve the problem.”

Governor DeWine has requested that schools and districts design plans that address learning recovery and extended learning opportunities to meet the needs of students that could include, but are not limited to, extending the current school year, beginning the new year early, extending the school day or instituting summer programs, tutoring, remote options, and other remedial or supplemental activities.

Below is Lakota's plan to help students continue to advance academically and to make up for any learning lost due to the coronavirus pandemic and related disruptions.

Lakota Local Schools Learning Recovery and Extended Learning Plan