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

Announcements

  • 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
  • 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).

     

    Resources

    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
  • Spring 2019 AASCD 2.0 Online Independent Field Test Window

    The Ohio Department of Education invites all districts and schools to participate in the Spring 2019 Alternate Assessment for students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) 2.0 online independent field test window April 15 - May 31. The AASCD 2.0 independent field test may be administered to any student who took the spring 2019 AASCD 1.0. Students who were preidentified in TIDE for the spring 2019 AASCD 1.0 are automatically preidentified for the AASCD 2.0 independent field test.

    Participation in the Spring 2019 AASCD 2.0 independent field test provides districts, teachers, and students the opportunity to experience online alternate assessment testing to better prepare for next year’s Spring 2020 AASCD 2.0 online operational field test. Participation in the Spring 2019 field test is voluntary and there is no minimum number of students or schools within a district that must participate. Districts may choose to have all students who take the alternate assessment in the district participate in the field test, or only a school or classroom in the district might participate, or even just one student in the district may take the field test. The department encourages as many eligible students within a district as possible take the field test.

    Test administrators begin test sessions via the TA Interface, available on the Ohio Alternate Assessment portal. Students access the online tests via the AIR Secure Browser or AIRSecureTest app, available for download from the Ohio Alternate Assessment portal

    AASCD Independent Field Test Survey

    Test administrators and others are invited to submit feedback on their experience with the AASCD 2.0 independent field test. A link to the survey is available from the Ohio Alternate Assessment portal homepage. All feedback is valuable and will be used to inform future policies and procedures for AASCD online testing.
     

    Added April 29, 2019
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