Key Documents


  • iPad iOS 10 Update

    In the fall of 2016, Apple identified an issue regarding certain features on iPads running iOS 10 with external keyboards.  The work around for this issue required manually disabling those features.

    Apple has fixed this issue with the release of iOS version 10.2 and AIR has verified this fix. It is not necessary to manually disable spell-checker, auto-correct and predictive text on iPads running iOS 10.2.

    Beginning on Feb. 1, iPads running iOS 10.0 and 10.1 will no longer be able to access the Student Testing Site. These devices must be updated to 10.2 to access the Student Testing Site.

    Added January 17, 2017
  • TIDE Open for 2016-2017 School Year

    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 Online Systems Resources page of the Ohio’s State Tests portal to help users navigate the new interface and complete tasks for the 2016-2017 school year. These include:

    • TIDE User Guide
    • TIDE Tasks Summary for Test Coordinators
    • TIDE Tutorial: 2016-2017 Preparing for Testing
    • Pre-ID File Layout for 2016-2017
    • Pre-ID Guidance Document
    • Pre-ID Upload Templates
    • TIDE User Management Guidance Document
    • User Role Matrix

    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:

    1. Navigate to the TIDE login page.
    2. Select the “Request a new one” link on the login screen.
    3. Follow the steps to create a new password, which cannot be the same as the previous password.

    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 FAQ.

    Added August 29, 2016
  • New Statewide Downloadable Data File Layout

    A new statewide layout for downloadable data files for the 2016-2017 school year is now available on the Reporting Resources page of the portal.

    All changes to the layout from the prior year are indicated in red font. Please distribute this layout to all EMIS coordinators, data managers and information technology centers.

    This layout will support the reporting of the following administrations:

    • OELPA Spring 2016 and Spring 2017
    • Ohio’s State Tests Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017
    • Alternate Assessment (AASCD) Spring 2017
    Added August 15, 2016
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