K-8 District Test
Coordinator
Bulletin

K-8 District Test
Coordinator
Bulletin

Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

8/31/2018

Spring 2019 AASCD Independent Field Test

From April 15-May 31, 2019, an independent field test (IFT) for the updated AASCD will be administered across the state. Participation in the independent field test is voluntary but will be an opportunity for alternate assessment test administrators to experience the new online format. It is highly encouraged that districts participate in the AASCD IFT, as doing so will help in the development of future online AASCD tests.
 
An AASCD Independent Field Test Overview will be forthcoming to the AASCD portal under the Test Administration Resources. This document will provide additional information to better assist districts with understanding the differences between the spring 2019 paper operational test (AASCD 1.0), and the spring 2019 online independent field test and the spring 2020 online operational field test (AASCD 2.0). 

Student Pre-ID for the Spring 2019 AASCD Independent Field Test

Students who are marked in TIDE as eligible for the spring 2019 paper-based AASCD (1.0) will automatically be eligible for the spring 2019 online AASCD IFT (2.0). Participating districts will not need to take any additional steps to pre-identify an AASCD student as eligible for the IFT. Pre-ID deadlines for the AASCD are available on the Important Dates page of the AASCD portal. The Guidance Document for 2018-2019 Ohio Pre-ID Files is available on the AASCD portal. This document provides directions on how to mark students as eligible in TIDE for the AASCD. Remember to use the 2018-2019 Pre-ID layout when pre-identifying students in TIDE for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Technology Preparedness for the Spring 2019 AASCD Independent Field Test

The Spring 2019 AASCD Independent Field Test will be administered online via AIR’s secure browser or AIRSecureTest app. Participating districts need to refer to the Technology Resources and the Secure Browsers pages on the AASCD portal for more information regarding installing the secure browser or AIRSecureTest app and the system requirements and technical specifications needed for online testing. Note the secure browser and app and the technology requirements are the same as those for the Ohio’s State Tests. The Department recommends that a technology coordinator be identified and involved with the technology systems necessary for online testing. In participating districts test coordinators must work with their technology coordinators to install the secure browser or AIRSecureTest app on each student’s testing device, prior to the AASCD 2.0 IFT assessment.

Coming Soon for the Spring 2019 AASCD Independent Field Test

Spring 2019 AASCD 2.0 online practice tests will be available via the alternate assessment portal early October. The spring 2019 AASCD manuals, which will include IFT information, will be available on the portal towards the end of October. Districts should look for future communications on these and other available resources for the AASCD 2.0.