Practice & Training Tests

Practice & Training Tests

Image for link
TA Interface Practice and Training SiteComing Soon

The TA Interface Practice and Training Site is for the use of authorized Test Administrators only and cannot be accessed by students. This training tool allows TAs to become familiar with both user interfaces (TA and Student) before administering the DCAS.

Image for link
Student Interface Practice and Training SiteComing Soon

The Student Interface Practice and Training Site includes training and practice tests to help students familiarize themselves with the DCAS. You must use either Firefox or the secure browser to access the Student Interface Practice and Training Site. Other browsers, such as Internet Explorer, will not work.

Welcome to the Practice and Training Sites!

Use the Training and Practice Test sites to become familiar with the online testing system.

Practice tests are a snapshot of the assessed content standards. Not all standards that are assessed on the Smarter or the DCAS are represented in a practice test. The practice test is not intended to be used as a predictor of success on the Smarter or the DCAS.

Please see the Parent Guide to Accessing the Practice and Training Tests Site for a brief explanation of how to access the student Practice and Training Test Site at home using either the secure browser or a supported Mozilla Firefox browser.

Announcements

  • TEST WINDOWS OPEN: The following 2016-2017 test windows are now open:

    2016-2017   

    Test Windows

    Online Test Window Opens

    Online Test Window Closes

    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
    Algebra II and Integrated Mathematics III Pretests August 29, 2016 March 31, 2017
    Window 1: Algebra II and Integrated Mathematics III  January 4, 2017 February 3, 2017
     

    Added October 28, 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
  • Updates to the Secure Browser Installation Manual:

    The Secure Browser Installation Manual has been updated with current Chrome OS installation instructions, and a section was added on Cloning Secure Browser Installation to Other Macs.

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

    Added February 3, 2016
  • Updates to secure browsers:

    Updates are available for the following secure browsers. These updates are not mandatory, however they are recommended so that schools are using the most current version:

    • IOS secure browser – available in the App store
    • Secure Browser for Chrome OS – available in the Google Play store
    Added January 27, 2016
  • Please click here to view all announcements.

Key Documents