Archived Announcements

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  • The Interim Assessments will open with new items and blocks on September 26, 2017. To prepare for the administration of these Interim Assessments, the systems that support test administration have scheduled maintenance periods that require system downtime. Please see the following maintenance periods for these systems, below:

    • TIDE will be down for maintenance beginning September 8th and will return online September 19th.
    • ORS will be down for maintenance beginning September 18th and will return online September 26th.
    • AIR Ways, AVA, and THSS will be down for maintenance beginning September 23rd and will return online September 26th.
    Added August 21, 2017
  • The Windows and Mac OSX secure browsers for the 2017—2018 school year is now available. This new version of the secure browser is required for all 2017-2018 online test administrations.

    Note: The secure browser for all desktop operating systems is available for download from the portal. Both iOS and Chrome secure browsers have been updated and are available in the App Store and in the Google Play Store, respectively.

    Added August 14, 2017
  • AIR System Hardware Upgrade—Systems Offline August

    AIR systems are undergoing a hardware upgrade from Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20, 2017. All systems (TIDE, TDS, ORS, AIR Ways, AVA) will be offline during this time.

    Added July 26, 2017
  • As a reminder: For Windows users, if your school has NeoSpeech voice packs installed on your computers used for the Connecticut Comprehensive Assessments with Text-to-Speech, you will need to renew your NeoSpeech voice pack licenses.

    Note: Schools do not need to re-install the voice pack software, only the licenses. To ensure that your computer’s voice packs continue to function as expected, please download the updated licenses in TIDE under General Resources > Download Voice Pack and transfer the licenses to the appropriate license folders on Windows machines following the instructions available in the Updating the NeoSpeech Licenses document. On May 3, 2017, the current license for the Julie voice packs will expire.

    Added May 1, 2017
  • The test window for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Assessment Pilot is from May 1st to May 26th. For participating districts, several resources are now available. These resources are appropriate for schools that were randomly selected for the pilot and also for those that volunteered to participate. These resources include:

    Thank you for your cooperation in developing a high-quality science assessment that will raise the bar for science learning for all Connecticut students. Please contact the AIR Help Desk at 844-202-7583 with any technical questions about the NGSS Assessment Pilot. For general questions about the NGSS Assessment Pilot, please contact the Connecticut State Department of Education.

    Added April 24, 2017
  • The last day to order Large Print and Braille materials for CMT and CAPT Science is Friday, April 21, 2017. All of the student responses for Large Print and Braille science assessments have to be entered into the Data Entry Interface (DEI) by Friday, April 28, 2017 11:59 PM EST. The secure paper materials used for testing Large Print and Braille students must be shipped back to Measurement Incorporated by Friday, May 5, 2017. If you need assistance in returning your materials, please call the Connecticut Help Desk at 1.844.202.7583 or email at cthelpdesk@air.org.

    Added April 17, 2017
  • The updated Smarter Balanced Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) practice and training tests are now available. Students and Test Administrators can access these tests via the practice and training test icon. Updated practice test scoring guides tests have also been posted to the portal.

    Added March 1, 2017
  • The Data Entry Interface (DEI) is now open. Teachers Administering the Alternate (TEAs) may now use the DEI to complete the Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI). Submission of the LCI is required for eligible students with significant cognitive disabilities prior to administering the following alternate assessments: Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) for English language arts and mathematics, the CMT Skills Checklist Science, and the CAPT Skills Checklist Science.

    Added December 13, 2016
  • The registration site for The 2017 Connecticut District Test Coordinator Workshops for Smarter Balanced, CMT/CAPT Science including Skills Checklist and The Connecticut Alternate Assessment is now open. These workshops are intended for District Test Coordinators only.  Additionally, districts are only allowed TWO attendees.  Please click here for training dates and registration information.

    Added December 8, 2016
  • AIR Ways Training Webinar

    When? Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

    Who should attend?

    This AIR Ways Training Webinar is intended for district- and school-level users who intend to administer the interim assessments. The AIR Ways system provides teachers/users with access to interim assessment data.

    What’s it all about?

    This webinar will provide an overview of how to navigate the new AIR Ways Reporting system that provides student performance reports for interim assessments. This system offers more reporting features and greater access to item level data that is not available through the Online Reporting System (ORS). AIR Ways provides access to item level data in addition to individual and group data.

    How do I register?

    Register for the webinar by clicking on the date below.

    After registering, a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar will be sent to the email address you provided during registration.

    Added October 26, 2016
  • The practice and training tests will be down for maintenance this evening, October 13, after 5:00pm ET and will re-open October 14, after 5:00pm ET.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added October 13, 2016
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) will be down for maintenance Saturday, October 15 – Monday, October 17.

    Added October 11, 2016
  • TIDE will be down for maintenance September 24—October 5. Student information for the 2016—2017 school year will be available upon TIDE reopening October 6.

    Added September 20, 2016
  • Technology Requirements for Online Testing Training Webinar

    When? –Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

    Who should attend?

    This Technology Requirements webinar is intended for:

    • Technology Coordinators and
    • School staff responsible for preparing a school for online test administrations.

    What’s it all about?

    This webinar will provide an overview of:

    • the technology requirements needed for all computers and devices used for online testing,
    • information on secure browser installation, and
    • voice packs for text-to-speech.

    How do I register?

    Register for the webinar by clicking on the date below:

    After registering, a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar will be sent to the email address you provided during registration.

    Added September 12, 2016
  • New TIDE Training Webinar

    When? – Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

    Who should attend?

    This TIDE Training Webinar is intended for:

    • District Administrators,
    • District and School Test Coordinators,
    • School Reporting Administrators,
    • Teachers,
    • Test Administrators, and
    • Teacher Alternates.

    What’s it all about?

    This webinar will provide an overview of how to navigate the new format and enhanced features of the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) in preparation for the new system launch on October 6th.

    How do I register?

    Register for the webinar by clicking on the date below.

    After registering, a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar will be sent to the email address you provided during registration.

    Added September 12, 2016
  • The secure browsers for the 2016—2017 school year are now available. It is required this version of the secure browser be downloaded for all 2016—2017 online test administrations.

    Added August 16, 2016
  • All systems will be down for maintenance Saturday, August 13 – Sunday, August 14. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added August 3, 2016
  • The Online Reporting System will be down for maintenance beginning July 25, 2016. The system will re-open when score reports are ready to be released. Updates on this release date will be provided in the Student Assessment Newsletter and the portal announcements.

    Added July 18, 2016

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