By Maggie Downs
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Today, third-graders will become the first class in Ohio to take the new Third-Grade Reading Achievement Test.
This is one of many changes in testing that will occur over the next several years as Ohio complies with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Also today, fourth-graders will take the Fourth-Grade Reading Proficiency Test. This school year will be the last fall, spring and summer administrations of that test.
This transition from proficiency tests to achievement tests is part of Ohio's new system to align academic standards, curricula, assessments and accountability.
"The Third-Grade Reading Achievement Test is an important tool for teachers that will show how well each student is learning the standards," said Susan Zelman, Ohio superintendent of public instruction. "Using these tests, teachers will learn which students need additional help so they are prepared to move on to the next grade level."
Carolyn Teague, a fourth-grade teacher at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in Sycamore, prepares her students by making strategic reading assignments. "Well-prepared children don't seem to be stressed about testing," she said.
Testing dates for 2003-04
Third grade: Oct. 6-10, March 8-12, July 5-26
Fourth grade: Oct. 6-10, March 8-26, July 5-26
Sixth grade: March 8-26
Ninth grade: Oct. 27-Nov. 9, March 1-14, May 1-10, July 5-26
Ohio graduation tests: March 15-19
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