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TIDEComing Soon

View information on users authorized to administer DCAS, Smarter, and DCAS-Alt1 tests, as well as student information and their default test settings.

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Online Reporting SystemComing Soon

View results and information on the testing progress for students in the school.

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Score Entry InterfaceComing Soon

Enter student responses and obtain student scores.

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DCAS-Alt1 ResourcesComing Soon

Access parent, educator, and training materials for DCAS Alternate Assessments.

Welcome to the DCAS-Alt1 Home Page!

Use this page to access DCASAlt1 resources and applications.

NEW: The Help Desk has changed its name. Please send all inquires regarding DCAS – Alt1 to the following:

DeSSA Alt Help Desk

E-mail Support: DeSSAAltHelpDesk@air.org

Support Toll-Free Number: 877.206.7039

Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET
Mondays–Fridays (except holidays)


  • Alt1 Materials Arrival Notice:

    On-time orders for DCAS-Alt1 materials placed by January 6, 2017 will arrive in districts by Monday, February 22, 2017.

    Added January 24, 2017
  • Additional Orders Information:

    Late orders for DCAS-Alt1 materials will begin on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The last day to order additional materials will be on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

    To place additional order requests contact the DeSSA Alt Help Desk at 877.206.7039 or DeSSAAltHelpDesk@air.org

    Added January 24, 2017
  • DCAS-Alt1 In-Person Training Events:

    Full-day DCAS-Alt1 Spring 2017 trainings will be held in Dover at the Smyrna State Service Center in early February and mid-March, 2017. Registration for this course is now available in PDMS under course number 2191. The following sections are currently available:

    • Wednesday, February 2: section #44041
    • Thursday, February 3: section #44042
    • Thursday, March 16: section #44043
    • Friday, March 17: section #44044
    Added December 5, 2016
  • Notice:

    In an effort to streamline system maintenance, AIR will be taking all online systems offline once per month.  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 next scheduled maintenance window will be from 6 p.m. on Friday, Mar 31 until 11 p.m. on Sunday, Apr 2.  The DeSSA portal and all systems accessed through the DeSSA portal will be offline during this window.

    Added February 3, 2017
  • Upcoming System ORS Downtime

    Ahead of the upcoming score reporting of Smarter tests in the Online Reporting System (ORS), AIR will be taking the ORS system for a half day on March 28, beginning at 12 p.m. until 11 p.m.  The ORS system will be back online after this period and will be displaying scores for Smarter summative assessments that have been completed and scored. Smarter scores will appear in ORS approximately 3 weeks after students have completed both the CAT and Performance Task.

    If you have any questions, please contact the DeSSA Help Desk at 1-877-560-8331 or DeSSAHelpDesk@air.org.

    Added July 13, 2016
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