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

Key Documents

Announcements

  • 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
  • July 2020 Server Maintenance Downtime

    Cambium Assessment will be conducting server maintenance in July. This maintenance will require system downtime from 7 P.M. Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5. During this maintenance period these systems may be inaccessible:

    • TIDE
    • Student Testing Site and Practice Test Site
    • TA Interface and TA Practice Site
    • Online Reporting System (ORS)
    • Data Entry Interface
    • TA Certification Course

    Added June 26, 2020
  • Return of AASCD Spring 2020 Testing Materials

    Districts are requested to return spring 2020 AASCD secure testing materials to the vendor when the district feels it is safe to return to the building to do so. Districts that are returning materials should contact the Ohio Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809 and select option 7, or email the Ohio Help Desk at ohhelpdesk@cambiumassessment.com and provide the date and time range for the pickup (please provide the earliest available pickup time and the latest). Districts may also drop off their secure materials directly to a UPS store for return shipment.

    Districts that are not returning to the building within the next few weeks should continue to retain the materials under the proper security procedures that are outlined in the AASCD Test Administration Manual until such time as they can return them safely.

    Secure test materials for the AASCD are the following:

    • test booklets
    • stimulus booklets
    • paper response options (including the plastic bags that they were packaged in)
    • optional student response forms (if used)

    Added June 19, 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
  • 2019-2020 TIDE Monitoring Test Progress Closing

    Districts have until July 31, 2020 to run the various reports available in the Monitoring Test Progress task in TIDE for the 2019-2020 school year. These reports provide information about students who tested online and those whose responses were entered in the Data Entry Interface (DEI).

    Two reports provide district-wide views of testing: the Test Status Code Report and the Test Completion Rates Report.

    • Test Status Code Report. This report provides a list of every test a student started, had data entry started or was eligible to take for a given assessment program (e.g., OST, AASCD).
    • Test Completion Rates Report. This report provides student counts and the percentages of tests started and completed for a given assessment program.

    Districts that would like a record of tests administered online or entered in the DEI may run one or both reports prior to July 31, 2020 for tests administered during the 2019-2020 school year.

    For additional information on Monitoring Test Progress, including details of all available reports and how to run them, please consult the TIDE User Guide.

    Added June 2, 2020
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