Office of the Superintendent

March 30, 2020

Dear Families,

In response to Governor Mike DeWine’s extension of the school closure, Cincinnati Public Schools’ buildings will remain closed through at least May 1, 2020.

However, teaching and learning will continue. We have been working for weeks to ensure that students can continue their studies remotely. We also are prepared to serve students who do not have access to technology or internet at home.

Our meal distribution program will continue, as well as the services we offer to students with special learning needs. A limited number of our School-Based Health Centers will remain open, and you can find a list of those locations on our website at cps-k12.org.

To keep students engaged in learning, we will launch our Remote Learning Plan for all students, grades preschool to 12. Included will be digital lessons, hard-copy Enrichment Learning Packets, resources for parents, tips for structuring the school day, and more. We also are exploring opportunities to broadcast academic lessons through cable partners to ensure that content gets to as many students as possible. We will be releasing more information about our Remote Learning Plan later this week.

As we navigate these challenging times, I remain hopeful. Our school family – including teachers, staff and community volunteers – has truly stepped up for our city’s young people. So far, we have given out more than 50,000 meals and countless hygiene kits. Our teachers are instructing from their homes and are reaching out to students without online access. It is clear that our passion for empowering the next generation of world leaders has only grown stronger.

I also am grateful to you, our parents and guardians. I know this hasn’t been easy. But I am hopeful today because I know that we can get through this together.

The challenge of educating more than 37,000 students without classrooms is momentous. But, I am confident that learning in Cincinnati Public Schools will continue. We are #CPSUnited, and we will come through this stronger than ever before.

Please continue to visit our website at cps-k12.org for important updates. We will have much more information to share in the weeks to come.


Laura Mitchell, Superintendent

Education Center · P.O. Box 5381 · Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381 · 513-363-0050 · Fax: 513-363-0060 · cps-k12.org

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K-12 Testing

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.

Grades K-8

State-Required Testing

Elementary students participate in testing required by the Ohio Department of Education. This includes:

Instructional Assessments

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 Iowa Assessments norm-referenced standardized test published by Riverside Insights. 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 September/October."

Special College Preparatory Program (SCPP) Examination

SCPP Testing Schedule 2019-20 (for entrance in 2020-21 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.

Full SCPP Testing Information

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 60 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.

SCPP Information for Out-of-District Students

Or, call CPS' Test Administration — (513) 363-0186 — or email.

Grades 9-12

State-Required Testing

Information about Ohio's new graduation requirements is on the Ohio Department of Education's website.

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College-Preparatory Examinations

All CPS students in 10th and 11th grades may participate in the PSAT (Pre-SAT), which helps students prepare for successful performance on the ACT and SAT college-entrance tests.

 All CPS 11th-graders also take the ACT.

Full CPS Testing Information

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