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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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  • DCAS Science: DDOE will not be offering the DCAS Science Assessment this year and will instead administer the NGSS Science Field Test this spring. AIR has removed DCAS Science Resources on the DeSSA Portal to reflect this change. To find more information about the new NGSS Science Field Test, visit https://www.doe.k12.de.us/Page/3561

    Added March 12, 2018
  • TEST WINDOWS OPEN: The following 2017-2018 test windows are now open:

    2017-2018    Test Windows Online Test Window Opens Online Test Window Closes
    Smarter Interim Assessment Blocks (IAB) ELA/Math (Grades 3-8) August 28, 2017 July 13, 2018
    Smarter Interim Comprehensive Assessment (ICA)  ELA/Math (Grades 3-8) August 28, 2017 July 13, 2018

    Added March 7, 2018
  • 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
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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 and DCAS Science applications. Please check back often for the latest news about DeSSA.