Archived Announcements

All Archived Announcements

  • The Smarter Balanced What is a CAT? and Performance Task Overview training modules have been updated and are now available in the Resources section under the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments folder under the AIR Online Systems – Training Modules sub-folder and the Students and Families – ISAT ELA/Literacy & Math folder. These modules provide an overview on how the Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) and the Performance Task (PT) work when students take the English Language Arts and Mathematics online assessments.

    Added June 23, 2017
  • As a reminder, all AIR systems (TIDE, TDS, THSS, AIR Ways, and ORS), will be down beginning on Thursday morning, 7/27, and will re-open on Monday, 8/7.  Users will not be able to access the systems during this time.  Please make sure that all student responses on the Interim assessments are scored in THSS by Wednesday, 7/26.

    Added June 22, 2017
  • To prepare for the start of the 2017-2018 school year, AIR will be updating hardware for all AIR systems (TIDE, TDS, ORS, AIR Ways, THSS and AVA).  For this hardware update, all systems will be unavailable beginning Friday, 7/7 through Tuesday, 7/11; no Interim tests will be available during this time. All systems will be available again starting Wednesday morning, 7/12; Interim testing may resume at this time.

    Added June 21, 2017
  • All AIR systems including TIDE, TDS, THSS, and ORS will be down for maintenance starting on Friday, 6/23 at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time and will reopen on Sunday, 6/25 at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

    Added June 15, 2017
  • All AIR systems (TIDE, TDS, THSS, AIR Ways, and ORS), will be down beginning on Thursday morning, 7/27, and will re-open on Monday, 8/7.  Users will not be able to access the systems during this time.  Please make sure that all student responses on the Interim assessments are scored in THSS by Wednesday, 7/26.

    Added June 9, 2017
  • This is a reminder that the summer Interim assessment window will close at the end of the day on Thursday, 7/20.  Please be aware that all scoring will need to be completed in THSS by the end of the day on Wednesday, 7/26.

    Added June 8, 2017
  • The summer Interim assessments and the Assessment Viewing Application (AVA) are now available. You may access these by selecting the Test Administration and Assessment Viewing Application cards located in the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments pages. The Interim Assessments and AVA will be available through July 20th.

    Added May 30, 2017
  • The parent and family brochures on Understanding Student’s Score Reports for ISAT ELA & Math, Science & End-of-Course, and Alternate Assessments for the 2017-2018 school year have been added in the ELA/Literacy & Math AssessmentsScience/EOC Assessments, and the Alternate Assessments ELA & Math Resources section under the Reporting sub-folder. They are intended to provide guidance on understanding the score report, answers a few frequently asked questions about the test, and offers direction on where to go to find additional resources. These brochures are offered in English and in Spanish.

    Added May 17, 2017
  • This is a reminder to return all Paper-Pencil test materials by Friday, May 19, 2017. Student responses must be transcribed into the Data Entry Interface (DEI) for scoring prior to returning materials.

    Please be aware that ISAT Science, Biology/Chemistry End-of-Course, and ELA/Math Alternate Assessment paper-pencil test materials will need to be returned to AIR. A return shipping label for these materials will need to be requested by contacting the Idaho Help Desk: 1.844.560.7365 or IDHelpDesk@air.org.

    Return shipping labels for the ISAT ELA & Math paper-pencil materials were already provided in the original shipments.

    Added May 16, 2017
  • All AIR systems including TIDE, TDS, THSS, and ORS will be down for maintenance starting on Friday, 5/19, at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time and will re-open on Sunday, 5/21, at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

    Added May 12, 2017
  • AIR has tested and verified several types of head sets for use with the Secure Browser. This list is now available in the Resources section under the Technology Information folder under the AIR Online Systems – User Guides sub-folder.

    Added May 1, 2017
  • Update on Intermittent connectivity issues connecting to AIR servers today

    The connectivity issues noted on Friday have been resolved as of this weekend. Please contact the Idaho Help Desk if further issues are encountered.

    Added April 24, 2017
  • April 21, 2017 – Intermittent connectivity issues connecting to AIR servers today

    Attention Technology Coordinators:

    Some users have reported to AIR that they are having trouble reaching AIR servers. The servers are functioning normally, but there appears to be a problem reaching the servers.  When contacting a server over the internet, the first step is to look up the address of the server, and this step is sometimes failing.  AIR has identified the issue and is actively fixing it. The problem was due to a bad DNS entry being propagated. If districts continue to experience issues they should flush the DNS cache on their name server and the problem should resolve itself. If districts are not having any issues, we do not expect that they will.

    Please contact the Help Desk if you need any additional assistance: Tel 1-844-560-7365 or IDHelpDesk@air.org.

    Added April 21, 2017
  • Students taking the Alternate Assessment who do not have a paper-pencil accommodation should be completing their tests in the Student Interface (or Secure Browser). The Data Entry Interface (or DEI) should only be accessed by Teachers who have students with a paper-pencil accommodation. Once the student completes their paper-pencil test, the Teacher will transcribe the student’s responses into the DEI and submit the test. Alternate Assessments should not be completed on both of these sites.

    Added April 21, 2017
  • AIR has posted the new NeoSpeech license verification file in TIDE. The old version is set to expire on May 3, 2017, however, we encourage all users to update the file as soon as possible. Districts will simply need to copy the new license file to the appropriate folder on Windows machines used for student testing. Districts do not need to re-install the voice pack itself if it is already installed; they only need to update the license file, or “verification.txt” file. The new verification.txt file can be found in the “General Resources” drop-down in the top right corner of TIDE under “Download Voice Pack.”

    Added April 19, 2017
  • All AIR systems including TIDE, TDS, THSS, and ORS will be down for maintenance starting on Friday, 4/21, at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time and will re-open on Sunday, 4/23, at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

    Added April 18, 2017
  • The issue previously identified in the Idaho Alternate Assessments (ID-AA) where items were not being presented to students has now been resolved. AIR is reaching out to all callers who opened Help Desk cases to provide further details. Testing may be resumed at this time. If a Help Desk case was not created, please contact AIR for next steps. Please be aware that SDE’s Test Incident Log will also need to be completed for tests that experienced this situation.

    Added April 12, 2017
  • AIR is currently investigating an issue where the 20-minute pause rule in the Idaho Alternate Assessments (ID-AA) is interfering with displaying items for students. At this time, we are asking all Teachers who are implementing the ID-AA to postpone testing until this issue has been resolved. If you have begun testing and notice this issue with your students, please contact the Idaho Help Desk if you have not already done so. Taking this step will ensure swift resolution by AIR for impacted tests.

    Added April 11, 2017
  • Test Administration Translated Directions are now available for ISAT ELA & Math assessments.  These resources are located in the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments Resources section under the Accessibility and Accommodations sub-folder. These resources are available in several languages and can be used during Test Administration.

    Added April 7, 2017
  • The Idaho Alternate Assessment (ID-AA) Performance Level Descriptors are now available in the Alternate Assessment ELA & Math Resources section under the Reporting folder. These Performance Level Descriptors provide the description of each of the 4 performance levels indicated on the Idaho Alternate Assessment (ID-AA) Individual Student Reports for ELA & Math (Grades 3-8 & 11) available in ORS. As a reminder, Individual Student Reports will be available within 10 days of students completing the ID-AA assessment.

    Added April 7, 2017
  • Smarter Balanced has launched a new site for Practice/ Sample Items. It’s a very interactive site and has about 1000 items. Accessibility features will be available April 12, so at that time nearly all available accessibility features can be tested/tried out for each item. http://sampleitems.smarterbalanced.org/  This is a great site for students, teachers, and parents. Under “About This Item” detail such as the Claim, Assessment Target and Depth of Knowledge are given.  Please share this information with those who would benefit from knowing about it.

    Added April 5, 2017
  • The Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) materials are now available in the General Resources of TIDE, which include item crosswalks, scoring guides, and training manuals for each hand-scored item.  These materials will assist with scoring student responses on the Interim Assessments and are the same materials found in THSS. While these materials may be downloaded and printed, they should be used only for teacher or school-level training. These materials should not be posted or distributed to teachers or others not involved in scoring the Interim Assessments. Student responses in THSS will remain available for scoring through Wednesday, July 26.

    Added April 3, 2017
  • The Accommodated Paper/Pencil Testing Window is now open. This test window is for students who require a paper test accommodation including paper Braille testing for the Summative ELA/Math/Science ISAT, Biology/Chemistry End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments, or ELA/Math Alternate Assessments. Once student testing is complete, a proctor or test administrator will need to transcribe student responses in the Data Entry Interface. This system is now available to begin entering student responses and can be accessed on any Assessment page by selecting the Data Entry Interface icon.

    Added April 3, 2017
  • The Quick Guide for printing ISAT Math/ELA, Science (ISAT & End-of-Course), and Alternate Assessments (ELA & Math) ORS Individual Student Reports (ISRs) has been updated for the 2016-17 school year. Science (ISAT & End-of-Course) and Alternate Assessments (ELA & Math) have been incorporated to this quick guide. The updated document is now available in the  ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments, Science/EOC Assessments, and Alternate Assessments ELA & Math Resources section under the Reporting folder.

    Added March 29, 2017
  • The test window for accommodated paper testing (regular print, large print, Braille) will open on Monday, April 3. Once student testing is complete, the proctor will need to transcribe student responses in the Data Entry Interface (DEI). This system will open for all Summative ISAT Math/ELA/Science, Biology/Chemistry EOC, and Alternate Assessments ELA/Math.

    The Data Entry Interface User Guide is now available in the Resources section under the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments, Science/EOC Assessments, and Alternate Assessments ELA & Math folders under the AIR Online Systems – User Guides sub-folder.

    All student responses will need to be entered in the Data Entry Interface by the closed of the paper test window on Friday, May 12. Contact the Idaho Help Desk if your paper test material orders have not arrived.

    Added March 29, 2017
  • The Science Paper Test Administration Quick Guide is now available in the Resources section under the Science/EOC Assessments folder under the Accessibility and Accommodations sub-folder. This document will help any proctors assisting students with paper and Braille testing on the EOC/ISAT Science tests.

    Added March 28, 2017
  • The TIDE Test Improprieties Guide is now available in the Resources section under the ELA/Literacy & Math AssessmentsScience/EOC Assessments, and Alternate Assessments ELA & Math folders under the AIR Online Systems – User Guides sub-folder.

    Added March 27, 2017
  • The presentation and Q&A from the TIDE Test Improprieties webinar held on Thursday, March 9, 2017 are now available in the Resources section under the ELA/Literacy & Math AssessmentsScience/EOC Assessments, and Alternate Assessments ELA & Math folders under the AIR Online Systems – Webinars sub-folder.

    Added March 24, 2017
  • AIR has replaced the Test Incident Log URL (https://apps.sde.idaho.gov/testincidentlog) and the “Re-open a Test Segment” description on page 23 of the 2016-17 Online Test Administration Manual (TAM). The updated Test Administration Manual is now available in the Resources section of the ELA/Literacy & Math Summative Assessments and Science/EOC Assessments General Information sub-folder.  This manual is also available in the home page tabs of the ELA/Literacy & Math and Science/EOC Assessments by clicking on the “Test Administration Manual” icon.

    Added March 23, 2017
  • Please be aware that the Alt-TA user role was fixed over the weekend. All users with this role can now access the “Test Administration,” “Data Entry Interface,” and “Practice & Training Administration” sites.

    Added March 20, 2017
  • The ISAT ELA/Math/Science and Alternate Assessments online test window opens today, Monday, March 20 and will close on Friday, May 26. You may access these tests for administration by selecting the Test Administration card located on the Assessment pages. Students will need to test in the Idaho Secure Browser v9.0.

    Prior to students taking the Alternate Assessments, the Learner Characteristic Inventory (LCI) must be taken in the Data Entry Interface for each student. To access the Data Entry Interface, this portal card can be found on the Assessment pages.

    The Online Reporting System is also now available to view student scores once all test components (both the CAT and PT for ISAT ELA/Math tests) are submitted and handscoring is complete (within 10 days of submission of student tests).

    Added March 20, 2017
  • All AIR systems including TIDE, TDS, THSS, and ORS will be down for maintenance starting on Friday, 3/24, at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time and will re-open on Sunday, 3/26, at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

    Added March 16, 2017
  • In preparation for the ISAT ELA & Math, ISAT Science (Grades 5 and 7), and the Idaho Alternate Assessments (ID-AA) test window launches, TDS and ORS will be down starting on Wednesday, 3/15 at 7 p.m. MT. TDS and ORS will become available again on Monday, 3/20 and 7 a.m. MT.

    During this time, End-of-Course Science assessments will be unavailable.

    THSS and AIR Ways will continue to be available during this time. Additionally, the fall Interim Assessment window will close starting Wednesday, 3/15 at 7 p.m. MT. The summer Interim Assessment window will re-open on Tuesday, 5/30 at 7:00 a.m. MT.

    Added March 15, 2017
  • The Quick Guide to Activate a Test Session for Summative Assessments has been updated for the 2016-17 school year and to incorporate Science (ISAT & End-of-Course) and Alternate Assessments (ELA & Math). The updated document is now available in the Resources section under the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments folder under the Summative Assessments sub-folder, and the Science/EOC Assessments, and Alternate Assessments ELA & Math folders under the AIR Online Systems – User Guides sub-folder.

    Added March 15, 2017
  • The Alternate Assessment Directions for Test Administration (DTAs) for Math (Grades 4, 8, and 11) have been revised and re-uploaded in the TIDE Inbox feature. Please make sure you are downloading the version that indicates “Revised on March 14, 2017” on the cover page footer. As a reminder, these DTAs are only available for DCs, TEs, and TAs.

    Added March 14, 2017
  • The Embedded Supports and Accommodations Quick Guide has been updated to incorporate Science (ISAT & End-of-Course) and Alternate Assessments (ELA & Math). The updated document is now available in the Resources section under the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments, Science/EOC Assessments, and Alternate Assessments ELA & Math folders under the Accessibility & Accommodations sub-folder.

    Added March 13, 2017
  • The TIDE User Guide has been updated to include the “Administering Tests” and “After Testing” sections. Further details can be found in the Appendix E. Change Log. The updated TIDE User Guide is now available in the Resources section under the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments, Science/EOC Assessments, and Alternate Assessments ELA & Math folders under the AIR Online Systems – User Guides sub-folder. 

    Added March 13, 2017
  • The Idaho Alternate Assessment (ID-AA) System User Guide is now available in the Alternate Assessments ELA & Math Resources section of the ISAT portal under the Online AIR Systems – User Guides sub-folder. This guide provides an overview of the steps required in order to administer an ID-AA assessment.

    Added March 9, 2017
  • AIR has replaced the multiplication table and the 100s number table with larger versions in Appendix H of the 2016-17 Online Test Administration Manual (TAM). The updated Test Administration Manual is now available in the Resources section of the ELA/Literacy & Math Summative Assessments and Science/EOC Assessments General Information sub-folder.  This manual is also available in the home page tabs of the ELA/Literacy & Math and Science/EOC Assessments by clicking on the “Test Administration Manual” icon.

    Added March 9, 2017
  • The Alternate Assessment Directions for Test Administration (DTAs) are now available in TIDE. You may download these resources by selecting the Inbox feature located in the top blue banner.  At this time, only District Test Coordinators (DCs), Teachers (TEs), and Test Administrators (TAs) will have access to download these resources.

    Added March 9, 2017
  • AIR has updated the OCSP IP address link in the Technical Specifications Manual on page 6. The updated Technical Specifications Manual is now available in the Technology Information Resources section under the AIR Online Systems – User Guide sub-folder.

    Added March 8, 2017
  • The February 2017 Assessment On-Site Training presentations for the Alternate Assessment ELA, Math (ID-AA), Online Reporting System (ORS), Test Delivery System (TDS), and Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) are now available in the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments, Science & End of Course Assessments, and Alternate Assessment ELA & Math Resources section under the AIR Online Systems – Training Modules sub-folder.

    Added March 7, 2017
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Scoring is now available for Interim Assessments on full write (essay) items in the Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS). AI scoring can be used on any full write essay items given since February 6, 2017. The updated THSS User Guide is now available in the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments Resources section under the AIR Online Systems – User Guides sub-folder.

    Added March 3, 2017
  • The Idaho Alternate Assessment (ID-AA) video tutorial provides a 20-minute walk through of the various steps needed prior to a student participating in the Alternate Assessments in ELA & Math. This tutorial is available in the Alternate Assessment ELA & Math Resources section under the AIR Online Systems – User Guides sub-folder.

    Added February 28, 2017
  • TIDE has been updated to incorporate the Test Improprieties section located under Administering Tests. This section includes Create Test Impropriety, View Test Impropriety, and Upload Test Impropriety. Please note that only DAs, DCs, and SCs can create requests while TEs and TAs can only view requests. All requests must be approved by the State Department of Education (SDE). Details about this feature will be incorporated in the TIDE User Guide and Online TIDE guide as quickly as possible.

    Added February 28, 2017
  • The 2017 Paper-Pencil ELA/Literacy and Math Test Administration Manual (TAM) is now available on the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments Resources page under the Accessibility & Accommodations folder.

    Added February 22, 2017
  • The Science & EOC Practice Tests are now available! Test Administrators may access the Practice Tests via the Practice & Training Test Administration icon available on the Science & End of Course Assessments page. Students may access the Practice Tests via the Practice & Training Tests icon available on the Students & Families page.

    Added February 21, 2017
  • The TA (Test Administrator) User Guide is now available in the Resources section of the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments, Science/EOC Assessments, and Alternate Assessments – User Guides sub-folder.

    Added February 13, 2017
  • The 2016-17 Braille Requirements and Testing Manual is now available for online Braille testing. This document can be accessed in the Resources section of the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments – Accessibility & Accommodations sub-folder.

    Added February 10, 2017
  • The 2016-17 Online Test Administration Manual (TAM) is now available in the Resources section of the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments Summative Assessments sub-folder. This manual is also now available in the Science/EOC Assessments General Information sub-folder.

    Added February 9, 2017
  • The following test windows have been updated in the Important Dates page of the ISAT portal:

    • 2016-17 Idaho Alternate Assessment (ID-AA) Learner Characteristic Inventory (LCI) Window
    • 2016-17 Science End-of-Course (EOC) Assessment Window
    • 2016-17 Summative Online Test Window for: ISAT (ELA, Math, Science) and Alternate Assessments (ELA & Math)
    • 2016-17 Summative Paper/Pencil Test Window for: ISAT (ELA, Math, Science), Alternate Assessments (ELA & Math), and Science End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments
    • 2016-17 Summer Interim Assessment Window
    Added February 6, 2017
  • The End-of-Course Science (Biology and Chemistry) test window opens today, Monday, February 6 and will close on Friday, May 26. You may access these tests for administration by selecting the Test Administration card located on the Assessment pages. Students will need to test in the Idaho Secure Browser v9.0.

    The Learner Characteristic Inventory (LCI) is now available today, Monday, February 6 and will close on Friday, May 26. This test must be taken in the Data Entry Interface for students that will take the Alternate Assessments beginning on Monday, March 20. The LCI must be completed before a student is able to begin Alternate ELA and Alternate Math assessments. To access the Data Entry Interface, this portal card can be found on the Assessment pages.

    Interim Assessments are available again in the Test Delivery System as well. These tests will remain available until Wednesday, March 15 at 7p.m. MT.

    Added February 6, 2017
  • The following Idaho Alternate Assessments (ID-AA) resources are now available: Idaho Alternate Assessment (ID-AA) Test Administration Manual, How to Access the Data Entry Interface (DEI) quick guide, and the Assessing Students Who are Blind, Deaf, or Deaf-Blind: Additional Guidance for Test Administration. To access these documents select the Alternate Assessment ELA & Math Resources page and click on the AIR Online Systems – User Guides sub-folder and Accessibility & Accommodations folders.

    Added February 3, 2017
  • This is a friendly reminder that TDS will be down starting on Wednesday, 2/1 at 7 p.m. MT to prepare for the test window launch of EOC Science and the Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI) for Alternate Assessments on Monday, 2/6. During this downtime, Interim Assessments will not be available for testing in TDS.

    Added January 30, 2017
  • In addition to self-registration and newly released playlists aligned to the Interim Assessment blocks (Connections), the Digital Library has released improved collaboration features on 1/28/2017. Please see the flier in the Digital Library folder in the Resources section for more information.

    Added January 30, 2017
  • Update: TIDE’s roster feature is functioning properly and the task is now available in TIDE.

    Added January 30, 2017
  • Temporary removal of the Upload Roster feature in TIDE

    Currently TIDE is experiencing an issue where duplicate rosters are being created for a school. AIR is actively working on this issue. In the meantime, the Manage Rosters functions will be disabled in the TIDE system for maintenance.

    This maintenance will also affect the roster functions in ORS and AIR Ways. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we will ensure to provide an update as soon as the roster feature is available.

    Added January 25, 2017
  • The 2017 Statewide Assessment Training dates have been posted to the “Important Dates” section of the ISAT portal.  You may register in the following link: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/assessment/index.html. Please note that you will need to copy and then paste the link to your browser if you are viewing from the “Important Dates” section.

    Added January 25, 2017
  • Update: The Student Settings Upload File has been updated to incorporate student test settings for the Science, End of Course, and Alternate Assessments. We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause in the field, however, now all tests follow one process to upload student settings in mass.

    Added January 19, 2017
  • In preparation for the EOC Science and LCI test window launches, TDS will be down starting on Wednesday, 2/1 at 7 p.m. MT. TDS will become available again on Monday, 2/6. During this downtime, Interim Assessments will not be available for testing in TDS.

    Added January 19, 2017
  • TIDE has been updated to incorporate student test settings for the Science, End of Course, and Alternate Assessments. These changes can be found on the Add Students and View/Edit Student pages. No changes have been made to the Student Settings Upload File.

    Added January 18, 2017
  • All AIR systems including TIDE, TDS, THSS, and ORS will be down for maintenance starting on Friday, 1/20, at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time and will re-open on Sunday, 1/22, at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

    Added January 18, 2017
  • TIDE will be updated to incorporate Science and Alternate Assessment accommodations and student settings for the Spring 2017 testing cycle next Wednesday, 1/18. These changes will appear on the Student Details pages but will not impact the Student Settings Upload file. Details about these changes will be incorporated in the Online TIDE User Guide as quickly as possible. Another announcement will be posted when these changes have been made.

    Added January 13, 2017
  • The Online TIDE User Guide available in the TIDE system via the Help button has been updated to reflect the additional accommodations and student settings added last week for the Spring 2017 testing cycle.

    Added January 9, 2017
  • TIDE has been updated to incorporate additional accommodations and student settings for the Spring 2017 testing cycle. These changes can be found on the Add Students and Upload Student Settings pages. A new Student Settings Upload File template has been created. Details about these changes will be incorporated in the Online TIDE User Guide early next week.

    Added January 5, 2017
  • The AIR Ways training module is now available on the ISAT portal.  This module will walk users through the main features of the new AIR Ways Reporting system. You may access this resource in the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments resources section under the Training Modules sub-folder.

    Added January 5, 2017
  • The AIR Ways User Guide is now available in the Resources section of the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments User Guides sub-folder. As a reminder, the AIR Ways Reporting System is only available for Interim Assessments (ICAs and IABs).

    Added January 4, 2017
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) User Guide is now available in the Resources section of the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments, Science (Grades 5 and 7) & End of Course (EOC), and Alternate Assessments (ELA/Math) under the AIR Online Systems – User Guides sub-folder.

    Added January 4, 2017
  • The Spring 2017 Summative Accommodated Paper Test Book Order form is now available in the ELA/Literacy & Math, Science & End of Course Assessments, and Alternate Assessment ELA & Math Resources section under the Accessibility & Accommodations sub-folder. This form should be completed for students that require Regular Print, Large Print, and/or Braille paper testing only.

    Added January 4, 2017
  • The Test Administrator (TA) Certification Course is now available for completion for Teachers administering the Idaho Alternate Assessment (ID-AA) tests in the spring of 2017.  The TA Certification Course is available on the ISAT portal under the Alternate Assessment ELA & Math card.  As a reminder, this course is mandatory, which means Teachers will not be able to administer an ID-AA test until this course is completed.

    Teachers will also be able to start completing the ID-AA Learner Characteristic Inventory (LCI) on Monday, February 6, 2017. Additionally, the ID-AA TAM and other resources will be available by the end of January 2017. We will plan to post an announcement as soon as any ID-AA related resource is available on the portal. For more information regarding upcoming test dates, please refer to the “Important Dates” section of the ISAT portal.

    Added January 3, 2017
  • Self-registration is now available for the Digital Library! A self-registration flier is available in the ELA/Literacy and Math Assessments Resource section under the Digital Library sub-folder. This flier provides details regarding the self-registration process.

    Added January 3, 2017
  • There are 4 new resources available regarding Digital Library Connections for Grade 11 IABs (Brief Writes, Revision, and Statistics and Probability). These resources are available in the ELA/Literacy and Math Assessments Resources section under the Digital Library sub-folder.

    Added December 21, 2016
  • The presentation and Q&A from the Online Reporting System (ORS) webinar held on Thursday, December 15, 2016 are now available in the Resources – Webinars sub-folder section under all three assessments.

    Added December 16, 2016
  • All AIR systems including TIDE, TDS, THSS, and ORS will be down for maintenance starting on Friday, 12/16, at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time and will re-open on Sunday, 12/18, at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

    Added December 12, 2016
  • The blueprints for the Biology and Chemistry End of Course (EOC) assessments are now available.  You may access these documents via the Science/EOC Assessments resources section under the Assessment Blueprints sub-folder.

    Added November 18, 2016
  • AIR has created a series of online tutorials to help users navigate the different tasks offered in the Online Reporting System (ORS).  These tutorials are now available on the ISAT portal.  You may access these videos via the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments, Science/EOC Assessments, and Alternate Assessments ELA & Math resource pages under the AIR Online Systems/Training Modules sub-folders.

    Added November 16, 2016
  • All AIR systems including TIDE, TDS, THSS, and ORS will be down for maintenance starting on Friday, 11/18, at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time and will re-open on Sunday, 11/20, at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

    Added November 15, 2016
  • Desmos calculators are now available on Interim Assessments, Practice tests, and Training tests, and AVA for the following grades and subject: Math Grade 6  (Standard Calculator), Math Grades 7-8 (Scientific Calculator), and Math Grade 11 (Full Function Calculator). A Desmos Calculator Manual and links to access the sample calculators are also available on the Resources section of the ISAT portal under the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments – Accessibility & Accommodations sub-folder. We encourage bookmarking the sample calculators so that users can easily open them.

    Added November 8, 2016
  • The Interim Assessments Quick Guide and the Interim Assessment Implementation Planning Checklist are now available. You may access these documents via the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments resources section under the Interim Assessments sub-folder.

    Added November 1, 2016
  • The Alternate Assessments ELA & Math Practice Tests are now available! Test Administrators may access the Practice Tests via the Practice & Training Test Administration icon available on the Alternate Assessment ELA & Math page. Students may access the Practice Tests via the Practice & Training Tests icon available on the Students & Families page.

     

    Additionally, the new 2016-17 ISAT ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments Practice & Training Tests are now available. Test Administrators may access the Practice & Training Tests via the Practice & Training Test Administration icon available on the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments page. Students may access the Practice & Training Tests via the Practice & Training Tests icon available on the Students & Families page. The updated Practice & Training Tests Scoring Guides are also available in the Resources section of the portal under the ELA/Literacy & Math AssessmentsPractice & Training Tests sub-folder.

    Added October 14, 2016
  • English Language Proficiency Level has been updated in TIDE. This field has been renamed LEP Category which accepts the following codes: L1, LE, EW, X1, X2, FL, NO, and SO. LEP Category is a required field and LEP Status remains as a Yes/No field.

    Added October 13, 2016
  • The Assessment Viewing Application (or AVA) and the current ELA/Literacy & Math Practice & Training Tests will be unavailable from Tuesday, October 11th through Thursday, October 13th in preparation for the deployment of the Idaho Alternate Assessment Practice Tests and the updated ELA/Literacy & Math Practice & Training Tests this Friday, October 14th.

    Added October 10, 2016
  • New Digital Library resources are now available on the ISAT portal. You may access these resources in the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments Resources section under the Digital Library sub-folder.

    Added September 20, 2016
  • The TIDE User Guide is now available in the Resources section of the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments, Science (Grades 5 and 7) & End of Course (EOC), and Alternate Assessments (ELA/Math) under the AIR Online Systems – User Guides sub-folder. Please keep in mind all students may be added to TIDE at this time. However, details on how to select a test subject for EOC Science tests will be provided later in the school year.

    Please be aware of changes to the LEP Status and English Language Proficiency fields on the TIDE User Interface. These changes will be reflected in the Add Students Page, in the Student Demographic Section and the Student Upload file layout.

    The LEP status, currently configured to accept Yes/No will be updated to accept the following Codes:  L1, LE, EW, X1, X2, FL, No, SO, similar to those submitted in the state ISEE report. The English Language Proficiency field will be changed to a Yes/No field.

    If you need to add students or submit a student upload file before this change is completed, please continue to enter Yes or No in the LEP Status field.  The English Language Proficiency is configured as a ‘required’ field where users can enter No until TIDE is configured to accept Yes/No only. We will add an announcement as soon as this change is implemented in TIDE.

    Added September 19, 2016
  • The Interim Assessment Test Administration Manual is now available. You may access this document via the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments resources section under the Interim Assessments sub-folder.

    Added September 6, 2016
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) is now live! Users will be able to access this system via the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments, Science & End of Course Assessments, and Alternate Assessments cards found on the home page. As a reminder, Participation Reports will not be available through ORS during the 2016-17 administration. These will now be available through TIDE. ORS will continue to offer Score Reports and Retrieve Student Results data.

    Added August 19, 2016
  • The Test Delivery System (TDS) is now available on the portal! The Interims (ICAs and IABs) Test Administration, the Assessment Viewing Application (AVA), and the Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) cards can be accessed via the ELA/Literacy and Math Assessments icon found on the home page. The Practice & Training Tests can be accessed via the icons found on the home page, under Students & Families and ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments.

    A new announcement will be posted when the updated 2016-17 Test Delivery System Test Administrator (TA) user guide is available. In the meantime, there is a Test Administration Quick Guide available in the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments Resources section under the sub-folder AIR Online Systems – User Guides.

    Please be aware there will be no Test Administration icons for Science & End of Course and Alternate Assessments until these tests go live. Please refer to the Important Dates section for specific go-live dates.

    Added August 18, 2016
  • The 2016-17 TA Certification Course is now available on the portal. The TA Certification can be accessed via the icon found under the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments, Science & End of Course Assessments, or Alternate Assessment ELA & Math pages. This course is mandatory for anyone administering an assessment. Once individuals complete the course, TIDE will automatically be updated to indicate course completion and access to administer test sessions. The TA Certification Course can be accessed via the icon found under the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments, Science & End of Course Assessments, or Alternate Assessment ELA & Math pages.

    Added August 16, 2016
  • The TIDE system is currently unavailable on Internet Explorer. When accessing TIDE, please ensure you are using Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browsers. We are actively working on providing access to the system via Internet Explorer. We will post a new announcement as soon as access is available.

    Added August 16, 2016
  • As part of the system roll-over for the new school year all user passwords have been cleared. When TIDE opens on August 16, all users will need to create a new password by selecting the “First Time Login This School Year” directions on the TIDE login page. All user  accounts which had access to AIR systems in 2015-2016 will continue to have access this year, although users are required to reset their password.  If a user should no longer have an account their district or school coordinator should follow the process in the TIDE user guide to remove their system access.

    Added August 16, 2016
  • The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) is now available on the portal! TIDE can be accessed via the icon found under the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments, Science & End of Course Assessments, or Alternate Assessment ELA & Math pages. Districts can now upload students for the 2016-17 school year. This year, TIDE offers a brand new interface. Test Progress reports (Plan and Manage Testing features, Test Completion rates, and Test Status Code reports) now appear in TIDE rather than the Online Reporting System (ORS) and will be available beginning this Friday, August 19. The updated 2016-17 TIDE user guide will be available soon on the resources page. In the meantime, the TIDE modules can be accessed on the resources page in both narrated and non-narrated formats.

    Added August 16, 2016
  • In anticipation of the new TIDE Interface opening on August 16 the TIDE Modules for the 2016-17 administration are now available in the Resources section under the AIR Online Systems – Training Modules.  These modules are available in a narrated and non-narrated version for your convenience. The training modules will address numerous topics in TIDE, including tasks that typically take place when preparing for testing, during test administration, and after testing has concluded. We will post an announcement as soon as the TIDE User Guide is available.

    Added August 15, 2016
  • In addition to the ISAT ELA/Literacy & Mathematics Assessments, AIR will now be offering the ISAT Science Grades 5 and 7, and End of Course (EOC) Science as well as the ELA/Math Alternate Assessments during the 2016-17 test administration. To incorporate this change, the ISAT portal has been completely remodeled to welcome these new assessments! Please make sure you visit the ‘Important Dates’ section for all system and test deployment dates, as well as the Resources section to access materials for all three assessments. We will begin to provide more information regarding Science and Alternate Assessments as we progress through the year. Additionally, the Science and Alternate Assessment cards will be available when the TIDE system goes live on 8/16. For further questions, please view our Contact Us page for ISAT Help Desk contact information.

    Added August 8, 2016
  • AIR requires 90 days (except Chromebooks) to review operating system updates after they are released before we are able to certify compatibility.  Please review the presentation located in the Technology Information Resources page under AIR Online Systems – User guides for more information on AIR’s Support Policy for Upcoming Operating Systems and Browsers.

    The Secure Browser (version 9.0) for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux for the 2016-2017 school year will be available to download starting this Friday, August 5th  via the Secure Browsers page on the ISAT portal. Installation information can be found in the 2016-2017 version of the Secure Browser Installation Manual available in the Technology Information Resources page under AIR Online Systems – User Guides.

    Added August 4, 2016
  • In preparing for the launch of the TIDE system there will be two separate downtimes.

    The first downtime is Friday, July 22 – Monday, July 25. TIDE will be back online Tuesday, July 26.  Users will be able to create 15-16 rosters (if needed) and add new users. Processing student uploads and adding new students will not be available.

    The second downtime is scheduled Friday, August 12 – Monday, August 15. The newly updated 2016-17 TIDE interface will be available starting Tuesday, August 16, when users will be able to navigate through the entire site and complete all tasks in the updated system, including adding new students and processing student file uploads.

    Please remember access to the system will vary by user role.

    Added July 22, 2016
  • The summer Interim Assessment window is closing next Wednesday, July 20. The Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) will close on Friday, August 5. Teachers will have until 8/5 to score any remaining Interim Assessments in THSS from the 2015-16 administration. Once the THSS system opens for the 2016-17 administration, teachers will no longer have access to submit scores from the previous administration.

    Added July 13, 2016
  • The Science and EOC Assessments, along with the Alternate Assessment for ELA and Math, will be administered by AIR starting in the 2016-2017  administration. The current portal will be updated to reflect these new assessments as well as the ELA/Literacy and Math Assessments. Please be aware the portal will be undergoing a complete folder re-organization within the Resources section throughout this week (July  12-15).

    Added July 12, 2016
  • The IAB blueprints for the 2016-2017 Mathematics and ELA IABs are now available in the Resources section under the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators Interim Assessment sub-folder. The Interim Assessments Overview has also been posted in this location for your access.

    Added June 9, 2016
  • The Interim assessments as well as AVA (Assessment Viewing Application) are now available. You may access these by selecting the Test Administration and Assessment Viewing Application cards located in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators pages. The Interim Assessments and AVA will be available through July 20th.

    Added May 25, 2016
  • The Interim Assessments will re-open following the close of this year’s Summative testing window. Interim assessments (ICAs and IABs) as well as the Assessment Viewing Application (AVA) will be available beginning on Wednesday, May 25 through Wednesday, July 20. The Important Dates page has been updated with these dates.

    Added May 17, 2016
  • The Quick Guide for Printing Individual Student Reports (ISRs) is now available in the “Summative Assessments” folder on the resources page. This document includes information on batch printing ISRs across all subjects and schools.

    Added May 17, 2016
  • The ELA and Math Achievement Level Cut Scores are now available in the ISAT by Smarter – General Information sub-folder under Students & Families, Teachers & Test Administrators, and Test Coordinators folders on the resources page.

    Added May 13, 2016
  • A brochure on Understanding Student’s Score Reports has been added in the Students & Families, Teachers & Test Administrators, and Test Coordinators Resources Section. It is located in the ISAT by Smarter General Information sub-folder. This brochure provides guidance on understanding the score report, answers a few frequently asked questions about the test, and offers direction on where to go to find additional resources.

    Added May 10, 2016
  • The recording and Q&A from the TIDE Upload File Troubleshooting Tips webinar are now available in the Training Modules sub-folder under Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators. These documents contain information on how to format upload files prior to uploading them into TIDE.

    Added April 29, 2016
  • This year Performance Tasks are randomly assigned to students within schools; however when a student changes schools the system automatically assigns the student a new Performance Task (PT) even if the student had already started a PT in their earlier school.  In order to confirm if an incoming student has an open or completed PT from their earlier school, district/school-level staff should check in the Online Reporting System (ORS) Plan and Manage Testing site.

    Added April 20, 2016
  • The Data Entry Interface (DEI) System is now available in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinator pages. Test Administrators may now begin entering student responses for paper accommodated test materials. The DEI user guide is also available in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinator Resources pages.

    Added April 18, 2016
  • The Online Reporting System is now live with student scores. As students continue to complete both the CAT and Peformance Tasks (PT) tests in any subject and scoring is complete, their scores will appear in ORS on a flowing basis.

    Added April 11, 2016
  • The Data Entry Interface (DEI) User Guide is now available in the Resources section under the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators AIR Online Systems – User Guides sub-folder. The DEI is a component of the Test Delivery System that allows authorized users to enter student responses on paper accommodated test materials. If student responses are not entered into the DEI this year, students who required the paper accommodated test will not receive scores.

    Added April 6, 2016
  • For those districts that required the Large Print or Braille paper accommodated tests, all orders received as of 3/31 have now shipped to districts for anticipated arrival on Monday, 4/11. Please contact the ISAT help desk if you would like to receive shipment tracking information.

    Added April 6, 2016
  • In preparation to the Summative Assessments Score Reports deployment, ORS will be down starting on Friday, 4/8 at 1 p.m. MT. ORS will become avaialable again on Monday, 4/11 at 7 a.m. MT.

    Added April 1, 2016
  • The Interim Assessments (Interim Comprehensive Assessments-ICAs & Interim Assessment Blocks-IABs) window is scheduled to end on Thursday, 3/24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. MT. The Assessment Viewing Application System (AVA) will also not be available after this time. Downtime is scheduled to start at this time for the Test Delivery System (TDS) in preparation to the Summative Assessment window, which is scheduled to start on Monday, 3/28 at 7:00 a.m. MT.  We apologize for the inconvenience, as the end of the window had originally been scheduled to close on 3/25, and we thank you for your patience.

    Added March 21, 2016
  • Chrome version 48 is now supported for the ISAT Assessments. A new Secure Browser will not be required for this update. We are also supporting Android Mobile Secure Browser (MSB) 2.1. The new MSB can be downloaded in the Google Play Store.

    Added March 11, 2016
  • AIR has identified an intermittent issue when launching the Secure Browser for student testing that occurs on computers that were upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. AIR is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. As a viable workaround, we recommend to reset the secure browser profile. Instructions to do this are available in the Secure Browser Installation Manual under Appendix B – Resetting Secure Browser Profiles. Another announcement will be posted when this issue has been resolved.

    Added February 22, 2016
  • Please be aware that Monday, February 15 is President’s Day. The ISAT Help Desk will be closed all day and will open again at 8:00 a.m. (MT) on Tuesday, February 16.

    Added February 11, 2016
  • The 2015-2016 Statewide Assessment Training presentations are now available in the Resources section under the Teacher & Test Administrators, Test Coordinators, and Technology Coordinators AIR Online Systems – Training Modules sub-folder.

    Added February 3, 2016
  • The Online Summative Assessment Test Administration Manual is now available in the resources section under the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators Summative Assessments sub-folder.

    Added January 29, 2016
  • The 2015-2016 Paper-Pencil ELA and Math Test Administration Manual (TAM) is now available on the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators Resources pages under the Summative folder.

    Added January 19, 2016
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) will be down starting Friday, January 15th at 7 a.m. Mountain Time and will be back online on Tuesday, January 19 at 7 a.m. Mountain Time. AIR will be deploying the new Interim Item-Level Reports as well as the Test Status Code Report feature during this time.

    Added January 14, 2016
  • The Spring 2017 Summative Accommodated Paper Test Book Order form is now available in the ELA/Literacy & Math, Science & End of Course Assessments, and Alternate Assessment ELA & Math Resources section under the Accessibility & Accommodations sub-folder. This form should be completed for students that require Regular Print, Large Print, and/or Braille paper testing only.

    Added January 5, 2016
  • AIR has blocked iOS 9.0 and 9.1 for security concerns. Any iOS users will need to upgrade to version 9.2 for testing.

    Added December 28, 2015
  • The Idaho Assessment System Help Desk will be closed on December 31st and January 1st.

    Added December 28, 2015
  • The Interim Assessment Test Administration Guide is now available in the Resources section under the Interim Assessments folder.  This guide provides an overview of how to prepare for and administer the ISAT by Smarter Interim Assessments.

    Added December 14, 2015
  • Large Print and Braille paper test materials for the Summative Assessments can be ordered starting on Monday, January 4. Please contact the Help Desk to place orders for students whose IEP or 504 plan require this accommodation. The Paper/Pencil Test Window for the 2015-2016 school year will open from April 18 – May 13. To receive test materials by the opening of the test window all orders must be placed by Friday, March 18. The last day to place a paper/pencil test order will be scheduled no later than Friday, April 15.

    Added December 11, 2015
  • A new document has been posted in the Resources section under the Digital Library folder.  The Digital Library Spotlight Webinars and Forums Series  provides links to the resources, presentations, and forums that have taken place over the last few months. Each shows how to use resources from the Digital Library for improved teaching and learning.

    Added December 8, 2015
  • The AIR System Training modules are now available in the Students & Families, Teachers & Test Administrators, Test Coordinators, and Technology Coordinators Resources section, under the AIR Online Systems-Training Modules sub-folder.

    Added November 6, 2015
  • The ORS User Guide for the 2015-2016 administration is now available under the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators Resources section. All newly added sections will have a new feature icon.

    Added November 3, 2015
  • An updated TIDE User Guide has been posted in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators resources section under the AIR Online Systems – User Guides sub-folder. Please be aware a Test Improprieties section has been added, but it will not be available in TIDE until the Spring 2016 Summative administration.

    Added October 27, 2015
  • The Test Administrator User Guide is now available in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators resources section under the AIR Online Systems – User Guides sub-folder.

    Added September 30, 2015
  • The ELA & Math IAB Blueprints, Interim Assessment Fact Sheet, and the Interim Assessment Statement of Purpose documents are now available on the Teachers & Test Administration and Test Coordinators resources section under the Interim Assessments subfolder.

    Added September 17, 2015
  • We have created a “TIDE Quick Guide” to assist with uploading users and students. This quick guide also includes a troubleshooting section at the end. This document can be found on the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators resources page under the AIR Online Systems – User Guides sub-folder. Please be aware there is a 24-hour lag time between the time students get added into TIDE and when they can test in TDS.

    Added September 16, 2015
  • The Resources section is now completed! Please make sure you visit this section and navigate through the new and improved resources structure.

    Added September 4, 2015
  • The Secure Browser is now available for Linux machines. The Secure Browser can be accessed via the icon found this home page. Updates have also been made to the “Supported Browsers” page. Installation details can be found in the Secure Browser Installation manual.

    Added September 3, 2015
  • As a reminder, the online TA Certification Course is mandatory this year. If you are trying to administer an assessment without taking this course, a log-in error message will appear.
    Added September 3, 2015
  • ORS is available at this time. We apologize for the short delay, but have now insured that all features are fully functioning. Please contact the help desk if additional assistance is needed while working in ORS.

    Added September 3, 2015
  • ORS is down for unexpected maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience. We will post updates to the portal as soon as the site is available.

    Added September 1, 2015
  • The Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) user guide is now available on the Teachers & Test Administrators or Test Coordinators Resources page.

    Added August 31, 2015
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) is now available on the portal! ORS can be accessed via the icon found under the Teachers & Test Administrators or Test Coordinators pages. A new announcement will be posted when the updated 2015-16 Online Reporting System user guide is available.

    Added August 31, 2015
  • We have created a “Scoring and Reporting Factsheet” to help break down the 2014-15 test results. This document can be found on the resources page.

    Added August 28, 2015
  • The TA Certification Course is now available on the portal! This course is mandatory this year for all Test Administrators. Once individuals complete the course, TIDE will automatically be updated to indicate course completion and access to administer test sessions. The TA Certification Course can be accessed via the icon found under the Teachers & Test Administrators or Test Coordinators pages.

     

    Added August 27, 2015
  • The Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) is now available on the portal! THSS can be accessed via the icon found under the Teachers & Test Administrators or Test Coordinators pages. Districts and schools can now beginning scoring student responses on the Interim assessments. Per field request, district-level users can now score tests along with school-level users. A new announcement will be posted when the updated 2015-16 THSS user guide is available.

    Added August 27, 2015
  • The Test Delivery System (TDS) is now available on the portal! The Interims (ICAs and IABs) and the Assessment Viewing Application (AVA) can be accessed via the icons found under the Teachers & Test Administrators or Test Coordinators pages. The Practice/Training Tests can be accessed via the icons found on the home page, under the Students & Families pages, and under the Teachers & Test Administrators or Test Coordinators pages. A new announcement will be posted when the updated 2015-16 Test Delivery System Test Administrator (TA) user guide is available.

    Added August 25, 2015
  • In efforts to improve organization of the available resources on the ISAT portal, we will be restructuring the Resources section. During this time this section of the portal will be unavailable starting on Wednesday, 9/2 and will be restored with its new folder structure by the end of the day on Friday, 9/4. In the meantime, user guides can be accessed via the ‘help’ button within each AIR system.

    Added August 25, 2015
  • The new Secure Browser for Mac and Windows is now available on the portal! These Secure Browsers can be accessed via the icon found on the home page. We will post another announcement when the Secure Browser for Linux is available. Updates have also been made to the “Supported Browsers” page. The updated 2015-16 Secure Browser Installation Manual, Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing, and the Online System Requirements for the Idaho Assessment System can be accessed on the resources page. As updates are made to this year’s user guides, we will update the change logs going forward.

    Added August 24, 2015
  • The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) is now available on the portal! TIDE can be accessed via the icon found under the Teachers & Test Administrators or Test Coordinators pages. Districts can now upload students for the 2015-16 school year. The updated 2015-16 TIDE user guide can be accessed on the resources page; new features are indicated with a “new features” icon.  As updates are made to this year’s TIDE user guide, we will update the Change Log going forward.

    Added August 21, 2015
  • Please be advised that the summer Interim Assessment window will close at the end of the day on Friday, 7/31. After this time, the Interim tests will not be available until the opening of the fall administration on Wednesday, 8/26.

    Added July 27, 2015
  • The Secure Browser page will be deactivated from Monday, 8/3 until the release of the new Secure Browser on Monday, 8/24. Please be aware that you will not be able to download the Secure Browser during this time.

    Added July 27, 2015
  • The Summer Interim window will be closing on 7/31. All AIR systems including TIDE, AVA, TDS, THSS, and ORS (this includes the Practice and Training Tests) will be closed for downtime at the end of the day on 8/6. For System availability and other important dates please refer to the “Important Dates” page on the ISAT portal.

    Added July 27, 2015
  • All AIR systems including TIDE, TDS, THSS, and ORS will be down for maintenance starting on Saturday 7/25 at 2:00 a.m. Mountain Time and will reopen on Sunday 7/26 at 9:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

    Added July 17, 2015
  • A link to the “Guidelines for Choosing Text-to-Speech or Read Aloud for Smarter Balanced ELA Summative and Interim Assessment Reading Passages for Students with Disabilities in Grades 3-5” are now available on the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators Resources page under the General Information folder.  The guidelines were created in collaboration with member representatives and the National Center on Educational Outcomes in response to member requests for this support. The guidelines help educators determine when it is appropriate to offer a student the read aloud or text-to-speech accommodation in grades 3-5.

    Added July 17, 2015
  • For those schools that gave Interim ICAs or IABs in 2015, student responses on these assessments  must be scored locally through THSS by the close of the Interim Assessment window on 7/31. If scoring is not completed by this date, students will not receive Interim assessment scores in ORS for the 2014-2015 school year, and they will not show up in their records.

    Added July 10, 2015
  • Final ISAT scores are now reported in ORS and available to districts. Two exceptions: 38 Tests containing Spanish translation items which will be recalculated and available this Friday, July 3. The second exception is approximately 31 tests that were administered on paper in Braille or Large Print formats; another announcement will be posted when these scores become available.

    Added June 30, 2015
  • The Digital Library Enhancements go live today! A Digital Library Enhancement’s resource has been posted in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators Resources page under the General Information folder.

    Added June 15, 2015
  • The Assessment Viewing Application (AVA)  is now available on the portal!  The AVA icon can be found under the Teachers & Test Administrators or Test Coordinators pages. The AVA user guide is also available in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators Resources page under the User Guides & Training Modules sub-folder. If you have any questions regarding AVA, you may contact the ISAT Help Desk.

    Added June 3, 2015
  • An update to the Usability, Accessibility, Accommodations Guide (UAAG) has been posted in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators Resources page under the General Information sub-folder.

    The new UAAG includes:
    • Clarification regarding existing accessibility resources as requested by states.
    • Descriptions of each of the new accessibility resources that Members approved.
    • Clarification regarding unique student temporary accommodations and designated supports.

    Added June 2, 2015
  • A Quick Guide to printing Student Reports is now available in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators Resources page under the General Information sub-folder. This is a step by step guide to batch printing reports. Please do not consider student scores final until all of your district scores are reported.

    Added June 1, 2015
  • The ICAs and IABs are now available in the Test Delivery System (TDS) for the summer window. The Test Administrator (TA) site can be accessed via the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators user pages.

    Added June 1, 2015
  • AIR found and corrected the source of the delay. You should see tens of thousands of records start flowing into ORS this week and all scores should be available next week.

    Added May 29, 2015
  • A customizable Parent Brochure for ISAT ELA & Math is now available in Spanish in the General Information folder, under Resources. This resource is available to  Teachers & Test Administrators, Test Coordinators, and Students and Families.

    Added May 27, 2015
  • A customizable Parent Brochure for ISAT ELA & Math is now available in the General Information folders, under Resources, and is available for Test Coordinators, Teachers & Test Administrators, and Students and Families. This brochure may be customized with the student, school, and district names and sent with the Individual Student Reports which districts are required to send home to parents no more than three weeks after data is finalized and available. The brochure will be available in Spanish by the end of this week.

    Added May 20, 2015
  • May 14, 2015 – Update on Smarter Balanced scores in the Online Reporting System (ORS)

    As you may have noticed, scores are still not flowing regularly and on a consistent basis for your students in ORS once they have completed the Smarter Balanced Summative assessments.  AIR is still working through some unexpected and unanticipated scoring transmission issues that have delayed the flow of these scores on a regular basis but believes that this issue should be resolved next week with scores able to flow and populate in ORS as you have been eagerly expecting, at that time.  We sincerely apologize for this delay and the impact it has had on your teachers, school personnel, and parents who have been patiently waiting for this information.  We will provide additional updates as soon as we have the information available.

     

    Added May 14, 2015
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) is back up online and available on the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinator pages.

    Added May 1, 2015
  • ORS will be down on Thursday, April 30th in order to prepare for the release of scores on Friday, May 1st. All other systems will be available during this time.

    Added April 29, 2015
  • While AIR had hoped to have scores flowing into ORS last week the unfortunate news is that the backlog of Smarter Balanced scores will not begin flowing again in the Online Reporting System (ORS) until this week. The delay is because AIR had to reconfigure their systems to accommodate some late changes the Smarter Balanced Consortium made to some of the scoring rubrics so the kids could have the most valid scores possible. This is, unfortunately, another first year hurdle we had hoped we would not have. AIR and Smarter Balanced apologize to the teachers, coaches and parents who were counting on having scores in the system earlier than this week.

    Added April 28, 2015
  • Smarter Balanced has developed a suite of communications and planning resources for schools and districts, for use in communicating with their community about the assessment system. These resources are now available on the ISAT portal and located in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinator Resources page under the “District and School Implementation Guidance” folder. To access the recording of the webinar that reviewed and explained these resources, go to the State Department of Education’s website and select the District and School Implementation Guidance Webinar.

    Added April 21, 2015
  • As you may know, some student scores are not yet available in the Online Reporting System (ORS). Smarter Balanced’s review of some of the scoring guidelines revealed places where clarifications would help ensure that every student gets an accurate score. We are waiting to score student responses until these enhancements are completed. We are working closely with Smarter Balanced and expect resolution next week.

    Similarly, a handful of other items have been removed from the Smarter item bank and tests containing some of those items have to be re-scored. We expect these issues to be resolved soon and data to begin flowing to ORS soon.

    Added April 17, 2015
  • The Technical Specifications Manual has been updated in the Resources section. A change log has been added as an appendix outlining the major changes.

    Added April 13, 2015
  • The ISAT Translated Test Directions in Spanish have been posted in the Resources section and can be found under the “Teachers & Test Administrators” and “Test Coordinators” Assessments folder.

    Added April 13, 2015
  • The Interim Assessments will no longer be available starting Tuesday, April 14. If you need to access these assessments, please make sure you do so on Monday, April 13. The Interim Assessments will be available again for the summer window starting on Monday, June 1.

    Added April 10, 2015
  • ORS will be down in preparation of the release of Summative score reports. Downtime will begin at 12 p.m. PT/1 p.m. MT on Friday, 4/10 and will reopen at 6 a.m. PT/7 a.m. MT on Tuesday, 4/14. During the downtime, Interim test participation data and score reports as well as Summative participation data will be unavailable.

    Added April 8, 2015
  • The Online Test Administration Manual has been updated in the Resources section. A change log has been added as an appendix outlining the updates to the assignment of valid scores for testing.

    Added April 3, 2015
  • TDS and ORS will be down for maintenance beginning tonight (Friday, April 3) at 6pm PT/7pm MT through 5pm PT/6pm MT tomorrow night (Saturday, April 4).

    Added April 3, 2015
  • Two Quick Guides to Activate a Test Session for the ISAT Interim and Summative Assessments are now available in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators Resources page under the Assessments subfolder.

    Added April 1, 2015
  • Online Dictionary Guidelines have been posted in the Resources section and can be found under the “Students & Families”, “Teachers & Test Administrators”, and “Test Coordinators” Assessments folders.

    Added March 30, 2015
  • The ISAT Summative ELA and Math tests are now available in TDS and ORS. Testing can begin!

    Added March 30, 2015
  • The Test Delivery System (TDS) and the Online Reporting System (ORS) will be down from March 26-27th for the release of the Summative Assessments. All systems will be back online on March 30th at 6:00 a.m. PT.

    Added March 25, 2015
  • Update: There are separate ISAT tests for grades 9, 10 and 11. Only grade 10 students are required to test. Grades 9 and 11 are optional.

    The computer adaptive portion of the Grade 10 math test will appear in TDS like this: Grade 10 Math Summative while the performance task will be titled this way: Grade 10 Math Summative-Perf. Grade 9 and 11 are optional and will appear as: “Grade 9 Math Summative” and “Grade 11 Math Summative.”

    Even though ELA/Literacy items for the high school assessment come from the same bank, there are different cut scores for grades 9, 10 and 11. While grades 9-11 ELA use the same performance tasks, their titles are different and contain grade-specific language. Grade 10 ELA tests will appear this way in TDS: Grade 10 ELA Summative and performance tasks will look like this: Grade 10 ELA Summative-Perf. You will also see “Grade 9 ELA Summative” and “Grade 11 ELA Summative,” and “Grade 9 ELA Summative-Perf” and “Grade 11 ELA Summative-Perf.”

    In addition you may have noticed that there are also specific Classroom Activities for each grade in TIDE, which are delivered by the classroom teachers not more than 3 days prior to the Performance Task portion of the assessment. Administer grade 10 students the grade 10 classroom activities and performance tasks. When assigning any tests to students, first select ISAT Summative from the drop down menu for test type. We recommend not sorting by grade or subject. Once you select ISAT Summative you will see the different grade levels for the computer adaptive tests and the performance tasks.

    Added March 25, 2015
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) User Guide has been updated in the Resources section. A change log has been added as an appendix outlining the major changes.

    Added March 25, 2015
  • We appreciate your patience as we work hard to take the necessary steps to improve the delays experienced when reaching out to the Help Desk.

    Added March 24, 2015
  • The Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) User Guide has been updated in the Resources section. A change log has been added as an appendix outlining the major changes.

    Added March 18, 2015
  • The Test Administrator (TA) User Guide has been updated in the Resources section. A change log has been added as an appendix outlining the major changes.

    Added March 18, 2015
  • The TIDE User Guide has been updated in the Resources section. A change log has been added as an appendix outlining the major changes.

    Added March 17, 2015
  • The Accessibility Resources Comparison document is now available in the portal. It is located in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators Resources page under the General Information folder.

    Added March 17, 2015
  • On Friday, the February ISEE upload was fully loaded into TIDE. Any accommodation settings added prior to this date remain intact. Please contact the ISAT help desk with any questions or concerns.

    Added March 16, 2015
  • The Online Test Administration Manual (TAM) is now available on the portal. It is located in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators Resources page under the Assessments folder.

    Added March 13, 2015
  • Last week Google pushed out a fix for a bug discovered in some versions of ChromeOS that interfered with assessment delivery. Users should update their Chromebooks to version 40.0.2214.115 to ensure that this is fixed on their particular systems. Manuals will be updated to reflect this change.

    Added March 6, 2015
  • Smarter Balanced has updated the Performance Task Writing Rubrics. The updated materials are located in the Students & Families, Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators Resources page under the Practice & Training Material – Performance Task Writing Rubrics sub-folder.

    Added March 4, 2015
  • The Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) training materials have been updated to help scorers score student responses. These updates can be found by clicking “Exemplar” or “Training Guides” when scoring individual items in THSS.

    Added February 25, 2015
  • The Mathematics Grades 9 and 10 Summative Assessment Blueprint is now available in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators General Information folder located in the Resources page.

    Added February 18, 2015
  • The English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) and Summative Assessment Blueprints for grades 3-8 and 11 are now available in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators General Information folder located in the Resources page.

    Added February 18, 2015
  • Large Print and Braille paper test materials for the Summative Assessments can now be ordered! Please contact the Help Desk to place orders for students whose IEP or 504 plan require this accommodation. The Paper/Pencil Test Window for the 2014-2015 school year will open from April 20th – May 8th. To receive test materials by the opening of the test window all orders must be placed by March 16th. The last day to place a paper/pencil test order will be scheduled no later than April 20th.

    Added February 12, 2015
  • An Interim Assessment’s Module and Fact Sheet are now available on the portal. These documents can be found in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators Assessments folder on the Resources page.

    Added February 11, 2015
  • The Practice Tests will be updated to include audio glossaries on Wednesday, February 4. These audio glossaries are only available on the math tests. No downtime is required for this deployment.

    Added February 2, 2015
  • The Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) are now available in the Test Delivery System (TDS) and Online Reporting System (ORS). The Test Administrator (TA) site and ORS can be accessed via the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators user pages.

    Added January 27, 2015
  • The Practice and Training tests and ICAs will be down on January 23-26 for the release of the IABs. TDS and ORS will be offline at this time. All systems will be back up on January 27.

    Added January 21, 2015
  • The Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) is live and accessible on the portal! The THSS icon can be found under the Teachers & Test Administrators or Test Coordinators pages. You may access the THSS user guide located in the Teachers & Test Administrators and Test Coordinators resources page for any questions related to this system.

    Added January 20, 2015
  • TIDE has now been loaded with student information. Additional students can be loaded by district-level users. Please refer to the TIDE user guide regarding student load. The TIDE user guide can be accessed via the Teacher/Test Administrator and Test Coordinator user pages. Please contact the help desk if questions arise.

    Added January 7, 2015
  • The Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) are now available for using the Test Delivery System (TDS). The Test Administrator (TA) site can be accessed via the Teacher/Test Administrator and Test Coordinator user pages.

    Added January 6, 2015
  • The Practice and Training tests will be down for maintenance on December 29 and 30. The site will be back up on December 31.

    Added December 22, 2014
  • The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) User Guide, TIDE Module, Online Reporting System (ORS) Module, and the Elementary Writing Fact Sheet are now available on the Resources pages of the portal.

    Added December 22, 2014
  • The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE)  is now available on the portal!  The TIDE icon can be found under the Teachers & Test Administrators or Test Coordinators pages. The TIDE user guide is coming soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding TIDE, you may contact the Idaho Assessment System Help Desk.

    Added December 16, 2014
  • AIR has launched the new ISAT portal, please browse the site and get accustomed to the many features we have.

    Added August 4, 2014
  • Register for email alerts in preparation for the 2014-15 school year, and don’t miss out on any news regarding the assessment system.

    Added August 2, 2014

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