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New Secure Browser for macOS 10.13 and 10.14

Dear District Testing Coordinators & District Technology Coordinators:

This message pertains only to districts and schools using devices with macOS 10.13 and 10.14 to administer online tests; all others may disregard this message.

AIR has completed the review of macOS 10.14 and determined a new secure browser is required to support this new operating system. Additionally, a security issue has been discovered for macOS 10.13.

To allow support of 10.14 and to resolve the security issue in 10.13, Mac Secure Browser 10.6 will be available beginning on Monday, November 26. Devices running macOS 10.9 to 10.12 may continue to use the current Mac Secure Browser 10.3.

Beginning on Monday, December 3, Mac Secure Browser 10.6 will be required for devices running macOS 10.13 and 10.14 to access the secure student testing site.

If you have any questions about this information or need assistance with installing the secure browser, contact the Ohio Help Desk at 877.231.7809 or

Kirk Ross
Assistant Director
Office of Assessment

25 South Front Street | Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
(614) 995-4144 (direct) | (877) 644-6338 | (614) 466-0223
Fax (614) 387-0421

AASCD Justifications for 2017-2018 Opens on Nov. 7

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 in 2018-2019, you must complete this justification.

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.

To assist in the process, a template of the justification is available here. Note that this PDF template is only a tool to help you prepare your justification. All justifications must be submitted on the Ohio K12 Help Portal here.

The Department sent an email to the special education contact and/or director on record for districts and community schools in the Ohio Educational Directory System notifying them that district superintendents have received an email with the district’s secure link to the portal.

The deadline for submitting this justification is December 10, 2018.

If you have any questions about calculating participation, please contact

If you have any questions about completing the justification and other questions about the 1.0 percent participation threshold, please contact

Grade 3 ELA Text Not Wrapping Properly

Dear District Testing Coordinator & District Technology Coordinator:

It has been noted that the text on certain Chromebooks is not wrapping properly with paginated stimuli turned on. If you have  this occurrence, please have the student log out of the test and turn off paginated stimuli for the student testing on that device.  AIR is currently working on a permanent solution for this matter and will advise when this has been remedied. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Kirk Ross
Assistant Director
Office of Assessment

25 South Front Street | Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
(614) 995-4144 (direct) | (877) 644-6338 | (614) 466-0223
Fax (614) 387-0421

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Initiative

The Ohio Department of Education (ODHE) is pleased be able to share with school districts specific, limited information about the students that have completed the FAFSA form. We have partnered with the Management Council of the Ohio Education Computer Network (MCOECN) to provide data through a secure web portal at

Superintendents of public districts and community schools received information on accessing their student data. A required electronic data sharing agreement is available on the portal. Access to student data will be available within 5 minutes after submitting the agreement. You will receive an email confirmation. Updates to student data occur every day at 7:00 am.

Because the timely completion of a FAFSA form is an essential step for many families in obtaining financial aid to pursue a postsecondary education, the FAFSA Completion Initiative will enable school and district partners to identify those students who have not filed a FAFSA form and better target counseling, filing help and other resources to those students. These efforts can promote college access and success by ensuring that students, particularly those with a low family income, have access to financial aid to fund their education.

Jill Dannemiller
Director, Data Management and Analysis
Ohio Department of Higher Education

About Ohio K12 Help

Ohio K12 Help Portal ( is emerging as a statewide site for Ohio districts and schools to submit support requests.

Over time, it will offer request routing for Ohio’s New State Testing program PBA and EOY. It will be another option in addition to using support channels for Pearson/PARCC, AIR and the department (ODE). The goal of this portal is to reliably route requests in a consistent form to the appropriate support organization. and improve customer experience and effectiveness for districts and schools over time. The department expects to better to plan for program improvements and service support demands.

Support request processing for other K12 statewide programs are expected to be available including ODE Roster Verification, Ready for Kindergarten Assessment and Early Learning Assessments. is a collaboration between the Ohio Department of Education and The Management Council of OECN.