9-12 District
Test Coordinator
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9-12 District
Test Coordinator
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NEW! Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

2/22/2019

NEW! Spring 2019 Participation for the AASCD Independent Field Test 

Important: The AASCD Independent Field Test should only be administered 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 will automatically 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 will automatically 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.
 

Spring 2019 1.0 Refresher and 2.0 Training PowerPoints 

The Spring 2019 AASCD 1.0 Refresher Training PowerPoint is available for download on the Alternate Assessment Portal. This narrated presentation contains an overview of information regarding design of the AASCD 1.0 paper assessment, changes for the spring 2019 administration, administering the assessment, starting points, entering student scores and more.
 
To prepare districts for the AASCD online 2.0 assessments, an AASCD 2.0 Administration Training PowerPoint also is available for download on the Alternate Assessment Portal. This narrated presentation contains an overview of information regarding design of the AASCD 2.0 online assessment, the online systems used for the assessment, administering the assessment and more.
 
These PowerPoints are optional resources for all test administrators for the AASCD. These resources can be downloaded from the Test Administration Resources section of the portal.
 
If you would like face-to-face training or need additional support on how to administer the AASCD 1.0 or 2.0 assessments, contact your regional state support team. Each state support team has at least one staff member who is a specialist in the alternate assessment. The Ohio Department of Education State Support Teams webpage lists the region that serves you.
 

Spring 2019 Pre-ID and Second-Rater Assignments 

Ohio requires that approximately 10 percent of students in the state AASCD population have another trained test administrator, referred to as the second rater, observe the administration and independently score the student’s responses in all tested content areas of the AASCD 1.0 operational test. Each district should expect to have at least one student per grade band who requires a second rater for the AASCD 1.0 operational test.
 
As a reminder, all AASCD students must be preidentified on TIDE prior to entering Spring 2019 AASCD 1.0 results in the Data Entry Interface (DEI) and prior to administering the AASCD 2.0 assessment in AIR’s secure browser or the AIRSecureTest app.
 

Spring 2019 1.0 On-time and Additional Orders 

The AASCD additional ordering window opened on Feb. 4 for districts that need to place additional TA kit orders. Districts should first confirm that their on-time orders are sufficient prior to placing any orders for additional TA kits. As a reminder, TA kits are designed for use with multiple students. Do not order a TA kit for each student. Additional orders are subject to Department approval.