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This portal is your source for information about the Delaware System of Student Assessments (DeSSA). Use this site to access Smarter ELA and Math applications and DCAS Science applications. Please check back often for the latest news about DeSSA.

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  • Notice: MacOS 10.13 High Sierra Secure Browser Available

    If you have a Mac using MacOS 10.13 High Sierra, please update to the most current version of the AIR Secure Browser 10.2 for DeSSA assessments. This update resolves previous compatibility issues with MacOS 10.13 and the AIR Secure Browser. This version of the AIR Secure Browser Mac is available at http://de.portal.airast.org/browsers/.

    Please note: This browser will only work for MacOS 10.13, and will not work for any other MacOS versions. If you are using a supported MacOS that is not MacOS 10.13, please continue to use AIR Secure Browser 10.0 for DeSSA Assessments.

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

    Added February 13, 2018
  • TIDE Improvements:

    Enhancements have been made to the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) to improve searching for and exporting results for users, students and appeals. Please refer to the updated TIDE User Guide for details about how to use these new features.

    Added February 6, 2018
  • Printed copies of the 2017-2018 Smarter ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Online Summative Test Administration Manual (TAMs) will arrive in districts by Feb 6, 2018. TAMs are bundled by school, and shipped to districts. One district box is marked with a label indicating it contains the district packing slips with a summary by school.  Districts may order additional TAMs through the DeSSA Helpdesk (1-877-560-8331 or DeSSAHelpDesk@air.org) beginning Feb 6th.  A small number of additional TAMs were printed, and will be available to meet requests while quantities last. TAMs are also available online on the portal at: https://de.portal.airast.org/resources/manuals-smarter/

    TAMs are not secure materials and do not need to be returned. We ask schools and districts to recycle the TAMs at the end of the window.

    Added January 31, 2018
  • Notice: Please note the following deadlines for placing initial and additional orders of paper and pencil test materials for the Smarter Summative Paper/Pencil Test Window taking place April 25 - May 11:

    • Initial Order: Jan 31, 2018: Please select "Paper/Pencil" under "Designated Supports (Non-Embedded)" as necessary  in TIDE by January 31, 2018 to be included in the initial Smarter order. Materials from the initial order will arrive in district by April 18, 2018. 
    • Additional Orders: Apr 18 – May 5, 2018: During these dates please contact your District Administrator or District Test Coordinator to place additional orders for Smarter Paper/Pencil test forms in TIDE
    • Return Materials: No later than May 15, 2018.  All Smarter 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 January 10, 2018
  • Notice: Secure Browser 2018 Updates

    Please update to the most current version of the AIR Secure Browser 10.0 for DeSSA assessments. The current version of the AIR Secure Browser 10.0 for Windows and Mac is available at http://de.portal.airast.org/browsers/.

    The following browsers will continue to have support for the rest of the school year:

    • SB 10.0 and above for all desktops
    • MSB 4.1 for iOS versions 9.3.1 – 11.0 and above

    The following browsers will not be supported after January 1, 2018 and should be updated:

    • SB 9.0/9.1/9.2 for all desktops OS (macOSX, Windows, Linux)
    • MSB 3.3/3.4 for all iOS versions
    • iOS version  9.1 and below

    Please note that Android versions 6 and 7 are still undergoing compatibility testing with the AIR Secure Browser.

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

    Added December 21, 2017
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This portal is your source for information about the Delaware System of Student Assessments (DeSSA). Use this site to access Smarter ELA and Math applications and DCAS Science applications. Please check back often for the latest news about DeSSA.