K-8 District Test
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K-8 District Test
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NEW! Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

5/7/2019

New! AASCD 1.0 Spring 2019 Operational Paper Score Reports 

Family Score Reports for the spring 2019 operational 1.0 AASCD will arrive in districts on June 4. To replace lost or misplaced Family Score Reports, your district can download and print Individual Student Reports (ISRs) from the Online Reporting System. Instructions for downloading Individual Student Reports can be located in the ORS User Guide.
 

New! AASCD 2.0 Independent Field Test Survey 

Districts are invited to submit feedback on your experience with the AASCD Independent Field Test. The AASCD 2.0 Independent Field Test Survey can be accessed via the Ohio Alternate Assessment portal homepage. District feedback is valuable and will be used to inform future policies and procedures for AASCD online testing.
 

Spring 2019 Participation for the April 15-May 31 Online AASCD 2.0 Independent Field Test 

Important: The AASCD 2.0 Independent Field Test should be administered only to those students who were administered the spring 2019 AASCD 1.0 operational assessment. Students who were preidentified in TIDE for the AASCD 1.0 administration automatically will be preidentified, enrolled and eligible for the online AASCD 2.0 Independent Field Test.
Note: If students encounter items on the AASCD 2.0 Independent Field Test they cannot respond to, for example, due to access limitations, please skip those items.
 
Districts do not need to submit an intent to participate for the Independent Field Test. To participate, districts should complete the following tasks:
  • Ensure teachers (TEs) and test administrators (TAs) administering the AASCD 2.0 Independent Field Test are added in TIDE. Administrators must be in TIDE to be able to access the TA Interface and start the Independent Field Test session. Note that second raters (SRs) will not have access to the TA Interface since the AASCD Independent Field Test does not use second raters. It is highly recommended that administrators access the TA Practice Site and practice administering a test session prior to administering the AASCD Independent Field Test. More information on using the TA Practice Test Site can be found in the AASCD Practice Test Guidance Document;  
  • Ensure students participating in the Independent Field Test are preidentified in TIDE for the duration of the AASCD 2.0 Independent Field Test April 15-May 31. Reminder: Students who were preidentified in TIDE for the AASCD 1.0 administration automatically are preidentified for the online AASCD 2.0 Independent Field Test;  
  • Ensure the district has downloaded and installed the AIR Secure Browser or AIRSecureTest app on the devices the students will use to take the Independent Field Test. Students will use the AIR Secure Browser or AIRSecureTest app to access the Student Testing Site between April 15-May 31. It is highly recommended that administrators use the AIR Secure Browser or AIRSecureTest app to access an AASCD Practice Test to experience the sign-in process, navigate the online testing system, use the available tools and features, and become familiar with online testing; and  
  • Ensure all teachers (TEs) and test administrators (TAs), review the AASCD Directions for Administration Manual in advance of administering the Independent Field Test. The AASCD Test Coordinator’s Manual outlines the responsibilities and procedures district and building test coordinators are to follow for the AASCD assessments. The spring 2019 AASCD manuals include information pertaining to both the AASCD 1.0 operational paper administration and the online AASCD 2.0 Independent Field Test administration.  

Spring 2019 Accessibility Features for the AASCD 2.0 Online Independent Field Test 

AIR has expanded the Test Settings feature in TIDE to include AASCD. This allows districts to set AASCD test settings in TIDE prior to testing. Districts should access the Student Information task in TIDE to ensure all accessibility features are appropriately marked for AASCD students taking the online AASCD 2.0 Independent Field Test.
 
To add a student’s test settings in TIDE, the test coordinator can upload a student test settings file. Alternatively, test coordinators or test administrators can manually edit student records in TIDE. For directions on uploading or manually editing student test settings, refer to the TIDE User Guide, located on the portal. If applicable test settings are not marked in TIDE prior to the test administration, the test administrator can indicate the setting in the Test Administrator Interface under “Test Settings” when approving a student to test.
 
As a reminder, Text-To-Speech (TTS) is on for all AASCD tests and cannot be turned off. Administrators should allow the TTS to play first to ensure the TTS reads any “hidden” text not displayed within the response option PicSyms. The administrator may then read the text to the student as many times as needed. Note: All devices have pre-installed or “native” voice packs that allow TTS to function on the device. Districts should select a voice pack option the students are familiar with and that has been confirmed to work with the Secure Browser. Districts can access the Practice Test Site via the Secure Browser to check the voice pack functions as expected within the Secure Browser. Refer to the Technical Specifications Manual for a list of voice packs that have been confirmed to work with the Secure Browser and for more detailed guidance on voice packs for text-to-speech.