This portal is your source for information about Ohio’s Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD).

Key Documents


  • Important Dates Page Temporarily Disabled

    Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and Ohio’s ordered school-building closure, the Important Dates pages on the testing portals have been temporarily disabled. Once definitive dates for testing activities have been set, the pages will be reinstated. Please continue to monitor these announcements and watch for emails and other direct communication from the Department to stay up to date on information concerning state testing. We also encourage you to monitor the COVID-19 FAQ page set up by the Ohio Department of Education here: education.ohio.gov/coronavirus.

    Added March 19, 2020
  • IMPORTANT: Information About Test Administration Windows During Ordered School-Building Closure

    Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Governor Mike DeWine announced on March 12 that all Ohio school buildings are closed beginning 12:01 a.m. on March 17 and ending 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2020. 

    Testing for the following assessments will be suspended beginning on March 17, 2020:

    Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD)

    Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA)

    Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS)

    Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT)

    Previously scheduled Ohio State Test (OST) and End-of-Course (EOC) test windows will be delayed

    The Student Testing Site, Test Administrator (TA) Interface, and the Data Entry Interface will not be accessible starting March 17. At this point, additional details about test window scheduling and extensions have not been determined. 

    We appreciate the patience of Ohio's schools and districts as we work through many questions related to the closure of school buildings as a result of this public health crisis. 

    We know you have more questions and we will continue to work to provide you with answers as they become available. Please look for further communications regarding state testing. We also encourage you to monitor the COVID-19 FAQ page set up by the Ohio Department of Education here: education.ohio.gov/coronavirus.

    If you have further questions, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809, OHHelpDesk@air.org.

    Added March 17, 2020
  • Spring 2020 AASCD Material Receipt and Administration Reminders

    Districts with approved on-time orders will receive Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) test materials today, Monday, February 3.

    Receiving On-Time Order Materials
    Districts can confirm that their on-time order requests were approved by checking their Order History in the Paper Orders AASCD Spring 2020 administration in TIDE. From the Order History, select an on-time order number and review the Approval Status column to confirm if an order was approved, partially approved or rejected.

    Only orders with a status of approved or partially approved will be delivered to districts on Monday, February 3. Districts with expected shipment quantities should check materials upon receipt, per the instructions provided in section 4.3 of the AASCD Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing Manual. Supplemental Kits and Full Paper Kits should be distributed to test administrators in advance of the test window.
    If you need assistance with confirming your order status, call the Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809, option 2.

    Additional Orders
    The AASCD additional order window in TIDE is open Monday, February 3 – Wednesday, March 25 for districts to place orders at the district level only. As a reminder, the full paper version of the test is reserved for students who cannot interact with the online testing system, even with supplemental materials and assistance from the test administrator, and for grade 3 Board Resolution districts that selected paper. All districts must enter a reason for their order request in the comments field. All orders are subject to Department approval.

    Learning Characteristics Inventory (LCI) Assignments Posted
    Districts that preidentified their AASCD students in TIDE by January 16 should log into TIDE Monday, February 3, to view which students have been assigned the LCI. Directions for viewing LCI assignments can be found in the TIDE User Guide.

    The Learning Characteristics Inventory must be completed in the Data Entry Interface before the AASCD Spring 2020 Operational Field Test is administered to the student. Test administrators may access the Data Entry Interface beginning today, Monday, February 3. All LCI Assignment data must be submitted by Friday, March 27.   

    Spring 2020 AASCD Operation Field Test Administration
    The AASCD test administration will open Tuesday, February 18, and close Friday, March 27. All online and supplemental tests must be submitted and all full paper student responses entered into the Data Entry Interface by 5 p.m. on March 27, there will be no extension to the testing window.

    Added February 3, 2020
  • REVISED Spring 2020 AASCD 2.0 Operational Field Test (OFT) Administration Window

    The spring 2020 AASCD 2.0 Operational Field Test administration window has been shortened. The spring 2020 AASCD 2.0 Operational Field Test will open as scheduled on February 18, 2020 but will end on March 27, 2020. All testing and entry of student responses must be completed by 5 p.m. March 27, 2020.

    The window close date has been adjusted to facilitate the timely release of scores for the operational field test. The administration deadline for the spring 2020 AASCD 2.0 Operational Field Test has been updated under the Important Dates section of the AASCD portal. Districts should ensure that staff involved in the administration of the AASCD are aware of the revised spring 2020 AASCD 2.0 Operational Field Test administration deadline. There will be no extensions to the administration window. For questions or concerns regarding the test window dates for the spring 2020 AASCD 2.0  Operational Field Test, contact the Office of Assessment.

    Added November 5, 2019
  • Upcoming Scheduled Maintenance

    AIR will be conducting periodic maintenance of the testing systems to ensure system stability and reliability throughout the school year. These maintenance periods will occur on the dates indicated below and can last up to 24 hours. During a maintenance period some or all of these systems may be inaccessible:

    • TIDE
    • Student Testing Site and Practice Test Site
    • TA Interface and TA Practice Site
    • Online Reporting System (ORS)
    • Teacher Hand Scoring System
    • Data Entry Interface
    • TA Certification Course
    • Assessment Systems Inbox

    Maintenance Windows

    • Saturday, October 12, beginning at 9 a.m.
    • Saturday, November 16, beginning at 9 a.m.
    • Saturday, December 14, beginning at 9 a.m.

    Added September 23, 2019
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