Archived Announcements

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  • IMPORTANT: New License Agreement for Julie and Violeta Voice Packs

    NeoSpeech and AIR provide the Julie voice pack for English text-to-speech users and the Violeta voice pack for Spanish text-to-speech users to use on Windows testing machines with Ohio’s State Tests.

    The license agreement between NeoSpeech and AIR was recently renewed, which means the license files (i.e., verification.txt file) associated with the voice packs will need to be updated before May 3, 2017 in order for students to continue using Text-to-Speech functionalities beyond May 3, 2017. Failure to update the license file(s) will result in the voice packs defaulting to demo versions on May 4, 2017, which will interrupt student testing.

     

    Important: Action is only required if you are using Windows devices for testing and have installed the Julie or Violeta voice packs provided by AIR.

     

    Affected districts must plan on completing these activities before May 3, 2017.

    •  Districts who currently use either the Julie or Violeta voice pack on their Windows testing machines will need to copy a new license file(s) to the appropriate folder(s) on each machine.
    • Do not re-install the voice pack itself if it is already installed; it’s only necessary to update the license file.
    • Districts who currently do not have Julie and Violeta voice packs installed on their Windows testing machines do not need to take any action.
    • Districts installing Julie and Violeta voice packs for the first time after April 18, 2017, will not need to install the license files separately because the renewed license files will be a part of the complete voice pack package.

     

    The new license files and guidance will be available to download in TIDE on April 18, 2017 . Guidance documentation is also posted on the Portal TIDE Support Documents. If you have any further questions you may contact the Ohio Help Desk at 877-231-7809, option 2, or ohhelpdesk@air.org.

    Added April 17, 2017
  • April 2017 Chromebook Update

    Chrome OS 57 was recently released by Google. AIR has verified that version 57.0.2987.137 fixes the Paginated Stimuli issue . Schools and districts using the paginated stimuli tool with Chromebooks may upgrade to 57.0.2987.137 or later.

     

    AIR recommends that you upgrade a subset of your devices first to ensure no issues are encountered. Once verified, upgrade the remainder of your devices.

     

    If you do not intend to use paginated stimuli and have upgraded your devices to Chrome OS version 57, you must deactivate paginated stimuli. This can be done by uploading a student settings file in TIDE (recommended), manually editing student records in TIDE, or manually by Test Administrators in the TA Interface when approving students to test. Additional information on updating student settings can be found in the TIDE User Guide and the TA User Guide.

     

    Guidance is outlined below for additional action based on the version(s) currently running on your district’s Chromebooks and whether your district will be using the paginated stimuli feature.

    Chromebook Version Will be Using Paginated Stimuli Will NOT be Using Paginated Stimuli
    50-54 No action required. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.
    55-56 Must upgrade to 57.0.2987.137 or later No action required, but deactivating paginated stimuli recommended.
    57.0.2987.123

    (initial release version)

    Paginated Stimuli not supported. Must upgrade to 57.0.2987.137 or later. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.
    57.0.2987.137+ No action required. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.

     

    Added April 10, 2017
  • TIDE Downtime

    On Friday, April 7th the TIDE system will be down for maintenance from approximately 6pm to 8pm. 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 April 5, 2017
  • Chromebook OS 57 release and known issue with OELPA and ELPA21 Pilot Screener Recorder

    AIR has identified an issue with the OELPA/ELPA21 Pilot Screener voice recorder in Chromebook OS 57 and is working internally to resolve this issue. Schools and districts using Chromebooks should continue to administer the tests on Chrome OS 56 using patch number 56.0.2924.110 until a fix for Chrome OS 57 is deployed.

     

    AIR recommends that all schools that administer OELPA and ELPA21 Pilot Screener tests on Chromebooks take a practice test on the model of Chromebook they are using and verify that the Speaking responses record correctly before administering the test to students.  Please note that the OELPA test window ends on Friday, March 31st.

     

    Please see the chart below for availability of the recorder and recommended action based on Chrome OS version.

    Chromebook Version Recorder Availability
    50-53 Recorder works as intended. No action needed
    54-55 Recorder does not work.  Update OS to 56 using patch number 56.0.2924.110
    56 Recorder works with patch number 56.0.2924.110
    57 Recorder will not work.  Roll back to 56 using patch number 56.0.2924.110
    Added March 30, 2017
  • March Chromebook Update

    As communicated previously, Google is targeting Chrome OS version 57 to fix Paginated Stimuli. Google is projecting version 57 will be promoted to the stable build this week and we will conduct final testing to verify the fix.

     

    Please see the advice below for additional action based on the version(s) currently running on your district’s Chromebooks and whether your district will be using the paginated stimuli feature.

    Chromebook Version Will be Using Paginated Stimuli Will NOT be Using Paginated Stimuli
    50-54 No action required. May upgrade to 57 after fix is confirmed. Must deactivate paginated stimuli. May upgrade to 57 after fix is confirmed.
    55-56 Must upgrade to 57 after fix is confirmed. No action required, but deactivating paginated stimuli recommended.
    57 No action required. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.

    Additional notes:

     

    If your district upgrades to version 57 during your test window, proceed with caution. It is recommended that you upgrade a subset of your devices first to ensure no issues are encountered. Once verified locally, upgrade the remainder of your devices.

     

    If your district will not be using paginated stimuli, it is recommended that the feature be deactivated. Deactivation can be done by uploading a student settings file in TIDE (recommended), manually editing student records in TIDE, or manually by Test Administrators in the TA Interface when approving students to test. Additional information on updating student settings can be found in the TIDE User Guide and the TA User Guide.

    Added March 15, 2017
  • February Chromebook Update

    AIR and Google have been working on three known issues affecting Chromebooks. Google has released a patch for Chrome OS 56 that fixes two of these known issues. The third is still being worked on.

     

    OELPA Speaking: Chromebooks used for testing OELPA Speaking should be updated to Chrome OS 56.0.2924.110 or later. We continue to recommend that schools that administer OELPA tests on Chromebooks take a practice test on the model of Chromebook they are using and verify that the recorder for OELPA Speaking records correctly before administering the operational tests to students.

     

    TTS Tracking: The patch also fixes the TTS Tracking feature available for Ohio’s State Tests. The highlighting that tracks which word is being read with Text To Speech stopped appearing on Chromebooks running OS 53 to 55. The highlighting will now appear when using Chrome OS 56.0.2924.110 or later.

     

    Paginated Stimuli: Google is continuing to work on this issue and is still targeting the fix for Chrome OS 57. Per the previously published guidance, if your district will be using paginated stimuli do not update Chromebooks that will be used for Ohio’s State Tests beyond version 54. Once Google releases version 57 and AIR confirms that this issue is fixed, we will notify districts they may upgrade to 57. If your district will not be using paginated stimuli and your Chromebooks are on version 55 or 56, no action is needed.

     

    Districts that are testing both OELPA and Ohio’s State Tests on Chromebooks will need to maintain a portion of their devices on version 54 or earlier for use with Ohio’s State Tests and upgrade a portion of their devices to 56.0.2924.110 for use with OELPA.

    Added February 28, 2017
  • Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) Now Supported

    AIR is now able to support Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) for secure student testing. Districts and schools may update their Mac devices to this operating system. Users will be able to access the practice test site and student testing site from this platform.

    Note that Siri has been added to the list of forbidden apps. As with any other forbidden app, if you attempt to open the secure browser while Siri is running, you will be prompted to close Siri before continuing.

    Added February 7, 2017
  • Paginated Stimuli and Chrome

    AIR has identified an issue with paginated stimuli on Chromebooks running version 55 or 56 which prevents passages from displaying properly. As a safeguard, the paginated stimuli feature will not be active if the tool is turned on when using Chrome OS 55 or 56. Google is working on a fix for this bug targeted to be included in version 57. Chromebooks on version 54 or earlier are not affected.

    Districts have several options available.

    1. If your district has elected not to use the paginated stimuli tool, no action is needed.
    2. If your devices are on version 54 or earlier, do not upgrade to version 55 or 56. Auto-update can be disabled via the management console to keep your Chromebooks on their current version.
    3. If your devices are on version 55, roll the OS back to version 54
      1. If you are using the management console, contact your Enterprise Support for assistance.
      2. If you are using stand-alone devices, follow the procedure at this link.
    4. If your devices are on version 56, roll back is not an option, as that can only take you back one version. You will need to upgrade to 57 once the fix is confirmed. If you administer any operational assessments before upgrading to 57, passages will be displayed with a vertical scroll bar, regardless of test setting selected in TIDE or the TA Interface.

    Version 57 should be released by Google in March and once AIR confirms that this issue is fixed, we will notify districts that they may upgrade to 57.

    Note this issue also affects the Practice Test Site when accessed with Chrome Browser versions 55 and 56. If you turn on paginated stimuli in the Practice Test Site while using Chrome Browser 55 or 56, the passages will not be paginated.

    Added January 31, 2017
  • Spring 2017 Ohio’s State Tests Manuals Now Available

    The Spring 2017 Test Administration Manual and Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing are now available on the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents resources page. Please download and review these manuals carefully.

    Test coordinators and test administrators must review the Test Administration Manual (TAM) prior to the spring 2017 administration. The TAM information is applicable for all spring 2017 Ohio’s State Tests and is applicable to online and paper testers.
    Districts with students testing on paper must also download and review the Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing. The supplemental instructions cover policies and procedures specific to paper testing.

    Test administrators who are administering online tests will also need to download a copy of the Online Testing Highlights and Script (TAM Appendix L). The Online Testing Highlights and Script includes step-by-step directions and the oral script for test administrators to reference on test day.

    Added January 23, 2017
  • 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
  • Grade 3 ELA Score Release, Discrepant Records and Appeals

    Results

    Results for the fall 2016 grade 3 English language arts test will be available in the Online Reporting System Friday, December 30. Late batch results for districts that did not return their grade 3 English language arts paper scorable documents on time will be available mid-January.

    Downloadable Data File Layout

    At the request of districts, the Ohio Department of Education has modified the downloadable data file layout to include raw scores. The downloadable data file layout available on the portal includes new fields at the end for this data.

    Discrepant Record Resolution

    Districts may begin resolving discrepant records for fall 2016 grade 3 English language arts tests in TIDE beginning Friday, December 30Unresolved records will not be reported. Review the Discrepancy Resolution Guidance document for instructions.

    Rescores and Verifications

    Districts may file rescores and verifications in TIDE for grade 3 English language arts tests beginning December 30 – February 13 . Review the Rescores and Verifications Guidance document for instructions.

     

    Added January 3, 2017
  • Mobile Platform Updates

    Chromebooks

    ODE, AIR, and Google have become aware of an issue with text-to-speech (TTS) tracking on Chromebooks using version 53 and up. The TTS will read the text as expected, but the highlighting that tracks which word is being read does not appear. Google is actively working on a solution to this issue. At this time we do not have an expected date for this fix.

    Districts can continue to use TTS on Chromebooks without the tracking feature. If district personnel feel that loss of this feature puts a student at a disadvantage, they may switch a human read aloud for that student.

    We will provide additional information on the fix for this feature once that is available.

    iPads

    Apple has notified AIR and ODE of an issue with iPads running iOS version 10.x and using external keyboards. The following features are not getting blocked via MDM, ASAM or Automatic Assessment mode.

    1. Spell-checker
    2. Auto-correct
    3. Predictive text

    All of these features must be turned off in the general settings of an iOS device. Directions for disabling these features are found on page 24 of the Technical Specifications Manual. Apple is working on fixing the issue in an upcoming dot release of iOS 10.

    Added November 10, 2016
  • Fall 2016 Apple Support Update

    Apple released iOS 10 for iPads earlier this fall, and AIR has been testing this new version. AIR and Apple are now prepared to support this new version for secure online testing. Apple and AIR have worked together to develop an update to the Secure Test App for iOS which works with iOS 10 and also simplifies securing iPads for testing.

    By the end of October version 3.4 of the Secure Test App for iOS will be available in the Apple store. This new version must be installed on iPads using iOS 10 to access the secure student testing site. Devices on iOS 9 and 8 do not require the use of the new Secure Test App version. With the addition of iOS 10 as a supported version, iOS 7 will no longer be supported. It is AIR’s policy to support the three most recent version of iOS.

    Additionally, the new Secure Test App version has a built-in Automatic Assessment Configuration. With this new feature, you are no longer required to set up a Mobile Device Manager (MDM) profile to secure the device for testing. Any iPad with iOS 9.3.2 or later can take advantage of this feature. Please review the documentation on the technology resources page of the portal for complete information on these changes.

    Finally, Apple has also released Mac OS 10.12 for desktops and laptops. AIR is testing this new version, and we hope to support it soon. Note that a new Secure Browser version may be required to enable support.

    If you have questions about this information, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at (877) 231-7809 or ohhelpdesk@air.org.

    Added October 19, 2016
  • English Language Arts Writing Pilot Resources

    In addition to the ELA Writing Pilot Fact Sheet, the Writing Pilot Online Testing Checklist has also been posted to the portal resources. These resources can be located on the portal under the resources page for Administration Manuals & Guidance Documents.

    Test administrators must use the Writing Pilot Online Testing Checklist when administering the English Language Arts Writing Pilot Tests to students. It includes step-by-step directions, the oral script that test administrators must follow (information to be read aloud to students is printed in bold letters), descriptions of test settings and accommodation codes, and troubleshooting tips. This checklist provides key information that test administrators need on test day.

    As a reminder, the test window for the voluntary English language arts (ELA) writing pilot is October 10-21.

    If you have any additional questions about this event, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809.

    Added October 12, 2016
  • Fall 2016 High School On-Time Order and Pre-ID Window

    The paper ordering and Pre-ID windows for the fall 2016 high school end-of-course tests opens today, Monday, Sept. 12th. Districts with students taking a fall 2016 high school end-of-course test on paper must submit their on-time orders in TIDE Sept. 12-16 .

    District test coordinators will place orders under the “Paper Orders High School Fall 2016” administration in TIDE. Districts can place orders for paper test materials at the school-level only during the on-time order window. Do not order materials in excess of actual paper testing need. All orders are subject to department approval.

    Districts whose students are using paper tests and who wish to receive Pre-ID labels must submit their Pre-ID data in TIDE by Sept. 16 under the “Ohio’s State Tests 2016-2017” administration. Remember to use the Student Pre-ID File Layout for the 2016-2017 school year. Test coordinators are advised to review the Guidance Document for 2016-2017 Pre-ID Files. Please note that Pre-ID labels are only shipped for entities that also place on-time orders.

    Find additional guidance for testing on paper in the Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing manual.

    Added September 12, 2016
  • English Language Arts Writing Pilot

    The Ohio Department of Education invites all districts and schools to help frame the look and feel of future Ohio writing tests through an upcoming pilot program. The department will conduct the voluntary English language arts (ELA) writing pilot, along with American Institute for Research (AIR), on October 10-21. The pilot’s purpose is to determine the feasibility of test questions intended for future use on Ohio’s State Tests through actual field testing.

    The pilot will include English language arts classes in grades 4-9, and ELA I and ELA II at the high school level. Students will take the test of the previous year’s enrolled grade. For example, new fourth graders in fall 2016 will take the third grade writing pilot. The time on test will be limited to up to 1 hour. This will be an online pilot only using existing systems. No paper forms will be available.

    By participating, you can help Ohio’s schools and students become better prepared for future test administrations. We need your support and will greatly appreciate your involvement.

    Please review the fact sheet with important dates and instructions for administering the pilot. If you have any additional questions about this event, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809.

    Added September 1, 2016
  • 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.

    Resources

    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
  • TIDE Unavailable for Maintenance

    TIDE will be unavailable from August 17 – August 28 for system maintenance.

    Added August 15, 2016
  • Secure Browsers for 2016-2017 Now Available

    The AIR Secure Browsers and AIR SecureTest Apps for the 2016-2017 school year are now available for download. Schools administering Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies or the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment online must download and install the AIR Secure Browser on the desktops and laptops that the students will use for testing.

    If students will test online using Chromebooks or tablets, districts and schools must download and install the AIR SecureTest App on these devices. The secure browser and app allow students to access the test and prevent students from accessing other computer applications while they are taking an online test.

     

    Downloading the Secure Browser or App

    The secure browsers and apps are available from the Secure Browsers page of the Portal. Be sure to install the correct version of the secure browser or app for each device’s operating system. Detailed installation instructions are available in the Secure Browsers Installation Manual. Additional information about preparing your network and devices for online testing is available in the Technical Specifications Manual.

    Please note the following:

    • Schools that used the AIR SecureTest App for Chromebooks, iPads or Android devices during the spring 2016 test window do not need to download a new version for the 2016-17 school year. The same versions may be used for the 2016-17 school year.
    • Apple is expected to release the Mac 10.12 operating system for desktops and the iOS 10 operating system for iPads in fall 2016. Although AIR cannot guarantee support for this system in 2016-17, AIR will work to support both within 90 days of official release. Please note that new Secure Browsers may be required.

     

    System Requirements

    Lastly, please be sure to review the latest Online System Requirements and Long Term Support Plan for more information about supported operating systems, devices and browsers for Ohio’s online applications.

    Added August 9, 2016
  • Pre-ID Layout for Ohio Statewide Assessments 2016-2017

    The department has updated its Student Pre-Identification (Pre-ID) File layout for the 2016-2017 school year. The layout collects student information for Ohio’s State Tests, the Alternate Assessment and the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA). Districts will continue to use the old Pre-ID layout for the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT).

    IMPORTANT: Districts participating in the summer 2016 administration for grade 3 English language arts and high school end-of-course tests will continue to use the 2015-2016 Pre-ID file layout. The new layout will not go into effect until the Fall 2016 administration. Additional resources and guidance documents will be published in the coming months.

    It is important for districts to start preparing for changes in the way they will submit Pre-ID information to TIDE. Please download a copy of the new 2016-2017 Pre-ID layout for Ohio Statewide Assessments. The layout builds upon the 2015-2016 layout; changes to the layout are indicated in red font. Please share and work with your ITC and/or your district data service people as soon as possible in the preparation of the Pre-ID files.

    Added July 7, 2016
  • Requesting Exceptions to Online Testing – 2016-2017

    2016 was the last year a paper option was required to be made available. The following procedure has been developed to facilitate districts requesting exceptions to online testing to be administered in Spring 2017. For more information click here.

    Added June 29, 2016
  • Delayed OELPA Test Results and Guidance on ELL Student Placement for 2016-2017 School Year

    Please review this important announcement and guidance for the 2016-2017 school year. Please feel free to contact the Lau Resource Center or the Office of Curriculum and Assessment if you need further clarification.

    Added June 24, 2016
  • Ohio’s State Tests Score Release, Discrepant Records and Appeals

    Discrepant Record Resolution

    Districts may begin resolving discrepant records for all grades 3-8 tests and high school end-of-course tests in TIDE starting Tuesday, June 21.

    District test coordinators must sign into the “Ohio State Tests 2015-2016” administration of TIDE and check the Discrepancy Resolution Task to resolve any records that require resolution. Review the Discrepancy Resolution Guidance document for instructions. The paper Family Score Reports, due in districts July 28, 2016, will include Spring 2016 records resolved by Monday, June 27.

    Unresolved records from Fall 2015 also are available again for resolution. Districts must resolve all remaining records through the summer. Unresolved records will not be reported.

    Test Results

    Results for the spring 2016 grades 3-8 tests and high school end-of-course tests will be available in the Online Reporting System Tuesday, June 28. Late batch results for districts that did not return their paper scorable documents on time will be available in early to mid-July. Reporting resources can be found on the Reporting Resources page of the Ohio’s State Tests portal.

    Rescores and Verifications

    Districts will have the opportunity to file rescores and verifications in TIDE for spring 2016 grades 3-8 and high school end-of-course tests beginning Tuesday, June 28. District test coordinators must sign into the “Ohio State Tests 2015-2016” administration of TIDE and select the Test Status Request task to create rescores and verifications. Review the Rescores and Verifications Guidance document for instructions.

    Added June 21, 2016
  • Grade 3 ELA Score Release, Discrepant Records and Appeals

    Discrepant Record Resolution

    Districts may begin resolving discrepant records for grade 3 English language arts tests in TIDE beginning today. District test coordinators must sign into the “Ohio State Tests 2015-2016” administration of TIDE and check the Discrepancy Resolution Task to resolve any records that require resolution. Review the Discrepancy Resolution Guidance document for instructions. Records resolved by Wednesday, June 15 will be reflected in the paper Family Score Reports. Districts must resolve all remaining records through the summer. Unresolved records will not be reported.

    Results

    Results for the spring 2016 grade 3 English language arts test will be available in the Online Reporting System Tuesday, June 14. Late batch results for districts that did not return their paper scorable documents on time will be available in early July. Reporting resources can be found on the Reporting Resources page of the Ohio’s State Tests portal.

    Rescores and Verifications

    Districts will have the opportunity to file rescores and verifications in TIDE for grade 3 English language arts tests beginning June 14 – July 29. District test coordinators must sign into the “Ohio State Tests 2015-2016” administration of TIDE and select the Test Status Request task to create rescores and verifications. Review the Rescores and Verifications Guidance document for instructions.

    Added June 13, 2016
  • Ohio’s State Tests Window Closing

    This is a reminder that the math, science and social studies paper test window closes Friday, May 6. The Spring 2016 math, science and social studies online test window closes Friday, May 13.

    Districts that are testing on paper must return their scorable materials to Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) immediately upon completion of testing and no later than Monday, May 9. Districts must return all nonscorable materials to DRC by Monday, May 16.

    Please refer to Section 9.5 of the Test Coordinator’s Manual for instructions on returning materials to DRC. If you need assistance with returning your materials, call the Ohio Help Desk at (877) 231-7809.

    Added May 6, 2016
  • OELPA Test Window Closing

    All Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) testing must be concluded (online and paper) by Friday, April 22 at 11:59 p.m. All scores for students using paper tests must be submitted into the Data Entry Interface (DEI) by Friday, April 22 at 11:59 p.m. There will be no extensions for any reason.

    You can track testing progress and completion rates in the Online Reporting System. If your district has pre-identified students who are not eligible for the OELPA, the test completion rate reports will not be accurate. Log into TIDE and ensure that only students taking the OELPA have their ELPA mode set to “Paper” for the “ELPA Mode” field for paper testers. This will ensure accuracy in your test completion rates for the DEI. The test completion rates report is updated nightly.

    If you have any questions, please consult the resources located on the OELPA Portal Page or call the Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809.

    Added April 15, 2016
  • Important Reminders as Spring 2016 Ohio’s State Tests Begin Today

    Today is the beginning of the statewide testing window for spring administration of Ohio’s State Tests. As your district prepares to administer state tests on its selected dates, test coordinators and test administrators will benefit from reviewing an important email message that American Institutes for Research is sending them today. The department is reprinting the message below.

    Dates for Spring Testing – The spring test windows are listed on the Important Dates page of the portal. Districts must select defined test windows per the instructions provided in Section 2 of the Test Coordinator’s Manual. Districts must complete testing within the district’s selected test windows, including make-up testing. There will be no extensions of the published test windows.

    Essential Manuals – Please be sure to review the Test Coordinator’s Manual and/or Directions for Administration Manual to familiarize yourself with policies and procedures you will need to know to fulfill your role. The District Test Coordinator Checklist provides district test coordinators with important test administration reminders and testing support contact information. The Test Administrator Checklist provides test administrators with important test-day reminders for schools administering tests online or on paper.

    Additional reminders and guidance can be found here.

    Added April 4, 2016
  • Chrome and iOS Updates

    Google recently release an update to Chrome OS for Chromebooks, version 49. This version is now supported by AIR for online testing.

    Apple recently released an update to iOS for iPads, version 9.3. This version is now supported by AIR for online testing.

    Additionally, AIR will be releasing an update to the iOS Secure Test App, version 3.3. Ohio schools and districts do not need to download and install this version.

    Please refer to the Secure Browsers page of the Portal for complete information on supported operating systems and secure browsers.

    If you have any questions about this information, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at ohhelpdesk@air.org or 1.877.231.7809.

    Added March 29, 2016
  • Navigating Through the Portal for Mathematics and English Language Arts

    The department has created a video that identifies the location of Mathematics and English Language Arts resources in the Ohio State Test Portal. To get the most out of this video, users may want to open a web browser to navigate through the portal along with the video.

    Added March 21, 2016
  • Data Entry Interface for the Spring 2016 OELPA

    The Data Entry Interface (DEI) which will be used to enter paper testing responses will open next Monday, March 21, 2016. You will be able to access the DEI on the OELPA page at this link. The DEI icon will be placed on the page this week.

    The DEI will remain open until April 22, 2016 (the last day of testing).  Please note that there is a typo in the Test Coordinator’s Manual posted on the portal.  On page 33 of the manual, there is a date that is incorrect.  The current manual states that all responses must be entered into the DEI by April 29th.  This date should read April 22nd.  Please adjust your testing schedules to fit this timeframe.

    Added March 15, 2016
  • Spring 2016 Online Testing Checklist for Ohio’s State Tests

    The Online Testing Checklist for the spring 2016 Ohio’s State Tests is now available for download. It can be accessed from the Teachers/Test Administrators page or the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents resource folder.

    Test administrators must use this checklist when administering Ohio’s State Tests to students testing online. It includes step-by-step directions, the oral script that test administrators must use (information to be read aloud to students is printed in bold letters), descriptions of test settings and accommodation codes, and troubleshooting tips. This checklist provides key information that test administrators need on test day.

    Added March 11, 2016
  • Chromebooks and Text To Speech

    The Ohio Department of Education, AIR and Google have been working closely to address text-to-speech issues present in v46 and up of the Chrome OS.

    AIR has deployed a solution which does not require upgrading the Chrome OS or Chrome secure test app. This solution resolves both the TTS sound quality and TTS tracking issues.

    TTS now works properly on all supported version of Chrome OS (41-48). No action by users is required.

    Please review the documentation on the technology resources page of the portal. If you have questions about this, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at (877) 231-7809.

    Added March 8, 2016
  • Note Regarding Use of iPads for OELPA Testing

    Please note that iPads are very sensitive to the quality of a student’s recording in response to speaking questions. If the student is issued a warning about the quality of the recording but the recording sounds fine on playback, please direct the student to move onto the next item on the test.

    Added February 25, 2016
  • Fall 2015 High School Reporting and Discrepancy Resolution Window

    High School Test Results

    On Wednesday, Feb. 24, results for the fall 2015 high school tests – as well as late batch results for the fall grade 3 English language arts test – will be available in the Online Reporting System.

    You will find the following related resources on the Reporting Resources page of the Ohio’s State Tests portal.

    • Performance standards;
    • Performance level descriptors;
    • District downloadable data file layout;
    • Guidance document for downloading data files from the Online Reporting System;
    • Video tutorial for downloading data files; and the
    • Online Reporting System User Guide.

    Discrepant Record Resolution

    Districts may begin resolving discrepant records for the fall high school tests in TIDE now. District test coordinators must sign into the “Ohio State Tests 2015-2016” administration of TIDE and check the Discrepancy Resolution Task to resolve any records that require resolution. Review the guidance document for instructions. Records resolved by Friday, Feb. 26 will be reflected in the paper Family Score Reports. Districts may resolve all remaining records through March 18. Records not resolved by this date will not be reported.

    Added February 22, 2016
  • Online Reporting System Maintenance

    The Online Reporting System will be unavailable starting Wednesday, February 17 at 5PM for system maintenance. The Online Reporting System will be available again starting the morning of Wednesday, February 24.

    Added February 17, 2016
  • Deadline for Submitting Pickup Dates for Spring 2016 Paper Tests

    For districts that are administering the spring 2016 Ohio’s State Tests on paper, district test coordinators may enter pick-up date(s) for their scorable materials under the Supplemental Services task in TIDE. This date must be one business day after the conclusion of paper testing. Districts can enter two sets of dates for each administration:

    Grades 3-8 Paper Orders

    • English language arts grades 3 to 8
    • Mathematics, science and social studies grades 3 to 8

    High School Paper Orders

    • English language arts HS
    • Mathematics, science and social studies HS

    The last day to submit dates in the Supplemental Services task is Friday, February 19.

    Added February 16, 2016
  • Fall 2015 Grade 3 ELA Discrepancy Resolution Deadline

    District test coordinators must sign into the “Ohio State Tests 2015-2016” administration of TIDE and check the Discrepancy Resolution Task to resolve any records that require resolution. All grade 3 English language arts discrepancies must be resolved by Friday, February 19. Records not resolved by this date will not be reported. Review the guidance document for instructions.

    Added February 12, 2016
  • Secure Browser Updates

    • After Apple released Mac OS 10.11 in fall 2015, users often encountered an issue installing secure browser v8.0 for Mac OS X. AIR published a support note addressing this issue.
      • AIR released secure browser v8.1, which no longer requires the extra steps.
      • Districts that have already successfully installed secure browser v8.0 on their Mac devices do not need to download the new version. Districts only need to download the new version if installing the secure browser for the first time on devices with Mac OS 10.11.
      • Find the new Mac OS X Secure Browser here.
    • AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser v3.2 for iOS devices is now available for download.Only districts participating in the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment online using iOS devices are required to download this version.
      • Find the new iOS Secure Browser here.

    We continue to work with Google to remedy technical issues found when testing Chrome OS v47. We fully intend to support Chrome OS v47 for future testing windows.

    Added February 1, 2016
  • Fall 2015 Grade 3 English language arts Reporting and Discrepancy Resolution

    Grade 3 ELA Student Results

    Results for the fall 2015 grade 3 English language arts test will be available in the Online Reporting System Friday, January 29. Late batch results for districts that did not return their paper scorable documents on time will be available at a later date.

    The following resources can be found on the Reporting Resources page of the Ohio’s State Tests portal.

    • Performance standards
    • Performance level descriptors (available mid-February)
    • District downloadable data file layout
    • Instructions for downloading data files from the Online Reporting System
    • Video tutorial for downloading data files is available here

    Discrepant Record Resolution

    Districts may begin resolving discrepant records for grade 3 English language arts tests in TIDE now. District test coordinators must sign into the “Ohio State Tests 2015-2016” administration of TIDE and check the Discrepancy Resolution Task to resolve any records that require resolution. Review the guidance document for instructions. Records resolved by Friday, January 29 will be reflected in the paper Family Score Reports.

    Districts were required to pre-identify all students taking the fall 2015 English language arts test in TIDE. For a student’s test results to appear in the Online Reporting System, the student’s score record must match a Pre-ID record in TIDE. District test coordinators are required to resolve test records that were not matched to Pre-ID records. Additionally, if a student has more than one test opportunity for the same test part, the student’s record will require resolution.

    Added January 26, 2016
  • Spring 2016 Ohio’s State Tests Pre-ID Deadline

    Districts whose students are testing on paper must submit their Pre-ID data by Feb. 1 to receive Pre-ID labels for spring 2016 tests.

    Please note: districts that uploaded their Pre-ID files for the fall do not need to upload them for the spring; however, these districts need to verify that student information in their files is correct for the spring.

    Remember to use the 2015-16 Pre-ID layout and refer to the Guidance Document for 2015-2016 Ohio Pre-ID Files for more information. For additional help, districts may view the TIDE Tutorial: Uploading Pre-ID Files. This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions for uploading Pre-ID files.

    Districts with students who are testing online must submit Pre-ID data prior to the day of testing. A summary of key dates also is available on the Important Dates page of the Portal.

    Added January 25, 2016
  • Online Reporting System Maintenance

    The Online Reporting System will be unavailable starting Friday, January 22 at 3PM for system maintenance. The Online Reporting System will be available again starting the morning of Friday, January 29.

    Added January 21, 2016
  • OELPA Practice Tests Available

    The OELPA Practice Tests are available through the Practice Test Site.

    Note the browsers that can be used to access the OELPA Practice Tests are a subset of the browsers that can be used to access the OST Practice Tests. The following commercial browsers can be used to access OELPA Practice tests:

    • Chrome 41-46
    • Firefox 31-41
    • Safari for Mac OSX

    These commercial browsers cannot be used for the OELPA Practice Tests:

    • Chrome for Android
    • Internet Explorer
    • Safar for iPad

    The OELPA Practice Tests can also be accessed by a secure browser. These secure browsers can be used to access OELPA Practice tests:

    • Windows
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Chromebook – must use new version 2.8

    These secure browsers cannot be used for the OELPA Practice Tests:

    • Android
    • iOS – A new iOS secure browser will be released in the coming weeks which will support OELPA
    Added January 19, 2016
  • Spring 2016 Ohio’s State Tests District Test Coordinator Checklist

    You may now download the Spring 2016 District Test Coordinator Checklist for Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies from the portal. The checklist presents important dates leading up to testing as well as a timeline of preparations for the spring 2016 administration of Ohio’s State Tests – either online or on paper. The document provides links to resources as well as testing support contact information.

    The department encourages district test coordinators to involve other personnel in the checklist preparations, particularly building test coordinators, test administrators and technology specialists. Please be sure to review this information and watch for future communications on related updates.

     

    Added January 11, 2016
  • Spring 2016 OELPA On-Time Order Window and Pre-ID Deadline

    Orders for Paper Testers

    The spring 2016 Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) on-time order window for paper test materials is open in TIDE Jan. 7-15. Test coordinators will place orders in the “Paper Orders OELPA Spring 2016” administration in TIDE.

    Additional guidance for ordering paper test materials for paper and online testers can be found in the OELPA On-Time Order Window and Pre-ID Guidance document.

    Pre-ID Deadline

    Districts whose students are testing on paper and who wish to receive Pre-ID labels must submit their Pre-ID data for OELPA students by Jan. 15 under the “Ohio State Tests 2015-2016” administration in TIDE. Additional guidance for submitting student pre-ID information can be found in the  OELPA On-Time Order Window and Pre-ID Guidance document.

    Added January 7, 2016
  • Spring 2016 Ohio’s State Tests On-Time Order Window and Pre-ID Deadline

    Paper Orders for Spring 2016

    Districts whose students are testing on paper will submit their on-time orders Jan. 4-11 in the Paper Orders High School Spring 2016 and Paper Orders Grades 3-8 Spring 2016 administrations in TIDE.

    In order to access the Orders task, district test coordinators must first confirm their contact information and shipping address under the Contact Info task. Districts are allowed distinct shipping addresses for grades 3-8 and high school paper orders administrations. District test coordinators who wish to update their shipping addresses must contact the Ohio Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809 to request a change.

    Districts can place orders for paper test materials at the school-level only during the on-time order window. All orders are subject to department approval. The test contractor will calculate an automatic district overage of 3% based on school orders.

    Pre-ID Deadline for Spring 2016

    Districts whose students are testing on paper and who wish to receive Pre-ID labels must submit their Pre-ID data by Feb. 1 under the Ohio State Tests 2015-16 administration. Remember to use the 2015-16 Pre-ID layout. Refer to the Guidance Document for 2015-2016 Ohio Pre-ID Files for more information.

    Added January 5, 2016
  • Fall 2015 High School Test Window Closing

    This is a reminder that the fall 2015 high school test window closes Friday, Jan. 8, for online and paper testers. Districts and schools must complete their testing by Jan. 8. There will be no extension to the testing window. Please note the last day to submit a test status request (invalidation, reset, etc.) in TIDE is Jan. 8.

    Districts that are testing on paper must return their scorable materials to Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) immediately upon completion of testing and no later than Monday, Jan. 11. Districts must return all nonscorable materials to DRC by Tuesday, Jan. 19.

    Please refer to Section 9.5 of the Test Coordinator’s Manual for instructions on returning materials to DRC. If you need assistance with returning your materials, call the Ohio Help Desk at (877) 231-7809 and press 3 to be connected with DRC.

    Added January 5, 2016
  • Additional Practice Materials Available

    Additional practice materials, resources and revised test specifications are now available on the Ohio’s State Tests Portal.

    • English language arts –Sample items for grades 4-8 are now available in the Student Practice Site to join the already available sample items for grade 3 and high school.
    • Science – The Part 2 (or EOY) practices tests for grades 5 and 8 now include additional practice items. Updated test specifications are now available for all science tests in the General Resources folder.
    • Social studies – Updated test specifications are now available for all social studies tests in the General Resources folder. In addition, the Part 2 (or EOY) practice test for American history now includes additional practice items. These items will constitute an evidence-based set, which is a group of several questions associated with one or more common stimuli. Evidence-based sets allow students to work with primary source materials to show deep understanding of social studies topics. The questions in these sets will assess a range of the skills and content in the content statements.

    New support documents are available in the Student Practice Resources folder on the Portal. These include:

    • Updated Practice Site Guidance Document
    • Answer keys for the sample grades 4-8 English language arts sample items
    • Updated scoring guides for the grade 5 EOY practice test, grade 8 EOY test and American history EOY test.

    You will see more details and links to these resources on the department’s Practice Test and Sample Items Web page.

    Added December 29, 2015
  • Additional Guidance for Resolving Spring 2015 Discrepant Records

    District test coordinators are responsible for resolving discrepant records that remain from the spring 2015 science and social studies tests. Records that are not resolved will not be reported. Please refer to the updated Discrepancy Resolution Guidance document for more information.

    Added December 9, 2015
  • Pre-ID Guidance for the spring Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment

    Districts will administer the spring 2016 Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) Feb. 29 – April 22. The OELPA is administered to students identified as English language learners. Resources for the OELPA can be found in the OELPA Resources folder on the portal.

    Districts must pre-identify students participating in OELPA in TIDE for online administrations and have their test eligibility marked for OELPA. Districts will indicate whether the student will participate online or on paper on the student’s Pre-ID record. Paper tests are intended as an accommodation for students or districts unable to test online. Districts have the option of uploading a Pre-ID file using the Ohio Pre-ID File Layout or manually setting OELPA eligibility for a student’s record in TIDE.

    Guidance for completing student pre-ID information for Ohio’s State Tests, the Alternate Assessment and OELPA can be found in the Guidance Document for 2015-2016 Ohio Pre-ID Files.

    Deadlines for OELPA pre-ID and paper order windows will be published to the important dates page of the portal in the coming weeks.

    Added December 7, 2015
  • Fall Test Administration Reminders

    Test Windows

    The fall 2015 administration windows for Ohio’s State Tests are on the Important Dates page of the portal. Districts must complete make-up testing within their selected test windows. There will be no extensions of the published test windows.

    Manuals and Checklists

    Please be sure to review the Test Coordinator’s Manual and Directions for Administration Manual to familiarize yourself with policies and procedures. For districts that are testing online, please make sure test administrators download the Online Testing Checklist for use during administrations.

    Test coordinators are encouraged to review the District Test Coordinator Checklist prior to testing. The checklist provides important instructions for receiving and returning paper test materials. Please note that there are no automatic pickups of paper documents, and scorable test materials must be returned immediately after testing.

    Personnel administering fall state tests are encouraged to review the Test Administrator Checklist prior to testing. The checklist provides key information on test-day activities for test administrators who are proctoring tests online and on paper.

    Testing Times

    Specific English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies test times are located at this link. Test administrators are responsible for ensuring that students receive the appropriate amount of time for each part of each test.

    Added November 25, 2015
  • New Support Added for Mac and iPad Operating Systems

    The Ohio’s State Tests online systems are now supporting the following additional operating systems:

    • Mac OS 10.11
    • iOS 8.3 – 8.4
    • iOS 9.0 – 9.1

    Test coordinators must work with technology coordinators to ensure that every device used for student testing has the AIR Secure Browser or AIRSecureTest App installed. Browsers can be downloaded from the Secure Browser page. A complete list of supported devices, operating systems and equipment can be found in the Online System Requirements document.

     

    Important:

    • Districts are advised to review this support note when installing new copies of the Secure Browser on Mac OS 10.11 devices.
    • Districts using iOS 8.3 and 8.4 should be aware of the following known issue: If a student hits the tab key on an external keyboard during testing, the AIRSecureTest App will crash. This will require the test administrator to launch the AIRSecureTest App on the device and repeat the sign-in process for the student to resume testing.
    • During testing, iOS devices must be placed in Autonomous Single App Mode (ASAM) or Guided Access mode to ensure a secure testing environment. Apple and the Ohio Department of Education recommend using ASAM, although Guided Access is acceptable for devices with iOS 7.0 – 8.1.2. Devices with iOS 8.1.3 or later are required to use ASAM and restrict certain features to ensure a secure testing environment. Failure to do so can lead to test security violations. Step-by-step instructions for enabling ASAM or Guided Access can be found in the Technology Specifications Manual.
    Added November 17, 2015
  • Fall 2015 Online Testing Checklist Now Available

    The fall 2015 Online Testing Checklist is now available. Test administrators must use this checklist when administering Ohio’s State Tests to students testing online. It includes step-by-step directions, the oral script that test administrators must follow (information to be read aloud to students is printed in bold letters) and troubleshooting tips.

    Test administrators are also encouraged to review the Test Administrator Checklist. This checklist provides key information on test-day activities for test administrators who are proctoring tests online and on paper.

    Added November 10, 2015
  • Understanding Ohio’s Spring 2015 Score Reports for Science and Social Studies

    A new guidance document provides key information for understanding Ohio’s spring 2015 score reports for science and social studies. The report includes a summary of Ohio’s paper and electronic score reports. School and district personnel may refer to this document for information regarding scale score ranges, performance levels, reporting category definitions and score report elements.

    Added November 3, 2015
  • Fall Infrastructure Trial

    During the week of Nov. 16, 2015, the department encourages your local districts and schools to participate in a computer-based testing trial. The trial is an opportunity for your schools, teachers and students to prepare for the computer-based Ohio State Tests by simulating test-day activities and network usage. The trial will help your schools to confirm all testing devices and your network are properly configured and ready to run the tests.

    A new guidance document for establishing practice test administrator sessions during the trial is available on the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents resource page. For more information about the trial, please refer to the Ohio K12 Help portal.

    Added October 30, 2015
  • English language arts and Mathematics Sample Items Released

    Sample items for Ohio’s State Tests are now available in the Student Practice Site. Students may log in as guests to access five to eight sample items for each of the following tests:

    • Grade 3 and high school English language arts
    • Grades 3-8 mathematics and high school mathematics, algebra and geometry

    These new items join the practice tests for science and social studies on the site, offering students more opportunities to learn what to expect on state tests. Additional English language arts sample items for grades 4-8 will be released in December.

    New support documents are available in the Student Practice Resources folder on the Portal. These include:

    • Practice Site Guidance Document
    • Answer keys for the sample English language arts and mathematics items
    • Writing rubrics
    • Interactive mathematics equation tutorial

    You will see more details and links to these resources on the department’s Practice Test and Sample Items Web page.

    Added October 26, 2015
  • Fall 2015 Manuals Now Available

    The fall 2015 Test Coordinator’s Manual and Directions for Administration Manual are now available on the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents resources page. Please download and review these manuals carefully.

    Test administrators who are administering online tests will also need to download a copy of the Online Testing Checklist, which will be published in November. The Online Testing Checklist will include step-by-step directions and the oral script for test administrators to reference on test day. Watch for future communications on the release of the checklist.

    Added October 16, 2015
  • Spring 2015 Science and Social Studies Scores Available

    On-time results for score records that could be matched with students pre-identified in spring 2015 are available in the Online Reporting System.

    Discrepant test records will not be available on Oct. 12; discrepant records include those that could not be matched with a Pre-ID record and records for students who had more than one test opportunity for a test part. Information for districts that must resolve discrepant records will be forthcoming.

    Late batch results for districts that either did not return their paper scorable documents on time or returned them to the incorrect contractor will be available by Nov. 9.

    Added October 11, 2015
  • Student Testing Site Tutorials Updated

    The Student Testing Site Tutorials have been updated for the 2015-16 school year. Part 1 walks through the student sign-in process and navigation. Part 2 covers the tools available to students.

    Added October 2, 2015
  • New Test Administrator Resources

    The enhanced Test Administrator Practice Site is now available. It can be accessed from the Teachers/Test Administrators page.

    An updated Test Administrator User Guide is also available which provides information on how to use the Test Administrator Interface and Test Administrator Practice Site.

    An online course and companion guidance document are now available for test administrators who will be administering Ohio’s State Tests online. While the course is generic in nature, the companion document offers Ohio-specific information and clarifications.

    Added September 29, 2015
  • Testing Times for Ohio’s State Tests

    The Ohio Department of Education has shortened the 2015-2016 state tests in English language arts and mathematics by a range of 39-50 percent from previous tests given in 2014-2015. The Testing Times schedule shows the testing time for all state tests this school year.

    Added September 25, 2015
  • Operating Systems and Browsers: Increased Support

    AIR has added support for recently released operating systems and browsers. The Chrome browser and operating system are supported up to version 45. Firefox is supported up to version 40. Windows 10 is supported with the current Windows Secure Browser. For additional information visit the Technology Resources and Secure Browsers pages of the portal.

    Added September 25, 2015
  • District Test Coordinator Checklist

    The fall 2015 District Test Coordinator Checklist for Ohio’s State Tests is available on the portal. The checklist, which addresses activities for districts that are testing online and districts that are testing on paper includes:

    • Important dates leading up to testing;
    • Key steps to prepare for the fall 2015 administration of Ohio’s State Tests for grade 3 English language arts and high school English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies;
    • Important dates and activities, as well as a suggested timeline for preparations; and
    • Testing support contact information.

    Please be sure to review this information and watch for future communications on additional resources.

    Added September 17, 2015
  • TIDE for Online Administrations Now Open

    Districts and schools will use TIDE for online administrations to complete tasks associated with Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science and social studies, as well as the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD).

    Authorized users will see the following administrations after logging in:

    • Ohio State Tests 2015-2016
    • Paper Orders Grade 3 ELA Fall 2015
    • Paper Orders High School Fall 2015

    Authorized users will use the Ohio State Tests administration to complete tasks that are applicable across administrations, including Student Information (Pre-ID), Manage Users and Download Voice Packs.

    Authorized users will access each respective “Paper Orders” administration to order paper materials, track shipments and track the return of scorable documents. TIDE will add additional administrations during the school year to accommodate ordering paper materials for spring tests.

     

    On-Time Order Window Opens for Fall 2015 Grade 3 ELA and High School End-of-Course Tests

    Districts that are administering the grade 3 ELA test and high school tests on paper will submit their on-time orders Sept. 2-11. In order to access the Orders task, navigate to the appropriate Paper Orders administration upon logging into TIDE. DTCs must then confirm their contact information and shipping address under Contact Info task. After doing so, districts can place orders for paper test materials at the school-level. All orders are subject to department approval. The test contractor will calculate an automatic district overage of 3% based on school orders.

    Added September 2, 2015
  • Existing User Accounts Require Password Resets

    All user accounts that had access to Ohio’s science and social studies and alternate assessment systems in 2014-2015 will continue to have access this year, although users will be required to reset their passwords.

    When TIDE opens on Sept. 2, all users will receive an email with a temporary password. This temporary password will expire in 30 days. To reset their passwords, existing users will:

    1. Navigate to the TIDE login page.
    2. Enter the username (email address) and the temporary password on the TIDE login page.
    3. Follow the steps to create a new password, which cannot be the same as any previous password.

    District test coordinators (DTCs) are responsible for using the Manage Users task in TIDE to ensure their district and school user accounts are accurate, or for delegating this task to a district administrator and/or to the building test coordinator(s).

    Added September 1, 2015
  • Secure Browsers for 2015-2016 Released

    The AIR Secure Browsers and AIR SecureTest Apps for the 2015-2016 school year are now available. Schools administering Ohio’s State Tests online must download and install the AIR Secure Browser on the desktops and laptops that the students will use for testing. If students will test online using Chromebooks or tablets, schools must download and install the AIRSecureTest App on these devices.

    Visit the Secure Browsers page to download browsers and apps. Detailed installation instructions are in the Secure Browsers Installation Manual. Additional information about preparing your network and devices for online testing is in the Technical Specifications Manual.

    Please note the following:

    • Schools that used the AIR SecureTest App for Chromebooks, iPads or Android devices in spring 2015 do not need to download a new version. The same versions may be used for the 2015-16 school year.
    • AIR expects to release the Linux Secure Browser later this fall.
    • Microsoft released Windows 10 in July 2015. Apple is expected to release Mac 10.11 in 2015-16. Although AIR cannot guarantee support for these operating systems in 2015-16, AIR will work to support both within 90 days of official release. Note that new Secure Browsers may be required.

    Be sure to review the Online System Requirements and Long Term Support Plan for information about supported operating systems, devices and browsers for Ohio’s online applications.

    Added August 11, 2015
  • New 2015-2016 Pre-ID Layout and Guidance Document Posted

    The department has updated its Student Pre-Identification (Pre-ID) File layout for the 2015-16 school year. The layout collects student information for English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies tests and the alternate assessment.

    It is important for districts to start preparing for changes in the way they will submit Pre-ID information to TIDE for online administrations. Please download a copy of the new 2015-16 Pre-ID layout for Ohio Statewide Assessments as soon as possible so that your district or Information Technology Center (ITC) can begin preparing to submit Pre-ID data for these tests.

    Additionally, a guidance document has been posted that includes details on how data will be collected, frequently asked questions, and how test eligibility will be identified.

    Added August 6, 2015
  • Science and Social Studies Released Items and Updated Practice Tests

    Released items from the spring 2015 online science and social studies tests are available. Click the Practice Tests link in the right column. Additionally, the practice tests published in September 2014 now include Spanish, as well as Screen Reader Mode (also referred to as Enhanced Accessibility or Streamline Mode) for applicable subjects.

    Added July 24, 2015

Students and Families

  • Navigating Through the Portal for Mathematics and English Language Arts

    The department has created a video that identifies the location of Mathematics and English Language Arts resources in the Ohio State Test Portal. To get the most out of this video, users may want to open a web browser to navigate through the portal along with the video.

    Added March 21, 2016
  • Additional Practice Materials Available

    Additional practice materials, resources and revised test specifications are now available on the Ohio’s State Tests Portal.

    • English language arts –Sample items for grades 4-8 are now available in the Student Practice Site to join the already available sample items for grade 3 and high school.
    • Science – The Part 2 (or EOY) practices tests for grades 5 and 8 now include additional practice items. Updated test specifications are now available for all science tests in the General Resources folder.
    • Social studies – Updated test specifications are now available for all social studies tests in the General Resources folder. In addition, the Part 2 (or EOY) practice test for American history now includes additional practice items. These items will constitute an evidence-based set, which is a group of several questions associated with one or more common stimuli. Evidence-based sets allow students to work with primary source materials to show deep understanding of social studies topics. The questions in these sets will assess a range of the skills and content in the content statements.

    New support documents are available in the Student Practice Resources folder on the Portal. These include:

    • Updated Practice Site Guidance Document
    • Answer keys for the sample grades 4-8 English language arts sample items
    • Updated scoring guides for the grade 5 EOY practice test, grade 8 EOY test and American history EOY test.

    You will see more details and links to these resources on the department’s Practice Test and Sample Items Web page.

    Added December 29, 2015
  • English language arts and Mathematics Sample Items Released

    Sample items for Ohio’s State Tests are now available in the Student Practice Site. Students may log in as guests to access five to eight sample items for each of the following tests:

    • Grade 3 and high school English language arts
    • Grades 3-8 mathematics and high school mathematics, algebra and geometry

    These new items join the practice tests for science and social studies on the site, offering students more opportunities to learn what to expect on state tests. Additional English language arts sample items for grades 4-8 will be released in December.

    New support documents are available in the Student Practice Resources folder on the Portal. These include:

    • Practice Site Guidance Document
    • Answer keys for the sample English language arts and mathematics items
    • Writing rubrics
    • Interactive mathematics equation tutorial

    You will see more details and links to these resources on the department’s Practice Test and Sample Items Web page.

    Added October 26, 2015
  • Student Testing Site Tutorials Updated

    The Student Testing Site Tutorials have been updated for the 2015-16 school year. Part 1 walks through the student sign-in process and navigation. Part 2 covers the tools available to students.

    Added October 2, 2015
  • Testing Times for Ohio’s State Tests

    The Ohio Department of Education has shortened the 2015-2016 state tests in English language arts and mathematics by a range of 39-50 percent from previous tests given in 2014-2015. The Testing Times schedule shows the testing time for all state tests this school year.

    Added September 25, 2015
  • Science and Social Studies Released Items and Updated Practice Tests

    Released items from the spring 2015 online science and social studies tests are available. Click the Practice Tests link in the right column. Additionally, the practice tests published in September 2014 now include Spanish, as well as Screen Reader Mode (also referred to as Enhanced Accessibility or Streamline Mode) for applicable subjects.

    Added July 24, 2015

Teachers/ Test Administrators

  • Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) Now Supported

    AIR is now able to support Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) for secure student testing. Districts and schools may update their Mac devices to this operating system. Users will be able to access the practice test site and student testing site from this platform.

    Note that Siri has been added to the list of forbidden apps. As with any other forbidden app, if you attempt to open the secure browser while Siri is running, you will be prompted to close Siri before continuing.

    Added February 7, 2017
  • Spring 2017 Ohio’s State Tests Manuals Now Available

    The Spring 2017 Test Administration Manual and Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing are now available on the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents resources page. Please download and review these manuals carefully.

    Test coordinators and test administrators must review the Test Administration Manual (TAM) prior to the spring 2017 administration. The TAM information is applicable for all spring 2017 Ohio’s State Tests and is applicable to online and paper testers.
    Districts with students testing on paper must also download and review the Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing. The supplemental instructions cover policies and procedures specific to paper testing.

    Test administrators who are administering online tests will also need to download a copy of the Online Testing Highlights and Script (TAM Appendix L). The Online Testing Highlights and Script includes step-by-step directions and the oral script for test administrators to reference on test day.

    Added January 23, 2017
  • English Language Arts Writing Pilot Resources

    In addition to the ELA Writing Pilot Fact Sheet, the Writing Pilot Online Testing Checklist has also been posted to the portal resources. These resources can be located on the portal under the resources page for Administration Manuals & Guidance Documents.

    Test administrators must use the Writing Pilot Online Testing Checklist when administering the English Language Arts Writing Pilot Tests to students. It includes step-by-step directions, the oral script that test administrators must follow (information to be read aloud to students is printed in bold letters), descriptions of test settings and accommodation codes, and troubleshooting tips. This checklist provides key information that test administrators need on test day.

    As a reminder, the test window for the voluntary English language arts (ELA) writing pilot is October 10-21.

    If you have any additional questions about this event, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809.

    Added October 12, 2016
  • 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.

    Resources

    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
  • Ohio’s State Tests Window Closing

    This is a reminder that the math, science and social studies paper test window closes Friday, May 6. The Spring 2016 math, science and social studies online test window closes Friday, May 13.

    Districts that are testing on paper must return their scorable materials to Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) immediately upon completion of testing and no later than Monday, May 9. Districts must return all nonscorable materials to DRC by Monday, May 16.

    Please refer to Section 9.5 of the Test Coordinator’s Manual for instructions on returning materials to DRC. If you need assistance with returning your materials, call the Ohio Help Desk at (877) 231-7809.

    Added May 6, 2016
  • Important Reminders as Spring 2016 Ohio’s State Tests Begin Today

    Today is the beginning of the statewide testing window for spring administration of Ohio’s State Tests. As your district prepares to administer state tests on its selected dates, test coordinators and test administrators will benefit from reviewing an important email message that American Institutes for Research is sending them today. The department is reprinting the message below.

    Dates for Spring Testing – The spring test windows are listed on the Important Dates page of the portal. Districts must select defined test windows per the instructions provided in Section 2 of the Test Coordinator’s Manual. Districts must complete testing within the district’s selected test windows, including make-up testing. There will be no extensions of the published test windows.

    Essential Manuals – Please be sure to review the Test Coordinator’s Manual and/or Directions for Administration Manual to familiarize yourself with policies and procedures you will need to know to fulfill your role. The District Test Coordinator Checklist provides district test coordinators with important test administration reminders and testing support contact information. The Test Administrator Checklist provides test administrators with important test-day reminders for schools administering tests online or on paper.

    Additional reminders and guidance can be found here.

    Added April 4, 2016
  • Navigating Through the Portal for Mathematics and English Language Arts

    The department has created a video that identifies the location of Mathematics and English Language Arts resources in the Ohio State Test Portal. To get the most out of this video, users may want to open a web browser to navigate through the portal along with the video.

    Added March 21, 2016
  • Spring 2016 Online Testing Checklist for Ohio’s State Tests

    The Online Testing Checklist for the spring 2016 Ohio’s State Tests is now available for download. It can be accessed from the Teachers/Test Administrators page or the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents resource folder.

    Test administrators must use this checklist when administering Ohio’s State Tests to students testing online. It includes step-by-step directions, the oral script that test administrators must use (information to be read aloud to students is printed in bold letters), descriptions of test settings and accommodation codes, and troubleshooting tips. This checklist provides key information that test administrators need on test day.

    Added March 11, 2016
  • Additional Practice Materials Available

    Additional practice materials, resources and revised test specifications are now available on the Ohio’s State Tests Portal.

    • English language arts –Sample items for grades 4-8 are now available in the Student Practice Site to join the already available sample items for grade 3 and high school.
    • Science – The Part 2 (or EOY) practices tests for grades 5 and 8 now include additional practice items. Updated test specifications are now available for all science tests in the General Resources folder.
    • Social studies – Updated test specifications are now available for all social studies tests in the General Resources folder. In addition, the Part 2 (or EOY) practice test for American history now includes additional practice items. These items will constitute an evidence-based set, which is a group of several questions associated with one or more common stimuli. Evidence-based sets allow students to work with primary source materials to show deep understanding of social studies topics. The questions in these sets will assess a range of the skills and content in the content statements.

    New support documents are available in the Student Practice Resources folder on the Portal. These include:

    • Updated Practice Site Guidance Document
    • Answer keys for the sample grades 4-8 English language arts sample items
    • Updated scoring guides for the grade 5 EOY practice test, grade 8 EOY test and American history EOY test.

    You will see more details and links to these resources on the department’s Practice Test and Sample Items Web page.

    Added December 29, 2015
  • Fall Test Administration Reminders

    Test Windows

    The fall 2015 administration windows for Ohio’s State Tests are on the Important Dates page of the portal. Districts must complete make-up testing within their selected test windows. There will be no extensions of the published test windows.

    Manuals and Checklists

    Please be sure to review the Test Coordinator’s Manual and Directions for Administration Manual to familiarize yourself with policies and procedures. For districts that are testing online, please make sure test administrators download the Online Testing Checklist for use during administrations.

    Test coordinators are encouraged to review the District Test Coordinator Checklist prior to testing. The checklist provides important instructions for receiving and returning paper test materials. Please note that there are no automatic pickups of paper documents, and scorable test materials must be returned immediately after testing.

    Personnel administering fall state tests are encouraged to review the Test Administrator Checklist prior to testing. The checklist provides key information on test-day activities for test administrators who are proctoring tests online and on paper.

    Testing Times

    Specific English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies test times are located at this link. Test administrators are responsible for ensuring that students receive the appropriate amount of time for each part of each test.

    Added November 25, 2015
  • Fall 2015 Online Testing Checklist Now Available

    The fall 2015 Online Testing Checklist is now available. Test administrators must use this checklist when administering Ohio’s State Tests to students testing online. It includes step-by-step directions, the oral script that test administrators must follow (information to be read aloud to students is printed in bold letters) and troubleshooting tips.

    Test administrators are also encouraged to review the Test Administrator Checklist. This checklist provides key information on test-day activities for test administrators who are proctoring tests online and on paper.

    Added November 10, 2015
  • Understanding Ohio’s Spring 2015 Score Reports for Science and Social Studies

    A new guidance document provides key information for understanding Ohio’s spring 2015 score reports for science and social studies. The report includes a summary of Ohio’s paper and electronic score reports. School and district personnel may refer to this document for information regarding scale score ranges, performance levels, reporting category definitions and score report elements.

    Added November 3, 2015
  • Fall Infrastructure Trial

    During the week of Nov. 16, 2015, the department encourages your local districts and schools to participate in a computer-based testing trial. The trial is an opportunity for your schools, teachers and students to prepare for the computer-based Ohio State Tests by simulating test-day activities and network usage. The trial will help your schools to confirm all testing devices and your network are properly configured and ready to run the tests.

    A new guidance document for establishing practice test administrator sessions during the trial is available on the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents resource page. For more information about the trial, please refer to the Ohio K12 Help portal.

    Added October 30, 2015
  • English language arts and Mathematics Sample Items Released

    Sample items for Ohio’s State Tests are now available in the Student Practice Site. Students may log in as guests to access five to eight sample items for each of the following tests:

    • Grade 3 and high school English language arts
    • Grades 3-8 mathematics and high school mathematics, algebra and geometry

    These new items join the practice tests for science and social studies on the site, offering students more opportunities to learn what to expect on state tests. Additional English language arts sample items for grades 4-8 will be released in December.

    New support documents are available in the Student Practice Resources folder on the Portal. These include:

    • Practice Site Guidance Document
    • Answer keys for the sample English language arts and mathematics items
    • Writing rubrics
    • Interactive mathematics equation tutorial

    You will see more details and links to these resources on the department’s Practice Test and Sample Items Web page.

    Added October 26, 2015
  • Fall 2015 Manuals Now Available

    The fall 2015 Test Coordinator’s Manual and Directions for Administration Manual are now available on the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents resources page. Please download and review these manuals carefully.

    Test administrators who are administering online tests will also need to download a copy of the Online Testing Checklist, which will be published in November. The Online Testing Checklist will include step-by-step directions and the oral script for test administrators to reference on test day. Watch for future communications on the release of the checklist.

    Added October 16, 2015
  • Student Testing Site Tutorials Updated

    The Student Testing Site Tutorials have been updated for the 2015-16 school year. Part 1 walks through the student sign-in process and navigation. Part 2 covers the tools available to students.

    Added October 2, 2015
  • New Test Administrator Resources

    The enhanced Test Administrator Practice Site is now available. It can be accessed from the Teachers/Test Administrators page.

    An updated Test Administrator User Guide is also available which provides information on how to use the Test Administrator Interface and Test Administrator Practice Site.

    An online course and companion guidance document are now available for test administrators who will be administering Ohio’s State Tests online. While the course is generic in nature, the companion document offers Ohio-specific information and clarifications.

    Added September 29, 2015
  • Testing Times for Ohio’s State Tests

    The Ohio Department of Education has shortened the 2015-2016 state tests in English language arts and mathematics by a range of 39-50 percent from previous tests given in 2014-2015. The Testing Times schedule shows the testing time for all state tests this school year.

    Added September 25, 2015
  • Existing User Accounts Require Password Resets

    All user accounts that had access to Ohio’s science and social studies and alternate assessment systems in 2014-2015 will continue to have access this year, although users will be required to reset their passwords.

    When TIDE opens on Sept. 2, all users will receive an email with a temporary password. This temporary password will expire in 30 days. To reset their passwords, existing users will:

    1. Navigate to the TIDE login page.
    2. Enter the username (email address) and the temporary password on the TIDE login page.
    3. Follow the steps to create a new password, which cannot be the same as any previous password.

    District test coordinators (DTCs) are responsible for using the Manage Users task in TIDE to ensure their district and school user accounts are accurate, or for delegating this task to a district administrator and/or to the building test coordinator(s).

    Added September 1, 2015
  • Science and Social Studies Released Items and Updated Practice Tests

    Released items from the spring 2015 online science and social studies tests are available. Click the Practice Tests link in the right column. Additionally, the practice tests published in September 2014 now include Spanish, as well as Screen Reader Mode (also referred to as Enhanced Accessibility or Streamline Mode) for applicable subjects.

    Added July 24, 2015

Test Coordinators

  • April 2017 Chromebook Update

    Chrome OS 57 was recently released by Google. AIR has verified that version 57.0.2987.137 fixes the Paginated Stimuli issue . Schools and districts using the paginated stimuli tool with Chromebooks may upgrade to 57.0.2987.137 or later.

     

    AIR recommends that you upgrade a subset of your devices first to ensure no issues are encountered. Once verified, upgrade the remainder of your devices.

     

    If you do not intend to use paginated stimuli and have upgraded your devices to Chrome OS version 57, you must deactivate paginated stimuli. This can be done by uploading a student settings file in TIDE (recommended), manually editing student records in TIDE, or manually by Test Administrators in the TA Interface when approving students to test. Additional information on updating student settings can be found in the TIDE User Guide and the TA User Guide.

     

    Guidance is outlined below for additional action based on the version(s) currently running on your district’s Chromebooks and whether your district will be using the paginated stimuli feature.

    Chromebook Version Will be Using Paginated Stimuli Will NOT be Using Paginated Stimuli
    50-54 No action required. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.
    55-56 Must upgrade to 57.0.2987.137 or later No action required, but deactivating paginated stimuli recommended.
    57.0.2987.123

    (initial release version)

    Paginated Stimuli not supported. Must upgrade to 57.0.2987.137 or later. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.
    57.0.2987.137+ No action required. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.

     

    Added April 10, 2017
  • TIDE Downtime

    On Friday, April 7th the TIDE system will be down for maintenance from approximately 6pm to 8pm. 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 April 5, 2017
  • Chromebook OS 57 release and known issue with OELPA and ELPA21 Pilot Screener Recorder

    AIR has identified an issue with the OELPA/ELPA21 Pilot Screener voice recorder in Chromebook OS 57 and is working internally to resolve this issue. Schools and districts using Chromebooks should continue to administer the tests on Chrome OS 56 using patch number 56.0.2924.110 until a fix for Chrome OS 57 is deployed.

     

    AIR recommends that all schools that administer OELPA and ELPA21 Pilot Screener tests on Chromebooks take a practice test on the model of Chromebook they are using and verify that the Speaking responses record correctly before administering the test to students.  Please note that the OELPA test window ends on Friday, March 31st.

     

    Please see the chart below for availability of the recorder and recommended action based on Chrome OS version.

    Chromebook Version Recorder Availability
    50-53 Recorder works as intended. No action needed
    54-55 Recorder does not work.  Update OS to 56 using patch number 56.0.2924.110
    56 Recorder works with patch number 56.0.2924.110
    57 Recorder will not work.  Roll back to 56 using patch number 56.0.2924.110
    Added March 30, 2017
  • March Chromebook Update

    As communicated previously, Google is targeting Chrome OS version 57 to fix Paginated Stimuli. Google is projecting version 57 will be promoted to the stable build this week and we will conduct final testing to verify the fix.

     

    Please see the advice below for additional action based on the version(s) currently running on your district’s Chromebooks and whether your district will be using the paginated stimuli feature.

    Chromebook Version Will be Using Paginated Stimuli Will NOT be Using Paginated Stimuli
    50-54 No action required. May upgrade to 57 after fix is confirmed. Must deactivate paginated stimuli. May upgrade to 57 after fix is confirmed.
    55-56 Must upgrade to 57 after fix is confirmed. No action required, but deactivating paginated stimuli recommended.
    57 No action required. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.

    Additional notes:

     

    If your district upgrades to version 57 during your test window, proceed with caution. It is recommended that you upgrade a subset of your devices first to ensure no issues are encountered. Once verified locally, upgrade the remainder of your devices.

     

    If your district will not be using paginated stimuli, it is recommended that the feature be deactivated. Deactivation can be done by uploading a student settings file in TIDE (recommended), manually editing student records in TIDE, or manually by Test Administrators in the TA Interface when approving students to test. Additional information on updating student settings can be found in the TIDE User Guide and the TA User Guide.

    Added March 15, 2017
  • February Chromebook Update

    AIR and Google have been working on three known issues affecting Chromebooks. Google has released a patch for Chrome OS 56 that fixes two of these known issues. The third is still being worked on.

     

    OELPA Speaking: Chromebooks used for testing OELPA Speaking should be updated to Chrome OS 56.0.2924.110 or later. We continue to recommend that schools that administer OELPA tests on Chromebooks take a practice test on the model of Chromebook they are using and verify that the recorder for OELPA Speaking records correctly before administering the operational tests to students.

     

    TTS Tracking: The patch also fixes the TTS Tracking feature available for Ohio’s State Tests. The highlighting that tracks which word is being read with Text To Speech stopped appearing on Chromebooks running OS 53 to 55. The highlighting will now appear when using Chrome OS 56.0.2924.110 or later.

     

    Paginated Stimuli: Google is continuing to work on this issue and is still targeting the fix for Chrome OS 57. Per the previously published guidance, if your district will be using paginated stimuli do not update Chromebooks that will be used for Ohio’s State Tests beyond version 54. Once Google releases version 57 and AIR confirms that this issue is fixed, we will notify districts they may upgrade to 57. If your district will not be using paginated stimuli and your Chromebooks are on version 55 or 56, no action is needed.

     

    Districts that are testing both OELPA and Ohio’s State Tests on Chromebooks will need to maintain a portion of their devices on version 54 or earlier for use with Ohio’s State Tests and upgrade a portion of their devices to 56.0.2924.110 for use with OELPA.

    Added February 28, 2017
  • Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) Now Supported

    AIR is now able to support Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) for secure student testing. Districts and schools may update their Mac devices to this operating system. Users will be able to access the practice test site and student testing site from this platform.

    Note that Siri has been added to the list of forbidden apps. As with any other forbidden app, if you attempt to open the secure browser while Siri is running, you will be prompted to close Siri before continuing.

    Added February 7, 2017
  • Paginated Stimuli and Chrome

    AIR has identified an issue with paginated stimuli on Chromebooks running version 55 or 56 which prevents passages from displaying properly. As a safeguard, the paginated stimuli feature will not be active if the tool is turned on when using Chrome OS 55 or 56. Google is working on a fix for this bug targeted to be included in version 57. Chromebooks on version 54 or earlier are not affected.

    Districts have several options available.

    1. If your district has elected not to use the paginated stimuli tool, no action is needed.
    2. If your devices are on version 54 or earlier, do not upgrade to version 55 or 56. Auto-update can be disabled via the management console to keep your Chromebooks on their current version.
    3. If your devices are on version 55, roll the OS back to version 54
      1. If you are using the management console, contact your Enterprise Support for assistance.
      2. If you are using stand-alone devices, follow the procedure at this link.
    4. If your devices are on version 56, roll back is not an option, as that can only take you back one version. You will need to upgrade to 57 once the fix is confirmed. If you administer any operational assessments before upgrading to 57, passages will be displayed with a vertical scroll bar, regardless of test setting selected in TIDE or the TA Interface.

    Version 57 should be released by Google in March and once AIR confirms that this issue is fixed, we will notify districts that they may upgrade to 57.

    Note this issue also affects the Practice Test Site when accessed with Chrome Browser versions 55 and 56. If you turn on paginated stimuli in the Practice Test Site while using Chrome Browser 55 or 56, the passages will not be paginated.

    Added January 31, 2017
  • Spring 2017 Ohio’s State Tests Manuals Now Available

    The Spring 2017 Test Administration Manual and Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing are now available on the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents resources page. Please download and review these manuals carefully.

    Test coordinators and test administrators must review the Test Administration Manual (TAM) prior to the spring 2017 administration. The TAM information is applicable for all spring 2017 Ohio’s State Tests and is applicable to online and paper testers.
    Districts with students testing on paper must also download and review the Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing. The supplemental instructions cover policies and procedures specific to paper testing.

    Test administrators who are administering online tests will also need to download a copy of the Online Testing Highlights and Script (TAM Appendix L). The Online Testing Highlights and Script includes step-by-step directions and the oral script for test administrators to reference on test day.

    Added January 23, 2017
  • 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
  • Grade 3 ELA Score Release, Discrepant Records and Appeals

    Results

    Results for the fall 2016 grade 3 English language arts test will be available in the Online Reporting System Friday, December 30. Late batch results for districts that did not return their grade 3 English language arts paper scorable documents on time will be available mid-January.

    Downloadable Data File Layout

    At the request of districts, the Ohio Department of Education has modified the downloadable data file layout to include raw scores. The downloadable data file layout available on the portal includes new fields at the end for this data.

    Discrepant Record Resolution

    Districts may begin resolving discrepant records for fall 2016 grade 3 English language arts tests in TIDE beginning Friday, December 30Unresolved records will not be reported. Review the Discrepancy Resolution Guidance document for instructions.

    Rescores and Verifications

    Districts may file rescores and verifications in TIDE for grade 3 English language arts tests beginning December 30 – February 13 . Review the Rescores and Verifications Guidance document for instructions.

     

    Added January 3, 2017
  • Mobile Platform Updates

    Chromebooks

    ODE, AIR, and Google have become aware of an issue with text-to-speech (TTS) tracking on Chromebooks using version 53 and up. The TTS will read the text as expected, but the highlighting that tracks which word is being read does not appear. Google is actively working on a solution to this issue. At this time we do not have an expected date for this fix.

    Districts can continue to use TTS on Chromebooks without the tracking feature. If district personnel feel that loss of this feature puts a student at a disadvantage, they may switch a human read aloud for that student.

    We will provide additional information on the fix for this feature once that is available.

    iPads

    Apple has notified AIR and ODE of an issue with iPads running iOS version 10.x and using external keyboards. The following features are not getting blocked via MDM, ASAM or Automatic Assessment mode.

    1. Spell-checker
    2. Auto-correct
    3. Predictive text

    All of these features must be turned off in the general settings of an iOS device. Directions for disabling these features are found on page 24 of the Technical Specifications Manual. Apple is working on fixing the issue in an upcoming dot release of iOS 10.

    Added November 10, 2016
  • Fall 2016 Apple Support Update

    Apple released iOS 10 for iPads earlier this fall, and AIR has been testing this new version. AIR and Apple are now prepared to support this new version for secure online testing. Apple and AIR have worked together to develop an update to the Secure Test App for iOS which works with iOS 10 and also simplifies securing iPads for testing.

    By the end of October version 3.4 of the Secure Test App for iOS will be available in the Apple store. This new version must be installed on iPads using iOS 10 to access the secure student testing site. Devices on iOS 9 and 8 do not require the use of the new Secure Test App version. With the addition of iOS 10 as a supported version, iOS 7 will no longer be supported. It is AIR’s policy to support the three most recent version of iOS.

    Additionally, the new Secure Test App version has a built-in Automatic Assessment Configuration. With this new feature, you are no longer required to set up a Mobile Device Manager (MDM) profile to secure the device for testing. Any iPad with iOS 9.3.2 or later can take advantage of this feature. Please review the documentation on the technology resources page of the portal for complete information on these changes.

    Finally, Apple has also released Mac OS 10.12 for desktops and laptops. AIR is testing this new version, and we hope to support it soon. Note that a new Secure Browser version may be required to enable support.

    If you have questions about this information, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at (877) 231-7809 or ohhelpdesk@air.org.

    Added October 19, 2016
  • English Language Arts Writing Pilot Resources

    In addition to the ELA Writing Pilot Fact Sheet, the Writing Pilot Online Testing Checklist has also been posted to the portal resources. These resources can be located on the portal under the resources page for Administration Manuals & Guidance Documents.

    Test administrators must use the Writing Pilot Online Testing Checklist when administering the English Language Arts Writing Pilot Tests to students. It includes step-by-step directions, the oral script that test administrators must follow (information to be read aloud to students is printed in bold letters), descriptions of test settings and accommodation codes, and troubleshooting tips. This checklist provides key information that test administrators need on test day.

    As a reminder, the test window for the voluntary English language arts (ELA) writing pilot is October 10-21.

    If you have any additional questions about this event, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809.

    Added October 12, 2016
  • Fall 2016 High School On-Time Order and Pre-ID Window

    The paper ordering and Pre-ID windows for the fall 2016 high school end-of-course tests opens today, Monday, Sept. 12th. Districts with students taking a fall 2016 high school end-of-course test on paper must submit their on-time orders in TIDE Sept. 12-16 .

    District test coordinators will place orders under the “Paper Orders High School Fall 2016” administration in TIDE. Districts can place orders for paper test materials at the school-level only during the on-time order window. Do not order materials in excess of actual paper testing need. All orders are subject to department approval.

    Districts whose students are using paper tests and who wish to receive Pre-ID labels must submit their Pre-ID data in TIDE by Sept. 16 under the “Ohio’s State Tests 2016-2017” administration. Remember to use the Student Pre-ID File Layout for the 2016-2017 school year. Test coordinators are advised to review the Guidance Document for 2016-2017 Pre-ID Files. Please note that Pre-ID labels are only shipped for entities that also place on-time orders.

    Find additional guidance for testing on paper in the Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing manual.

    Added September 12, 2016
  • 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.

    Resources

    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
  • TIDE Unavailable for Maintenance

    TIDE will be unavailable from August 17 – August 28 for system maintenance.

    Added August 15, 2016
  • Secure Browsers for 2016-2017 Now Available

    The AIR Secure Browsers and AIR SecureTest Apps for the 2016-2017 school year are now available for download. Schools administering Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies or the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment online must download and install the AIR Secure Browser on the desktops and laptops that the students will use for testing.

    If students will test online using Chromebooks or tablets, districts and schools must download and install the AIR SecureTest App on these devices. The secure browser and app allow students to access the test and prevent students from accessing other computer applications while they are taking an online test.

     

    Downloading the Secure Browser or App

    The secure browsers and apps are available from the Secure Browsers page of the Portal. Be sure to install the correct version of the secure browser or app for each device’s operating system. Detailed installation instructions are available in the Secure Browsers Installation Manual. Additional information about preparing your network and devices for online testing is available in the Technical Specifications Manual.

    Please note the following:

    • Schools that used the AIR SecureTest App for Chromebooks, iPads or Android devices during the spring 2016 test window do not need to download a new version for the 2016-17 school year. The same versions may be used for the 2016-17 school year.
    • Apple is expected to release the Mac 10.12 operating system for desktops and the iOS 10 operating system for iPads in fall 2016. Although AIR cannot guarantee support for this system in 2016-17, AIR will work to support both within 90 days of official release. Please note that new Secure Browsers may be required.

     

    System Requirements

    Lastly, please be sure to review the latest Online System Requirements and Long Term Support Plan for more information about supported operating systems, devices and browsers for Ohio’s online applications.

    Added August 9, 2016
  • Pre-ID Layout for Ohio Statewide Assessments 2016-2017

    The department has updated its Student Pre-Identification (Pre-ID) File layout for the 2016-2017 school year. The layout collects student information for Ohio’s State Tests, the Alternate Assessment and the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA). Districts will continue to use the old Pre-ID layout for the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT).

    IMPORTANT: Districts participating in the summer 2016 administration for grade 3 English language arts and high school end-of-course tests will continue to use the 2015-2016 Pre-ID file layout. The new layout will not go into effect until the Fall 2016 administration. Additional resources and guidance documents will be published in the coming months.

    It is important for districts to start preparing for changes in the way they will submit Pre-ID information to TIDE. Please download a copy of the new 2016-2017 Pre-ID layout for Ohio Statewide Assessments. The layout builds upon the 2015-2016 layout; changes to the layout are indicated in red font. Please share and work with your ITC and/or your district data service people as soon as possible in the preparation of the Pre-ID files.

    Added July 7, 2016
  • Requesting Exceptions to Online Testing – 2016-2017

    2016 was the last year a paper option was required to be made available. The following procedure has been developed to facilitate districts requesting exceptions to online testing to be administered in Spring 2017. For more information click here.

    Added June 29, 2016
  • Ohio’s State Tests Score Release, Discrepant Records and Appeals

    Discrepant Record Resolution

    Districts may begin resolving discrepant records for all grades 3-8 tests and high school end-of-course tests in TIDE starting Tuesday, June 21.

    District test coordinators must sign into the “Ohio State Tests 2015-2016” administration of TIDE and check the Discrepancy Resolution Task to resolve any records that require resolution. Review the Discrepancy Resolution Guidance document for instructions. The paper Family Score Reports, due in districts July 28, 2016, will include Spring 2016 records resolved by Monday, June 27.

    Unresolved records from Fall 2015 also are available again for resolution. Districts must resolve all remaining records through the summer. Unresolved records will not be reported.

    Test Results

    Results for the spring 2016 grades 3-8 tests and high school end-of-course tests will be available in the Online Reporting System Tuesday, June 28. Late batch results for districts that did not return their paper scorable documents on time will be available in early to mid-July. Reporting resources can be found on the Reporting Resources page of the Ohio’s State Tests portal.

    Rescores and Verifications

    Districts will have the opportunity to file rescores and verifications in TIDE for spring 2016 grades 3-8 and high school end-of-course tests beginning Tuesday, June 28. District test coordinators must sign into the “Ohio State Tests 2015-2016” administration of TIDE and select the Test Status Request task to create rescores and verifications. Review the Rescores and Verifications Guidance document for instructions.

    Added June 21, 2016
  • Grade 3 ELA Score Release, Discrepant Records and Appeals

    Discrepant Record Resolution

    Districts may begin resolving discrepant records for grade 3 English language arts tests in TIDE beginning today. District test coordinators must sign into the “Ohio State Tests 2015-2016” administration of TIDE and check the Discrepancy Resolution Task to resolve any records that require resolution. Review the Discrepancy Resolution Guidance document for instructions. Records resolved by Wednesday, June 15 will be reflected in the paper Family Score Reports. Districts must resolve all remaining records through the summer. Unresolved records will not be reported.

    Results

    Results for the spring 2016 grade 3 English language arts test will be available in the Online Reporting System Tuesday, June 14. Late batch results for districts that did not return their paper scorable documents on time will be available in early July. Reporting resources can be found on the Reporting Resources page of the Ohio’s State Tests portal.

    Rescores and Verifications

    Districts will have the opportunity to file rescores and verifications in TIDE for grade 3 English language arts tests beginning June 14 – July 29. District test coordinators must sign into the “Ohio State Tests 2015-2016” administration of TIDE and select the Test Status Request task to create rescores and verifications. Review the Rescores and Verifications Guidance document for instructions.

    Added June 13, 2016
  • Ohio’s State Tests Window Closing

    This is a reminder that the math, science and social studies paper test window closes Friday, May 6. The Spring 2016 math, science and social studies online test window closes Friday, May 13.

    Districts that are testing on paper must return their scorable materials to Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) immediately upon completion of testing and no later than Monday, May 9. Districts must return all nonscorable materials to DRC by Monday, May 16.

    Please refer to Section 9.5 of the Test Coordinator’s Manual for instructions on returning materials to DRC. If you need assistance with returning your materials, call the Ohio Help Desk at (877) 231-7809.

    Added May 6, 2016
  • Important Reminders as Spring 2016 Ohio’s State Tests Begin Today

    Today is the beginning of the statewide testing window for spring administration of Ohio’s State Tests. As your district prepares to administer state tests on its selected dates, test coordinators and test administrators will benefit from reviewing an important email message that American Institutes for Research is sending them today. The department is reprinting the message below.

    Dates for Spring Testing – The spring test windows are listed on the Important Dates page of the portal. Districts must select defined test windows per the instructions provided in Section 2 of the Test Coordinator’s Manual. Districts must complete testing within the district’s selected test windows, including make-up testing. There will be no extensions of the published test windows.

    Essential Manuals – Please be sure to review the Test Coordinator’s Manual and/or Directions for Administration Manual to familiarize yourself with policies and procedures you will need to know to fulfill your role. The District Test Coordinator Checklist provides district test coordinators with important test administration reminders and testing support contact information. The Test Administrator Checklist provides test administrators with important test-day reminders for schools administering tests online or on paper.

    Additional reminders and guidance can be found here.

    Added April 4, 2016
  • Chrome and iOS Updates

    Google recently release an update to Chrome OS for Chromebooks, version 49. This version is now supported by AIR for online testing.

    Apple recently released an update to iOS for iPads, version 9.3. This version is now supported by AIR for online testing.

    Additionally, AIR will be releasing an update to the iOS Secure Test App, version 3.3. Ohio schools and districts do not need to download and install this version.

    Please refer to the Secure Browsers page of the Portal for complete information on supported operating systems and secure browsers.

    If you have any questions about this information, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at ohhelpdesk@air.org or 1.877.231.7809.

    Added March 29, 2016
  • Chromebooks and Text To Speech

    The Ohio Department of Education, AIR and Google have been working closely to address text-to-speech issues present in v46 and up of the Chrome OS.

    AIR has deployed a solution which does not require upgrading the Chrome OS or Chrome secure test app. This solution resolves both the TTS sound quality and TTS tracking issues.

    TTS now works properly on all supported version of Chrome OS (41-48). No action by users is required.

    Please review the documentation on the technology resources page of the portal. If you have questions about this, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at (877) 231-7809.

    Added March 8, 2016
  • Fall 2015 High School Reporting and Discrepancy Resolution Window

    High School Test Results

    On Wednesday, Feb. 24, results for the fall 2015 high school tests – as well as late batch results for the fall grade 3 English language arts test – will be available in the Online Reporting System.

    You will find the following related resources on the Reporting Resources page of the Ohio’s State Tests portal.

    • Performance standards;
    • Performance level descriptors;
    • District downloadable data file layout;
    • Guidance document for downloading data files from the Online Reporting System;
    • Video tutorial for downloading data files; and the
    • Online Reporting System User Guide.

    Discrepant Record Resolution

    Districts may begin resolving discrepant records for the fall high school tests in TIDE now. District test coordinators must sign into the “Ohio State Tests 2015-2016” administration of TIDE and check the Discrepancy Resolution Task to resolve any records that require resolution. Review the guidance document for instructions. Records resolved by Friday, Feb. 26 will be reflected in the paper Family Score Reports. Districts may resolve all remaining records through March 18. Records not resolved by this date will not be reported.

    Added February 22, 2016
  • Deadline for Submitting Pickup Dates for Spring 2016 Paper Tests

    For districts that are administering the spring 2016 Ohio’s State Tests on paper, district test coordinators may enter pick-up date(s) for their scorable materials under the Supplemental Services task in TIDE. This date must be one business day after the conclusion of paper testing. Districts can enter two sets of dates for each administration:

    Grades 3-8 Paper Orders

    • English language arts grades 3 to 8
    • Mathematics, science and social studies grades 3 to 8

    High School Paper Orders

    • English language arts HS
    • Mathematics, science and social studies HS

    The last day to submit dates in the Supplemental Services task is Friday, February 19.

    Added February 16, 2016
  • Fall 2015 Grade 3 ELA Discrepancy Resolution Deadline

    District test coordinators must sign into the “Ohio State Tests 2015-2016” administration of TIDE and check the Discrepancy Resolution Task to resolve any records that require resolution. All grade 3 English language arts discrepancies must be resolved by Friday, February 19. Records not resolved by this date will not be reported. Review the guidance document for instructions.

    Added February 12, 2016
  • Secure Browser Updates

    • After Apple released Mac OS 10.11 in fall 2015, users often encountered an issue installing secure browser v8.0 for Mac OS X. AIR published a support note addressing this issue.
      • AIR released secure browser v8.1, which no longer requires the extra steps.
      • Districts that have already successfully installed secure browser v8.0 on their Mac devices do not need to download the new version. Districts only need to download the new version if installing the secure browser for the first time on devices with Mac OS 10.11.
      • Find the new Mac OS X Secure Browser here.
    • AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser v3.2 for iOS devices is now available for download.Only districts participating in the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment online using iOS devices are required to download this version.
      • Find the new iOS Secure Browser here.

    We continue to work with Google to remedy technical issues found when testing Chrome OS v47. We fully intend to support Chrome OS v47 for future testing windows.

    Added February 1, 2016
  • Fall 2015 Grade 3 English language arts Reporting and Discrepancy Resolution

    Grade 3 ELA Student Results

    Results for the fall 2015 grade 3 English language arts test will be available in the Online Reporting System Friday, January 29. Late batch results for districts that did not return their paper scorable documents on time will be available at a later date.

    The following resources can be found on the Reporting Resources page of the Ohio’s State Tests portal.

    • Performance standards
    • Performance level descriptors (available mid-February)
    • District downloadable data file layout
    • Instructions for downloading data files from the Online Reporting System
    • Video tutorial for downloading data files is available here

    Discrepant Record Resolution

    Districts may begin resolving discrepant records for grade 3 English language arts tests in TIDE now. District test coordinators must sign into the “Ohio State Tests 2015-2016” administration of TIDE and check the Discrepancy Resolution Task to resolve any records that require resolution. Review the guidance document for instructions. Records resolved by Friday, January 29 will be reflected in the paper Family Score Reports.

    Districts were required to pre-identify all students taking the fall 2015 English language arts test in TIDE. For a student’s test results to appear in the Online Reporting System, the student’s score record must match a Pre-ID record in TIDE. District test coordinators are required to resolve test records that were not matched to Pre-ID records. Additionally, if a student has more than one test opportunity for the same test part, the student’s record will require resolution.

    Added January 26, 2016
  • Spring 2016 Ohio’s State Tests Pre-ID Deadline

    Districts whose students are testing on paper must submit their Pre-ID data by Feb. 1 to receive Pre-ID labels for spring 2016 tests.

    Please note: districts that uploaded their Pre-ID files for the fall do not need to upload them for the spring; however, these districts need to verify that student information in their files is correct for the spring.

    Remember to use the 2015-16 Pre-ID layout and refer to the Guidance Document for 2015-2016 Ohio Pre-ID Files for more information. For additional help, districts may view the TIDE Tutorial: Uploading Pre-ID Files. This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions for uploading Pre-ID files.

    Districts with students who are testing online must submit Pre-ID data prior to the day of testing. A summary of key dates also is available on the Important Dates page of the Portal.

    Added January 25, 2016
  • Spring 2016 Ohio’s State Tests District Test Coordinator Checklist

    You may now download the Spring 2016 District Test Coordinator Checklist for Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies from the portal. The checklist presents important dates leading up to testing as well as a timeline of preparations for the spring 2016 administration of Ohio’s State Tests – either online or on paper. The document provides links to resources as well as testing support contact information.

    The department encourages district test coordinators to involve other personnel in the checklist preparations, particularly building test coordinators, test administrators and technology specialists. Please be sure to review this information and watch for future communications on related updates.

     

    Added January 11, 2016
  • Spring 2016 Ohio’s State Tests On-Time Order Window and Pre-ID Deadline

    Paper Orders for Spring 2016

    Districts whose students are testing on paper will submit their on-time orders Jan. 4-11 in the Paper Orders High School Spring 2016 and Paper Orders Grades 3-8 Spring 2016 administrations in TIDE.

    In order to access the Orders task, district test coordinators must first confirm their contact information and shipping address under the Contact Info task. Districts are allowed distinct shipping addresses for grades 3-8 and high school paper orders administrations. District test coordinators who wish to update their shipping addresses must contact the Ohio Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809 to request a change.

    Districts can place orders for paper test materials at the school-level only during the on-time order window. All orders are subject to department approval. The test contractor will calculate an automatic district overage of 3% based on school orders.

    Pre-ID Deadline for Spring 2016

    Districts whose students are testing on paper and who wish to receive Pre-ID labels must submit their Pre-ID data by Feb. 1 under the Ohio State Tests 2015-16 administration. Remember to use the 2015-16 Pre-ID layout. Refer to the Guidance Document for 2015-2016 Ohio Pre-ID Files for more information.

    Added January 5, 2016
  • Additional Guidance for Resolving Spring 2015 Discrepant Records

    District test coordinators are responsible for resolving discrepant records that remain from the spring 2015 science and social studies tests. Records that are not resolved will not be reported. Please refer to the updated Discrepancy Resolution Guidance document for more information.

    Added December 9, 2015
  • Pre-ID Guidance for the spring Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment

    Districts will administer the spring 2016 Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) Feb. 29 – April 22. The OELPA is administered to students identified as English language learners. Resources for the OELPA can be found in the OELPA Resources folder on the portal.

    Districts must pre-identify students participating in OELPA in TIDE for online administrations and have their test eligibility marked for OELPA. Districts will indicate whether the student will participate online or on paper on the student’s Pre-ID record. Paper tests are intended as an accommodation for students or districts unable to test online. Districts have the option of uploading a Pre-ID file using the Ohio Pre-ID File Layout or manually setting OELPA eligibility for a student’s record in TIDE.

    Guidance for completing student pre-ID information for Ohio’s State Tests, the Alternate Assessment and OELPA can be found in the Guidance Document for 2015-2016 Ohio Pre-ID Files.

    Deadlines for OELPA pre-ID and paper order windows will be published to the important dates page of the portal in the coming weeks.

    Added December 7, 2015
  • Fall Test Administration Reminders

    Test Windows

    The fall 2015 administration windows for Ohio’s State Tests are on the Important Dates page of the portal. Districts must complete make-up testing within their selected test windows. There will be no extensions of the published test windows.

    Manuals and Checklists

    Please be sure to review the Test Coordinator’s Manual and Directions for Administration Manual to familiarize yourself with policies and procedures. For districts that are testing online, please make sure test administrators download the Online Testing Checklist for use during administrations.

    Test coordinators are encouraged to review the District Test Coordinator Checklist prior to testing. The checklist provides important instructions for receiving and returning paper test materials. Please note that there are no automatic pickups of paper documents, and scorable test materials must be returned immediately after testing.

    Personnel administering fall state tests are encouraged to review the Test Administrator Checklist prior to testing. The checklist provides key information on test-day activities for test administrators who are proctoring tests online and on paper.

    Testing Times

    Specific English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies test times are located at this link. Test administrators are responsible for ensuring that students receive the appropriate amount of time for each part of each test.

    Added November 25, 2015
  • Understanding Ohio’s Spring 2015 Score Reports for Science and Social Studies

    A new guidance document provides key information for understanding Ohio’s spring 2015 score reports for science and social studies. The report includes a summary of Ohio’s paper and electronic score reports. School and district personnel may refer to this document for information regarding scale score ranges, performance levels, reporting category definitions and score report elements.

    Added November 3, 2015
  • Fall Infrastructure Trial

    During the week of Nov. 16, 2015, the department encourages your local districts and schools to participate in a computer-based testing trial. The trial is an opportunity for your schools, teachers and students to prepare for the computer-based Ohio State Tests by simulating test-day activities and network usage. The trial will help your schools to confirm all testing devices and your network are properly configured and ready to run the tests.

    A new guidance document for establishing practice test administrator sessions during the trial is available on the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents resource page. For more information about the trial, please refer to the Ohio K12 Help portal.

    Added October 30, 2015
  • Fall 2015 Manuals Now Available

    The fall 2015 Test Coordinator’s Manual and Directions for Administration Manual are now available on the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents resources page. Please download and review these manuals carefully.

    Test administrators who are administering online tests will also need to download a copy of the Online Testing Checklist, which will be published in November. The Online Testing Checklist will include step-by-step directions and the oral script for test administrators to reference on test day. Watch for future communications on the release of the checklist.

    Added October 16, 2015
  • Spring 2015 Science and Social Studies Scores Available

    On-time results for score records that could be matched with students pre-identified in spring 2015 are available in the Online Reporting System.

    Discrepant test records will not be available on Oct. 12; discrepant records include those that could not be matched with a Pre-ID record and records for students who had more than one test opportunity for a test part. Information for districts that must resolve discrepant records will be forthcoming.

    Late batch results for districts that either did not return their paper scorable documents on time or returned them to the incorrect contractor will be available by Nov. 9.

    Added October 11, 2015
  • Testing Times for Ohio’s State Tests

    The Ohio Department of Education has shortened the 2015-2016 state tests in English language arts and mathematics by a range of 39-50 percent from previous tests given in 2014-2015. The Testing Times schedule shows the testing time for all state tests this school year.

    Added September 25, 2015
  • District Test Coordinator Checklist

    The fall 2015 District Test Coordinator Checklist for Ohio’s State Tests is available on the portal. The checklist, which addresses activities for districts that are testing online and districts that are testing on paper includes:

    • Important dates leading up to testing;
    • Key steps to prepare for the fall 2015 administration of Ohio’s State Tests for grade 3 English language arts and high school English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies;
    • Important dates and activities, as well as a suggested timeline for preparations; and
    • Testing support contact information.

    Please be sure to review this information and watch for future communications on additional resources.

    Added September 17, 2015
  • TIDE for Online Administrations Now Open

    Districts and schools will use TIDE for online administrations to complete tasks associated with Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science and social studies, as well as the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD).

    Authorized users will see the following administrations after logging in:

    • Ohio State Tests 2015-2016
    • Paper Orders Grade 3 ELA Fall 2015
    • Paper Orders High School Fall 2015

    Authorized users will use the Ohio State Tests administration to complete tasks that are applicable across administrations, including Student Information (Pre-ID), Manage Users and Download Voice Packs.

    Authorized users will access each respective “Paper Orders” administration to order paper materials, track shipments and track the return of scorable documents. TIDE will add additional administrations during the school year to accommodate ordering paper materials for spring tests.

     

    On-Time Order Window Opens for Fall 2015 Grade 3 ELA and High School End-of-Course Tests

    Districts that are administering the grade 3 ELA test and high school tests on paper will submit their on-time orders Sept. 2-11. In order to access the Orders task, navigate to the appropriate Paper Orders administration upon logging into TIDE. DTCs must then confirm their contact information and shipping address under Contact Info task. After doing so, districts can place orders for paper test materials at the school-level. All orders are subject to department approval. The test contractor will calculate an automatic district overage of 3% based on school orders.

    Added September 2, 2015
  • Existing User Accounts Require Password Resets

    All user accounts that had access to Ohio’s science and social studies and alternate assessment systems in 2014-2015 will continue to have access this year, although users will be required to reset their passwords.

    When TIDE opens on Sept. 2, all users will receive an email with a temporary password. This temporary password will expire in 30 days. To reset their passwords, existing users will:

    1. Navigate to the TIDE login page.
    2. Enter the username (email address) and the temporary password on the TIDE login page.
    3. Follow the steps to create a new password, which cannot be the same as any previous password.

    District test coordinators (DTCs) are responsible for using the Manage Users task in TIDE to ensure their district and school user accounts are accurate, or for delegating this task to a district administrator and/or to the building test coordinator(s).

    Added September 1, 2015
  • Secure Browsers for 2015-2016 Released

    The AIR Secure Browsers and AIR SecureTest Apps for the 2015-2016 school year are now available. Schools administering Ohio’s State Tests online must download and install the AIR Secure Browser on the desktops and laptops that the students will use for testing. If students will test online using Chromebooks or tablets, schools must download and install the AIRSecureTest App on these devices.

    Visit the Secure Browsers page to download browsers and apps. Detailed installation instructions are in the Secure Browsers Installation Manual. Additional information about preparing your network and devices for online testing is in the Technical Specifications Manual.

    Please note the following:

    • Schools that used the AIR SecureTest App for Chromebooks, iPads or Android devices in spring 2015 do not need to download a new version. The same versions may be used for the 2015-16 school year.
    • AIR expects to release the Linux Secure Browser later this fall.
    • Microsoft released Windows 10 in July 2015. Apple is expected to release Mac 10.11 in 2015-16. Although AIR cannot guarantee support for these operating systems in 2015-16, AIR will work to support both within 90 days of official release. Note that new Secure Browsers may be required.

    Be sure to review the Online System Requirements and Long Term Support Plan for information about supported operating systems, devices and browsers for Ohio’s online applications.

    Added August 11, 2015
  • New 2015-2016 Pre-ID Layout and Guidance Document Posted

    The department has updated its Student Pre-Identification (Pre-ID) File layout for the 2015-16 school year. The layout collects student information for English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies tests and the alternate assessment.

    It is important for districts to start preparing for changes in the way they will submit Pre-ID information to TIDE for online administrations. Please download a copy of the new 2015-16 Pre-ID layout for Ohio Statewide Assessments as soon as possible so that your district or Information Technology Center (ITC) can begin preparing to submit Pre-ID data for these tests.

    Additionally, a guidance document has been posted that includes details on how data will be collected, frequently asked questions, and how test eligibility will be identified.

    Added August 6, 2015

Technology Coordinators

  • IMPORTANT: New License Agreement for Julie and Violeta Voice Packs

    NeoSpeech and AIR provide the Julie voice pack for English text-to-speech users and the Violeta voice pack for Spanish text-to-speech users to use on Windows testing machines with Ohio’s State Tests.

    The license agreement between NeoSpeech and AIR was recently renewed, which means the license files (i.e., verification.txt file) associated with the voice packs will need to be updated before May 3, 2017 in order for students to continue using Text-to-Speech functionalities beyond May 3, 2017. Failure to update the license file(s) will result in the voice packs defaulting to demo versions on May 4, 2017, which will interrupt student testing.

     

    Important: Action is only required if you are using Windows devices for testing and have installed the Julie or Violeta voice packs provided by AIR.

     

    Affected districts must plan on completing these activities before May 3, 2017.

    •  Districts who currently use either the Julie or Violeta voice pack on their Windows testing machines will need to copy a new license file(s) to the appropriate folder(s) on each machine.
    • Do not re-install the voice pack itself if it is already installed; it’s only necessary to update the license file.
    • Districts who currently do not have Julie and Violeta voice packs installed on their Windows testing machines do not need to take any action.
    • Districts installing Julie and Violeta voice packs for the first time after April 18, 2017, will not need to install the license files separately because the renewed license files will be a part of the complete voice pack package.

     

    The new license files and guidance will be available to download in TIDE on April 18, 2017 . Guidance documentation is also posted on the Portal TIDE Support Documents. If you have any further questions you may contact the Ohio Help Desk at 877-231-7809, option 2, or ohhelpdesk@air.org.

    Added April 17, 2017
  • April 2017 Chromebook Update

    Chrome OS 57 was recently released by Google. AIR has verified that version 57.0.2987.137 fixes the Paginated Stimuli issue . Schools and districts using the paginated stimuli tool with Chromebooks may upgrade to 57.0.2987.137 or later.

     

    AIR recommends that you upgrade a subset of your devices first to ensure no issues are encountered. Once verified, upgrade the remainder of your devices.

     

    If you do not intend to use paginated stimuli and have upgraded your devices to Chrome OS version 57, you must deactivate paginated stimuli. This can be done by uploading a student settings file in TIDE (recommended), manually editing student records in TIDE, or manually by Test Administrators in the TA Interface when approving students to test. Additional information on updating student settings can be found in the TIDE User Guide and the TA User Guide.

     

    Guidance is outlined below for additional action based on the version(s) currently running on your district’s Chromebooks and whether your district will be using the paginated stimuli feature.

    Chromebook Version Will be Using Paginated Stimuli Will NOT be Using Paginated Stimuli
    50-54 No action required. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.
    55-56 Must upgrade to 57.0.2987.137 or later No action required, but deactivating paginated stimuli recommended.
    57.0.2987.123

    (initial release version)

    Paginated Stimuli not supported. Must upgrade to 57.0.2987.137 or later. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.
    57.0.2987.137+ No action required. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.

     

    Added April 10, 2017
  • TIDE Downtime

    On Friday, April 7th the TIDE system will be down for maintenance from approximately 6pm to 8pm. 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 April 5, 2017
  • Chromebook OS 57 release and known issue with OELPA and ELPA21 Pilot Screener Recorder

    AIR has identified an issue with the OELPA/ELPA21 Pilot Screener voice recorder in Chromebook OS 57 and is working internally to resolve this issue. Schools and districts using Chromebooks should continue to administer the tests on Chrome OS 56 using patch number 56.0.2924.110 until a fix for Chrome OS 57 is deployed.

     

    AIR recommends that all schools that administer OELPA and ELPA21 Pilot Screener tests on Chromebooks take a practice test on the model of Chromebook they are using and verify that the Speaking responses record correctly before administering the test to students.  Please note that the OELPA test window ends on Friday, March 31st.

     

    Please see the chart below for availability of the recorder and recommended action based on Chrome OS version.

    Chromebook Version Recorder Availability
    50-53 Recorder works as intended. No action needed
    54-55 Recorder does not work.  Update OS to 56 using patch number 56.0.2924.110
    56 Recorder works with patch number 56.0.2924.110
    57 Recorder will not work.  Roll back to 56 using patch number 56.0.2924.110
    Added March 30, 2017
  • March Chromebook Update

    As communicated previously, Google is targeting Chrome OS version 57 to fix Paginated Stimuli. Google is projecting version 57 will be promoted to the stable build this week and we will conduct final testing to verify the fix.

     

    Please see the advice below for additional action based on the version(s) currently running on your district’s Chromebooks and whether your district will be using the paginated stimuli feature.

    Chromebook Version Will be Using Paginated Stimuli Will NOT be Using Paginated Stimuli
    50-54 No action required. May upgrade to 57 after fix is confirmed. Must deactivate paginated stimuli. May upgrade to 57 after fix is confirmed.
    55-56 Must upgrade to 57 after fix is confirmed. No action required, but deactivating paginated stimuli recommended.
    57 No action required. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.

    Additional notes:

     

    If your district upgrades to version 57 during your test window, proceed with caution. It is recommended that you upgrade a subset of your devices first to ensure no issues are encountered. Once verified locally, upgrade the remainder of your devices.

     

    If your district will not be using paginated stimuli, it is recommended that the feature be deactivated. Deactivation can be done by uploading a student settings file in TIDE (recommended), manually editing student records in TIDE, or manually by Test Administrators in the TA Interface when approving students to test. Additional information on updating student settings can be found in the TIDE User Guide and the TA User Guide.

    Added March 15, 2017
  • February Chromebook Update

    AIR and Google have been working on three known issues affecting Chromebooks. Google has released a patch for Chrome OS 56 that fixes two of these known issues. The third is still being worked on.

     

    OELPA Speaking: Chromebooks used for testing OELPA Speaking should be updated to Chrome OS 56.0.2924.110 or later. We continue to recommend that schools that administer OELPA tests on Chromebooks take a practice test on the model of Chromebook they are using and verify that the recorder for OELPA Speaking records correctly before administering the operational tests to students.

     

    TTS Tracking: The patch also fixes the TTS Tracking feature available for Ohio’s State Tests. The highlighting that tracks which word is being read with Text To Speech stopped appearing on Chromebooks running OS 53 to 55. The highlighting will now appear when using Chrome OS 56.0.2924.110 or later.

     

    Paginated Stimuli: Google is continuing to work on this issue and is still targeting the fix for Chrome OS 57. Per the previously published guidance, if your district will be using paginated stimuli do not update Chromebooks that will be used for Ohio’s State Tests beyond version 54. Once Google releases version 57 and AIR confirms that this issue is fixed, we will notify districts they may upgrade to 57. If your district will not be using paginated stimuli and your Chromebooks are on version 55 or 56, no action is needed.

     

    Districts that are testing both OELPA and Ohio’s State Tests on Chromebooks will need to maintain a portion of their devices on version 54 or earlier for use with Ohio’s State Tests and upgrade a portion of their devices to 56.0.2924.110 for use with OELPA.

    Added February 28, 2017
  • Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) Now Supported

    AIR is now able to support Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) for secure student testing. Districts and schools may update their Mac devices to this operating system. Users will be able to access the practice test site and student testing site from this platform.

    Note that Siri has been added to the list of forbidden apps. As with any other forbidden app, if you attempt to open the secure browser while Siri is running, you will be prompted to close Siri before continuing.

    Added February 7, 2017
  • Paginated Stimuli and Chrome

    AIR has identified an issue with paginated stimuli on Chromebooks running version 55 or 56 which prevents passages from displaying properly. As a safeguard, the paginated stimuli feature will not be active if the tool is turned on when using Chrome OS 55 or 56. Google is working on a fix for this bug targeted to be included in version 57. Chromebooks on version 54 or earlier are not affected.

    Districts have several options available.

    1. If your district has elected not to use the paginated stimuli tool, no action is needed.
    2. If your devices are on version 54 or earlier, do not upgrade to version 55 or 56. Auto-update can be disabled via the management console to keep your Chromebooks on their current version.
    3. If your devices are on version 55, roll the OS back to version 54
      1. If you are using the management console, contact your Enterprise Support for assistance.
      2. If you are using stand-alone devices, follow the procedure at this link.
    4. If your devices are on version 56, roll back is not an option, as that can only take you back one version. You will need to upgrade to 57 once the fix is confirmed. If you administer any operational assessments before upgrading to 57, passages will be displayed with a vertical scroll bar, regardless of test setting selected in TIDE or the TA Interface.

    Version 57 should be released by Google in March and once AIR confirms that this issue is fixed, we will notify districts that they may upgrade to 57.

    Note this issue also affects the Practice Test Site when accessed with Chrome Browser versions 55 and 56. If you turn on paginated stimuli in the Practice Test Site while using Chrome Browser 55 or 56, the passages will not be paginated.

    Added January 31, 2017
  • 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
  • Mobile Platform Updates

    Chromebooks

    ODE, AIR, and Google have become aware of an issue with text-to-speech (TTS) tracking on Chromebooks using version 53 and up. The TTS will read the text as expected, but the highlighting that tracks which word is being read does not appear. Google is actively working on a solution to this issue. At this time we do not have an expected date for this fix.

    Districts can continue to use TTS on Chromebooks without the tracking feature. If district personnel feel that loss of this feature puts a student at a disadvantage, they may switch a human read aloud for that student.

    We will provide additional information on the fix for this feature once that is available.

    iPads

    Apple has notified AIR and ODE of an issue with iPads running iOS version 10.x and using external keyboards. The following features are not getting blocked via MDM, ASAM or Automatic Assessment mode.

    1. Spell-checker
    2. Auto-correct
    3. Predictive text

    All of these features must be turned off in the general settings of an iOS device. Directions for disabling these features are found on page 24 of the Technical Specifications Manual. Apple is working on fixing the issue in an upcoming dot release of iOS 10.

    Added November 10, 2016
  • Fall 2016 Apple Support Update

    Apple released iOS 10 for iPads earlier this fall, and AIR has been testing this new version. AIR and Apple are now prepared to support this new version for secure online testing. Apple and AIR have worked together to develop an update to the Secure Test App for iOS which works with iOS 10 and also simplifies securing iPads for testing.

    By the end of October version 3.4 of the Secure Test App for iOS will be available in the Apple store. This new version must be installed on iPads using iOS 10 to access the secure student testing site. Devices on iOS 9 and 8 do not require the use of the new Secure Test App version. With the addition of iOS 10 as a supported version, iOS 7 will no longer be supported. It is AIR’s policy to support the three most recent version of iOS.

    Additionally, the new Secure Test App version has a built-in Automatic Assessment Configuration. With this new feature, you are no longer required to set up a Mobile Device Manager (MDM) profile to secure the device for testing. Any iPad with iOS 9.3.2 or later can take advantage of this feature. Please review the documentation on the technology resources page of the portal for complete information on these changes.

    Finally, Apple has also released Mac OS 10.12 for desktops and laptops. AIR is testing this new version, and we hope to support it soon. Note that a new Secure Browser version may be required to enable support.

    If you have questions about this information, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at (877) 231-7809 or ohhelpdesk@air.org.

    Added October 19, 2016
  • Secure Browsers for 2016-2017 Now Available

    The AIR Secure Browsers and AIR SecureTest Apps for the 2016-2017 school year are now available for download. Schools administering Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies or the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment online must download and install the AIR Secure Browser on the desktops and laptops that the students will use for testing.

    If students will test online using Chromebooks or tablets, districts and schools must download and install the AIR SecureTest App on these devices. The secure browser and app allow students to access the test and prevent students from accessing other computer applications while they are taking an online test.

     

    Downloading the Secure Browser or App

    The secure browsers and apps are available from the Secure Browsers page of the Portal. Be sure to install the correct version of the secure browser or app for each device’s operating system. Detailed installation instructions are available in the Secure Browsers Installation Manual. Additional information about preparing your network and devices for online testing is available in the Technical Specifications Manual.

    Please note the following:

    • Schools that used the AIR SecureTest App for Chromebooks, iPads or Android devices during the spring 2016 test window do not need to download a new version for the 2016-17 school year. The same versions may be used for the 2016-17 school year.
    • Apple is expected to release the Mac 10.12 operating system for desktops and the iOS 10 operating system for iPads in fall 2016. Although AIR cannot guarantee support for this system in 2016-17, AIR will work to support both within 90 days of official release. Please note that new Secure Browsers may be required.

     

    System Requirements

    Lastly, please be sure to review the latest Online System Requirements and Long Term Support Plan for more information about supported operating systems, devices and browsers for Ohio’s online applications.

    Added August 9, 2016
  • Important Reminders as Spring 2016 Ohio’s State Tests Begin Today

    Today is the beginning of the statewide testing window for spring administration of Ohio’s State Tests. As your district prepares to administer state tests on its selected dates, test coordinators and test administrators will benefit from reviewing an important email message that American Institutes for Research is sending them today. The department is reprinting the message below.

    Dates for Spring Testing – The spring test windows are listed on the Important Dates page of the portal. Districts must select defined test windows per the instructions provided in Section 2 of the Test Coordinator’s Manual. Districts must complete testing within the district’s selected test windows, including make-up testing. There will be no extensions of the published test windows.

    Essential Manuals – Please be sure to review the Test Coordinator’s Manual and/or Directions for Administration Manual to familiarize yourself with policies and procedures you will need to know to fulfill your role. The District Test Coordinator Checklist provides district test coordinators with important test administration reminders and testing support contact information. The Test Administrator Checklist provides test administrators with important test-day reminders for schools administering tests online or on paper.

    Additional reminders and guidance can be found here.

    Added April 4, 2016
  • Chrome and iOS Updates

    Google recently release an update to Chrome OS for Chromebooks, version 49. This version is now supported by AIR for online testing.

    Apple recently released an update to iOS for iPads, version 9.3. This version is now supported by AIR for online testing.

    Additionally, AIR will be releasing an update to the iOS Secure Test App, version 3.3. Ohio schools and districts do not need to download and install this version.

    Please refer to the Secure Browsers page of the Portal for complete information on supported operating systems and secure browsers.

    If you have any questions about this information, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at ohhelpdesk@air.org or 1.877.231.7809.

    Added March 29, 2016
  • Navigating Through the Portal for Mathematics and English Language Arts

    The department has created a video that identifies the location of Mathematics and English Language Arts resources in the Ohio State Test Portal. To get the most out of this video, users may want to open a web browser to navigate through the portal along with the video.

    Added March 21, 2016
  • Chromebooks and Text To Speech

    The Ohio Department of Education, AIR and Google have been working closely to address text-to-speech issues present in v46 and up of the Chrome OS.

    AIR has deployed a solution which does not require upgrading the Chrome OS or Chrome secure test app. This solution resolves both the TTS sound quality and TTS tracking issues.

    TTS now works properly on all supported version of Chrome OS (41-48). No action by users is required.

    Please review the documentation on the technology resources page of the portal. If you have questions about this, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at (877) 231-7809.

    Added March 8, 2016
  • Secure Browser Updates

    • After Apple released Mac OS 10.11 in fall 2015, users often encountered an issue installing secure browser v8.0 for Mac OS X. AIR published a support note addressing this issue.
      • AIR released secure browser v8.1, which no longer requires the extra steps.
      • Districts that have already successfully installed secure browser v8.0 on their Mac devices do not need to download the new version. Districts only need to download the new version if installing the secure browser for the first time on devices with Mac OS 10.11.
      • Find the new Mac OS X Secure Browser here.
    • AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser v3.2 for iOS devices is now available for download.Only districts participating in the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment online using iOS devices are required to download this version.
      • Find the new iOS Secure Browser here.

    We continue to work with Google to remedy technical issues found when testing Chrome OS v47. We fully intend to support Chrome OS v47 for future testing windows.

    Added February 1, 2016
  • Fall 2015 High School Test Window Closing

    This is a reminder that the fall 2015 high school test window closes Friday, Jan. 8, for online and paper testers. Districts and schools must complete their testing by Jan. 8. There will be no extension to the testing window. Please note the last day to submit a test status request (invalidation, reset, etc.) in TIDE is Jan. 8.

    Districts that are testing on paper must return their scorable materials to Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) immediately upon completion of testing and no later than Monday, Jan. 11. Districts must return all nonscorable materials to DRC by Tuesday, Jan. 19.

    Please refer to Section 9.5 of the Test Coordinator’s Manual for instructions on returning materials to DRC. If you need assistance with returning your materials, call the Ohio Help Desk at (877) 231-7809 and press 3 to be connected with DRC.

    Added January 5, 2016
  • New Support Added for Mac and iPad Operating Systems

    The Ohio’s State Tests online systems are now supporting the following additional operating systems:

    • Mac OS 10.11
    • iOS 8.3 – 8.4
    • iOS 9.0 – 9.1

    Test coordinators must work with technology coordinators to ensure that every device used for student testing has the AIR Secure Browser or AIRSecureTest App installed. Browsers can be downloaded from the Secure Browser page. A complete list of supported devices, operating systems and equipment can be found in the Online System Requirements document.

     

    Important:

    • Districts are advised to review this support note when installing new copies of the Secure Browser on Mac OS 10.11 devices.
    • Districts using iOS 8.3 and 8.4 should be aware of the following known issue: If a student hits the tab key on an external keyboard during testing, the AIRSecureTest App will crash. This will require the test administrator to launch the AIRSecureTest App on the device and repeat the sign-in process for the student to resume testing.
    • During testing, iOS devices must be placed in Autonomous Single App Mode (ASAM) or Guided Access mode to ensure a secure testing environment. Apple and the Ohio Department of Education recommend using ASAM, although Guided Access is acceptable for devices with iOS 7.0 – 8.1.2. Devices with iOS 8.1.3 or later are required to use ASAM and restrict certain features to ensure a secure testing environment. Failure to do so can lead to test security violations. Step-by-step instructions for enabling ASAM or Guided Access can be found in the Technology Specifications Manual.
    Added November 17, 2015
  • Fall Infrastructure Trial

    During the week of Nov. 16, 2015, the department encourages your local districts and schools to participate in a computer-based testing trial. The trial is an opportunity for your schools, teachers and students to prepare for the computer-based Ohio State Tests by simulating test-day activities and network usage. The trial will help your schools to confirm all testing devices and your network are properly configured and ready to run the tests.

    A new guidance document for establishing practice test administrator sessions during the trial is available on the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents resource page. For more information about the trial, please refer to the Ohio K12 Help portal.

    Added October 30, 2015
  • Operating Systems and Browsers: Increased Support

    AIR has added support for recently released operating systems and browsers. The Chrome browser and operating system are supported up to version 45. Firefox is supported up to version 40. Windows 10 is supported with the current Windows Secure Browser. For additional information visit the Technology Resources and Secure Browsers pages of the portal.

    Added September 25, 2015
  • Secure Browsers for 2015-2016 Released

    The AIR Secure Browsers and AIR SecureTest Apps for the 2015-2016 school year are now available. Schools administering Ohio’s State Tests online must download and install the AIR Secure Browser on the desktops and laptops that the students will use for testing. If students will test online using Chromebooks or tablets, schools must download and install the AIRSecureTest App on these devices.

    Visit the Secure Browsers page to download browsers and apps. Detailed installation instructions are in the Secure Browsers Installation Manual. Additional information about preparing your network and devices for online testing is in the Technical Specifications Manual.

    Please note the following:

    • Schools that used the AIR SecureTest App for Chromebooks, iPads or Android devices in spring 2015 do not need to download a new version. The same versions may be used for the 2015-16 school year.
    • AIR expects to release the Linux Secure Browser later this fall.
    • Microsoft released Windows 10 in July 2015. Apple is expected to release Mac 10.11 in 2015-16. Although AIR cannot guarantee support for these operating systems in 2015-16, AIR will work to support both within 90 days of official release. Note that new Secure Browsers may be required.

    Be sure to review the Online System Requirements and Long Term Support Plan for information about supported operating systems, devices and browsers for Ohio’s online applications.

    Added August 11, 2015

Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment

  • April 2017 Chromebook Update

    Chrome OS 57 was recently released by Google. AIR has verified that version 57.0.2987.137 fixes the Paginated Stimuli issue . Schools and districts using the paginated stimuli tool with Chromebooks may upgrade to 57.0.2987.137 or later.

     

    AIR recommends that you upgrade a subset of your devices first to ensure no issues are encountered. Once verified, upgrade the remainder of your devices.

     

    If you do not intend to use paginated stimuli and have upgraded your devices to Chrome OS version 57, you must deactivate paginated stimuli. This can be done by uploading a student settings file in TIDE (recommended), manually editing student records in TIDE, or manually by Test Administrators in the TA Interface when approving students to test. Additional information on updating student settings can be found in the TIDE User Guide and the TA User Guide.

     

    Guidance is outlined below for additional action based on the version(s) currently running on your district’s Chromebooks and whether your district will be using the paginated stimuli feature.

    Chromebook Version Will be Using Paginated Stimuli Will NOT be Using Paginated Stimuli
    50-54 No action required. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.
    55-56 Must upgrade to 57.0.2987.137 or later No action required, but deactivating paginated stimuli recommended.
    57.0.2987.123

    (initial release version)

    Paginated Stimuli not supported. Must upgrade to 57.0.2987.137 or later. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.
    57.0.2987.137+ No action required. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.

     

    Added April 10, 2017
  • TIDE Downtime

    On Friday, April 7th the TIDE system will be down for maintenance from approximately 6pm to 8pm. 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 April 5, 2017
  • Chromebook OS 57 release and known issue with OELPA and ELPA21 Pilot Screener Recorder

    AIR has identified an issue with the OELPA/ELPA21 Pilot Screener voice recorder in Chromebook OS 57 and is working internally to resolve this issue. Schools and districts using Chromebooks should continue to administer the tests on Chrome OS 56 using patch number 56.0.2924.110 until a fix for Chrome OS 57 is deployed.

     

    AIR recommends that all schools that administer OELPA and ELPA21 Pilot Screener tests on Chromebooks take a practice test on the model of Chromebook they are using and verify that the Speaking responses record correctly before administering the test to students.  Please note that the OELPA test window ends on Friday, March 31st.

     

    Please see the chart below for availability of the recorder and recommended action based on Chrome OS version.

    Chromebook Version Recorder Availability
    50-53 Recorder works as intended. No action needed
    54-55 Recorder does not work.  Update OS to 56 using patch number 56.0.2924.110
    56 Recorder works with patch number 56.0.2924.110
    57 Recorder will not work.  Roll back to 56 using patch number 56.0.2924.110
    Added March 30, 2017
  • March Chromebook Update

    As communicated previously, Google is targeting Chrome OS version 57 to fix Paginated Stimuli. Google is projecting version 57 will be promoted to the stable build this week and we will conduct final testing to verify the fix.

     

    Please see the advice below for additional action based on the version(s) currently running on your district’s Chromebooks and whether your district will be using the paginated stimuli feature.

    Chromebook Version Will be Using Paginated Stimuli Will NOT be Using Paginated Stimuli
    50-54 No action required. May upgrade to 57 after fix is confirmed. Must deactivate paginated stimuli. May upgrade to 57 after fix is confirmed.
    55-56 Must upgrade to 57 after fix is confirmed. No action required, but deactivating paginated stimuli recommended.
    57 No action required. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.

    Additional notes:

     

    If your district upgrades to version 57 during your test window, proceed with caution. It is recommended that you upgrade a subset of your devices first to ensure no issues are encountered. Once verified locally, upgrade the remainder of your devices.

     

    If your district will not be using paginated stimuli, it is recommended that the feature be deactivated. Deactivation can be done by uploading a student settings file in TIDE (recommended), manually editing student records in TIDE, or manually by Test Administrators in the TA Interface when approving students to test. Additional information on updating student settings can be found in the TIDE User Guide and the TA User Guide.

    Added March 15, 2017
  • February Chromebook Update

    AIR and Google have been working on three known issues affecting Chromebooks. Google has released a patch for Chrome OS 56 that fixes two of these known issues. The third is still being worked on.

     

    OELPA Speaking: Chromebooks used for testing OELPA Speaking should be updated to Chrome OS 56.0.2924.110 or later. We continue to recommend that schools that administer OELPA tests on Chromebooks take a practice test on the model of Chromebook they are using and verify that the recorder for OELPA Speaking records correctly before administering the operational tests to students.

     

    TTS Tracking: The patch also fixes the TTS Tracking feature available for Ohio’s State Tests. The highlighting that tracks which word is being read with Text To Speech stopped appearing on Chromebooks running OS 53 to 55. The highlighting will now appear when using Chrome OS 56.0.2924.110 or later.

     

    Paginated Stimuli: Google is continuing to work on this issue and is still targeting the fix for Chrome OS 57. Per the previously published guidance, if your district will be using paginated stimuli do not update Chromebooks that will be used for Ohio’s State Tests beyond version 54. Once Google releases version 57 and AIR confirms that this issue is fixed, we will notify districts they may upgrade to 57. If your district will not be using paginated stimuli and your Chromebooks are on version 55 or 56, no action is needed.

     

    Districts that are testing both OELPA and Ohio’s State Tests on Chromebooks will need to maintain a portion of their devices on version 54 or earlier for use with Ohio’s State Tests and upgrade a portion of their devices to 56.0.2924.110 for use with OELPA.

    Added February 28, 2017
  • Paginated Stimuli and Chrome

    AIR has identified an issue with paginated stimuli on Chromebooks running version 55 or 56 which prevents passages from displaying properly. As a safeguard, the paginated stimuli feature will not be active if the tool is turned on when using Chrome OS 55 or 56. Google is working on a fix for this bug targeted to be included in version 57. Chromebooks on version 54 or earlier are not affected.

    Districts have several options available.

    1. If your district has elected not to use the paginated stimuli tool, no action is needed.
    2. If your devices are on version 54 or earlier, do not upgrade to version 55 or 56. Auto-update can be disabled via the management console to keep your Chromebooks on their current version.
    3. If your devices are on version 55, roll the OS back to version 54
      1. If you are using the management console, contact your Enterprise Support for assistance.
      2. If you are using stand-alone devices, follow the procedure at this link.
    4. If your devices are on version 56, roll back is not an option, as that can only take you back one version. You will need to upgrade to 57 once the fix is confirmed. If you administer any operational assessments before upgrading to 57, passages will be displayed with a vertical scroll bar, regardless of test setting selected in TIDE or the TA Interface.

    Version 57 should be released by Google in March and once AIR confirms that this issue is fixed, we will notify districts that they may upgrade to 57.

    Note this issue also affects the Practice Test Site when accessed with Chrome Browser versions 55 and 56. If you turn on paginated stimuli in the Practice Test Site while using Chrome Browser 55 or 56, the passages will not be paginated.

    Added January 31, 2017
  • 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.

    Resources

    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
  • Secure Browsers for 2016-2017 Now Available

    The AIR Secure Browsers and AIR SecureTest Apps for the 2016-2017 school year are now available for download. Schools administering Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies or the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment online must download and install the AIR Secure Browser on the desktops and laptops that the students will use for testing.

    If students will test online using Chromebooks or tablets, districts and schools must download and install the AIR SecureTest App on these devices. The secure browser and app allow students to access the test and prevent students from accessing other computer applications while they are taking an online test.

     

    Downloading the Secure Browser or App

    The secure browsers and apps are available from the Secure Browsers page of the Portal. Be sure to install the correct version of the secure browser or app for each device’s operating system. Detailed installation instructions are available in the Secure Browsers Installation Manual. Additional information about preparing your network and devices for online testing is available in the Technical Specifications Manual.

    Please note the following:

    • Schools that used the AIR SecureTest App for Chromebooks, iPads or Android devices during the spring 2016 test window do not need to download a new version for the 2016-17 school year. The same versions may be used for the 2016-17 school year.
    • Apple is expected to release the Mac 10.12 operating system for desktops and the iOS 10 operating system for iPads in fall 2016. Although AIR cannot guarantee support for this system in 2016-17, AIR will work to support both within 90 days of official release. Please note that new Secure Browsers may be required.

     

    System Requirements

    Lastly, please be sure to review the latest Online System Requirements and Long Term Support Plan for more information about supported operating systems, devices and browsers for Ohio’s online applications.

    Added August 9, 2016
  • Pre-ID Layout for Ohio Statewide Assessments 2016-2017

    The department has updated its Student Pre-Identification (Pre-ID) File layout for the 2016-2017 school year. The layout collects student information for Ohio’s State Tests, the Alternate Assessment and the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA). Districts will continue to use the old Pre-ID layout for the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT).

    IMPORTANT: Districts participating in the summer 2016 administration for grade 3 English language arts and high school end-of-course tests will continue to use the 2015-2016 Pre-ID file layout. The new layout will not go into effect until the Fall 2016 administration. Additional resources and guidance documents will be published in the coming months.

    It is important for districts to start preparing for changes in the way they will submit Pre-ID information to TIDE. Please download a copy of the new 2016-2017 Pre-ID layout for Ohio Statewide Assessments. The layout builds upon the 2015-2016 layout; changes to the layout are indicated in red font. Please share and work with your ITC and/or your district data service people as soon as possible in the preparation of the Pre-ID files.

    Added July 7, 2016
  • Delayed OELPA Test Results and Guidance on ELL Student Placement for 2016-2017 School Year

    Please review this important announcement and guidance for the 2016-2017 school year. Please feel free to contact the Lau Resource Center or the Office of Curriculum and Assessment if you need further clarification.

    Added June 24, 2016
  • OELPA Test Window Closing

    All Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) testing must be concluded (online and paper) by Friday, April 22 at 11:59 p.m. All scores for students using paper tests must be submitted into the Data Entry Interface (DEI) by Friday, April 22 at 11:59 p.m. There will be no extensions for any reason.

    You can track testing progress and completion rates in the Online Reporting System. If your district has pre-identified students who are not eligible for the OELPA, the test completion rate reports will not be accurate. Log into TIDE and ensure that only students taking the OELPA have their ELPA mode set to “Paper” for the “ELPA Mode” field for paper testers. This will ensure accuracy in your test completion rates for the DEI. The test completion rates report is updated nightly.

    If you have any questions, please consult the resources located on the OELPA Portal Page or call the Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809.

    Added April 15, 2016
  • Data Entry Interface for the Spring 2016 OELPA

    The Data Entry Interface (DEI) which will be used to enter paper testing responses will open next Monday, March 21, 2016. You will be able to access the DEI on the OELPA page at this link. The DEI icon will be placed on the page this week.

    The DEI will remain open until April 22, 2016 (the last day of testing).  Please note that there is a typo in the Test Coordinator’s Manual posted on the portal.  On page 33 of the manual, there is a date that is incorrect.  The current manual states that all responses must be entered into the DEI by April 29th.  This date should read April 22nd.  Please adjust your testing schedules to fit this timeframe.

    Added March 15, 2016
  • Note Regarding Use of iPads for OELPA Testing

    Please note that iPads are very sensitive to the quality of a student’s recording in response to speaking questions. If the student is issued a warning about the quality of the recording but the recording sounds fine on playback, please direct the student to move onto the next item on the test.

    Added February 25, 2016
  • Secure Browser Updates

    • After Apple released Mac OS 10.11 in fall 2015, users often encountered an issue installing secure browser v8.0 for Mac OS X. AIR published a support note addressing this issue.
      • AIR released secure browser v8.1, which no longer requires the extra steps.
      • Districts that have already successfully installed secure browser v8.0 on their Mac devices do not need to download the new version. Districts only need to download the new version if installing the secure browser for the first time on devices with Mac OS 10.11.
      • Find the new Mac OS X Secure Browser here.
    • AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser v3.2 for iOS devices is now available for download.Only districts participating in the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment online using iOS devices are required to download this version.
      • Find the new iOS Secure Browser here.

    We continue to work with Google to remedy technical issues found when testing Chrome OS v47. We fully intend to support Chrome OS v47 for future testing windows.

    Added February 1, 2016
  • OELPA Practice Tests Available

    The OELPA Practice Tests are available through the Practice Test Site.

    Note the browsers that can be used to access the OELPA Practice Tests are a subset of the browsers that can be used to access the OST Practice Tests. The following commercial browsers can be used to access OELPA Practice tests:

    • Chrome 41-46
    • Firefox 31-41
    • Safari for Mac OSX

    These commercial browsers cannot be used for the OELPA Practice Tests:

    • Chrome for Android
    • Internet Explorer
    • Safar for iPad

    The OELPA Practice Tests can also be accessed by a secure browser. These secure browsers can be used to access OELPA Practice tests:

    • Windows
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Chromebook – must use new version 2.8

    These secure browsers cannot be used for the OELPA Practice Tests:

    • Android
    • iOS – A new iOS secure browser will be released in the coming weeks which will support OELPA
    Added January 19, 2016
  • Spring 2016 OELPA On-Time Order Window and Pre-ID Deadline

    Orders for Paper Testers

    The spring 2016 Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) on-time order window for paper test materials is open in TIDE Jan. 7-15. Test coordinators will place orders in the “Paper Orders OELPA Spring 2016” administration in TIDE.

    Additional guidance for ordering paper test materials for paper and online testers can be found in the OELPA On-Time Order Window and Pre-ID Guidance document.

    Pre-ID Deadline

    Districts whose students are testing on paper and who wish to receive Pre-ID labels must submit their Pre-ID data for OELPA students by Jan. 15 under the “Ohio State Tests 2015-2016” administration in TIDE. Additional guidance for submitting student pre-ID information can be found in the  OELPA On-Time Order Window and Pre-ID Guidance document.

    Added January 7, 2016
  • Pre-ID Guidance for the spring Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment

    Districts will administer the spring 2016 Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) Feb. 29 – April 22. The OELPA is administered to students identified as English language learners. Resources for the OELPA can be found in the OELPA Resources folder on the portal.

    Districts must pre-identify students participating in OELPA in TIDE for online administrations and have their test eligibility marked for OELPA. Districts will indicate whether the student will participate online or on paper on the student’s Pre-ID record. Paper tests are intended as an accommodation for students or districts unable to test online. Districts have the option of uploading a Pre-ID file using the Ohio Pre-ID File Layout or manually setting OELPA eligibility for a student’s record in TIDE.

    Guidance for completing student pre-ID information for Ohio’s State Tests, the Alternate Assessment and OELPA can be found in the Guidance Document for 2015-2016 Ohio Pre-ID Files.

    Deadlines for OELPA pre-ID and paper order windows will be published to the important dates page of the portal in the coming weeks.

    Added December 7, 2015

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