Archived Announcements

All Archived 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, January 4 until 11 p.m. on Sunday, January 6. The DeSSA portal and all systems accessed through the DeSSA portal will be offline during this window.

    Added January 2, 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

    Added December 6, 2018
  • Notice: The Online Reporting System is available again. The grade 8 Smarter Summative Math rescore has been completed.

    Added October 12, 2018
  • ORS Downtime: The Online Reporting System will be down as the grade 8 Smarter Summative Math rescore is completed. This system will be down for approximately one week.

    Added September 25, 2018
  • Notice: The Test Administration site and Assessment Viewing Application (AVA) will have downtime to prepare for SY 2018-2019. These systems will be up at the opening of the Smarter Interim Test Window on September 5, 2018. AIRWays, ORS, TIDE, and the Student Practice Test Site are all currently live on the DeSSA Portal.

    Added August 30, 2018
  • Notice: Secure Browser Version 10.4

    The Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux Secure Browsers for the 2018—2019 school year are now available. This new version of the secure browser is required for all 2018—2019 online test administrations.

    Please download the current version of the secure browsers for Windows, Mac and Linux at

    Note: Both iOS and Chrome secure browsers have been updated and are available in the App Store and in the Google Play Store, respectively.

    Added August 22, 2018

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