District Departments

Testing & Assessment

Contact Information
Beth Spieth
Executive Director of Secondary Curriculum & Instruction

Phone:  (614) 337-3738
Fax:  (614) 478-5568

Assessing student achievement and academic growth over time is an important aspect of the educational program of the Gahanna-Jefferson Schools. Through these measures, educators, working with parents, can determine individual student needs and appropriate instructional strategies.

A variety of assessment measures throughout the school year are needed to obtain an accurate picture of a student's overall academic development. On-going daily and periodic assessments in the form of teacher observations, quizzes, performance tasks, and teacher-made tests coupled with nationally normed standardized tests such as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), and State Achievement Tests help to determine the individual student's level of achievement and possible need for intervention.

Students in grades 3, 5, and 7 take the ITBS and the CogAT in January of each year. The results of these tests, as well as district-wide writing assessments for each grade, serve as indicators of student achievement and are used for both intervention purposes and identification and placement for gifted and talented education programs.

In accordance with federal legislation (No Child Left Behind,) the State of Ohio requires assessment measures through state wide achievement tests.  The achievement tests are administered at the end of April for grades 3-8 with the exception of third grade reading achievement, which is administered in both October and April. A literacy readiness test is administered to entering kindergarten students during the first six weeks of the school year.

Ohio Achievement Assessments Subject 2013-2014
Grade 3 Reading only
Reading and Mathematics
Oct. 8, 2013
April 21-May 9, 2014
Grade 4 Reading
Mathematics
April 21-May 9, 2014
Grade 5 Reading
Mathematics
Science
April 21-May 9, 2014
Grade 6 Reading
Mathematics
April 21-May 9, 2014
Grade 7 Reading
Mathematics
April 21-May 9, 2014
Grade 8 Reading
Mathematics
Science
April 21-May 9, 2014

The Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) is administered to all students in the spring of their tenth-grade year. All students must be proficient in all five areas tested in order to receive a high school diploma. The five academic content areas tested are reading, writing, mathematics, science, and citizenship.

Ohio Graduation Test 2013-2014
Grade 10 March 10-14, 2014
Grade 11 & 12 Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, 2013
and
March 10-14, 2014

In order to assure student success, curriculum in all areas is aligned with Ohio's learning standards. Strategies implemented through Comprehensive Improvement Plans at both the district and building levels address improvement in student achievement. Building and district-wide intervention programs, such as Summer Journey to Learning, address the needs of struggling students. Intervention assistance in the student's specific academic area of need is accomplished by providing small group settings for special reading and other academic assistance. 

Students from Gahanna-Jefferson Schools consistently exceed both state and national averages on the SAT and ACT tests qualifying for nearly 70% of our graduates to enroll in four-year colleges. Students' success is also evidenced in the millions of dollars in scholarships and college grants awarded to graduating seniors.

Ohio Department of Education