This portal is your source for information about Ohio’s Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD).
An Online Refresher Training PowerPoint is now available for download on the Alternate Assessment Portal. This narrated presentation contains an overview of information regarding design of the assessment, changes for the spring 2017 administration, administering the assessment, starting points, entering student scores, and more. This is an optional resource for all test administrators for the AASCD. To download this resource, search for “Online Refresher Training” in the Test Administration Resources section of the portal.
The spring 2017 AASCD manuals are now available on the Alternate Assessment Portal. The AASCD Directions for Administration Manual outlines how teachers/test administrators should prepare for and administer the AASCD. All teachers, test administrators and second raters should review the manual in advance of the test window. The AASCD Test Coordinator’s Manual outlines the responsibilities and procedures that district and building test coordinators are to follow for the AASCD.
The Test Information Distribution Engine, or TIDE, opens for the 2016-2017 school year today. When logging into the site, users will immediately recognize a new design. The new intuitive interface is designed to improve navigation and provide additional tools for users to perform administrative tasks.
Several resources are available on the TIDE Resources page of the Ohio Alternate Assessment portal to help users navigate the new interface and complete tasks for the 2016-2017 school year. These include:
User Accounts and Resetting Passwords
All user accounts that had access to Ohio’s online systems in 2015-2016 will continue to have access for the 2016-2017 school year. Test coordinators are responsible for removing any accounts for users who no longer should have access to the testing systems. Test coordinators are encouraged to review the TIDE User Management Guidance document for information regarding user roles, managing user accounts and resetting passwords.
All users will be required to reset their passwords for the 2016-2017 school year. After TIDE opens on Aug. 29, all users will need to request a new password for the 2016-2017 school year. To request a new password, existing users will:
Test coordinators are responsible for passing this information onto their staff. Frequently asked questions regarding activating user accounts and passwords can be found in the TIDE FAQs.