The Center for Curriculum and Instruction works with the Pupil Services Department to use test results to improve student achievement. Currently, students are required by the State of Ohio to participate in the Ohio Achievement Assessments, the Ohio Graduation Test, and Diagnostic Tests. The names of these tests will change in the 2015-2016 school year as Ohio institutes the next generation of assessments. In addition to the state-mandated tests, standardized assessments such as the PSAT, SAT and ACT tests are administered to high school students who wish to meet college entrance requirements.
Teachers also use chapter tests, unit tests, semester tests and final exams to measure what students have learned. Another type of test, formative assessment, is used to measure student progress along the path to mastery. These formative assessments help teachers decide what skills students already know, how to plan for instruction, and how to reteach skills that students still need to master. Formative assessments also let students know how they are progressing on the path toward mastery. With continuous improvement as the main focus for increasing student achievement, the test scores and trends are analyzed, interpreted and discussed throughout the year. Teachers and administrators use the data to adjust classroom instruction, determine which students need additional help and make adjustments to teaching.