9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

4/1/2019

NEW! Spring 2019 Operational Test Window Closing and Data Entry Interface Deadline 

The Spring 2019 AASCD Operational Test window closes Friday, April 12. All AASCD testing must be concluded and all scores must be submitted into the Data Entry Interface (DEI) by Friday, April 12 at 5 p.m. Districts can run test completion rate reports in TIDE to confirm which students’ tests have, or have not, been submitted.
 

New! Spring 2019 Operational Additional Orders and Materials Return Reminder 

The Spring 2019 AASCD Operational additional orders window closes April 10. All test materials must be shipped to Pel Hughes no later than Friday, April 19. Districts should follow the instructions provided in the Test Coordinator’s Manual for returning test materials. If there are material discrepancies to report, districts should complete and return the Secure Material Resolution form found in the return kit. If you need additional return labels or guidance on packaging materials for shipment, you may reach out to Pel Hughes at OhioAASCDSupport@pelhughes.com.
 

Spring 2019 Accessibility Features for the AASCD 2.0 Online Independent Field Test 

In preparation for the AASCD 2.0 online Independent Field Test, AIR will be expanding the Test Settings feature in TIDE to include AASCD by mid-March. This will allow districts to set AASCD test settings in TIDE prior to testing. Districts should look for future communications regarding the test settings available for AASCD. Once available, districts will access the Student Information task in TIDE to ensure all accessibility features are appropriately marked for AASCD students who will be taking the AASCD 2.0 Online Independent Field Test.
 
To add a student’s test settings in TIDE, the test coordinator can upload a student test settings file. Alternatively, test coordinators or test administrators can manually edit student records in TIDE. For directions on uploading or manually editing student test settings, refer to the TIDE User Guide, located on the portal. If applicable test settings are not marked in TIDE prior to the test administration, the test administrator can indicate the setting in the Test Administrator Interface under “Test Settings” when approving a student to test.
 
As a reminder, Text-To-Speech (TTS) is on for all AASCD tests and cannot be turned off. Administrators should allow the TTS to play first to ensure the TTS reads any “hidden” text is not displayed within the response option PicSyms. The administrator may then read the text to the student as many times as needed. Note: All devices have pre-installed or “native” voice packs that allow TTS to function on the device. Districts should select a voice pack option the students are familiar with and that has been confirmed to work with the Secure Browser. Districts can access the Practice Test Site via the Secure Browser to check the voice pack functions as expected within the Secure Browser. Refer to the Technical Specifications Manual for a list of voice packs that have been confirmed to work with the Secure Browser and for more detailed guidance on voice packs for text-to-speech.

 
Spring 2019 Participation for the April 15-May 31 AASCD Independent Field Test 

Important: The AASCD Independent Field Test should be administered only to those students who were administered the spring 2019 AASCD 1.0 operational assessment. Students who are preidentified in TIDE for the AASCD 1.0 administration automatically will be preidentified for the AASCD 2.0 online Independent Field Test.
 
Districts do not need to submit an intent to participate for the Independent Field Test. To participate, districts should complete the following tasks:
  • Ensure teachers (TEs) and test administrators (TAs) who will administer the AASCD Independent Field Test are added in TIDE. Administrators must be in TIDE to be able to access the TA Interface and start an Independent Field Test session beginning April 15. Note that the AASCD Independent Field Test does not use second raters (SRs), so second raters will not have access to the TA Interface. It is highly recommended that administrators access the TA Practice Site and practice administering a test session prior to administering the AASCD Independent Field Test. More information on using the TA Practice Test Site can be found in the AASCD Practice Test Guidance Document;
 
  • Ensure students participating in the Independent Field Test are preidentified in TIDE for the duration of the AASCD Independent Field Test April 15-May 31. Reminder: Students who are preidentified in TIDE for the AASCD 1.0 administration automatically will be preidentified for the AASCD 2.0 Online Independent Field Test;
 
  • Ensure your district has downloaded and installed the AIR Secure Browser or AIRSecureTest app on the device the student will use to take the Independent Field Test. Students will use the AIR Secure Browser or AIRSecureTest app to access the Student Testing Site between April 15-May 31. It is highly recommended that administrators use the AIR Secure Browser or AIRSecureTest app to access an AASCD Practice Test to experience the sign-in process, navigate the online testing system, use the available tools and features, and become familiar with online testing.
 
  • Ensure all teachers (TEs) and test administrators (TAs), review the AASCD Directions for Administration Manual in advance of the Independent Field Test. The AASCD Test Coordinator’s Manual outlines the responsibilities and procedures that district and building test coordinators are to follow for the AASCD assessments. The spring 2019 AASCD manuals include information pertaining to both the AASCD Operational Paper (1.0) administration and the AASCD Online Independent Field Test (2.0) administration.