Key Documents


  • Upcoming Scheduled Maintenance

    AIR will be conducting periodic maintenance of the testing systems to ensure system stability and reliability throughout the school year. These maintenance periods will occur on the dates indicated below and can last up to 24 hours. During a maintenance period some or all of these systems may be inaccessible:

    • TIDE
    • Student Testing Site and Practice Test Site
    • TA Interface and TA Practice Site
    • Online Reporting System (ORS)*
    • Teacher Hand Scoring System
    • Data Entry Interface
    • TA Certification Course
    • Assessment Systems Inbox

    *Note: The ORS maintenance for January will begin Friday, January 11, at approximately 7:30 p.m. and conclude by Sunday at 9 a.m.

    Winter Maintenance Windows

    • Saturday, January 12, beginning at 9 a.m.
    • Saturday, February 9, beginning at 9 a.m.
    • Saturday, March 16, beginning at 9 a.m.

    Added January 7, 2019
  • Writing Dimension Scores in Student Results Files

    As previously indicated, six writing dimension score fields have been added to the District Student Results File Layout for 2018-2019. These scores are available to download beginning today, December 17.

    Please find information below that may help districts when reviewing this data.

    • Each writing item is evaluated on three dimensions – Purpose, Focus, and Organization (organization), Evidence and Elaboration (elaboration) and Conventions of Standard English (conventions).
    • Organization and elaboration are scored on a 0 to 4 point scale. Conventions is scored on a 0 to 2 point scale.
    • Per the English language arts blueprint, students in grades 3 to 5 receive one writing item. The writing prompt could be one of two types – Opinion or Informative/Explanatory.
    • Per the English language arts blueprint, students in grades 6 and up receive two writing items. One writing prompt will be Argumentation and one writing prompt will be Informative/Explanatory.
    • When reviewing the data files, Writing Item 1 fields contain dimension scores for the Opinion (G3-5) or Argumentation (G6+) item.   Writing Item 2 fields contain dimension scores for the Informative/Explanatory item. If a student only received one item (e.g., fall 2018 grade 3 students only received an Informative/Explanatory item), only those fields based on the writing type received are populated. The other fields are left blank.
    • More information on the writing rubrics for each type of writing are available here.

    If you have questions about generating or downloading this data, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at or (877) 231-7809.

    If you have questions about interpreting or using this data, please contact the Office of Assessment at (614) 466-1317.

    Added December 17, 2018
  • New Secure Browser for macOS 10.13 and 10.14

    This message pertains only to districts and schools using devices with macOS 10.13 and 10.14 to administer online tests; all others may disregard this message. AIR has completed the review of macOS 10.14 and determined a new secure browser is required to support this new operating system. Additionally, a security issue has been discovered for macOS 10.13.

    To allow support of 10.14 and to resolve the security issue in 10.13, Mac Secure Browser 10.6 will be available beginning on Monday, November 26. Devices running macOS 10.9 to 10.12 may continue to use the current Mac Secure Browser 10.3.

    Beginning on Monday, December 3, Mac Secure Browser 10.6 will be required for devices running macOS 10.13 and 10.14 to access the secure student testing site.

    If you have any questions about this information or need assistance with installing the secure browser, contact the Ohio Help Desk at 877.231.7809 or

    Added November 27, 2018
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