Important Announcements Regarding DeSSA

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  • NeoSpeech Voice Pack License Update

    The current license keys for the NeoSpeech VW Julie (English) and VW Violeta (Spanish) voice packs for Windows are set to expire on May 3, 2017. Any schools or districts that are using these voice packs for testing will need to update this license key information prior to May 3 in order to continue using them. The voice packs will not need to be re-installed. To support districts in updating the license keys, AIR has provided detailed instructions and an updated license key available in TIDE under the section General Resources>Voice Packs. For a complete list of approved voice packs, see p. 50 of the Technical Specifications Manual. AIR apologizes for the inconvenience this may cause to schools.

    Added April 18, 2017
  • Notice:

    Additional Orders for Paper and Pencil Materials will open in TIDE beginning March 22, 2017.  Additional orders will be processed during the additional order window.

    • DCAS Science and EOC additional order window is March 22 – April 6.
    • Smarter ELA and Math additional order window is April 24 – May 8. Please note, the system will accept additional orders of Smarter Paper and Pencil materials earlier, but orders will only be processed and shipped during the Smarter additional order window.

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

    Added March 21, 2017
  • Notice: Initial and additional orders for paper test materials for Smarter and DCAS assessments may be tracked in TIDE for 2016-2017, with the following two exceptions:

    • Initial orders for DCAS paper pencil materials will not appear in TIDE, but these orders arrived in districts by Mar 22.
    • Initial orders for Braille Smarter will not appear in TIDE. The requests for Smarter paper Braille were processed and will arrive in districts by April 12.

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

    Added March 21, 2017
  • Update: AIR Secure Browser now supports iOS 10.3 and Chrome OS 57 for all DeSSA Assessments.

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

    Added April 10, 2016
  • Recent Changes: The DCAS-Alt1 Help Desk has changed its name. All inquiries regarding the DCAS-Alt1 and DCPS should now be directed 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

    Added January 25, 2017
  • 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
  • TEST WINDOWS OPEN: The following 2016-2017 test windows are now open:

    2016-2017   

    Test Windows

    Online Test Window Opens

    Online Test Window Closes

    DCAS – Alt1 March 8, 2017 June 1, 2017
    Smarter Summative ELA/Math (Grades 3-8) March 8, 2017 June 1, 2017
    DCAS Science (Grades 5,8 and 10) March 1, 2017 June 1, 2017
    Window 2: Algebra II and Integrated
    Mathematics III EOC
    March 29, 2017 June 1, 2017
    Paper Pencil Window: DCAS Science (Grades 5,8,10) and DCAS EOC March 29, 2017 April 13, 2017
    Smarter Interim Assessment Blocks (IAB) ELA/Math (Grades 3-8) August 29, 2016 July 14, 2017
    Smarter Interim Comprehensive Assessment (ICA)  ELA/Math (Grades 3-8) August 29, 2016
    July 14, 2017
     

    Added March 3, 2017
  • Smarter Summative Scores Available in ORS:

    The ORS system is now 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 March 29, 2016
  • Notice: Please note the following dates and means for placing initial and additional orders of paper and pencil test materials.

     

    Paper Pencil: EOC Alg II and IM III (Window 2) & DCAS Science: March 29, 2017 – April 13, 2017

    Initial Order: Feb 1, 2017: Please enter Paper/Pencil Accommodations in TIDE by February 1, 2017 to be included in the initial order. Materials from the initial order will arrive in district by March 22, 2017.

    Additional Orders: Mar 22 – Apr 6, 2017: During these dates please contact your District Administrator or District Test Coordinator to place additional orders for Paper/Pencil test forms in TIDE.

    Return Materials: No later than April 20, 2017. All materials must be shipped from the district to the AIR Processing Center (APC) by this date.

     

    Paper Pencil: Smarter Summative ELA/Lit and Math: April 25 – May 15, 2017

    Initial Order: Feb 1, 2017: Please enter Paper/Pencil Accommodations in TIDE by February 1, 2017 to be included in the initial order. Materials from the initial order will arrive in district by April 12, 2017.

    Additional Orders: Apr 24 – May 08, 2017: During these dates please contact your District Administrator or District Test Coordinator to place additional orders for Paper/Pencil test forms in TIDE.

    Return Materials: No later than May 17, 2017.  All materials must be shipped from the district to Measurement Incorporated (MI) by this date in order to be scored.

     

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

    Added December 13, 2016
  • Notice: The printable report from the Student Test Settings and Tools in TIDE has been updated. Only the Student Settings which have been changed from the default will now appear on the report.

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

    Added January 12, 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
  • Notice: AIR Secure Browser version 8.0 is no longer supported by AIR.

    Please update to the most current version of the AIR Secure Browser 9.0 for DeSSA assessments. The current version of the AIR Secure Browser 9.0 for Windows and Mac is available at http://de.portal.airast.org/browsers/.

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

    Added September 14, 2016
  • Notice: The portal has been updated with a list of supported operating systems and web browsers for DeSSA for the 2016-2017 school year.

    The following pages on the portal have been updated:

    Secure Browser: http://de.portal.airast.org/browsers/

    Supported Browsers: http://de.portal.airast.org/supported-browsers/

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

    Added July 26, 2016
  • The new Secure Browser is available!

    For Fall 2016, installation of a new secure browser is required on each computer to be used for DeSSA assessments. The secure browsers for Windows and Mac 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.

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

    Added July 19, 2016
  • 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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Smarter ELA & Mathematics

  • NeoSpeech Voice Pack License Update

    The current license keys for the NeoSpeech VW Julie (English) and VW Violeta (Spanish) voice packs for Windows are set to expire on May 3, 2017. Any schools or districts that are using these voice packs for testing will need to update this license key information prior to May 3 in order to continue using them. The voice packs will not need to be re-installed. To support districts in updating the license keys, AIR has provided detailed instructions and an updated license key available in TIDE under the section General Resources>Voice Packs. For a complete list of approved voice packs, see p. 50 of the Technical Specifications Manual. AIR apologizes for the inconvenience this may cause to schools.

    Added April 18, 2017
  • TEST WINDOWS OPEN: The following 2016-2017 test windows are now open:

    2016-2017   

    Test Windows

    Online Test Window Opens

    Online Test Window Closes

    DCAS – Alt1 March 8, 2017 June 1, 2017
    Smarter Summative ELA/Math (Grades 3-8) March 8, 2017 June 1, 2017
    DCAS Science (Grades 5,8 and 10) March 1, 2017 June 1, 2017
    Window 2: Algebra II and Integrated
    Mathematics III EOC
    March 29, 2017 June 1, 2017
    Paper Pencil Window: DCAS Science (Grades 5,8,10) and DCAS EOC March 29, 2017 April 13, 2017
    Smarter Interim Assessment Blocks (IAB) ELA/Math (Grades 3-8) August 29, 2016 July 14, 2017
    Smarter Interim Comprehensive Assessment (ICA)  ELA/Math (Grades 3-8) August 29, 2016
    July 14, 2017
     

    Added March 3, 2017
  • Smarter Summative Scores Available in ORS:

    The ORS system is now 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 March 29, 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
  • Notice: The portal has been updated with a list of supported operating systems and web browsers for DeSSA for the 2016-2017 school year.

    The following pages on the portal have been updated:

    Secure Browser: http://de.portal.airast.org/browsers/

    Supported Browsers: http://de.portal.airast.org/supported-browsers/

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

    Added July 26, 2016
  • The new Secure Browser is available!

    For Fall 2016, installation of a new secure browser is required on each computer to be used for DeSSA assessments. The secure browsers for Windows and Mac 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.

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

    Added July 19, 2016
  • 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

DCAS Science & EOC

  • NeoSpeech Voice Pack License Update

    The current license keys for the NeoSpeech VW Julie (English) and VW Violeta (Spanish) voice packs for Windows are set to expire on May 3, 2017. Any schools or districts that are using these voice packs for testing will need to update this license key information prior to May 3 in order to continue using them. The voice packs will not need to be re-installed. To support districts in updating the license keys, AIR has provided detailed instructions and an updated license key available in TIDE under the section General Resources>Voice Packs. For a complete list of approved voice packs, see p. 50 of the Technical Specifications Manual. AIR apologizes for the inconvenience this may cause to schools.

    Added April 18, 2017
  • Update: AIR Secure Browser now supports iOS 10.3 and Chrome OS 57 for all DeSSA Assessments.

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

    Added April 10, 2016
  • TEST WINDOWS OPEN: The following 2016-2017 test windows are now open:

    2016-2017   

    Test Windows

    Online Test Window Opens

    Online Test Window Closes

    DCAS – Alt1 March 8, 2017 June 1, 2017
    Smarter Summative ELA/Math (Grades 3-8) March 8, 2017 June 1, 2017
    DCAS Science (Grades 5,8 and 10) March 1, 2017 June 1, 2017
    Window 2: Algebra II and Integrated
    Mathematics III EOC
    March 29, 2017 June 1, 2017
    Paper Pencil Window: DCAS Science (Grades 5,8,10) and DCAS EOC March 29, 2017 April 13, 2017
    Smarter Interim Assessment Blocks (IAB) ELA/Math (Grades 3-8) August 29, 2016 July 14, 2017
    Smarter Interim Comprehensive Assessment (ICA)  ELA/Math (Grades 3-8) August 29, 2016
    July 14, 2017
     

    Added March 3, 2017
  • Notice: Please note the following dates and means for placing initial and additional orders of paper and pencil test materials.

     

    Paper Pencil: EOC Alg II and IM III (Window 2) & DCAS Science: March 29, 2017 – April 13, 2017

    Initial Order: Feb 1, 2017: Please enter Paper/Pencil Accommodations in TIDE by February 1, 2017 to be included in the initial order. Materials from the initial order will arrive in district by March 22, 2017.

    Additional Orders: Mar 22 – Apr 6, 2017: During these dates please contact your District Administrator or District Test Coordinator to place additional orders for Paper/Pencil test forms in TIDE.

    Return Materials: No later than April 20, 2017. All materials must be shipped from the district to the AIR Processing Center (APC) by this date.

     

    Paper Pencil: Smarter Summative ELA/Lit and Math: April 25 – May 15, 2017

    Initial Order: Feb 1, 2017: Please enter Paper/Pencil Accommodations in TIDE by February 1, 2017 to be included in the initial order. Materials from the initial order will arrive in district by April 12, 2017.

    Additional Orders: Apr 24 – May 08, 2017: During these dates please contact your District Administrator or District Test Coordinator to place additional orders for Paper/Pencil test forms in TIDE.

    Return Materials: No later than May 17, 2017.  All materials must be shipped from the district to Measurement Incorporated (MI) by this date in order to be scored.

     

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

    Added December 13, 2016
  • Notice: The printable report from the Student Test Settings and Tools in TIDE has been updated. Only the Student Settings which have been changed from the default will now appear on the report.

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

    Added January 12, 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, 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
  • Notice: AIR Secure Browser version 8.0 is no longer supported by AIR.

    Please update to the most current version of the AIR Secure Browser 9.0 for DeSSA assessments. The current version of the AIR Secure Browser 9.0 for Windows and Mac is available at http://de.portal.airast.org/browsers/.

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

    Added September 14, 2016
  • Notice: The portal has been updated with a list of supported operating systems and web browsers for DeSSA for the 2016-2017 school year.

    The following pages on the portal have been updated:

    Secure Browser: http://de.portal.airast.org/browsers/

    Supported Browsers: http://de.portal.airast.org/supported-browsers/

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

    Added July 26, 2016
  • The new Secure Browser is available!

    For Fall 2016, installation of a new secure browser is required on each computer to be used for DeSSA assessments. The secure browsers for Windows and Mac 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.

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

    Added July 19, 2016

DCAS-Alt1

  • 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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