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This portal is your source for information about Ohio’s State Tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

Announcements

  • Fall 2017 Ohio’s State Tests Manuals Now Available

    The manuals for the fall 2017 Ohio’s State Tests administration are now available for download from the Administration Manuals and Guidance Documents page of the portal.

    Test coordinators and test administrators must download and review the Test Administration Manual (TAM) prior to the fall 2017 administration. The TAM includes key information regarding scheduling, test security, student Pre-ID and test eligibility, staff responsibilities, test status requests and other important policies and procedures. The TAM information is applicable for all fall 2017 Ohio’s State Tests and is applicable to online and paper testers.

    Note: The Online Testing Highlights and Script (Appendix L) of the TAM, will be available mid-September.

    Districts with students testing on paper must also review the Supplemental Instructions for Paper Testing. The supplemental instructions cover policies and procedures specific to paper testing, such as important dates, distributing paper test materials, test-day procedures, oral scripts, returning test materials and more.

    Test coordinators are responsible for distributing this information to school personnel and test administrators. Fall 2017 important dates are available on the portal. Additional resources – such as guidance documents, practice resources and tutorials – are also available on the portal.

    Added September 5, 2017
  • TIDE Open for 2017-2018 School Year

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

    TIDE User Accounts and Resetting Passwords

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

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

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

    Test Administrator Certification Course

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

    Test Settings and Tools Updates for 2017-2018

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

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

    Resources

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

    Added August 22, 2017
  • TIDE Downtime

    In preparation for the 2017-2018 school year, the TIDE system will be down for maintenance August 11, 8 PM to August 22, 7 AM. TIDE will be inaccessible during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Districts should look for future communications regarding 2017-2018 TIDE.

    For immediate assistance please contact the Ohio Help Desk at ohhelpdesk@air.org, 877-231-7809 option 2.

    Added August 21, 2017
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