Recent Announcements

  • AIR has completed the review of macOS 10.14 and determined a new secure browser is required to support this new operating system. Additionally, a security issue has been discovered for macOS 10.13. To address these issues, AIR has created and posted a newly updated version of the secure browser for macOS which is available for download on the Secure Browsers page. Previous versions of the secure browser for macOS will no longer function after December 31, 2018. All macOS devices (10.9 to 10.14)  are required to have the new secure browser installed by the end of the year in order to test in the new year.

    Added December 11, 2018
  • The required online Alternate Assessment System Training (modules listed below) is now available on the Alternate Assessment card located on the CSDE Comprehensive Assessment Program Portal and can be accessed with TIDE user credentials.  Please share this communication with any  educator who will be administering the CT Alternate Assessments this year, regardless of previous training status, as these teachers will need to participate in the training this year and each year moving forward.  Teachers administering the Alternate Assessments will be required to take a quiz and receive a score of 80% or greater.  Once the quiz is passed, this will activate the “Trained TEA” status in the TEA user account and provide permissions to access the online supporting systems. All TEAs will need this trained status to access the Data Entry Interface (now open), which allows for the submission of the Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI) to register a student for the Alternate Assessments. (Note that only trained TEAs have user permissions to submit an LCI through the Data Entry Interface.)

    Training Modules vary in duration (each is approximate 30 minutes) and includes:

    • Session 1:Eligibility for the Alternate Assessments and the Role of the Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI)
    • Session 2:Administering the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA)
    • Session 3: Administering the Connecticut Alternate Science Assessment (CTAS)
    • Session 4: Alternate Assessment System Resources and the Early Stopping Rule
    • Connecticut Alternate Assessment Training Quiz

    These sessions are also accompanied by a Resource folder containing teacher tasks aligned to each session and the CTAS TEA Responsibility Checklist.

    If you envision providing group TEA training sessions in your school, each individual TEA must log into the training using their own TIDE username/password. This will allow the online system to link their completed quiz with their Trained TEA status in TIDE.

    As a reminder, District Administrators (DAs in TIDE) must determine who will be administering the Alternate Assessments during the 2018-19 school year, verify their user role as TEA and account information in TIDE for accuracy, and notify the TEA(s) that training is now available. Refer to the following resources to support this process:

    Overview for District Administrators

    Overview for Teachers Administering the Alternate

    Please direct any questions to Deirdre Ducharme at 860-713-6859; deirdre.ducharme@ct.gov or Janet Stuck at 860-713-6837; janet.stuck@ct.gov.

    Added November 29, 2018
  • The Secure Browsers for the 2018—2019 school year are now available for download on the Secure Browsers page of the portal. The new version of the secure browser is required for all 2018-2019 online test administrations.

    Added August 10, 2018
  • The Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments test window will open on September 26, 2018. 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:

    • The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will be down for maintenance beginning September 4th and will return online September 18th.
    • The Practice Tests and the Assessment Viewing Application (AVA) will be down for maintenance beginning September 4th and will return online September 26th.
    • The Online Reporting System (ORS) will be down for maintenance beginning September 17th and will return online September 26th.
    • The AIR Ways Reporting System will be down for maintenance beginning September 17th and will return online October 2nd.

    Added August 8, 2018
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Welcome!

Welcome to the Connecticut Comprehensive Assessment Program Portal. This site provides access to resources for the Smarter Balanced Assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Assessment, the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA), and the Connecticut Alternate Science Assessment (CTAS).