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

Key Documents


  • Spring 2020 AASCD Manuals and Administration PowerPoint Now Available

    The spring 2020 AASCD manuals and the 2019-2020 AASCD Administration PowerPoint are now available. These and other resources can be found on the AASCD Portal under the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents resources folder.

    The Spring 2020 AASCD Test Administration Manual (TAM) covers policies and procedures for districts and schools that are administering the AASCD. District test coordinators, building test coordinators, test administrators and teachers must review the information in this manual prior to testing.

    The Spring 2020 AASCD Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing covers policies and procedures specific to administering the AASCD on paper. This manual is a supplement to the AASCD Test Administration Manual, which applies to students testing online and on paper. Test coordinators and test administrators testing students on paper must review the information in the Spring 2020 AASCD Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing prior to testing.

    The 2019-2020 AASCD 2.0 Administration PowerPoint provides an overview of information regarding design of the AASCD 2.0 assessment, the policies, procedures and online systems used for the assessment, administering the assessment online, paper accommodations and more. Please note that there is also a PDF of this PowerPoint that includes notes and further information and guidance for your reference when reviewing the slides:  2019-2020 AASCD 2.0 Administration PowerPoint with Notes.

    Added December 3, 2019
  • 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
  • 2019-2020 AASCD Online Practice Test Now Available

    The 2019-2020 AASCD online practice tests have been updated to reflect changes for the spring 2020 AASCD.

    Students should be provided access to the Student Practice Test Site on the AASCD portal to experience the sign-in process, navigate the online testing system, use the available tools and features and become familiar with online testing, prior to the spring 2020 AASCD Operational Field Test. Administrators should access the TA Practice Site on the AASCD portal to experience starting a session, approving students to test and to become familair with online testing, prior to administering the spring 2020 AASCD Operational Field Test.

    The 2019-2020 AASCD Practice Site Guidance Document is also available on the AASCD portal. Please review this guidance document for details on using the online practice test sites.

    Added September 12, 2019
  • TIDE Open for 2019-2020 School Year

    The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) is now open for the 2019-2020 school year. Districts and schools use TIDE to complete tasks associated with Ohio’s State Tests (OST), the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA), the Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS), the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) and Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT).



    The 2019-2020 TIDE Support Documents have been posted to the Ohio’s State Tests portal to help users navigate TIDE and complete tasks for the 2019-2020 school year.


    Ohio Assessment Systems User Accounts and Resetting Passwords

    As a reminder, all Ohio assessment user account passwords have been reset. If you have not done so already, you must follow the steps below to setup your password for the 2019-2020 school year:

    1. Select one of the user cards on the portal.
    2. From the user page, select any available systems card.
    1. On the system login page, click on the link to “Request a new one for this school year.”
    2. Enter the email address that is associated with your user account and click submit.
    3. An email (from AIRAST-DoNotReply@airast.org), which contains a clickable link, will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
    4. Click on the link. You will be directed to a page where you can enter a new password. The link will expire in 15 minutes; if you do not create your new password within 15 minutes you will need to request a new link.
    5. Follow the on-screen prompts to create a new password.


    Important: Upon logging into an available assessment system, an “Enter Code” page may appear. An authentication code will automatically be sent to your email address. You must enter this code into the “Enter Emailed Code” field and select the ‘Submit’ button, within five minutes of receiving the authentication code email.


    It is recommended that test coordinators review all users for the 2019-2020 school year to ensure personnel have proper access. If a user should no longer have an account, authorized users should follow the process in the TIDE User Guide to remove system access for that user. Additional information on managing user accounts is in the TIDE User Management Guidance Document.


    Test Administrator Certification Courses

    The “TA Certified” flag in TIDE has been cleared for all users for the 2019-2020 school year. Users must have a TIDE account in order to access the optional TA Certification Course. TIDE will track which users have completed the course during the 2019-2020 school year. Test coordinators can view the “TA Certified” flag in TIDE under the view/edit manage users task. More information regarding the TA Certification Course is available in the TA Certification Course Companion Document.

    Note: The TIDE view/edit manage users task has been updated with a new “TA Alt Certified” flag. This flag will not be used until the 2020-2021 school year. Users should look for future communications regarding this flag.

    Added August 5, 2019
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