Key Documents


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


  • 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.


    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
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