New! Updated Test Administrator (TA) Certification Flag and Assessment Systems Dropdown Menu
With the addition of the Alternate Assessment of Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) TA Certification Course, the TA Certified field in the user profile of the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE
) has been changed to TA Certifications and independently captures the status of each certification. A value of “ALT” means the user has completed the AASCD TA Certification Course; a value of “GEN” means the user has completed the General TA Certification Course; and a value of “ALT;GEN” means the user has completed both courses. To aid in searching for users based on their certification status, the TA Certifications search criteria is now a multiselect dropdown. The systems dropdown menu available on the top left of most assessment systems pages has also been updated to allow users to access the General TA Certification Course or the AASCD TA Certification Course.
Assistive Technology Manual
The revised Assistive Technology Manual
for 2020-2021 is available on the Technology Resources pages for each of the state tests (except the Restart Readiness Assessments) on the test portal. The Assistive Technology Manual provides an overview of the embedded and non-embedded assistive technology tools that can be used to help students with special accessibility needs complete online tests. It includes lists of supported devices and applications, as well as setup instructions for those that require additional configuration.
Students should be familiar with assistive technology and accessibility features prior to testing and should have the opportunity to select, practice and use those features in instruction before test day. The best way to test compatibility with assistive technologies is to take a practice test administered through the secure browser with those technologies turned on.
Important Dates for the State Tests
Review the upcoming important dates on the test portal
for Ohio’s State Tests (OST
), Ohio Graduation Tests
(OGT), the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA)the Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS)
and the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD)
. Please check back regularly as the information is subject to change.
The fall 2020 Ohio’s State Tests Test Administration Manual (TAM) is available for download from the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents
page of the test portal. The Test Administration Manual must be reviewed by test coordinators and test administrators prior to the fall 2020 test administration. The Test Administration Manual includes key information regarding scheduling, test security, student Pre-ID and test eligibility, staff responsibilities, test status requests and other important policies and procedures. This information is applicable to all fall 2020 test administrations, including students testing online and on paper. The Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing
manual is also available for download from the test portal.