Recent Announcements

  • The Connecticut Department of Education (CSDE) is preparing to conduct standard setting in the summer of 2019 for the NGSS Assessment and the Connecticut Science Alternate Assessment (CTAS).  This is a required activity as this Spring will be the first live administration of these two new assessments.  The standard setting process involves a committee review of test items and student performance data in order to make recommendations for score ranges for the four performance levels.  The CSDE is currently recruiting Connecticut educators to participate in committees needed for each grade (grades 5, 8 and 11) and for each test.  The details of the meetings are below.


    NGSS Assessment

    Dates and Time

    July 29 and 30, 2019 (8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

    July 31, 2019 and August 1, 2019 (8 a.m. – 5:00p.m.)


    The Red Lion Hotel, Cromwell, CT

    Commitment Time

    Committee members will only be selected for the NGSS Assessment Committee or the CTAS Committee.  Committee members will need to commit to both days for each meeting.

    Required Qualifications

    Committee members should be very familiar with the NGSS content as well as with the assessment.


    Committee members will receive $300 as an honorarium.


    Below is a survey link in which participants can apply for this activity.  Applicants should complete the survey by May 1, 2019.  Committee participants will be selected by May 20, 2019.  All applicants will be notified of their application status shortly after May 20, 2019.  Applicants should carefully consider their availability before applying as participation is very important once selected. 

    Added April 4, 2019
  • Student Testing on Chrome OSv72

    The latest version of the Chrome v72 is now supported for student testing. If your district already updated to Chrome v72, please ensure your district has the newest release (72.0.3626.117) prior to testing. You may also continue to test on Chrome v67-71.

    Note: Earlier this month, American Institutes for Research (AIR) asked districts to hold off on updating Chrome browsers to v72 due to some errors that were being received when using this version. This issue has been resolved with the newest release (72.0.3626.117).

    Added February 26, 2019
  • New AIRWays Reporting Tutorials have been uploaded to the portal to provide users with information for accessing and utilizing the AIRWays Reporting system.Tutorial topics include:

    • How to Access AIRWays Reporting for Districts, Schools, and Teachers
    • How to Access Longitudinal Reports
    • How to Create, Manage, and Edit Rosters
    • How to Export and Print Student Data
    • How to Modify Scores
    • How to Set Up Your Reports So They Make Sense

    Added February 12, 2019
  • New! Embedded and Non-Embedded Designated Supports for English Learners Brochure

    This brochure presents a variety of designated and non-designated supports available to English learners participating in the Smarter Balanced math and English language arts assessments (for students in grades 3-8) and the NGSS assessment (for students in grades 5, 8, and 11). Please share this resource with your teachers and administrators who work most closely with these students to determine if they are appropriate.

    Updated Accessibility Resources

    The following resources were recently updated:

    Added February 1, 2019
  • On February 4, 2019, the NGSS Grade 11 assessment window opens.

    New designated supports for English learners participating in the NGSS include the Spanish Translation tool and the embedded Text-to-Speech in Spanish.  While these supports can be entered into TIDE now, they will not be available to testers until February 11, 2019.  Please make note of this if your district is scheduled to test next week.  If you have students who qualify for these designated supports, please consider postponing their test session until February 11 or a later date.

    Added January 31, 2019
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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).