Key Documents


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


  • 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 7, 2017
  • Practice Test Site Update for 2017-2018

    Based on feedback from the field, both online and paper practice test materials have had a major refresh for the 2017-2018 school year. Districts can now see these changes to the Practice Test Site. The 2017-2018 Practice Site Guidance Document covers these changes in detail and provides step by step directions for using the Practice Test Site.

    Practice Tests and Item Release Tests
    Updated online practice tests for all grades and subjects are available (with the exception of Physical Science). The practice tests feature item level scoring; no overall test scores are provided.

    Additional items have been released from spring 2015 and spring 2016 science and social studies tests and have been added to the respective item release tests on the site. The 2015 tests represent the entire test content given in spring 2015. Spring 2017 item release tests for all grades and subjects are also available (with the exception of Physical Science).

    New Student Login Feature
    Students are able to un-select the guest option on the Practice Test Site login screen and login with their first name and SSID as they do for operational tests. This optional login choice requires student information be present in TIDE. The guest login remains the default option and allows anyone (e.g., parents) to experience online testing.

    Desmos Calculators
    Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the Ohio’s State Tests will use Desmos as the online calculator. Practice tests that have the calculator tool have been updated to provide students with the Desmos calculator. The Desmos calculators will also be available on the Student Practice Resources page of the portal.

    Paper Practice Tests
    New and updated paper practice test materials are available on the Student Practice Resources page of the portal. This includes:

    • English language arts and mathematics practice test materials
    • Revised science and social studies practice test materials
    • Scoring guides for practice materials

    Special Version Practice Tests
    Special version practice materials will be available on the Student Practice Resources page later in the fall. Districts will have access to large print practice tests for all grades and subjects starting at the end of September. Districts will have access to braille practice test materials for all grades and subjects starting at the end of November. Watch for future communication on how to request braille practice test materials.

    Added August 1, 2017
  • Summer 2017 Ohio’s State Tests Manuals Now Available

    The Summer 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 June 14, 2017
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