Do students need to download the Secure Browser to take the Practice or Training tests?

Students can use the AIR Secure Browser; additionally, Take a Test (TAT) is a secure browser for schools using Windows 10. 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.




Where do I find information on tools, supports, and accommodations?

This information can be found under the Resources tab on the portal within the User Guides and Manuals folder.




Why do some students have a different number of test questions than others?

This is the nature of the CAT.  Students will have a slight variation in the number of questions they are presented based on the customized, adaptive test.




Why are hand scorable items not appearing in the Teacher Hand Scoring System?

The Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) is only used for scoring hand-scorable items on the interim assessments.  If you are administering a summative assessment, the items will not appear in THSS.




What is TDS?

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.




How do I know if I’m technologically ready for the online test administration?

It is recommended that you use the network diagnostic tool at each of your schools to make sure you have enough bandwidth to be able to test the number of students taking a test concurrently. The network diagnostic tool can be found in two locations: 1) on the practice and training test site under diagnostic tool or 2) as button on the landing page of the secure browser. Ensure that the secure browser is installed on all devices that you want to use for testing. It is highly recommended that students take an interim, training, or practice test using the secure browser before the summative test window. This allows you to determine whether or not the tests are running without any issues.




Will AIR provide support for updates to operating systems?

AIR intends to support a new version of a currently supported operating system within 90 days of official release (except Chromebooks). Updated secure browsers may need to be downloaded as new updates are made to supported operating systems. AIR aims to complete testing within 90 days, however, AIR cannot guarantee support until all security requirements are met. NOTE: To ensure compatibility with the secure browser, AIR recommends turning off any auto-update features on devices and operating systems used for online testing. Please refer to the portal for announcements on upcoming secure browser releases and new OS support. The following documents provide additional support: Reference OS Support Plan and System Requirement Plan




What are the AIR Help Desk hours?

AIR Help Desk hours are M-F 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. EST




What is the Portal for?

The portal acts as the gateway to all your assessment systems and provides resources to help students, families, and educators prepare for the administration of Delaware State System of Assessments (DeSSA), including the Smarter Balanced Assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy and the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) Science.