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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)


  • Upcoming System Downtimes:

    AIR is planning hardware updates this summer in preparation for the 2017-2018 school year. The following system downtimes are required to complete this work.

    The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) and Online Reporting System (ORS) will be offline on Saturday, July 15. ORS will be in read only mode on Friday, July 21 (No downloadable data files may be generated). From Saturday, July 22 to Sunday, July 23, all systems will be offline.

    Added July 6, 2017
  • 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, July 28 until 11 p.m. on Sunday, July 30.  The DeSSA portal and all systems accessed through the DeSSA portal will be offline during this window.

    Added July 5, 2017
  • Reminder – DCAS-Alt1 2017 testing window closes Thursday, June 1st:

    The final day to submit scores for students participating in the DCAS-Alt1 assessment is Thursday, June 1.

    For any inquiries regarding the DCAS-Alt1 assessment, please contact the DeSSA Alternate Help Desk at DeSSAAltHelpDesk@air.org or at  1.877.206.7039

    Added May 18, 2017
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