9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

12/4/2018

Spring 2019 AASCD Manuals 

The spring 2019 AASCD manuals are available on the Alternate Assessment Portal. 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.
 
The AASCD Directions for Administration Manual outlines how teachers/test administrators should prepare for and administer the AASCD assessments. All teachers, test administrators and second raters should review the manuals in advance of the test window. The AASCD Test Coordinator’s Manual outlines the responsibilities and procedures that district and building test coordinators are to follow for the AASCD assessments.
 

District Justifications for Alternate Assessment Participation Due by Dec. 10 

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires each district or community school to submit a justification when it expects to test more than 1 percent of its students using the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD). If your district expects to test more than 1 percent of its students using the alternate assessment, you must submit the online justification by Dec. 10. Find samples here of this year’s justification form and an optional school-level form.
 
Two webinars were presented in October to discuss alternate assessment updates and the revised 1 percent participation justification form. A PDF of the PowerPoint used during the webinar is available on the Department’s AASCD webpage.
 

Ohio Learning Standards-Extended (Revised September 2018) 

On Sept. 18, 2018, the State Board of Education adopted the revised grade-level Ohio’s Learning Standards-Extended for students who are assessed using the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD). Ohio’s Learning Standards-Extended are specific statements of knowledge and skills linked to the expectations in Ohio’s Learning Standards. The extensions build a bridge that provides grade-level access for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities to the content of Ohio’s Learning Standards. The Ohio’s Learning Standards-Extended can be found on the Department's website.
 

Spring 2019 AASCD Online Practice Tests 

To differentiate the paper version of the AASCD from the online version of the AASCD, the Department is referring to the paper version as the AASCD 1.0 and the online version as the AASCD 2.0.
 
In preparation for the move toward online AASCD (2.0) testing, AIR released online AASCD (2.0) practice tests. The AASCD 2.0 practice tests are available for students and administrators on the AASCD portal via the Student Practice Test Site and TA Practice Site. The Practice Test Site gives students and administrators the opportunity to experience the sign-in process, navigate the online testing system, use the available tools and features, and familiarize themselves with online testing. For administrators, the TA Practice Site provides an opportunity for TAs to become familiar with the TA Interface, including setting up a test session and monitoring a student’s test progress.
 
The Student Practice Test Site and the TA Practice Site can both be accessed via any supported web browser. For more information on AIR-supported web browsers, please refer to the Online Systems Requirements document available on the AASCD portal. The Practice Test Site also can be accessed via the AIR Secure Browser or Secure Test App, available for download on the AASCD Secure Browsers page. For more information regarding system requirements and installing the AIR Secure Browser or Secure Test App, please refer to the Technology Resources available on the AASCD portal. An AASCD Practice Test Guidance Document is available on the AASCD portal to provide districts with step-by-step directions on accessing and navigating the practice sites.
 
Authorized user accounts are required to log into the TA Practice Site and setup a practice test session. If you need a user account, talk with your test coordinator. The Practice Test Site sign-in process allows for students to be logged in with their first names and SSIDs, as they are entered in TIDE. For this login option, the students also must be pre-identified in TIDE as AASCD eligible to access the AASCD practice tests for their enrolled grades. Alternatively, students can access the practice tests as guests using the pre-selected guest session options to sign in.
 
The AASCD 2.0 practice tests are available by individual grade and subject and consist of approximately five items per practice test. The available practice test items reflect the item types that AASCD students are presented in AASCD 2.0 testing. Test results are not available for AASCD practice tests. 
 

Spring 2019 AASCD Independent Field Test 

From April 15-May 31, 2019, an independent field test (IFT) for the updated AASCD will be administered across the state. Participation in the independent field test is voluntary but will be an opportunity for alternate assessment test administrators and students to experience the new online format. It is highly encouraged that districts participate in the AASCD IFT, as doing so will help in the development of future online AASCD tests. Students who are marked in TIDE as eligible for the spring 2019 paper-based AASCD 1.0 automatically will be eligible for the spring 2019 online AASCD 2.0 IFT.
 
A Spring 2019 AASCD Overview is available on the AASCD portal under the Test Administration Resources. This document provides additional information to better assist districts with understanding the differences between the spring 2019 paper operational test (AASCD 1.0), the spring 2019 online independent field test and the spring 2020 online operational field test (AASCD 2.0).
 
The Spring 2019 AASCD manuals, which include IFT information, are available on the portal. Districts should look for future communications on available resources for the AASCD 2.0.
 

Technology Preparedness for the Spring 2019 AASCD Independent Field Test

The spring 2019 AASCD Independent Field Test will be administered online via AIR’s secure browser or the AIRSecureTest app. Participating districts need to refer to the Technology Resources and the Secure Browsers pages on the AASCD portal for more information regarding installing the secure browser or AIRSecureTest app and the system requirements and technical specifications needed for online testing. Be aware that the online AASCD 2.0 requires two devices for test administration; one for the test administrator and one for the student.