July 23, 2014

              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 Administration Manual
Examine how test administrators should prepare for and administer the AASCD.
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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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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

AASCD Data Entry Interface Frequently Asked Questions
To answer questions about the AASCD Data Entry Interface, the Office of Exceptional Children has provided an FAQ document.
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Spring 2014 Alternate Assessment (AASCD)
The Spring 2014 Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) will be administered February 24 thru April 18. The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) On-Time order window will be open December 2-13. The TIDE pre-ID window will be open January 13-24. Further information about the 2013-2014 assessment will be disseminated in future newsletters. For general questions about alternate assessments, contact Andrew Hinkle, Office for Exceptional Children, at 614-644-7304 or or contact Amy Parker, Office of Curriculum and Assessment, at 614-387-0948 or

Results for Spring 2013 Alternate Assessment (AASCD)
Results for the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) is available electronically. Printed reports are also available. Please note that Spring 2013 AASCD results will be available through the Online Reporting System, accessible via the AASCD Portal ( There are no rescores or verifications for the AASCD.

Changes to the Ohio Downloadable Data File Layout
for Alternate Assessment

Ohio's new Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD), adminstered for the first time in spring 2013, marks a change in Ohio's alternate assessment, which previously consisted of a portfolio-based collection of evidence. This change necessitated revisions to the Ohio downloadable data file layout. Alternative Assessment downloadable data files, released on June 15, reflect the following layout changes for the AASCD:

  • Raw scores, subscales, conditions, and indicators will not be reported.
  • Scaled scores will be reported in the scaled score field since they are for the regular assessments.
  • The OAA-AASCD's ELA score will be reported in the reading field only. It will not be reported in the writing field since writing is currently not being administered for OAA.
  • The OGT-AASCD score will be reported in the writing and the reading fields, consistent with past practice for OGT-AASCD.


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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