Key Documents


  • Suppport for 2018-2019 Secure Browsers Ending August 30

    AIR released new versions of the secure browsers for Windows, Mac and Linux desktops and laptops (12.0) and secure test app for ChromeOS devices (6.0) in July. Android and iPad mobile devices will continue to use version 5.0 of the app for 2019-2020. These are the only versions that can be used for 2019-2020 secure student testing. A grace period was allowed in which students could access the secure student testing site using either the 2018-2019 versions or the 2019-2020 versions. That grace period will end on Friday, August 30. After this date, only the 2019-2020 secure browser versions can be used to access the secure student testing site. Anyone attempting to use an older version will receive a “Browser not supported” message when launching the secure browser or app. Please be sure all devices to be used for secure testing have been updated to the 2019-2020 versions. Visit the Secure Browsers page of the portal for complete information on supported browsers, operating systems, installation instructions and other important information for making sure your district’s or school’s technology is ready for secure student testing.

    Added August 22, 2019
  • TIDE Open for 2019-2020 School Year

    The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) is now open for the 2019-2020 school year. Districts and schools use TIDE to complete tasks associated with Ohio’s State Tests (OST), the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA), the Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS), the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) and Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT).



    The 2019-2020 TIDE Support Documents have been posted to the Ohio’s State Tests portal to help users navigate TIDE and complete tasks for the 2019-2020 school year.


    Ohio Assessment Systems User Accounts and Resetting Passwords

    As a reminder, all Ohio assessment user account passwords have been reset. If you have not done so already, you must follow the steps below to setup your password for the 2019-2020 school year:

    1. Select one of the user cards on the portal.
    2. From the user page, select any available systems card.
    1. On the system login page, click on the link to “Request a new one for this school year.”
    2. Enter the email address that is associated with your user account and click submit.
    3. An email (from, which contains a clickable link, will be sent to the email address associated with your account.
    4. Click on the link. You will be directed to a page 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.
    5. Follow the on-screen prompts to create a new password.


    Important: Upon logging into an available assessment system, an “Enter Code” page may appear. An authentication code will automatically be sent to your email address. You must enter this code into the “Enter Emailed Code” field and select the ‘Submit’ button, within five minutes of receiving the authentication code email.


    It is recommended that test coordinators review all users for the 2019-2020 school year to ensure personnel have proper access. 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 Courses

    The “TA Certified” flag in TIDE has been cleared for all users for the 2019-2020 school year. Users must have a TIDE account in order to access the optional TA Certification Course. TIDE will track which users have completed the course during the 2019-2020 school year. Test coordinators can view the “TA Certified” flag in TIDE under the view/edit manage users task. More information regarding the TA Certification Course is available in the TA Certification Course Companion Document.

    Note: The TIDE view/edit manage users task has been updated with a new “TA Alt Certified” flag. This flag will not be used until the 2020-2021 school year. Users should look for future communications regarding this flag.

    Added August 5, 2019
  • Upcoming TIDE Downtime in Preparation for 2019-2020

    The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will be down for maintenance from WednesdayJuly 31 at 8:00 p.m. through Monday, August 5 at approximately 12:00 p.m. (noon). TIDE will be inaccessible during this period of time.

    During this downtime please note the following access limitations:

    • The Practice Test Site will be available but students can only log in under guest mode.
    • The Online Reporting Site (ORS) will be available but the “manage rosters” tasks within ORS will not be available.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For questions or concerns regarding this downtime please contact the Ohio Help Desk at or 877-231-7809.

    Added July 30, 2019
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