Welcome Smarter Balanced Assessment!

This site provides resources for administering the Smarter Balanced Assessments for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.


  • TIDE will be down for maintenance Monday, February 1st from 2:00pmET to 6:00pmET. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added January 27, 2016
  • The Teacher Handscoring System is now available. This system can be used to score items from the Interim Assessments.

    Added January 19, 2016
  • TIDE and How to Start/Monitor Online Testing and Test Settings Training Webinar

    This training webinar will be offered on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  It is intended for District Administrators, District Test Coordinators, and School Coordinators.  It will provide an overview of how to navigate the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) and the Test Delivery System (TDS).  Participants will learn how to add users in TIDE, add and manage rosters, set student settings in TIDE, and start and monitor a test session using the TA Interface.

    Register for the webinar you wish to attend by clicking on the date below.  After registering, a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar will be sent.

    Training Dates

    • December 1, 2015, 3:30 – 4:30 pm ET
    • December 3, 2015, 3:30 – 4:30 pm ET
    Added February 1, 2016
  • TIDE will be down for maintenance Tuesday, October 13th, 5:00 – 5:30pm ET. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added October 12, 2015
  • The Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics are available for administration from October 9, 2015 to June 10, 2016. Information on navigating the TA Interface can be found in the TA User Guide and on the How to Activate a Test Session for the Interim Assessments guide.

    Users will need TIDE credentials to log in to the TA Interface. All TIDE accounts have been reset for the 2015-2016 school year. If users have not received new TIDE credentials from AIRAST-DoNotReply@airast.org, please follow the instructions for resetting passwords in the TIDE User Guide or contact the Help Desk at 1-844-202-7583 or cthelpdesk@air.org.

    The Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) used to score Interim Assessment constructed response test items will be released at a later date.

    Added October 9, 2015