Changes to the Ohio Downloadable Data File Layout for Alternate Assessment
Ohio's new Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) will be administered for the first time in spring 2013. The AASCD marks a change in Ohio's alternate assessment, which previously consisted of a portfolio-based collection of evidence. The AASCD is aligned to Ohio's Academic Content Standards-Extended (OACSE) and designed to allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in an appropriately rigorous assessment. This change necessitated revisions to the Ohio downloadable data file layout. Alternate Assessment downloadable data files, which will be released on June 15, 2013, will reflect the following layout changes for the AASCD:
Raw scores, subscales, conditions, and indicators will not be reported.
caled scores will be reported in the scaled score field, as they are for the regular assessments.
OAA-AASCD's ELA score will be reported in the reading field only. It will not be reported in the writing field, as writing is not currently being administered for OAA.
OGT-AASCD's ELA score will be reported in the writing and reading fields, consistent with past practice for OGT AASWD.
The updated downloadable data file layout has been posted to ODE's website, www.ohiodocs.org and oh.portal.airast.org. Please notify all personnel who work with your downloadable data file that a new layout is available. Note that the data layouts for OAA, OGT and OTELA have not changed.