9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

3/1/2018

Test Window

The spring 2018 Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities will be administered Feb. 20-April 13. Visit the Ohio Alternate Assessment Portal for more information.

Second Raters 

Ohio requires that approximately 10 percent of students in the statewide AASCD population have another trained test administrator, referred to as the second rater, observe the administration and independently score the students’ responses in all tested content areas. Each district should expect at least one second rater assignment.
 
Second rater assignments are available in TIDE for districts that pre-identified students by Jan. 31. Districts are required to review the list of students who have been selected for a second rating in TIDE for online administrations. Districts also must identify qualified personnel to serve as second raters and create user accounts for them. They must ensure that all second ratings are conducted and that the corresponding scores are entered in the Data Entry Interface.
 
More information about second rater policies and identifying students who were selected for a second rater can be found in the AASCD Test Coordinator’s Manual and the TIDE User Guide.
 

Additional Pre-ID Window 

The AASCD additional Pre-ID window is now open in TIDE for online administrations. Districts must pre-identify all students participating in the spring 2018 AASCD to enter student scores in the Data Entry Interface. The Ohio Pre-ID File Layout includes fields that designate which students are eligible for the Alternate Assessment.
 
Alternatively, districts may manually add students to TIDE. Guidance for completing student pre-ID information can be found in the Guidance Document for 2017-2018 Ohio Pre-ID Files. Additional TIDE resources and video tutorials are available on the Ohio Alternate Assessment Portal test administration resource page.
 

Data Entry Interface

The Data Entry Interface User Guide for the spring 2018 AASCD has been posted to the portal along with a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding data entry for the alternate assessment. A step-by-step tutorial video, User Guide and the FAQ, is available on the portal at this link. Test coordinators should encourage their test administrators, teachers and second raters to review this tutorial to familiarize themselves with the data entry process. Test administrators, teachers and second raters must use a supported browser to access the Data Entry Interface. The Data Entry Interface will be open Feb. 2-April 13. During the test window, all student scores must be entered into the Data Entry Interface. Failure to enter data before 11:59 PM on April 13 will result in no scores being reported.

Alternate Assessment Manuals 

The spring 2018 AASCD Directions for Administration Manual and Test Coordinator’s Manual are available on the Ohio Alternate Assessment Portal. Both manuals can be found in the Test Administration Resources folder under Manuals and Guidance Documents.
 

Update to Ohio’s Learning Standards – Extended 

The comment period now is open for revisions to Ohio’s Learning Standards – Extended in science and social studies. The Ohio Department of Education invites Ohioans to submit suggestions through March 12 as part of a periodic update process for Ohio’s Learning Standards-Extended in science and social studies – Extended. Through the feedback, the Department can ensure the extended standards reflect the experience that Ohio educators and parents have gained with the extended standards during the past five years since they were first adopted. Through this periodic review, our state aims to better prepare students for the changing expectations of their options after high school.

All Ohioans can share their thoughts about the standards through a survey accessible here that is open through March 12.