9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

11/8/2017

Released AASCD Tasks Available on Portal

For the first time for the alternate assessment, tasks have been released from previous years’ administrations and are now available on the Ohio Alternate Assessment Portal.
 
The released tasks are from all three grade bands (3-5, 6-8 and HS) and from all four subject areas (English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies). These tasks include the test booklet, response cards, and posters needed to practice administering the AASCD with students.
 

Update to Ohio’s Learning Standards – Extended

This fall, 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, we will start the revision of Ohio’s Learning Standards-Extended in science and social studies. 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.
 
The first update to the English language arts and mathematics extensions will be made available in November for public comment. The Department will advise when they have been published.
 

Spring 2018 Alternate Assessment Pre-ID Window

The AASCD On-Time Pre-ID window is open in TIDE. Districts must pre-identify alternate assessment students by Jan. 31 to receive second rater assignments on Feb. 8. District test coordinators will access the “Ohio State Tests 2017-2018” administration in TIDE to pre-identify students. Please note that the “Ohio State Tests 2017-2018” administration contains a common student information database for Ohio’s State Tests, the AASCD and OELPA. If the student is eligible for the AASCD, mark the “Test eligibility: AASCD” field as Y (yes). For more information, please refer to the Pre-ID Guidance Document.
 
Districts must pre-identify students using the new Ohio Pre-ID File Layout. The layout includes fields that designate which students are eligible for the AASCD. Alternatively, districts may manually add students to TIDE. Additional TIDE resources and video tutorials are available on the Ohio Alternate Assessment Portal test administration resource page.
 

Test Administrator Training for the Alternate Assessment

State Support Teams (SSTs) will provide test administration training for the spring 2018 Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD). State Support Teams will post their training sessions in the STARS Professional Development and Technical Assistance System accessible through the SAFE account. In addition, some school districts provide their own trainers and training sessions.
 
All new test administrators and second raters are required to attend a full-day training session in advance of the test window (Feb. 20-Apr. 13). Returning test administrators and second raters are not required to attend training for the spring 2018 administration. However, to ensure that test administrators and second raters are familiar with all current administration procedures, previously trained test administrators and second raters are encouraged to attend a refresher session delivered either by an SST or through a district-provided opportunity.
 
 

Spring 2018 Alternate Assessment On-Time Order Window

The on-time order window will open Nov. 14-29 for district test coordinators to confirm participation for the spring 2018 Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) and order on-time materials. District test coordinators will access the “TA Kit Orders AASCD Spring 2018” administration in TIDE to complete order-related tasks. TIDE is preloaded with Test Administrator Kits based on a ratio derived from the number of students reported by school and grade band for the spring 2017 administration.
 
Each test administrator or teacher who gives the AASCD needs access to one kit for the appropriate grade band. Test Administrator Kits are intended for use with multiple students. Do not order a kit for each student. Please ensure that quantities of kits reflect actual need, and reduce pre-loaded quantities if needed. To ensure timely order approval and sufficient statewide quantities, do not order quantities more than the number of personnel who will be administering the AASCD. Department staff will follow up with districts whose orders exceed the allowable deviation from the preloaded quantities before approving the orders.
 
Districts with students who are served outside the district should confer with the district/school of service to determine whether the home district orders Test Administrator Kits. Refer to the AASCD Special Testing Scenarios Guidance Document on the portal for additional information.