State & District-wide Test Information for Parents

Title I Requires that the  JALSD provide parents with certain testing information regarding state and Local Testing. This page provides information and links for parents.
At the beginning of each school year, a district that receives Title I-Part A funds notifies the parents of each student attending a Title I-Part A school that the parents may request, and the district provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner), information regarding any State or district policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by section 1111(b)(2) and by the State or district, including a policy, procedure, or parental right to opt the child out of the assessment, where applicable. 

2261.02 - TITLE I – PARENTS’ RIGHT TO KNOW  In accordance with the requirement of Federal law, for each school receiving Title I funds, the Superintendent shall make sure that all parents of students in that school are notified that they may request, and the Board will provide the following information on the student's classroom teachers: read more

Jefferson Area Local Schools Student Participation in State Testing Parent / Guardian Option Out of Testing Information and Form.

The use of state tests to measure school districts, school buildings, teachers and students has in some arenas has become controversial. Standardized tests are used throughout society, for better or for worse, and student familiarity and practice with them has become both a part of all of our school and work lives. Standardized tests include the following tests types: diagnostic, achievement, placement, ability, college entrance, graduate school entrance and professional certification. These are just some of the categories of tests we face. Whether getting a driving license, applying to work in safety services, entering the military or being admitted into a graduate program standardized testing is used as a part of the process. READ MORE and Download Opt Out Form by clicking the form at the bottom of this page.

The district makes widely available through public means (including by posting in a clear and easily accessible manner on the district’s website and, where practicable, on the website of each Title I school served by the district) for each grade served by the district, information on each assessment required by the State to comply with section 1111, other assessments required by the State, and where the information is available and feasible to report, assessments required district-wide by the district, including—(i) the subject matter assessed; (ii) the purpose for which the assessment is designed and used; (iii) the source of the requirement for the assessment; and (iv) where such information is available—(I) the amount of time students will spend taking the assessment, and the schedule for the assessment; and (II) the time and format for disseminating results.

After July 1, 2017, no student will spend more than two percent (2%) of the school year taking state assessments, including the Ohio graduation tests, college and work ready assessment systems and any District-wide assessment for all students in a specified subject area or grade level. Students will not spend more than one percent (1%) of the school year on diagnostic or practice assessments to prepare for the above assessments. Students with disabilities are exempt from this requirement, as are related diagnostic assessments for students who failed the English language arts achievement assessment, substitute examinations, or examinations to identify a gifted student.

Test Dates (all) 2020-2021

2020-2021 Testing Dates

JALSD testing Windows:


Fall Grade 3 ELA

October 26 - 30

First Day October 26

Fall / Winter EOC HIGH SCHOOL : 

December 3, 2020 - January 8 2021

First Day December 3, 2020



Spring ELA 

All grades

March 26, - April 23, 2021

First Day April 6, 2021


Spring Math, Science, Social Studies

All grades

April 19 - May 7

First Day April 19, 2021

Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment

  • Feb. 1 - March 26, 2021

Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

  • Operational test - Feb. 2 - March 19, 2021

STATE of Ohio Windows:

Each school district chooses a consecutive series of school days to administer state tests within specified windows, or periods of time. 

Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies


  • Grade 3 English language arts – Five consecutive school days, including makeups, within the Oct. 19, 2020 - Oct. 30, 2020 window
  • High school end-of-course tests – Fifteen consecutive school days, including makeups, within the Nov. 30, 2020 - Jan. 8, 2021 window


School districts select 15 consecutive school days, including makeups, within each test window.
  • English language arts - March 22, 2021 - April 23, 2021
  • Mathematics, science and social studies - March 29, 2021 - May 7, 2021


    • Grade 3 English language arts – July 5 - 9, 2021
    • High school end-of-course tests – July 12 - 23, 2021


    • Beginning in 2018-19 the OGT has moved online allowing for a continuous state testing window (September through July). Testers have three opportunities per school year to take any part of the OGT still required. 
    • Testers requiring paper as an approved accommodation have three test opportunities during the September 1, 2020 – July 30, 2021 test window with staggered start times:
      • Opportunity 1    September 1, 2020 - July 30, 2021
      • Opportunity 2    November 1, 2020 - July 30, 2021
      • Opportunity 3    December 1, 2020 - July 30, 2021

    Please check with your local district or adult diploma program about opportunities to take the tests. Districts/schools may set their own test windows within the state framework. For details, please look at OGT FAQ

    Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener

    • Aug. 6, 2020 - June 30, 2021

    Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment

    • Feb. 1 - March 26, 2021

    Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

    • Operational test - Feb. 2 - March 19, 2021
    Note: All information subject to change. 

    William Mullane,
    Dec 26, 2018, 10:53 AM