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

1/10/2019

NEW! Spring 2019 1.0 Refresher and 2.0 Training PowerPoints Now Available 

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 Alternate Assessment 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.
 

NEW! Spring 2019 Pre-ID and Second-Rater Assignments 

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 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.
 
The deadline for entering students into TIDE to receive second-rater assignments is Jan. 23. Students preidentified in TIDE for the AASCD by this deadline will have the Second-Rater flag indicated in the student’s Pre-ID record in TIDE on Feb. 7. Students who are preidentified in TIDE for the AASCD 1.0 administration will be automatically preidentified, enrolled and eligible for the AASCD 2.0 Online Independent Field Test (IFT). The AASCD 2.0 Online IFT will not use second raters.
 
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.
 

NEW! Spring 2019 1.0 On-time and Additional Orders 

Those districts that confirmed participation and submitted on-time orders in TIDE prior to the Nov. 28 deadline should expect to receive their on-time orders the week of Feb. 4. The AASCD additional ordering window will open on Feb. 4 for districts that need to place additional test administrator (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.
 

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 1.0 Operational Paper administration and the AASCD 2.0 Online Independent Field Test 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.