This portal is your source for information about Ohio’s State Tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.|
(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.|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-231-7809 option 2.