Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
Spring 2018 AASCD 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.
Materials and Additional Ordering Window
If schools need additional testing kits, districts can place additional orders in TIDE from Feb. 5-April 11
. Additional orders can be placed at the district level only and are subject to Department approval. Test kits are ordered per test administrator and not by student count. Please see the Additional Order and Pre-ID Window Guidance Document
for more information.
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 Feb. 8
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 is now 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