K-8 District Test
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K-8 District Test
Coordinator
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Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

12/1/2017

Spring 2018 Alternate Assessment Manuals  

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

Spring 2018 Alternate Assessment Pre-ID Window and Second Rater Assignments  

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-April 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 a State Support Team or through a district-provided opportunity.
 

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  

Comment period now open for revisions to Ohio’s Learning Standards – Extended in English language arts and mathematics
The Ohio Department of Education invites Ohioans to submit suggestions through Dec. 11 as part of a periodic update process for Ohio’s Learning Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics – 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 Dec. 11.