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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.

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Welcome!

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
  • 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 ohhelpdesk@air.org or 877-231-7809.

    Added July 30, 2019
  • Secure Browsers for 2019-2020

    Secure Browser version 12.0 for desktop and laptop devices is available to download from the Secure Browsers page. This secure browser is the only version that can be used beginning Sept. 1. Older versions of the secure browser installed on desktop and laptop devices cannot be used for secure student testing after Aug. 31.

    The AIR Secure Test App version 6.0 for Chromebooks is available in the Chrome app store. Similar to the desktop secure browser, only version 6 of the Chrome secure test app can be used for secure student testing beginning Sept. 1. Older versions of the secure test app cannot be used after Aug. 31. Android and iPad mobile devices will continue to use version 5.0 of the app for 2019-2020. Note that Apple announced recently they are splitting off iPadOS from iOS. iOS will now only be for iPhones and iPadOS will be specific to iPads. When iPadOS for iPads is released this fall, an update to the app may be required.

    Technical Documentation Refreshed for 2019-2020

    The set of technical documents accompanying the release of the secure browser has undergone a refresh for 2019-2020 to improve usability. The Quick Start Guide is a one stop shop for information on installing and using the Secure Browser and AIRSecureTest App, as well as information on preparing computers and tablets for online testing. For many schools and districts this document will be the only one they will need to review. It includes information that was formerly in the Online System Requirements as well as some of what was in the Technical Specifications Manual and Secure Browser Installation Manual.

    For schools and districts that need additional information, each of the following documents provides greater detail on one operating system.

    Note there is not an iPad specific document. This is due to the use of the Automatic Assessment Configuration (AAC) feature. The AAC runs when the app is launched on an iPad and performs all configurations to prepare the device for secure student testing.

    Lastly, the Long Term Support Plan is mostly unchanged from prior years. It provides information about support end dates for operating systems and devices to assist districts with long term technology planning.

    The updated technical documentation is available on the Technology Coordinators page.

    Added July 19, 2019
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