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

Announcements

  • 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).

     

    Resources

    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 AIRAST-DoNotReply@airast.org), 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. Users should look for future communications regarding this new flag.

    Added August 5, 2019
  • Spring 2019 AASCD 2.0 Online Independent Field Test Window

    The Ohio Department of Education invites all districts and schools to participate in the Spring 2019 Alternate Assessment for students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) 2.0 online independent field test window April 15 - May 31. The AASCD 2.0 independent field test may be administered to any student who took the spring 2019 AASCD 1.0. Students who were preidentified in TIDE for the spring 2019 AASCD 1.0 are automatically preidentified for the AASCD 2.0 independent field test.

    Participation in the Spring 2019 AASCD 2.0 independent field test provides districts, teachers, and students the opportunity to experience online alternate assessment testing to better prepare for next year’s Spring 2020 AASCD 2.0 online operational field test. Participation in the Spring 2019 field test is voluntary and there is no minimum number of students or schools within a district that must participate. Districts may choose to have all students who take the alternate assessment in the district participate in the field test, or only a school or classroom in the district might participate, or even just one student in the district may take the field test. The department encourages as many eligible students within a district as possible take the field test.

    Test administrators begin test sessions via the TA Interface, available on the Ohio Alternate Assessment portal. Students access the online tests via the AIR Secure Browser or AIRSecureTest app, available for download from the Ohio Alternate Assessment portal

    AASCD Independent Field Test Survey

    Test administrators and others are invited to submit feedback on their experience with the AASCD 2.0 independent field test. A link to the survey is available from the Ohio Alternate Assessment portal homepage. All feedback is valuable and will be used to inform future policies and procedures for AASCD online testing.

    Added April 29, 2019
  • Chrome Version 72 – Unable to Access AIR Testing Sites

    Google released a new Chrome version on Friday and AIR has identified an issue with Chrome version 72 that prevents users from accessing AIR testing sites. Google and AIR are working on a fix. Chromebooks on ChromeOS v71 or earlier are not affected. If you are on a version of ChromeOS earlier than 72, do not upgrade your devices to ChromeOS v72.

    The Chrome version 72 issue affects the following:

    • Secure student tests accessed via the Chrome secure test app, which includes OELPA, ELPA21 Screener and OGT online tests
    • Data Entry Interface (DEI) tests accessed via the Chrome browser, which includes OELPA, ELPA21 Screener and OGT paper tests entered via the DEI
    • Practice tests accessed via the Chrome browser

    If your district has already upgraded devices to Chrome version 72, another platform will need to be used to test until a fix is released by Google.

    For DEI tests and practice tests accessed via Chrome browser, it is recommended that districts use a different commercial browser (e.g., Firefox or Edge) to access DEI tests and practice tests.

    Once the fix is released by Google and AIR confirms that this issue is fixed, we will notify districts that they may upgrade to 72.

    If you have any questions about this information, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at ohhelpdesk@air.org or 877-231-7809.

    Added February 13, 2019
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