Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
Spring 2017 AASCD Results
District test coordinators can access AASCD downloadable data files in the Online Reporting System
for the spring 2017 AASCD administration. The data file includes results for all students whose scores were submitted by the end of the test window (April 14). Printed family score reports and labels arrived in districts in early June. An Interpretive Guide
has been posted on the Ohio Alternate Assessment Portal
and it provides guidance for families regarding the AASCD and goes through features of the score reports and what they mean.
Update to Ohio’s Learning Standards – Extended
This summer, educators statewide will assist the Ohio Department of Education in updating Ohio’s Learning Standards-Extended in English language arts and mathematics. Beginning in 2018, the Department will start the revision of Ohio’s Learning Standards-Extended in science and social studies. Educators who use the extended standards and instruct students who take alternate assessments, as well as those who have expertise in these content areas, may wish to apply to participate in the working groups that will draft revisions.
During the revision process, the Department will gather feedback that reflects the experience that Ohio educators and parents gained with the extended standards during the past five years since they were first adopted.
Through this periodic standards review, our state aims to ensure that students with significant cognitive disabilities have multiple ways to learn and demonstrate knowledge. At the same time, we will work together so that the extended standards will continue reflecting the rigor and high expectations of Ohio’s Learning Standards.
Students with Disabilities and the ACT/SAT
The Ohio Department of Education has announced that students with disabilities who take the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) instead of the general Ohio’s State Tests are exempt from the requirement that all 11th grade students participate in the ACT/SAT. This does not, however, prohibit a student with a significant cognitive disability from taking the ACT or SAT if the student and/or parent requests to participate in the test.
The Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill 3 on Dec. 8, 2016, which provides for additional exemptions and requires the Department to provide guidance on test participation for certain student populations (ORC 3301.0712