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FAQ - Account Information/PasswordsAccount Information/Passwords

  • Depending upon the steps you have already taken with your old TIDE account profile, you have a few options. Please refer to the scenarios below:   Scenario – Old TIDE Account Only:  You have a TIDE account with the old email address and new email address (without a second TIDE account) Next Steps: Contact the Help Desk. We will ensure that all current rosters and access are moved over to the new email address. No other action is needed.   Scenario – Two TIDE Accounts:  You have a TIDE account with the old email address and a second TIDE account with the new email address. Next Steps: Contact the Help Desk. We will ensure that all current rosters and access are moved over to the new email address. We will not delete the old account from the system. We can give you the exact profile information needed to request that a School or District Coordinator delete your account.   Scenario – New TIDE Account: You have a TIDE account with the new email address and have already deleted the TIDE account the old email address. Next Steps: The School Coordinator (SC) must manually re-associate the user to all the appropriate rosters and school affiliation for the TIDE account with the new email. It is not possible for the Help Desk or any higher-level user to restore the TIDE account with the old email address or their rosters.

  • If you are a user who was recently added to the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE), you should receive an e-mail that contains a link to log in to South Dakota Smarter Balanced Assessment systems. You must access the link within fifteen minutes of receiving the email in order to activate your account. You must update your password and select and answer a security question. The email containing the link is sent from AIR-DoNotReply . If you need to reset your password for the new school year, go to the First Time Login This School Year? section of the login page and enter the email address associated with your account. You will receive a link to reset your password. The email containing the link is sent from AIR-DoNotReply .    

  • The email containing the link to reset your password is sent from AIR-DoNotReply <AIRAST-DoNotReply@airast.org>. Check your spam folder to make sure your email provider did not categorize it as “junk” mail. If it's been longer than 15 minutes since the email was sent, you can request another email with the temporary password by going to the Forgot Your Password? section of the login page. If you still do not have an email, contact your School Test Coordinator to make sure your account has been created in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE).    

  • If you did not log in within fifteen minutes of receiving the first password email and activate your account, you can request another email by accessing the Forgot Your Password? section of the login page and enter your email address. You will receive new temporary password email. The email containing your password is sent from AIR-DoNotReply. If you enter an invalid email address, contact your School Test Coordinator to confirm the email address used when creating your account.  

  • If you forgot your password, you can reset it. Click the Forgot Your Password? link from the system login page and then enter your email address in the Email Address field on the subsequent page. You will receive an email with a link to reset your password. The link must be answered within fifteen minutes.

  • If you enter your password incorrectly five times, your account is locked. You will be able to access your account after 10 minutes. If you need to immediately access your account, please contact the Help Desk.

  • Account roles TIDE are based on one's jurisdiction. For example, a district user can users or students pertaining to his or her district while a school-level user can only see users or students included in the school or roster. 

    School Coordinators have general oversight responsibilities for all administration activities in their school and for all Test Administrators (TAs) or Teachers (TEs), which is not limited to:

    • adding School Test Administrators (TA) and School Teachers (TE) in TIDE. NOTE: The TA role should be only explicitly assigned if a user should not have access to score report data in the Online Reporting System (ORS), otherwise all users should be given the TE Role;
    • identifying TAs/TEs and ensuring they are properly trained;
    • coordinating with TAs/TEs so they administer all assessments and monitoring test progress through reports;
    • entering and/or verifying test settings for students; or
    • creating rosters for TAs and TEs so they can proctor tests or view scores in ORS (TEs only).

    If you are a teacher or administrator who is responsible for training, account management, roster creation, testing (including appeals) for all schools in your district, you should be given a TIDE account as a School Coordinator (SC).

    If you are a teacher who only proctors tests in multiple schools and needs access to student reports, you should be given a TIDE account a Teacher (TE) user role with access to only the specific schools you are testing or reporting. Although you may proctor a test for any student in school, you will only see that student's results in ORS if you and the student are in the same roster.

    If you are teacher who only proctors tests across multiple schools and do not need to see student reports, you should be given a TIDE account as a Test Administrator (TA) user role with access to only the specific schools you proctor. You may proctor a test for any student in the school(s) you are affiliated with in TIDE.

    For more information, refer to the User Roles and System Access document available on the portal. If you need your TIDE role updated, contact your district or school coordinator.

FAQ - AIR WaysAIR Ways

  • Users have the option to filter out data from their dashboard. The default dashboard in AIRWays will show users all assessments, schools or teachers with whom they are associated. If a user is unable to see scores for a specific assessment or group, please check their Preferences under the Task Manager drop-down. Changes to the Task Manager preferences persist after a user logs out. If a user changes their Task Manager preferences, this choice will persist until preferences are updated again.

    •  Teachers and Test Administrators may exclude data for specific assessments in their reports by editing the “Test Preferences”.
    • School and District Coordinators can choose to view only the data that teachers have chosen in their test preferences by selecting “Teacher Preferences”.
    Example: Teacher A and Teacher B are both associated with a Grade 7 ELA assessment. Teacher A updated her test preferences to exclude all ELA assessments. If you are a school-level user and you update your class preferences to “Teacher Preferences,” you will only see data for Teacher B on the School Assessment Report for Grade 7 ELA, but you will not see data for Teacher A on this report. Please see the AIR Ways User Guide for more detailed information.

FAQ - Online Reporting System (ORS)Online Reporting System (ORS)

  • If you encounter an "Unable to display due to N/A condition code" error message rather than a score this means that that means that the student did not meet the Attemptedness requirements to get a scale score. In order to receive a score, a student must have completed one item in both the CAT and Performance Task (PT).   Note:  A student will still count as participated if the student logged into both the CAT and Performance Tasks parts of the test, but did not complete at least one item in both tests. The student is considered as participated, but no scores will be computed in ORS. A student will not count as participated if they did not complete both parts of the test.

  • In order to receive a Summative test score, a student must have completed both the paper Summative CAT and Summative Performance Task for the desired subject. Note: This assumes that the student had answered enough questions to receive a score based on the participation rules and that the Pre-ID information was correct on the Answer Booklets.

  • Scores for students who were mine at the end of the selected administration allows you to see score data for those students who tested in the selected test and administration and were associated with your roster, school, or district at the end of the selected test and administration. Scores for my current students allows you to view score data for students assigned to your current rosters, even if they were previously enrolled in a different school or district. This view enables you to see your current students’ previous strengths and weaknesses before they begin testing this year. Scores for students who were mine when they tested during the selected administration allows you to see score data for those students who were associated with your roster, school, or district when they were tested in the selected test and administration. For more information refer to the ORS Module.

  • When looking for students who have been deleted from TIDE, but have taken a test in your district/school/roster, select the third radio button, Scores for students who were mine when they tested during the administration. This will provide the user with student’s assigned to them no longer in TIDE. Note: When using the SSID Search, you need to first select the third option before completing the search.

  • AIR is currently reporting Math targets for Claim 1 (Concepts & Procedures) for the SD Smarter Balanced Assessment. No Math targets are being reported for other claims (e.g. Problem Solving and Modeling & Data Analysis, and Communicating Reasoning).

  • In order to receive a Summative test score, a student must have completed both the paper Summative CAT and Summative Performance Task for the desired subject. Using the date of the last test received by the handscoring vendor,  ORS should display the student's score within 14 business days. Note: This assumes that the student had answered enough questions to receive a score based on the participation rules and that the Pre-ID information was correct on the Answer Booklets.

  • In order to receive a Summative test score, a student must have completed both the online Summative CAT and Summative Performance Task for the desired subject. Using the date completed of the last test taken,  ORS should display the student's score within 14 business days. However, the first batch of scores will be released on March 28, 2018 and then on a rolling basis. Note: This assumes that the student had answered enough questions to receive a score based on the participation rules and that the student actually clicked "submit" at the end of both online tests.

  • The number of items that require hand scoring varies is based upon the grade.  If you want your students’ scores to appear in the Online Reporting System (ORS), you will need to score all hand-scored items their interim test. However, it is up to the teacher’s discretion on when this needs to be completed. The Interim Comprehensive Assessment (ICA) will be available through February 28, 2018. The Interim Block Assessment (IAB) will be available through May 4, 2018.

FAQ - Practice and Training TestsPractice and Training Tests

  • If you are planning to administer an practice or training test in secure mode or with student-specific accommodations from TIDE, you will need to a test session using the TA Training Interface.

    1. Click the Practice & Training Test Administration card from the portalThe login page appears.
    2. Enter your email address and password.
    3. Click Secure Login. The TA Training Interface appears.
    4. Select the Training Tests (blue category) or Practice Tests (green category).
    5. After you select the desired tests, click the Start Practice Session button to begin the test session.
    Note: Students can access the practice and training tests in guest-mode without the use of a session ID. For more details, refer to the TA User Guide.

  • If you need to administer a practice or training test in secure mode, you must first ensure that the students have the correct secure browser version installed. Before logging into the Test Administrator (TA) training site, confirm that you have acknowledged the Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) in TIDE. If the NDA is not signed, you will not be able to administer tests in the secure mode. Next, the TA will need to start a test session in the TA Practice & Training site. Once you have selected the specific tests and approved students for testing, they will be able to take an online test in an environment that mimics the operational assessments. For more information, refer to the manuals and training resources on the portal.

  • There are a few reasons why a student may see this error message when using the secure browser: Check the Session ID

    • All practice and training test session IDs begin with "TRAIN" (example, "TRAIN-E6BC-1", see screenshot). Make sure the Session ID matches the proctor's session ID.
    If a student has a session ID that starts with "SD" (example, SD-1111-1), this means that the proctor started an operational session, not a practice test session. Restart the session in the TA Training Site and share the new session ID. Check the Secure Browser
    • If your students are using the practice/training tests with the secure browser, direct them to select, Click here to go to the Practice and Training Test Site. Note: You can also visually check to see if they are still on the operational secure browser page if you see "Student Testing Site" about the sign in form.
    • After they click the link, they will be directed to the Student Training Test page.
    •  Direct the student to uncheck Guest User and Guest Session to enter the first name, SSID, and Session ID (example: TRAIN-E68C-1) to join the practice or training session.

  • No. If the student has not yet been added to the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE), they can still take the practice or training tests using a supported web browser in the guest mode.

  • In order to use the Text-to-Speech (TTS) feature in the practice or training test, you will need to launch the test in the Secure Browser or in a supported browser.

    • In the practice session's guest mode (first name and SSID are not required), students will not need to enter their first name or SSID. They will be able to enable the TTS themselves on the settings screen.
    • If the name and SSID are required in the practice session, the student's record needs to have the TTS enabled in TIDE. Note: To enable the passage accommodation, you will need to request that your SDDOE Assessment Contact activate that setting for your student.

  • It is possible that you have not acknowledged or signed the Non-Disclosure agreement in TIDE. If you do not acknowledge the non-disclosure agreement, you will not be able to log into the TA interface. To acknowledge the non-disclosure agreement: 1. Click the Non-Disclosure tab. The Non-Disclosure Agreement page appears. 2. Read the agreement, and click I Acknowledge. A confirmation message appears. You must acknowledge a non-disclosure agreement each year prior to administering tests through the TA interface.  

  • Computers, laptops, netbooks, and tablets can all be used if they meet the system requirements. See the System Requirements document and Technical Specifications Manual available in the Technical Coordinators Resources section for more detailed information.

  • Screen dimensions must be at least 10” or larger. However, Smarter Balanced does allow testing on iPads with a 9.5” display. The following devices are not supported:

    • Apple iPad Mini
    • Google Nexus 7 and similar-sized Android tablets
    • Netbooks with screen dimensions smaller than 10”
    Please refer to the Systems Requirements document and the Technical Specifications Manual for more detailed information.

FAQ - SDDOE System InformationSDDOE System Information

  • The TA course is not required for South Dakota Test Administrators at the state level, but some districts may make it a requirement for teachers as part of their test preparedness. We recommend it be taken as part of the training materials in the online TAM.

  • The SD K-12 Data Center helps educational entities to enhance their technology. The Center offers technology services to South Dakota's K-12 educational community including public schools, tech schools, cooperatives, multi-districts, etc. The Center provides consistent, cost-effective services including email and calendars, email list services, web hosting, course management, streaming media, a help desk for the schools, and more. Questions or issues related to the performance of the network should be directed to the K-12 Data Center at help@k12.sd.us or (605)256-5292.  

FAQ - Secure BrowserSecure Browser

  • Photos App on Windows 10 can not be disabled. However, yu can uninstall the app for testing and when you require the app you can download it through Windows Store.

    Follow the steps below to uninstall the Photo App:

    1. Type Power Shell in the Search bar, right-click on Windows PowerShell and click on Run as administrator.
    2. Type the following commands, press Enter key after each command, in the given order:
    1. Get-AppxPackage (This will view all the apps installed in your account.)
    2. Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers (This will view all Windows apps installed in the computer.)
    3. Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Photos | Remove-AppxPackag (This will remove/uninstall the Photo app.)
    1. Restart the system and check.

  • For 2017-18, the secure browser v10 applies to most operating systems. For desktop Mac OS 10.13, you will need 10.2 and for Android OS you will use secure browser v9. Refer to the Secure Browsers page for more details.  

  • Yes. SDDOE requires that all students use the secure browser for the online SD Smarter Balanced Assessment testing. The correct secure browser must be installed on each student machine that will be used for testing.

  • No. The online South Dakota Smarter Balanced ELA and Math Summative Assessment cannot be accessed without the secure browser for the current test administration. See the Secure Browser portal page for more information.

  • In the rare event that the secure browser or test becomes unresponsive, you can force-quit the secure browser. To force the secure browser to close, use the keyboard command for your operating system as shown below. This action logs the student out of the test. When the secure browser is opened again, the student logs back in to resume testing.

    Operating System Key Combination
    Windows* Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F10
    Mac OS X* Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F10. The Ctrl key may appear as Control, Ctrl, or ^
    Linux Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Esc
    *If you are using a laptop or notebook, you may need to press Function before pressing F10.
    Caution: The secure browser hides features such as the Windows task bar or Mac OS X dock. If the secure browser is not closed correctly, then the task bar or dock may not reappear correctly, requiring you to reboot the device. Avoid using a force-quit command if possible.
    Force-quit commands do not exist for the secure browser for iOS, Chrome OS, and Android devices.
    • iOS: To exit Guided Access, triple-click the Home button, then close the app as you would any other iOS app.
    • Chrome OS: To exit the secure browser, press Ctrl + Shift + S.
    • Android: To close the secure browser, tap the menu button in the upper-right corner and select Exit.

  • In order to use the Text-to-Speech (TTS) feature in the practice or training test, you will need to launch the test in the Secure Browser or in a supported browser.

    • In the practice session's guest mode (first name and SSID are not required), students will not need to enter their first name or SSID. They will be able to enable the TTS themselves on the settings screen.
    • If the name and SSID are required in the practice session, the student's record needs to have the TTS enabled in TIDE. Note: To enable the passage accommodation, you will need to request that your SDDOE Assessment Contact activate that setting for your student.

FAQ - Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS)Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS)

  • The number of items that require hand scoring varies is based upon the grade.  If you want your students’ scores to appear in the Online Reporting System (ORS), you will need to score all hand-scored items their interim test. However, it is up to the teacher’s discretion on when this needs to be completed. The Interim Comprehensive Assessment (ICA) will be available through February 28, 2018. The Interim Block Assessment (IAB) will be available through May 4, 2018.

  • The Interim IAB and ICA answer keys are available when logging into TIDE. These materials, along with scoring guides, item cross-walks, training manuals, and answer keys can be accessed from the General Resources. Select Download THSS Materials. Choose an ELA or Mathematics .zip file to download the Answer Key or any other associated materials. Note: the answer keys should be used only for teacher or school-level training. These materials should not be posted or distributed to teachers or others not involved in scoring the Interim ICA or IAB Assessments.

      

FAQ - Technology Requirements for Online TestingTechnology Requirements for Online Testing

  • Photos App on Windows 10 can not be disabled. However, yu can uninstall the app for testing and when you require the app you can download it through Windows Store.

    Follow the steps below to uninstall the Photo App:

    1. Type Power Shell in the Search bar, right-click on Windows PowerShell and click on Run as administrator.
    2. Type the following commands, press Enter key after each command, in the given order:
    1. Get-AppxPackage (This will view all the apps installed in your account.)
    2. Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers (This will view all Windows apps installed in the computer.)
    3. Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Photos | Remove-AppxPackag (This will remove/uninstall the Photo app.)
    1. Restart the system and check.

  • Yes. SDDOE requires that all students use the secure browser for the online SD Smarter Balanced Assessment testing. The correct secure browser must be installed on each student machine that will be used for testing.

  • No. The online South Dakota Smarter Balanced ELA and Math Summative Assessment cannot be accessed without the secure browser for the current test administration. See the Secure Browser portal page for more information.

  • In order to use the Text-to-Speech (TTS) feature in the practice or training test, you will need to launch the test in the Secure Browser or in a supported browser.

    • In the practice session's guest mode (first name and SSID are not required), students will not need to enter their first name or SSID. They will be able to enable the TTS themselves on the settings screen.
    • If the name and SSID are required in the practice session, the student's record needs to have the TTS enabled in TIDE. Note: To enable the passage accommodation, you will need to request that your SDDOE Assessment Contact activate that setting for your student.

  • Because many operating systems, tablets, and browsers have multi-year releases, AIR recommends that you use the supported versions listed in the System Requirements document available in the Technical Coordinators Resources section. Note: Our system does not prevent you from testing on these new systems, but until AIR has completed Quality Assurance testing, we cannot guarantee that the functionality previously available will work as intended.

  • Computers, laptops, netbooks, and tablets can all be used if they meet the system requirements. See the System Requirements document and Technical Specifications Manual available in the Technical Coordinators Resources section for more detailed information.

  • Screen dimensions must be at least 10” or larger. However, Smarter Balanced does allow testing on iPads with a 9.5” display. The following devices are not supported:

    • Apple iPad Mini
    • Google Nexus 7 and similar-sized Android tablets
    • Netbooks with screen dimensions smaller than 10”
    Please refer to the Systems Requirements document and the Technical Specifications Manual for more detailed information.

FAQ - Test Delivery System (TDS)Test Delivery System (TDS)

  • Students taking the online South Dakota Smarter Balanced Math assessment will have access to Desmos calculators. Students may prepare to use these calculators with the practice tests  or by accessing the standalone standard, scientific, and graphing calculators. For more information, refer to the Desmos Calculator User Guide.   Note: this change does not affect students with SDDOE approval for a Non-embedded Accommodation (NEA) external calculator. 

  • Since Interim tests are optional, a student can be given any ICA or IAB test as deemed appropriate. A student's default eligibility for any interim ICA and IAB test is based on their current enrolled grade. Off-grade interim tests can be added in TIDE from the View/Edit Student page. In the Interim Eligibility panel, use the drop-down lists to select additional Mathematics or ELA grade-level tests. Click Save to update the student's record. Interim test eligibility can only be modified for one student at a time. Reminder: The student will need to start a new test session to see the additional, off-grade Interim tests.

  • NeoSpeech and AIR provide the Julie voice pack for English text-to-speech users for students to use on Windows machines with the online tests. On May 3, 2017, the current license for the Julie NeoSpeech™ voice pack expired. Districts do not need to re-install the voice pack itself if it is already installed; they only need to update the license file, or “verification.txt” file. Technology coordinators should copy a new license file to the appropriate folder on Windows machines used for student testing. Once you click the Julie License link, the new verification.txt file will be available to download from the TIDE General Resources section.  For more details, refer to the NeoSpeech Voicepack Installation Guide available in TIDE or the resources section of the portal.

  • If the high contrast feature is turned on in Chromebook please find the high contrast feature instructions from Google can be found here: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/177893?hl=en.

  • The TA course is not required for South Dakota Test Administrators at the state level, but some districts may make it a requirement for teachers as part of their test preparedness. We recommend it be taken as part of the training materials in the online TAM.

  • If you are planning to administer an operational assessment (Summative or Interim), you will need to start a test session using the TA Interface.

    1. Click the TA Interface card from the portalThe login page appears.
    2. Enter your email address and password.
    3. Click Secure Login. The TA Interface appears.
    4. Select the Summative Assessment (green category) or Interim-IAB (brown category).
    5. After you select the desired tests, click the Start Operational Session button to begin the test session.
    For more details, refer to the TA User Guide  and/or the Summative TA Script and Summative Test Administration Manual.

  • As a reminder, when proctoring the Interim or Summative test, a user must be in the same district or school (if they are a school level user) as the student. If not, they will see the message described, "Warning - for the test to be continued school information must be updated."

  • It is possible that you have not acknowledged or signed the Non-Disclosure agreement in TIDE. If you do not acknowledge the non-disclosure agreement, you will not be able to log into the TA interface. To acknowledge the non-disclosure agreement: 1. Click the Non-Disclosure tab. The Non-Disclosure Agreement page appears. 2. Read the agreement, and click I Acknowledge. A confirmation message appears. You must acknowledge a non-disclosure agreement each year prior to administering tests through the TA interface.  

  • Computers, laptops, netbooks, and tablets can all be used if they meet the system requirements. See the System Requirements document and Technical Specifications Manual available in the Technical Coordinators Resources section for more detailed information.

  • Please contact the Beth Schiltz at beth.schiltz@state.sd.us from the South Dakota Department of Education with the request to add the following accommodations.

    1. Embedded Accommodations:
      • ELA CAT Text-to-Speech Passages
      • ELA CAT Text-to-Speech Passages & Items
    2. Non-Embedded Accommodations:
      • Read Aloud Passages
      • Calculator
      • Print on Demand
      • 100s Chart
      • Multiplication Table

    The request should also include the grade and SSID information.

    Once the accommodation request has been reviewed and approved, the SD DOE will update the student's test settings in TIDE. As a Test Administrator, you will be able to confirm in TIDE and in the TA Interface when that setting has been updated for the student.  

    If the accommodation request has been denied, the SD DOE will notify the Test Administrator who submitted the reques

  • Screen dimensions must be at least 10” or larger. However, Smarter Balanced does allow testing on iPads with a 9.5” display. The following devices are not supported:

    • Apple iPad Mini
    • Google Nexus 7 and similar-sized Android tablets
    • Netbooks with screen dimensions smaller than 10”
    Please refer to the Systems Requirements document and the Technical Specifications Manual for more detailed information.

FAQ - Test Information Distribution Engine System (TIDE)Test Information Distribution Engine System (TIDE)

  • Districts will not be able to order paper tests.  For the schools using the paper tests, extra tests will be included in the shipment to cover emergencies.  For more support regarding paper tests, please contact Jan Martin, jan.martin@state.sd.us.

  • You will be need to add reasons for both paper and online testers by the end of the test windows on April 20th (paper) and May 4th (online).

  • Each student must be correctly assigned to his or her district, school, and grade in the Infinite CAMPUS system. That information is added to TIDE through nightly files. Only State Users and/or DA users, as assigned by the State, can add/modify/delete student demographic information in Infinite Campus and that information will be updated in TIDE. Note: Changes in Infinite Campus may take up to 48 hours to show in TIDE based on when the changes are updated.

  • Rosters that were created prior to the TIDE roll-over for the new school year are no longer available in the system. To view last year’s data, you have several options:  

    If the teacher is rostered with students:

    • Once ORS has rolled-over for the new school year you can switch the school year and select, “Scores for my current students”. This option allows you to view score data for students assigned to your current rosters, even if they were previously enrolled in a different school or district. This view enables you to see your current students’ previous strengths and weaknesses before they begin testing this year.
    • Once AIR Ways has rolled-over for the new school year, search for the student in your assessment/student dashboard and select the previous school year from the filter option to view the interim data.
    If he teacher is not yet rostered with students or will not be rostered with the same students:
    • In ORS, Teachers will need to request that the school coordinator (SC) the previous year’s ISR/excel data from Retrieve Student Results.
    • In AIR Ways, Teacher will need to request that the school coordinator (SC) print the previous year interim data from the assessment or student dashboard.

  • NeoSpeech and AIR provide the Julie voice pack for English text-to-speech users for students to use on Windows machines with the online tests. On May 3, 2017, the current license for the Julie NeoSpeech™ voice pack expired. Districts do not need to re-install the voice pack itself if it is already installed; they only need to update the license file, or “verification.txt” file. Technology coordinators should copy a new license file to the appropriate folder on Windows machines used for student testing. Once you click the Julie License link, the new verification.txt file will be available to download from the TIDE General Resources section.  For more details, refer to the NeoSpeech Voicepack Installation Guide available in TIDE or the resources section of the portal.

  • To prepare for the start of the 2017-2018 administration the TIDE system is going through ongoing maintenance. The student accommodation and roster feature are offline due to TIDE maintenance. The student accommodation section will be hidden and enabled on 8/23. TIDE Go-Live for the 2017-18 administration is 8/7.We will provide an update once both features are accessible.

    Please note the Student accommodations feature that will be disabled until 8/23:

  • Yes, this is possible. The SSID can be listed on multiple lines and any fields that do not apply/are not required can be left as blank, then the NEDs or NEAs can be added per row as appropriate.  As a reminder, do not list a NEDs/NEAs with the zero value (for example NEDS0) otherwise it will reset all options listed in the previous rows. 

  • The “Test Security/Confidentiality Agreement” is encapsulated within the Non-Disclosure Agreement in TIDE for all TA’s that are scribes. This instruction appears in the Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines.

  • It is possible that you have not acknowledged or signed the Non-Disclosure agreement in TIDE. If you do not acknowledge the non-disclosure agreement, you will not be able to log into the TA interface. To acknowledge the non-disclosure agreement: 1. Click the Non-Disclosure tab. The Non-Disclosure Agreement page appears. 2. Read the agreement, and click I Acknowledge. A confirmation message appears. You must acknowledge a non-disclosure agreement each year prior to administering tests through the TA interface.  

  • Please contact the Beth Schiltz at beth.schiltz@state.sd.us from the South Dakota Department of Education with the request to add the following accommodations.

    1. Embedded Accommodations:
      • ELA CAT Text-to-Speech Passages
      • ELA CAT Text-to-Speech Passages & Items
    2. Non-Embedded Accommodations:
      • Read Aloud Passages
      • Calculator
      • Print on Demand
      • 100s Chart
      • Multiplication Table

    The request should also include the grade and SSID information.

    Once the accommodation request has been reviewed and approved, the SD DOE will update the student's test settings in TIDE. As a Test Administrator, you will be able to confirm in TIDE and in the TA Interface when that setting has been updated for the student.  

    If the accommodation request has been denied, the SD DOE will notify the Test Administrator who submitted the reques

  • Test settings for ELA Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) and ELA Performance Task (PT) need to be assigned separately. Please be sure to double check that ELA and ELA-PT test settings for students are assigned consistently. Note: The test settings for Mathematics applies to both the Mathematics CAT and Mathematics PT. Refer to the TIDE User Guide for more information.

  • PreID labels can printed directly from the View/Edit Students page under the Student Information tab. Refer to the TIDE Quick Guide: Printing PreID Labels or the TIDE User Guide for more detailed information.

  • The SDDOE reviews appeal requests daily. Please submit your appeals by 3pm CDT.

  • The Interim IAB and ICA answer keys are available when logging into TIDE. These materials, along with scoring guides, item cross-walks, training manuals, and answer keys can be accessed from the General Resources. Select Download THSS Materials. Choose an ELA or Mathematics .zip file to download the Answer Key or any other associated materials. Note: the answer keys should be used only for teacher or school-level training. These materials should not be posted or distributed to teachers or others not involved in scoring the Interim ICA or IAB Assessments.

      

  • Account roles TIDE are based on one's jurisdiction. For example, a district user can users or students pertaining to his or her district while a school-level user can only see users or students included in the school or roster. 

    School Coordinators have general oversight responsibilities for all administration activities in their school and for all Test Administrators (TAs) or Teachers (TEs), which is not limited to:

    • adding School Test Administrators (TA) and School Teachers (TE) in TIDE. NOTE: The TA role should be only explicitly assigned if a user should not have access to score report data in the Online Reporting System (ORS), otherwise all users should be given the TE Role;
    • identifying TAs/TEs and ensuring they are properly trained;
    • coordinating with TAs/TEs so they administer all assessments and monitoring test progress through reports;
    • entering and/or verifying test settings for students; or
    • creating rosters for TAs and TEs so they can proctor tests or view scores in ORS (TEs only).

    If you are a teacher or administrator who is responsible for training, account management, roster creation, testing (including appeals) for all schools in your district, you should be given a TIDE account as a School Coordinator (SC).

    If you are a teacher who only proctors tests in multiple schools and needs access to student reports, you should be given a TIDE account a Teacher (TE) user role with access to only the specific schools you are testing or reporting. Although you may proctor a test for any student in school, you will only see that student's results in ORS if you and the student are in the same roster.

    If you are teacher who only proctors tests across multiple schools and do not need to see student reports, you should be given a TIDE account as a Test Administrator (TA) user role with access to only the specific schools you proctor. You may proctor a test for any student in the school(s) you are affiliated with in TIDE.

    For more information, refer to the User Roles and System Access document available on the portal. If you need your TIDE role updated, contact your district or school coordinator.

  • The non-participation code feature will be available in TIDE starting April 20, 2018. You will be able to add reasons for both paper and online testers. However, it is recommended you wait until closer to the end of the online window to enter the non-participation codes during the last week of testing to ensure that most students have completed their tests. For more information, refer to the TIDE User Guide.

FAQ - Paper Test AdministrationPaper Test Administration

  • Yes, all ELA Listening Scripts are secure materials and should be returned with the test and answer booklets. For more information, refer to the subject-specific Paper Test Administration Manual in the resources section of the portal or your return kit.

  • No, they do not need to be returned with the test/answer booklets or ELA Listening Scripts. Printed copies of the paper TAMs should be destroyed after paper testing ends per the state’s policy.

  • After testing ends, printed copies of the online TAM should be destroyed per the state policy.

  • The scoring vendor for paper tests, Measurement Incorporated (MI), categorizes paper test materials into scorable and non-scorable materials. Scorable materials include used-answer documents. Non-scorable materials that should be returned to MI at the end of testing includes the ELA Listening script, blank (unused) test and answer booklets, and Braille materials.  Non-scorable materials which should not be returned to MI include the Test Administration Manual, printed ancillary instructions, blank pre-id labels, or soiled test materials. For more information, refer to the subject-specific Paper Test Administration Manual in the resources section of the portal or your return kit.

  • Paper tests should be returned to Measurement Incorporated (MI) no later than April 25, 2018 (three business days after testing is complete). The Test Coordinator is responsible for arranging the test materials pickup with Fedex and should keep the receipt tabs for reference. For more information, refer to the subject-specific Paper Test Administration Manual in the resources section of the portal or your return kit.

  • Paper tests should be shipped to participating districts by March 6, 2018. District or school test coordinators are responsible for distributing them to the appropriate school.

  • The paper test window is from March 20, 2018 to April 20, 2018 for ELA and Math grades 3-8 and 11.

  • Pre-ID labels are used to identify student paper tests for scoring. If you are aware that an answer booklet has been sent to the scoring vendor without a label, lease contact Jan Martin at jan.martin@state.sd.us  and the AIR Help Desk at sdhelpdesk@air.org.

  • Districts will not be able to order paper tests.  For the schools using the paper tests, extra tests will be included in the shipment to cover emergencies.  For more support regarding paper tests, please contact Jan Martin, jan.martin@state.sd.us.

  • You will be need to add reasons for both paper and online testers by the end of the test windows on April 20th (paper) and May 4th (online).

  • Please contact the Beth Schiltz at beth.schiltz@state.sd.us from the South Dakota Department of Education with the request to add the following accommodations.

    1. Embedded Accommodations:
      • ELA CAT Text-to-Speech Passages
      • ELA CAT Text-to-Speech Passages & Items
    2. Non-Embedded Accommodations:
      • Read Aloud Passages
      • Calculator
      • Print on Demand
      • 100s Chart
      • Multiplication Table

    The request should also include the grade and SSID information.

    Once the accommodation request has been reviewed and approved, the SD DOE will update the student's test settings in TIDE. As a Test Administrator, you will be able to confirm in TIDE and in the TA Interface when that setting has been updated for the student.  

    If the accommodation request has been denied, the SD DOE will notify the Test Administrator who submitted the reques

  • PreID labels can printed directly from the View/Edit Students page under the Student Information tab. Refer to the TIDE Quick Guide: Printing PreID Labels or the TIDE User Guide for more detailed information.

  • The non-participation code feature will be available in TIDE starting April 20, 2018. You will be able to add reasons for both paper and online testers. However, it is recommended you wait until closer to the end of the online window to enter the non-participation codes during the last week of testing to ensure that most students have completed their tests. For more information, refer to the TIDE User Guide.

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