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Dear Parents and Guardians,

In the next few weeks, Badger High School will begin administering the Ohio’s end-of-course exams per the ODE scheduled windows. The state end-of course exams are often referred to as AIR tests (American Institutes for Research). All students in courses with an AIR test are required by the Ohio Department of Education to take the exams. While these tests do not impact graduation for the classes of 2016 or 2017, students are required to participate. AIR tests do provide the classes of 2018 a graduation requirement option. For each of the seven end-of-course state tests, a student will earn 1 to 5 graduation points. Students have the potential to earn a total of 35 points. To meet this graduation option, a student must earn a minimum number of 18 points from all tests combined. This graduation option gives students flexibility in accumulating 18 points. A high score on one test can balance a low score on another test. See the chart below for more details on point distribution.

Graduation Point Distribution

 Subject Area  State End-of-Course Exam/AIR Test Total Minimum Points per Subject Area
ENGLISH ELA9ELA10 4 points
MATH Algebra 1Geometry 4 points
SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES Biology/US History/Government 6 points
ANY AREA Roll over test points earned above the minimum from any of the 3 subject areas 4 points TOTAL:  18 points

 

PERFORMANCE        GRADUATION POINTS

Advanced                            5

Accelerated                        4

Proficient                            3

Basic                                   2

Limited                               1

 Badger High School Testing Schedule for 2017-2018

  • TBD

 Frequently Asked Questions:

How long do AIR tests take?

Each AIR test has 2 parts given over 2 days. Each part is between 90 and 105 minutes long.

What is the format of each test?

All the tests will be given online. The only exception is students with an IEP or 504 will follow their appropriate accommodations.

How do I know which tests my child must take?

AIR tests are given in the areas of English 9, English 10, Algebra 1, Geometry, US History, Government and Biology.

*Do ALL students in CCP courses need to take the test?
Students who are enrolled in CCP Science or Social Studies courses; do NOT have to take the AIR test. CCP course grades translate to these graduation points: AP 4-5 = 5pts; AP 3 = 4pts AP 2 = 3pts; AP 1 = 1pt. Students enrolled in CCP Math and ELA courses will need to take the AIR test.

What if my child previously took one of those courses, but didn’t take an end-of-course test?
These tests were rolled out during the 2014-2015 academic year. There are many reasons why a student may not have taken an AIR test for a course they took. The Ohio Department of Education has guidelines on how each situation is handled. These are explained on their website here.

What should students bring to AIR testing?

Each student should bring at least two #2 pencils, sharpened and their calculator (only for math tests). Students will not be permitted to have cell phones, laptops, tablets or other wireless devices during testing. Devices will be collected before testing and returned at 9:50 a.m. The items below are optional but encouraged:

  • CHARGED school issues laptop (with charging cord for emergencies)
  • an eraser
  • a watch
  • bottled water
  • a calculator for Algebra 1 & Geometry
  • reading material for after testing (NO school textbooks)

What kind of calculator can a student use?
Ti-73 Explorer, TI-83 Plus, TI-84 Plus –Series, TI-NSpire, TI-NSpire CX, Casio fx-9750GII, fx-9860GII, fx-CG10 PRIZM. Some Scientific Calculators are allowed as well. Have your math teacher confirm your calculator well before testing day. Prohibited graphing calculator functions and features are those with CAS features, tablets, laptops, PDA’s or phone based calculators and those with “QWERTY” keyboards. Student issued calculators from BHS are acceptable!

How should students prepare for AIR tests?
Teachers have embedded AIR test preparation into their course content. The best preparation a student has is active participation in class throughout the school year. To maximize their performance we encourage students to get a full night’s sleep and eat breakfast before their scheduled AIR test. Free Breakfast for all students on day of testing!

What if my student is sick or absent on a testing day?

There is a limited number of days to make-up missed tests. Any students absent during testing day will be given a date, time and location to take their make-up tests.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions about AIR testing?
Andrea Steiner, District Testing Coordinator

Andrea.steiner@neomin.org

330-876-2800 EXT: 405

Raeanne Abramovich, High School Counselor

raeanne.abramovich@neomin.org

330-876-2800 EXT: 303

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