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FAQ - Districts and School StaffDistricts and School Staff

  • This information can be found under the Resources section of the portal under your user role of Test Administrator or Test Coordinator, within the User Guides and Manuals folder.

  • The TA can select a larger font size for a student during the approval process in the TA Interface.  Default size is 14 pt. The zoom feature can increase the size of text and graphics from 1.5 to 3 times the default size.

    If a student’s IEP or 504 plan requires paper testing, then a large print test book may be ordered through the help desk.

  • Students may pause the test wherever they want and resume it on another day. Make sure they review their answers as they will not be able to review the answers from a previous day.

  • Request a new temporary password on behalf of customer. Ask customer to check for the password via this email account. Also ask customer to ensure that WAhelpdesk@air.org is noted as a 'safe sender' for this account, as it may be blocking outside email servers for security purposes.

  • Once the students are loaded into TIDE for the interim assessment and accommodations have been set for the students, this information will travel with the student from the interim to the summative assessment. For example, if a student has Text to Speech in the ELA Interim assessment, they will also have Text to Speech for the ELA Summative assessment.

  • No. Students can use the secure browser; however, students can also use recent versions of the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari browsers to take the practice or training tests, or they can use the native browsers built into iPads and Android tablets. Please be aware that the text-to-speech functionality is available only when using the secure browser.

  • Students can take the practice or training tests in a proctored test session set up by a test administrator or as guests outside of a proctored test session. Test administrators (TAs) must have an account in TIDE to set proctored test session. TAs will use the same username and password to set up the proctored test session as they use to log into TIDE. We encourage TAs to practice setting up a proctored test session using the practice or training tests so they will have experience with how to do this before administering the summative tests.

  • Yes. It is also the same user interface as the interim assessments and the summative assessments.

  • The practice tests are offered at each grade (grades 3-8 and high school) and include performance tasks. There are approximately 30 items in ELA and 30 items in math per grade level. There is one ELA and one math performance task per grade level.

  • The training tests are offered by grade band. There are at least 14-15 items within each grade band. The grade bands are grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and high school.

  • TIDE opens on December 19, 2014. Information will be updated daily via nightly files from OSPI to AIR.

  • A link to the Digital Library can be found by clicking the item cards for Test Administrators, Test Coordinators, and Technology Coordinators on the Washington portal.

  • No, not during this administration window.  Students should take the Smarter Balanced interim assessments, Practice test, and training test to prepare for the type of questions and content that they will see on the Summative assessment.

    1. All Smarter Balanced interim assessments  - unlimited opportunities a year
    2. Smarter Balanced summative assessments - 1 opportunity a year
    3. MSP Science assessments – 1 opportunity a year
    4. Grade 11 and 12 HSPE Retake (Reading) - 2 opportunities a year
    5. Grades 11 and 12 HSPE Retake (Writing) - 2 opportunities a year
    6. Grade 10 ELA EOC Exit Exam - 1 opportunity a year
    7. Math EOC Exit Exams – 2 opportunities a year
    8. Biology EOC Exit Exam – 2 opportunities a year
    9. DAPE – 2 opportunities a year

  • User guides and training modules will be coming soon to the Resources page of the Washington portal. Most of the Smarter Balanced Training Modules will be available when the portal goes live on December 5, 2014 under the Tutorials resource category.

  • The purpose of the Smarter Balanced training test is to give students and teachers an opportunity to quickly become familiar with the software and interface features that will be used in the summative assessments.

  • Calculators are not available at grades 3 through 5. For grades 6 through 11, the calculator will vary by grade as follows:

    Grade 6 – Basic Calculators Grades

    7 and 8 – Scientific Calculators

    Grades 9 through 11 – Scientific, Graphic and Regression Calculators

  • TDS stands for “Test Delivery System”. It is the online testing system that will be used for the practice tests, training tests, optional interim assessments and the summative assessments.

  • TIDE stands for “Test Information Distribution Engine”. The TIDE system provides administrators with the tools to add and manage users and students participating in the ELA and Math Smarter Balanced assessments.

  • This portal acts as the gateway to all your assessment systems. The portal provides links and resources to help students and educators take full advantage of AIR systems.

FAQ - Students and FamiliesStudents and Families

  • This information can be found under the Resources section of the portal under your user role of Test Administrator or Test Coordinator, within the User Guides and Manuals folder.

  • The TA can select a larger font size for a student during the approval process in the TA Interface.  Default size is 14 pt. The zoom feature can increase the size of text and graphics from 1.5 to 3 times the default size.

    If a student’s IEP or 504 plan requires paper testing, then a large print test book may be ordered through the help desk.

  • Students may pause the test wherever they want and resume it on another day. Make sure they review their answers as they will not be able to review the answers from a previous day.

  • No. Students can use the secure browser; however, students can also use recent versions of the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari browsers to take the practice or training tests, or they can use the native browsers built into iPads and Android tablets. Please be aware that the text-to-speech functionality is available only when using the secure browser.

  • Yes. It is also the same user interface as the interim assessments and the summative assessments.

  • The practice tests are offered at each grade (grades 3-8 and high school) and include performance tasks. There are approximately 30 items in ELA and 30 items in math per grade level. There is one ELA and one math performance task per grade level.

  • The training tests are offered by grade band. There are at least 14-15 items within each grade band. The grade bands are grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and high school.

  • No, not during this administration window.  Students should take the Smarter Balanced interim assessments, Practice test, and training test to prepare for the type of questions and content that they will see on the Summative assessment.

    1. All Smarter Balanced interim assessments  - unlimited opportunities a year
    2. Smarter Balanced summative assessments - 1 opportunity a year
    3. MSP Science assessments – 1 opportunity a year
    4. Grade 11 and 12 HSPE Retake (Reading) - 2 opportunities a year
    5. Grades 11 and 12 HSPE Retake (Writing) - 2 opportunities a year
    6. Grade 10 ELA EOC Exit Exam - 1 opportunity a year
    7. Math EOC Exit Exams – 2 opportunities a year
    8. Biology EOC Exit Exam – 2 opportunities a year
    9. DAPE – 2 opportunities a year

  • User guides and training modules will be coming soon to the Resources page of the Washington portal. Most of the Smarter Balanced Training Modules will be available when the portal goes live on December 5, 2014 under the Tutorials resource category.

  • The purpose of the Smarter Balanced training test is to give students and teachers an opportunity to quickly become familiar with the software and interface features that will be used in the summative assessments.

  • Calculators are not available at grades 3 through 5. For grades 6 through 11, the calculator will vary by grade as follows:

    Grade 6 – Basic Calculators Grades

    7 and 8 – Scientific Calculators

    Grades 9 through 11 – Scientific, Graphic and Regression Calculators

  • TDS stands for “Test Delivery System”. It is the online testing system that will be used for the practice tests, training tests, optional interim assessments and the summative assessments.

  • This portal acts as the gateway to all your assessment systems. The portal provides links and resources to help students and educators take full advantage of AIR systems.

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