This portal is your source for information about Ohio’s State Tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
The Test Information Distribution Engine, or TIDE, opens for the 2016-2017 school year today. When logging into the site, users will immediately recognize a new design. The new intuitive interface is designed to improve navigation and provide additional tools for users to perform administrative tasks.
Several resources are available on the Online Systems Resources page of the Ohio’s State Tests portal to help users navigate the new interface and complete tasks for the 2016-2017 school year. These include:
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:
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.
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.
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.