• ORS and TIDE Downtime

    The Online Reporting System (ORS) will be down for maintenance starting at 8:00 PM on October 18 until approximately 8:00 AM on October 23. ORS will be inaccessible during this time.

    The TIDE system will be down for maintenance October 19 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. TIDE will be inaccessible during this time.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For immediate assistance please contact the Ohio Help Desk at ohhelpdesk@air.org, 877-231-7809 option 2.

    Added October 16, 2017
  • Linux Secure Browser for 2017-2018 Now Available

    The AIR Linux Secure Browser the 2017-2018 school year is now available for download from the Ohio’s State Tests portal on the Secure Browsers page. Detailed installation instructions are available in the Secure Browser Installation Manual. Additional information about preparing your network and devices for online testing is available in the Technical Specifications Manual.

    Version 10.1 of the secure browser is available for desktop and laptop devices running a supported version of Linux. The secure browsers currently available on the portal are the only versions that can be used for the 2017-2018 school year. Older versions of the secure browser installed on desktop and laptop devices cannot be used for secure student testing in 2017-2018.

    Note: AIR is no longer able to support Red Hat Linux. The Linux Secure Browser v10.1 is only compatible with Fedora and Ubuntu. The Online System Requirements and Long Term Support documents have been updated accordingly.

    Added September 20, 2017
  • TIDE Open for 2017-2018 School Year

    The Test Information Distribution Engine, or TIDE, is now open for the 2017-2018 school year. Districts and schools will use TIDE to complete tasks associated with Ohio’s State Tests, the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) and the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD).

    TIDE User Accounts and Resetting Passwords

    All user account passwords have been reset for the 2017-2018 school year. You must follow the process before you will be able to access TIDE for the 2017-2018 school year. All user accounts which had access to TIDE in 2016-2017 will continue to have access this year, after resetting the user password. For security purposes the activation email will no longer contain a temporary password but will instead contain a unique secure link. Users with TIDE accounts from last year will need to complete the steps listed below to create a new password and gain access to TIDE.

    1. Access the TIDE login page.
    2. On the TIDE login page, click on the link to “Request a new one for this school year.”
    3. Enter the email address you use to log into TIDE.
    4. An email (from AIRAST-DoNotReply@airast.org) which contains a clickable link will be sent to the email address associated with the account.
    5. Click on the link. You will be directed to a page in TIDE where you can enter a new password. The link will expire in 15 minutes; if you do not create your new password within 15 minutes you will need to request a new link.
    6. Follow the on-screen prompts to create a new password and respond to security questions.

    It is recommended that Test Coordinators review all users after system roll over to ensure personnel have proper access for the 2017-2018 school year. If a user should no longer have an account, authorized users should follow the process in the TIDE User Guide to remove system access for that user. Additional information on managing user accounts is in the TIDE User Management Guidance Document.

    Test Administrator Certification Course

    The Test Administrator Certification Course is now linked to TIDE. Users must have a TIDE account in order to access the optional TA Certification Course. TIDE will track which users have completed the course and Test Coordinators can view this information in the view/edit manage users task with the new “TA Certified” flag. More information regarding the TA Certification Course is available in the TA Certification Course Companion Document.

    Test Settings and Tools Updates for 2017-2018

    Districts will notice several updates to the test settings and tools section under the Student Information task for 2017-2018. The same updates have also been applied to the Test Administrator Interface, the Practice Test Site and TA Practice Site. This provides a consistent presentation of student test settings and tools across all systems.

    More information on how to set test settings and tools is located in the TIDE User Guide. More information on the tool classifications and new universal tools available is located in Ohio’s Accessibility Manual. More information on the TA Interface is available in the TA User Guide. Users should watch for future communication on domain exemptions for OELPA.


    Several resources are available on the Online Systems Resources page of the Ohio’s State Tests portal to help users navigate TIDE and complete tasks for the 2017-2018 school year.

    Added August 22, 2017
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