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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. Please check back often for the latest news about DeSSA.

Recent Announcements.

  • 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, March 15 until 11 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. The DeSSA portal and all systems accessed through the DeSSA portal will be offline during this window.

    Added March 6, 2019
  • Upcoming System Downtime:

    The Test Delivery System (TDS) and Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will be offline from Sunday, March 3rd at 11:00pm until Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00am to process updates related to deploying the Smarter Summative Assessment. The following assessments will not be available during this time:

    • Smarter Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICA)
    • Smarter Interim Assessment Blocks (IAB)
    • All TA proctored Practice Tests

    Added March 1, 2019
  • Chrome Version 72 Now Supported for Online Testing: AIR and Google have resolved the issue with Chrome OS version 72 with the sub-release of Chrome version 72.0.3626.117. Devices running Chrome OS version 72.0.3626.117 and later versions of Chrome OS version 72 are now supported for secure online testing. If you have any additional questions, please contact the DeSSA Help Desk at 877.560.8331or DeSSAHelpDesk@air.org. 

    Added February 27, 2019
  • Chrome v72 Issue: AIR is working closely with Google to address an issue with Chrome OS v72 that prevents AIR from supporting it for online testing. Until this issue is resolved, AIR is asking all Chromebook users to hold off on updating their devices to the newest version if they have not already. If you have any additional questions, please contact the DeSSA Help Desk at 1-877-560-8331 or email DeSSAHelpDesk@air.org.

    Added February 13, 2019
  • December 6, 2018 – New Secure Browser for MacOS (Action required)

    AIR found a security issue during the testing of the latest version of MacOS 10.14 (Mojave) and MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra). Everyone running on MacOS must update to the new Secure Browser 10.6 to resolve this issue. This new browser will work on all versions of MacOS that are currently supported (10.9+) and will be available for download on Friday, December 7.

    As of December 21, 2018, the 2017-18 AIR Secure Browser will no longer be supported for state assessments. Technology Coordinators will need to ensure that the Secure Browsers are updated to the new 2018-19 version, which can be downloaded at https://de.portal.airast.org/secure-browsers.stml.

    Added December 6, 2018
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Welcome to DeSSA!

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. Please check back often for the latest news about DeSSA.