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.

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 1.0 percent of the total number of all students in the state who took Ohio’s State Tests. States that anticipate that they will exceed 1.0 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.  

Public comment was accepted on a draft version of the waiver. The following document includes public comments and Department responses.

District Alternate Assessment Participation Justification

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires 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) annually.

NOTE: This document has been redacted to comply with Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations and Ohio Department of Education guidelines. Because of the redactions, the data in this form is not accessible. If you require an accessible document, please contact the Department at AAparticipation@education.ohio.gov and indicate which district(s) you are interested in reviewing.

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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