December 01, 2015

              Lorene Pfahler
For information about alternate assessment, please contact Lorene Pfahler at


Sample Student Learning Objectives
The ODE provides sample Student Learning Objectives to guide educators in writing their own SLOs.
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Ohio Academic Content Standards-Extended
Find the standards that help ensure students with significant cognitive disabilities are provided with multiple ways to learn and to demonstrate knowledge.
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Ohio Alternate Assessment Portal
For the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD), available online are test administration functions, training, and informational resources.
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AASCD Sample Tasks
Find sample tasks for Ohio's Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD).
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Eligibility for Participation in Ohio's Alternate Assessment
Examine state and federal laws that inform whether a student can participate in Ohio's alternate assessment.
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OCBA (Science and Social Studies) Materials
View/Download the Test Coordinator's Manual
View/Download the Directions for Administration Manual

New Data Entry Interface Tutorial Now Available
Updated to reflect to reflect enhancements for the spring 2015 administration, a Data Entry Interface Tutorial can be found on the Ohio Assessment Systems Portal. All teachers, test administrators and second raters are encouraged to review the tutorial in advance of the test window.
Direct link to the Data Entry Interface Tutorial

Alternate Assessment Rules Book
The Ohio Department of Education has released the Alternate Assessment 2014 Rules Book. Please direct any questions on the Rules Book to Paula Mahaley by email to For school year 2014-15 only, the Rules Book will be posted again mid-year to allow for information about the new state tests to be included. View Rules Book...

Video Tutorials for Online Reporting System Now Available from Office of Exceptional Children

The Office for Exceptional Children has produced two tutorials to assist with understanding and making use of the Online Reporting System (ORS). Both tutorials include closed captioning.

Online Reporting System Tutorial 1: Introduction

Online Reporting System Tutorial 2: Tracking Testing Progress


Parent Resources

Alternate Assessments: Based on Modified Academic Achievement Standards
A parent guide created by the National Center on Educational Outcomes in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education that provides families with infomation on alternate assessment is available online.
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Learning Opportunities for Your Child Through Alternate Assessments
An online resource created by the US Department of Education provides families with information on alternate assessment, NCLB, and IDEA.
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