Recent Announcements

  • The use of text to speech on Chromebooks is not resolved.  The AIR team and Google support recognize the Google voice packs are not connecting with the Secure Browser required for testing. The AIR team has been working with a top Google Engineer and we are assured this matter is their top priority.

    We understand some districts may be holding off on testing until this issue is resolved, but unfortunately we can’t determine when a solution will be identified so we encourage you not to delay testing if you have other devices on which you can test students requiring text to speech. We have heard that uninstalling and reinstalling the secure browser is an effective workaround for other states. While this is not an ideal solution, we want to make you aware of this option. 

    Added April 18, 2019
  • AIR is aware that districts continue to experience intermittent issues with Text-to-Speech not functioning as expected. AIR and Google are actively working on further investigating and fixing this issue. If your school is impacted by this, you may submit a ticket to Google via the Admin Console. If you submit a ticket, please call the Idaho Help Desk and provide this information so that AIR can use it to further troubleshoot. We do not have an estimated timeline when this issue will be fixed. To avoid delays on testing, have students who require Text-to-Speech on their test use a different Operating System, if possible. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

    Added April 12, 2019
  • The 2019 Paper-Pencil ELA/Literacy & Math Test Administration Manuals (TAMs) is now available in the ELA/Literacy & Math Assessments resources section under the Accessibility & Accommodations sub-folder.

    Added April 8, 2019
  • An issue has been discovered when testing on Google Chromebooks that is blocking text to speech in the secure browser. For the time being, students that require Text To Speech should not test on a Chromebook. Some schools have found uninstalling and reinstalling the secure browser rectifies the issue, but we recognize this may not be a viable option and is not a long term solution. The AIR team is working with engineers at Google to identify and resolve the issue. Students requiring text to speech can still test on other devices like laptops and desktops. 

    Added April 4, 2019
  • The Paper Test Window opens today, Monday, April 1, and will close on Friday, May 10. Paper test materials ordered for students requiring this accommodation should now be available at all districts. If materials have not arrived, please contact the Idaho Help Desk.

    Students should respond directly into their paper test booklets. Once testing is completed, test proctors will need to transcribe student responses into the Data Entry Interface. The card to access the Data Entry Interface (DEI) can be found on any one of the Assessment pages. As soon as student responses are finished and test are submitted in the Data Entry Interface, materials should be returned to MI and AIR according to the Return Instructions received with the paper test materials. The last day to enter student responses in the Data Entry Interface is Friday, May 24.

    Added April 1, 2019
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Teacher Scoring Application Teachers may now apply to assist with scoring Summative Assessments. The following information is to assist those who wish to submit their applications. Teachers that want to be considered for these positions should submit their applications as soon as possible. For teachers who have had experience scoring interim assessment items, please visit the 2019 Returning Teachers for Reader/Evaluator Position site. For all new applicants, please visit the 2019 Teachers for Reader/Evaluator Position – New Applicants site.