Archived Announcements

All Archived Announcements

  • August 12, 2019 – Release of the new Secure Browsers for the 2019-20 School Year

    The Secure Browsers for the 2019-20 school year are available to download from the DeSSA portal at for installation on Windows, Mac OSX 10.9 and higher, Linux, and Chrome OS.  Districts can begin downloading the secure browsers at any time.  Please contact the DeSSA Help Desk if you have any questions.

    Added August 12, 2019
  • June 25, 2019 – Smarter Balanced Interims reporting change

    Starting in the 2019–20 school year, student results for the Smarter Balanced Interims will no longer be reported in ORS and will only be reported in AIRWays Reporting. ORS will continue to be the reporting location to access student results for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment.

    Added June 25, 2019
  • July 1, 2019 – AIR systems summer downtime schedule

    To prepare for the start of the 2019–20 school year, AIR will be updating AIR systems including TIDE, TDS, ORS, AIRWays Reporting, and AVA. The start of each downtime will begin at 12:00am and will end at 11:59pm on the days indicated, unless otherwise noted. These updates will occur on the schedule below.

    SY18-19 Smarter Balanced Interim Availability Ends

    Friday, July 18 – Last day the Smarter Balanced Interims will be available

    AIRWays Reporting Summer Downtime

    Wednesday, July 31 at 8:00am -  Sunday, August 4 at 9:00pm

    TIDE Summer Downtime

    Wednesday, August 21 - Monday, August 26

    Tuesday, August 27 – TIDE go-live for SY19-20

    TDS, ORS, and AVA downtimes will be determined soon and will be added to the portal.

    Added June 25, 2019
  • 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, June 14 until 11 p.m. on Sunday, June 16. The DeSSA portal and all systems accessed through the DeSSA portal will be offline during this window.

    Added June 13, 2019
  • ORS Downtime: The Online Reporting System (ORS) will be offline 6 p.m. on Friday, March 22 until 11 p.m. on Monday, March 25 for system enhancements related to the 2018-2019 school year. All other systems access through the DeSSA portal will be available during this ORS downtime.

    Added March 21, 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 

    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

    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

    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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