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1% Alternate Assessment Justification Portal Now Open through Dec. 10.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires each district or community school to complete and submit a justification when it anticipates testing more than 1.0 percent of students with the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities.  If your district anticipates testing more than 1.0 percent of your students with the alternate assessment, it must complete and submit the online justification form via the link emailed to the district’s superintendent the week of November 5, 2018. To assist in the process, a template of the justification form is available here. Note that the PDF template is only a tool to help prepare the justification. All justifications must be submitted via the link sent to the superintendent.  The deadline for submitting this justification is Dec. 10, 2018. The Ohio Department of Education will review justifications submitted by each district or community school. The Department is required to post and make publicly available all justifications received.  If you have any questions, please contact

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