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

Key Documents


  • Upcoming Scheduled Maintenance

    Cambium Assessment 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) and Centralized Reporting System (CRS)
    • Teacher Hand Scoring System
    • Data Entry Interface
    • TA Certification Courses
    • Assessment Systems Inbox

    Maintenance Windows

    • Saturday, June 12, beginning at 9 a.m.

    Added March 9, 2021
  • Upcoming TIDE Downtime

    The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will be down for maintenance starting Tuesday, January 5 at 6:00 p.m. TIDE will be available for access on Wednesday, January 6.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For questions or concerns regarding this downtime please contact the Ohio Help Desk at ohhelpdesk@cambiumassessment.com or 877-231-7809.

    Added December 28, 2020
  • MacOS v11 (Big Sur) Support Reminder

    As a reminder, new versions of macOS are blocked from accessing testing sites while Cambium Assessment confirms the new version functions properly for testing. Typically, it can take up to 90 days after release of a new version to verify support. Mac devices should not be updated to v11 until support is confirmed.

    In addition, Apple introduced three new devices to their hardware lineup that feature new ARM/Apple Silicon processors. These new devices and any others based on these new processors are not yet supported by the current secure browser.

    It is anticipated that support for both macOS v11 and the new ARM/Apple Silicon based devices will require a new secure browser.

    Watch for future communication on support updates for both macOS v11 and the new ARM/Apple Silicon based devices. If you have additional questions, contact the Ohio Help Desk at OHHelpdesk@cambiumassessment.com or 877-231-7809.

    Added November 18, 2020
  • 2020-2021 AASCD Online Practice Test Updates

    The AASCD online practice tests have been updated going into the 2020-2021 school year. These updates include:

    • Number of questions per test has been increased to 20
    • No longer required to enter a password to exit full screen mode
    • Each practice test is comprised of two segments to mirror the AASCD administration
      • Segment one - contains 4 items to account for the early stopping rule
      • Segment two – contains the remaining 16 items
    • Item-level scoring available for each question
    • Score summary available at the end of each practice test

    Users can access the Student Practice Site from the AASCD test portal via a supported web browser, or by selecting “Take a Practice Test” from the bottom left of the Secure Browser or Secure Test App. The Practice Test Site allows users to experience the sign-in process, navigate the online testing system, use the available tools and features and become familiar with online testing. Administrators can access the TA Practice Site on the AASCD test portal to experience starting a session, approving students to test and to become familiar with online testing.

    The 2020-2021 AASCD Practice Site Guidance Document provides information on using the online practice site. This document, as well as the AASCD Practice Test Scoring Guides is available on the AASCD test portal under Student Practice Resources. These scoring guides provide the extended standard, item target level, access limitations, answer key, reporting category and notes on scoring information for each item on the AASCD online practice tests.

    Added June 30, 2020
  • Test Portal User Survey

    As part of the initiative to improve test portals, Cambium Assessment is evaluating the OST Test Portal and AASCD Test Portal via an online survey. Your feedback in this survey will help us understand how best to improve the user experience for all stakeholders that use the test portals.

    You can provide your feedback by participating in an online survey that can be accessed at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5612885/State-Assessment-Portal-Feedback-Survey

    The survey should take about 7-10 minutes, and your responses are anonymous.

    Please complete the survey by June 30, 2020.

    If you have any questions about the survey, please call the Cambium Assessment Portal Survey Help Desk at 877-206-7039.

    We appreciate your input! 

    Added June 15, 2020
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