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

Announcements

  • 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 Operational Field Test Window 

    As a reminder the Spring 2020 Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) Operational Field Test window opens February 18 and closes March 27. All Spring 2020 AASCD Operational Field Tests must be completed and submitted by 5:00 PM Friday, March 27.

    Please take note of the following Operational Field Test reminders: 

    • TEs and TAs who will administer the AASCD Operational Field Test must be added in TIDE. Administrators must have active TIDE accounts to be able to access the TA Interface for online and supplemental testing and the Data Entry Interface for full paper and Learning Characteristics Inventory (LCI) data entry. It is highly recommended that administrators access the TA Practice Site and practice administering a test session prior to the AASCD Operational Field Test. More information on using the TA Practice Test Site can be found in the AASCD Practice Test Guidance Document;  

    • Prior to testing, districts must ensure they have downloaded and installed the AIR Secure Browser or AIRSecureTest app on the devices the students will use to take the AASCD Operational Field Test. Students will use the AIR Secure Browser or AIRSecureTest app to access the  Student Testing Site between February 18-March 27. 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;  

    • Students participating in the AASCD Operational Field Test must be preidentified in TIDE for the duration of the AASCD Operational Field Test window. As a reminder, only students taking the Spring 2020 AASCD Operational Field Test should be preidentified in TIDE as eligible for the Alternate Assessment; and  

    • Districts should ensure that all TEs and TAs are made aware of which students have been assigned the LCI in TIDE. Administrators must enter student’s LCI data into the Data Entry Interface before administering the AASCD Operational Field Test to students with the LCI assignment. All LCI data must be entered into the Data Entry Interface by Friday, March 27.  

    AASCD Operational Field Test Participation Reports

    Districts must run participation reports in TIDE to confirm completion of the AASCD Operational Field Tests and data entry for the LCI. Participation reports are based on student information entered in TIDE, so it is important to ensure that AASCD student information in TIDE is up-to-date and only includes records for students that will be testing. For assistance with running participation reports please refer to the TIDE User Guide

    AASCD Operational Field Test Survey 

    We would like to invite you to submit feedback on your experience with the AASCD Operational Field Test. Starting February 18, a link to the survey will be available from the Ohio Alternate Assessment portal homepage. Your feedback is valuable and will be used to inform future policies and procedures for AASCD testing.

    Added February 14, 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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