K-8 District Test
Coordinator
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K-8 District Test
Coordinator
Bulletin

Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD)

1/2/2020

New! Differences Between Paper Accommodations for the AASCD 

Ohio’s AASCD is an online test. Almost all students who take the AASCD will test online through the Student Interface via the secure browser. For students who are unable to test in a purely online environment, there are two additional modes that can be provided as accommodations – a full paper version and a supplemental version. If a student is unable to take the full online version of the test, the test mode (full paper or supplemental) must be documented in the individualized education program (IEP), and the decision for an alternate mode to online testing must be informed through a data-driven process. These additional test mode options are for students who, due to their unique needs (such as medical conditions), are unable to take the full online version of the test, even with full supports, such as a human reader and/or scribe.
 
The supplemental version of the test is for students who can be administered the test online but benefit from having paper manipulatives for answering the questions. For example, students who may need more space between options, who need the options presented at a different angle than available with the testing screen, who cannot speak, point or use eye gaze for making selections with a computer screen or who need extra-large response cards. Supplemental materials include paper response card options and sentence strips only. The student will view the questions and associated stimuli online via the Student Interface and can use the supplemental materials to indicate his or her responses. The test administrator then will enter the student’s responses directly into the student interface as the student takes the test. Supplemental materials will be available for districts to order during the additional order window.
 
A full paper version of the test is available for students who cannot interact with the online testing system, even with supplemental materials and assistance from the test administrator. Similar to AASCD 1.0 testing, test administrators will use these kits to administer the test and then enter the student responses into the Data Entry Interface (DEI). Paper kits will be available for districts to order during the additional order window.
 
More information on conducting the AASCD using paper accommodations is available in the Spring 2020 AASCD Supplemental Information for Paper Testing manual.
 

New! Cancellations for Spring 2020 AASCD On-time Orders 

If your district placed an on-time order for AASCD test materials but your district has determined the students the materials were ordered for will be testing online, please contact the Ohio Help Desk by Jan. 10 at 1-877-231-7809 option 2 or OHHelpDesk@air.org to request your order be cancelled. The Ohio Help Desk can accept partial and full order cancellations. Please specify your order number(s) and what materials within the order should be cancelled. If you ordered a full paper kit during the on-time order window and have since determined that your student(s) will be testing using the supplemental materials, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809 option 2 or OHHelpDesk@air.org to cancel your on-time order for the full paper kit. District test coordinators then can place orders for the supplemental materials during the additional order window, which opens Feb. 3.
 
As a reminder, full paper kits should be ordered only for students who cannot interact with the online testing system, even with supplemental materials and assistance from the test administrator. It is expected that the majority of AASCD paper accommodation students will be able to test online using the supplemental materials.
 

New! Pre-ID Reminders for the Spring 2020 AASCD 

As a reminder, the deadline to preidentify students in TIDE to receive Learning Characteristics Inventory assignments for the spring 2020 AASCD Operational Field Test is Jan. 16. Under the Student Information task in the “Ohio State Tests 2019–2020” administration, district test coordinators have two options for preidentifying students: upload a Pre-ID file or manually add students. More information on manually preidentifying students in TIDE can be found in the TIDE User Guide starting on page 13. Districts should review and use the Pre-ID File Layout for the 2019–2020 school year and the Guidance Document for 2019-2020 Ohio Pre-ID Files when preidentifying students via upload. Please share these resources and work with your Information Technology Center (ITC) and/or district data service personnel as soon as possible in the preparation of Pre-ID files.
 
All students participating in the spring 2020 AASCD Operational Field Test must have the AASCD test eligibility marked as Yes (Y) and the Primary Disability field populated in TIDE. Districts also must mark the student’s test mode: online (O), supplemental (S) or paper (P) for each test the student is eligible to take. If a registered student is not eligible for a test subject, the test mode should be listed as not eligible (N) for that subject. Students should be marked as eligible only for the tests they are taking. Note that the same four test mode fields used for preidentifying grades 3-8 AASCD students also are used to preidentify high school AASCD students, as noted on page 3 of the 2019-2020 Pre-ID File Layout.
 

New! 2019-2020 AASCD 2.0 Administration Manuals 

The spring 2020 AASCD 2.0 Operational Field Test administration manuals are available for download from the AASCD portal. The AASCD test administration manuals reflect the Ohio’s State Tests manual format.
 
The Spring 2020 AASCD Test Administration Manual  covers policies and procedures for districts and schools that are administering the AASCD online and on paper. District test coordinators, building test coordinators, test administrators and teachers must review the information in this manual prior to testing. This manual will not be included in any material order deliveries for paper accommodations; this manual is only available for download directly from the AASCD portal. 
 
The Spring 2020 AASCD Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing covers policies and procedures specific to administering the AASCD on paper. This manual is a supplement to the AASCD Test Administration Manual. Test coordinators and test administrators testing students on paper must review the information in the Spring 2020 AASCD Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing prior to testing. Physical copies of this manual will be included in material orders for paper accommodations and it also is available for download from the AASCD portal.
 

2019-2020 AASCD 2.0 Administration PowerPoint 

The Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) 2.0 Administration PowerPoint is now available on the AASCD portal for the 2019-2020 school year. This PowerPoint provides an overview of information regarding the spring 2020 AASCD 2.0 test design, policies, procedures and online systems used for the assessment, administering the assessment online, paper accommodations and more. 
 

AASCD Online Practice Tests 

The AASCD online practice tests have been updated for the 2019-2020 school year.
 
To ensure students are familiar with the online testing platform, it is imperative that students have access to the practice test prior to testing. The practice tests are available on the AASCD portal.
 

REVISED Spring 2020 AASCD 2.0 Operational Field Test (OFT) Administration Window 

The spring 2020 AASCD 2.0 Operational Field Test administration window has changed. The spring 2020 AASCD 2.0 Operational Field Test will be administered Feb. 18-March 27, 2020. All testing and entry of student responses must be completed by 5 p.m. on March 27, 2020.