K-8 District Test
Coordinator
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K-8 District Test
Coordinator
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Alternate Assessment for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD

12/14/2020

New! AASCD Pre-ID Deadline for the Learning Characteristics Inventory (LCI)

During the spring 2021 AASCD test administration window, a Learning Characteristics Inventory (LCI) survey will be conducted to collect evidence to analyze for external validity purposes. The LCI is accessed through the Data Entry Interface (DEI) and is completed only by the test administrator. Students do not need to be present while the test administrator completes the LCI. Administrators should complete the LCI before administering the test to their students.

The deadline to pre-ID students in order to receive LCI assignments is Dec. 31, 2020. Approximately 10 percent of students in the statewide AASCD test population will be required to have the LCI completed by a test administrator. For AASCD students preidentified in TIDE by Dec. 31, 2020, a random sampling procedure will be used to indicate those students selected for the LCI. District personnel should check TIDE on Jan. 19, 2021 to confirm which of their AASCD students have been assigned the LCI. All LCI information must be entered in the DEI for these students by the end of the spring 2021 AASCD test administration window.

New! AASCD 2021 Administration Manuals

The Spring 2021 AASCD Operational Field Test administration manuals will be available on the AASCD portal by Dec. 28, 2020. The Spring 2021 AASCD Test Administration Manual (TAM) will cover policies and procedures for districts and schools that are administering the AASCD in any mode. District test coordinators, building test coordinators, test administrators and teachers must review the information in this manual prior to testing. This manual will only be available for download directly from the AASCD test portal.

The Spring 2021 AASCD Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing (SIFPT) will cover policies and procedures specific to administering the AASCD on paper. This manual is a supplement to the AASCD Test Administration Manual. Test coordinators and test administrators testing students on paper must review the information in

the Spring 2021 AASCD Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing prior to testing. Physical copies of this manual will be included in material orders for paper accommodations and is also available for download from the AASCD test portal.

AASCD Test Administrator Certification Course

The online AASCD Test Administrator Certification Course is now available on the Alternate Assessment portal under the Teachers/Test Administrators and Test Coordinators user pages. Users must have a TIDE account to access the course.

This course is specific to the AASCD and consists of 3 training modules and an online quiz that cover the various aspects test administrators will need to know to administer the AASCD. The training modules cover the following topics:

  • Testing Policies and Procedures;
  • TA Interface and Data Entry Interface; and
  • Student Interface.

Each training module must be completed before the next module can be accessed. Once all three training modules are completed, a certification quiz must be completed to be considered AASCD TA certified. The quiz consists of 10 questions covering material from the three training modules. Users must receive an 80% or higher on the quiz for their TIDE accounts to be marked as AASCD TA Certified.

Item Specifications for the AASCD

Alternate Assessment Test Specifications are now available on the Alternate Assessment portal under General Resources. These test specifications provide an overview of the structure and content for each grade and subject area of the Ohio’s Alternate Assessment for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD). The test specifications include a description of the test design, information on the items that will appear on the tests, and a test blueprint that identifies the range and distribution of items grouped into various reporting categories. The test specifications also provide specific guidelines for the development of all items used for Ohio’s AASCD. These documents are resources for Ohio educators and other stakeholders who are interested in a deeper understanding of the tests.