Ohio’s Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD)
Ohio’s Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) is aligned to Ohio’s Learning Standards–Extended (OLS-E) and designed to allow students with significant cognitive disabilities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in an appropriately rigorous assessment. The AASCD will be administered by grade band (3-5, 6-8, HS). Students in grades 3, 4, 6 and 7 will be assessed in English language arts and mathematics. Students in grades 5 and 8 will be assessed in English language arts, mathematics and science. Students taking the HS-AASCD will be assessed in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
Webinar for Districts Significantly Exceeding 1 Percent Participation
Ohio’s 2019 Special Education Profiles include alternate assessment participation rates for the first time. Districts and community schools identified as “significantly exceeding” the 1 percent threshold are required to complete a self-review, create an improvement plan and submit verification of professional development. This webinar provides an overview of the self-review questions and details of the IDEA disability categories.
Webinars on Submitting District Justifications
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires each district or community school to submit a justification when it expects to test more than 1 percent of its students using the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD). If your district expects to test more than 1 percent of its students using the alternate assessment, you must submit the online justification between Nov. 5 and Dec. 10, 2018.
Two webinars outlining the justification process were held in October. If you were unable to attend one of the webinars, the slides and script are posted below for your review.
Ohio Alternate Assessment Participation Waiver
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to ensure that the total number of students assessed in each subject, using the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD), does not exceed 1 percent of the total number of all students in the state who took Ohio’s State Tests. States that anticipate that they will exceed 1 percent in alternate assessment participation must submit a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education 90 days before the beginning of the alternate assessment testing window. Ohio’s alternate assessment participation rate is approximately 1.9 percent. Ohio will be submitting a waiver extension request to the U.S. Department of Education by Nov. 19, 2018.
District Alternate Assessment Participation Justification
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires annually each district or community school to submit a justification when it anticipates testing more than 1 percent of students using the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD). For 2018-2019, districts and community schools will be required to submit a justification form by Dec. 10, 2018.
The following forms are for district and community school use only. Districts and community schools will submit justifications to the Department via the online survey tool Cherwell.
New this year, the Department is providing an optional justification form that districts may choose to use with their schools to collect information for the district’s justification. This is provided as a tool districts may use but is not required.
ESSA requires states to publicly post district and community school justifications annually. Ohio’s district-level justifications for alternate assessment participation for 2017-2018 are available below. Justifications for 2018-2019 will be submitted between Nov. 5 and Dec. 10, 2018 and posted in early 2019.
Department of Education memos to states outlining requirements under ESSA for 1.0% participation in alternate assessment.
If you have questions, please send an email to AAparticipation@education.ohio.gov
Ohio Alternate Assessment Portal
The Ohio Alternate Assessment Portal is your gateway to all systems and resources for the administration of the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD). It includes FAQs and resources for students and families, teachers/test administrators, test coordinators, and technology coordinators. Although this portal is available to the public, several systems require users to log in using their account information.
The Ohio Alternate Assessment Portal can be accessed at http://oh.portal.airast.org.
Ohio's AASCD Technical Reports
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