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Welcome to DeSSA!

This portal is your source for information about the Delaware System of Student Assessments (DeSSA). Use this site to access Smarter ELA and Math applications, DCAS Science and Social Studies applications, and DCAS-Alt1 applications. Please check back often for the latest news about DeSSA.

Recent Announcements

  • Notice:

    In an effort to streamline system maintenance, AIR will be taking all online systems offline once in July and once in August.  This will allow AIR to systematically roll out updates. Additional updates that won’t cause disruption to live systems may still occur outside of the maintenance window.

    The scheduled maintenance window for July will be from 4 a.m. on Saturday, July 18 until 11 p.m. on Sunday July 19.  The DeSSA portal and all systems accessed through the DeSSA portal will be offline during this window.

    Added July 2, 2015
  • Reminder Smarter Paper-Pencil Test Window Closed:

    The Smarter Paper-Pencil and Paper-Pencil Braille testing window closed on Wednesday, May 20th.

    If you have not already done so, please return all your used and unused materials as soon as possible using the UPS return label that was included in your box of materials. The Smarter Summative Paper Materials Return Instructions are located on the DeSSA portal in the Test Resources Section of the Smarter ELA and Math Resources.

    Please contact the AIR DeSSA Help Desk if there are any problems packing or arranging for pickup.

    Reminder DCAS Paper-Pencil Tests:

    The DCAS Paper-Pencil and Paper-Pencil Braille testing window closes on Thursday, June 4th.

    Please return all your used and unused materials no later than June 9, 2015 using the UPS return label that was included in your box of materials. The Instructions for Returning DCAS Materials are located on the DeSSA portal in the Test Resources Section of the DCAS Science, Social Studies and EOC assessments.

    Please contact the AIR DeSSA Help Desk if there are any problems packing or arranging for pickup.

    Added May 26, 2015
  • For Spring 2015, installation of a new secure browser is required on each computer to be used for DeSSA assessments. The secure browsers for Windows, Mac, and Linux are now available at http://de.portal.airast.org/browsers/. In preparation for the new secure browser, please uninstall the current version of the secure browser. This will avoid having multiple browsers present on the desktop.

    Added December 10, 2014
  • Released DCAS – Alt1 tasks are now available. Find these tasks on the DCAS – Alt1 Resources page.

    Companion Task Guides with more information on each task are coming soon.

    Added October 8, 2014
  • Please click here to view all announcements.

Welcome to DeSSA!

This portal is your source for information about the Delaware System of Student Assessments (DeSSA). Use this site to access Smarter ELA and Math applications, DCAS Science and Social Studies applications, and DCAS-Alt1 applications. Please check back often for the latest news about DeSSA.