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


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


  • 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
  • District Test Coordinators Quick Guide

    The new District Test Coordinators Quick Guide is now posted to the Ohio Department of Education Testing Webpage under Resources. This guide provides links, acronyms, definitions, contact information and resources that will assist district test coordinators with their position.

    Added March 21, 2019
  • Accessibility Features for the AASCD Independent Field Test Now Available

    To assist districts with preparations for the AASCD 2.0 Independent Field Test, AIR expanded the Test Settings feature in TIDE to include AASCD. This feature allows districts to set AASCD test settings in TIDE prior to testing. Districts can access this feature under the Student Information task in TIDE to ensure all accessibility features are appropriately marked for AASCD students taking the Independent Field Test.

    As a reminder, Text-To-Speech (TTS) is on for all AASCD tests and cannot be turned off. Administrators should allow the TTS to play first, to ensure the TTS reads any “hidden” text.

    Districts can access the TA Practice and Student Practice Sites and refer to the Practice Test Guidance document on the portal for more information about the available test settings and tools. The test settings and tools set in TIDE will be available for students when they log in to take the Independent Field Test.

    For directions on uploading or manually editing student test settings, refer to the TIDE User Guide, located on the portal.

    Added March 14, 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

    Winter Maintenance Windows

    • Saturday, March 16, beginning at 9 a.m.

    Added March 14, 2019
  • TIDE Downtime

    On Friday, February 15 the TIDE system will be down for maintenance from approximately 5pm to 8pm. TIDE will be inaccessible during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

    For questions or concerns regarding this downtime, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at ohhelpdesk@air.org or 877-231-7809.

    Added February 11, 2019
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