Students in Cincinnati Public Schools are tested throughout the school year to determine knowledge and skill levels. These tests measure students' achievement to determine strengths and weaknesses so teachers can adjust instruction to meet students' needs.
Elementary students participate in testing required by the Ohio Department of Education. This includes:
- State Diagnostic Assessments in grades K-3
- New Ohio State Tests (all subjects) - American Institutes for Research - AIR
- Practice Tests for Students & Families
Students in grades K-8 participate in a series of assessments throughout the school year in reading, mathematics, science and social studies. These assessments are timed to parallel the teaching of the district's curriculum and are tools to alert teachers to students' academic strengths and weaknesses.
Nationally Norm-Referenced Standardized Tests
Cincinnati Public Schools uses the TerraNova Third Edition norm-referenced standardized test published by McGraw-Hill. This test compares a student's performance to a standard of average performance of other students across the nation. Students in grades 2 and 6 are tested in October.
Special College Preparatory Program (SCPP) Examination
Testing Schedule 2016-17 SCPP (for entrance in 2017-18 school year)
Students must pass an entrance examination to enroll in the Special College Preparatory Program (SCPP) at either Walnut Hills or Dater high schools.
All Cincinnati Public Schools' sixth-graders take the SCPP exam in October. Students may take the SCPP examination each school year from grades 6 to 11. (Students entering Walnut Hills or Dater after grade 9 also must meet SCPP graduation requirements to graduate on time.) A retest of the SCPP can be scheduled after receiving written notification of failing scores. Students must wait a minimum of 90 days before taking a retest, and only one retest per year may be taken.
Non-CPS Students: Students who live within the CPS district boundaries but attend private or charter schools, or are home schooled, also may take the SCPP exam in grades 6-11.
Out of District: Students who live outside the CPS district boundaries may take the SCPP entrance examination for a $50 fee.
Students who entered ninth grade for the first time in the 2014-15 school year will follow graduation requirements for the class of 2018.
Information about Ohio's new graduation requirements is on the Ohio Department of Education's website.
Students who entered ninth grade for the first time before the 2014-15 school year and those who repeated ninth grade in 2014-15 will follow graduation requirements for the classes of 2014-2017. These students must take the required Ohio Graduation Tests but may use the new end-of-course exams to meet graduation requirements.
Information about Ohio's graduation requirements for classes of 2014-17 is on the Ohio Department of Education's website.
All CPS students in 10th and 11th grades may participate in the PSAT (Pre-SAT) in October, which helps students prepare for successful performance on the ACT and SAT college-entrance tests. All CPS 11th-graders also take the ACT in April.