Archived Announcements

All Archived Announcements

  • 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 Saturdays 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
    • Teacher Hand Scoring System
    • Data Entry Interface
    • TA Certification Course

    Fall Maintenance Windows

    • Saturday, September 15 beginning at 9 a.m.
    • Saturday, October 13 beginning at 9 a.m.
    • Saturday, November 17 beginning at 9 a.m.

    Added September 11, 2018
  • Assessment Systems Downtime in Preparation for 2018-2019

    In preparation for the 2018-2019 school year, all Ohio assessment systems will be unavailable starting Monday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m.

    TIDE will be unavailable from Monday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. until 8 a.m. at Tuesday, Aug. 21.

    Please note the following regarding the Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS):

    • OELPS may be administered Aug. 15-20 provided the students to be tested are registered in TIDE prior to the down time.
    • Test administrators must also be added to TIDE (if needed) prior to the TIDE downtime.
    • If a Test Status Request (Reset, Reopen, Invalidation or Restore) is needed for the OELPS while TIDE is down, the district test coordinator will contact the Ohio Help Desk and provide all needed information. AIR will process these requests manually.
    • The 2017-2018 Pre-ID file layout should be used to upload students until TIDE reopens on Aug. 21.
    • All information added to TIDE from August 1 through August 13 will be retained when TIDE reopens on August 21.

    The following systems will be an unavailable Monday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. until 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15:

    • Data Entry Interface (DEI)
    • Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS)
    • Online Reporting System (ORS)
    • TA Interface
    • Student Testing Site
    • Practice Test Site
    • TA Practice Site
    • Test Administrator Certification Course

    For questions or concerns regarding these downtimes please contact the Ohio Help Desk at ohhelpdesk@air.org, 877-231-7809 option 2.

    Added August 13, 2018
  • Upcoming Systems Downtime

    The Online Reporting System (ORS) will be down for maintenance from FridayJuly 27 at 5:00 p.m. through Tuesday, July 31 at approximately 9:00 p.m. ORS will be inaccessible during this time.

    The TIDE system will be down for maintenance from Saturday, July 28 at 8:00 a.m. through Monday, July 30 at approximately 9:00 p.m. TIDE will be inaccessible during this time.

    The Practice Test Site will be available during these downtimes but users can only log in under guest mode. Users will not be able to enter student credentials or session IDs during this time.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For questions or concerns regarding these downtimes please contact the Ohio Help Desk at ohhelpdesk@air.org, 877-231-7809 option 2.

    Added July 26, 2018
  • Upcoming Systems Downtime

    The following systems will be down for maintenance and inaccessible beginning July 3 at 9:00PM through July 8:

    • Online Reporting System (ORS)
    • TA Certification Course
    • TA Practice Site

    The following systems will be available, with some limitations:

    • TIDE
      • Users cannot submit Rescore or Score Assigned to Wrong Student requests
      • Users cannot lookup or resolve discrepant records
    • Practice Test Site
      • Users can only log in under guest mode
      • Users will not be able to enter student credentials or session IDs

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For questions or concerns regarding these downtimes please contact the Ohio Help Desk at ohhelpdesk@air.org, 877-231-7809 option 2.

    Added July 2, 2018
  • Alternate Assessment Survey Closing

    The Alternate Assessment Survey will be closing this Friday, April 20, 2018. If you have feedback about the Spring 2018 Ohio Alternate Assessment or if you would like to become involved with the development of Ohio’s new alternate assessment, please complete the Alternate Assessment Survey by Friday, April 20, 2018. Your feedback is valuable and will be used to inform future policies and procedures for the AASCD.

    Added April 17, 2018
  • Spring 2018 AASCD Test Window Closing Friday, April 13

    All AASCD testing must be concluded and all scores must be submitted into the Data Entry Interface (DEI) by Friday, April 13 at 11:59PM. There will be no extensions for any reason.

    Data Entry Interface
    Teachers (TEs), Test Administrators (TAs) and Second Raters (SRs) should complete score submission in a timely manner. Failure to submit scores in the DEI will result in no scores being reported. Optional scoring worksheets will not be scored.


    Pre-ID and Additional Order Windows Closing
    District personnel can place additional orders for TA Kits in TIDE through Wednesday, April 11. Student Pre-ID information can be added and edited through Friday, April 13.  

    Returning Alternate Assessment Materials
    Please follow the instructions provided in the Directions for Administration Manual (page 26-27) for repackaging the TA Kits and the Test Coordinator’s Manual (pages 15-18) for returning test materials and scheduling a UPS pickup if needed. All test materials must be shipped to Pel Hughes no later than Friday, April 20.

    Test Administration Survey
    If you have feedback about the Spring 2018 Ohio Alternate Assessment or if you would like to become involved with the development of Ohio’s new alternate assessment, please complete the Alternate Assessment Survey. Your feedback is valuable and will be used to inform future policies and procedures for the AASCD.

    Added April 6, 2018
  • TA Interface Downtime

    In preparation for the Ohio’s State Tests Spring 2018 administration, the TA Interface will be inaccessible for online testing from 8:00pm Friday, March 23 through 8:00pm Sunday, March 25. 

    During this time, the Data Entry Interface (DEI) will still be accessible for data entry of OELPA and AASCD student responses.  

    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, 877-231-7809 option 2.

    Added March 23, 2018
  • Alternate Assessment Survey Open

    We would like to invite you to submit feedback on your experience with the Spring 2018 AASCD. Please click on the link to complete the Alternate Assessment Survey. Your feedback is valuable and will be used to inform future policies and prodecures for the AASCD. Please share this survey with any who may have feedback or would like to participate in committees for the development of the alternate assessment.

    Added March 12, 2018
  • Spring 2018 AASCD Test Window

    The Spring 2018 AASCD test window is now open, February 20 – April 13. All student scores must be entered into the DEI by 11:59pmApril 13. Failure to enter scores in the DEI will result in no scores being reported. As a reminder, personnel entering student scores into the DEI must be assigned the appropriate user account (TE, TA, or SR).

    For guidance on entering data, please see the Data Entry Interface User Guide and DEI FAQs.

    Added February 20, 2018
  • DEI User Guide and FAQs Posted

    The Data Entry Interface (DEI) User Guide for the Spring 2018 AASCD has been posted to the portal, along with a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding data entry for the alternate assessment. The Data Entry Interface will be open from Tuesday, February 20 through Friday, April 13. During this testing window, all student scores must be entered into the DEI - failure to enter data before 11:59 p.m. on April 13 will result in no scores being reported.

    Added February 15, 2018
  • ORS Downtime

    On Friday, February 16, the Online Reporting System (ORS) will be down for maintenance from 8:00 a.m. until approximately 8:00 p.m. ORS will be inaccessible during this time.

    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, 877-231-7809 option 2.

    Added February 14, 2018
  • Second Rater Assignments Posted in TIDE

    Second rater assignments for districts have been posted in TIDE. If you need a second rater reassigned, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at ohhelpdesk@air.org or 877-231-7809.

    Added February 8, 2018
  • TIDE Downtime

    On Tuesday, February 13th the TIDE system will be down for maintenance from approximately 6pm to 9pm. TIDE will be inaccessible during this time. 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, 877-231-7809 option 2. 

    Added February 6, 2018
  • Test Material Delivery and Additional Ordering - Feb. 6

    Districts that confirmed participation and submitted on-time Test Administration Kit orders will receive Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD) test materials on Tuesday, February 6. Please check your materials, per the instructions provided in the Test Coordinator’s Manual. If you are missing boxes, call the Help Desk at ohhelpdesk@air.org or 1-877-231-7809. Kits should be distributed to test administrators in advance of the test window opening on February 20.

    Additional orders can be placed in TIDE starting February 6 through April 11 at the district level only, and are subject to ODE approval. DTCs may Pre-ID new students and update Pre-ID data through April 13. Please see the Additional Order and Pre-ID Window Guidance Document for more information.

    Added February 2, 2018
  • Spring 2018 Online Refresher Training Posted

    An Online Refresher Training PowerPoint is now available for download on the Alternate Assessment Portal. This narrated presentation contains an overview of information regarding design of the assessment, changes for the spring 2018 administration, administering the assessment, starting points, entering student scores, and more. This is an optional resource for all test administrators for the AASCD. To download this resource, search for “Online Refresher Training” in the Test Administration Resources section of the portal.

    Added December 11, 2017
  • Spring 2018 AASCD Manuals Available

    The spring 2018 AASCD manuals are now available on the Alternate Assessment Portal. The AASCD Directions for Administration Manual outlines how teachers/test administrators should prepare for and administer the AASCD. All teachers, test administrators, and second raters should review the manual in advance of the test window. The AASCD Test Coordinator’s Manual outlines the responsibilities and procedures that district and building test coordinators are to follow for the AASCD.

    Added November 17, 2017
  • Spring 2018 AASCD On-Time Order Window

    The Spring 2018 AASCD On-Time Order Window opens on Tuesday, November 14 and closes on Wednesday, November 29. During the order window, DTCs will need to: verify contact information, confirm participation for the AASCD, and confirm or adjust orders for TA Kits. DTCs will access the “TA Kit Orders AASCD Spring 2018” administration in TIDE to complete these order related tasks.

    Added November 14, 2017
  • Released AASCD Tasks Available on Portal

    For the first time for the alternate assessment, tasks have been released from previous years’ administrations and are now available here: Released Tasks The released tasks are from all three gradebands (3-5, 6-8, and HS) and from all four subject areas (English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies). These tasks include the test booklet, response cards, and posters needed to practice administering the AASCD with students.

    Added August 9, 2017
  • Score Reports Due in District June 9

    Score Reports for the Alternate Assessment will be shipped to districts for delivery by Friday, June 9.

    The AASCD Score Reports Interpretive Guide has been posted and updated for 2017. It contains guidance for families regarding the AASCD and goes through features of the score reports and what they mean.

    Added May 30, 2017

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