Archived Announcements

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  • The 2019-2020 Vermont Comprehensive Assessment Program (VTCAP) Regional Training registration is now open. Due to limited space, each district is only allowed two attendees. Please click here for training dates and registration information.

    Added September 11, 2019
  • The Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) is recruiting educators for the upcoming Alternate Assessment Content Review Meeting on October 8 and 9, 2019. During this meeting, both general education content area educators and special educators will review test questions that have been developed for the Vermont Alternate Assessment (VTAA). Please fill out this survey in order to participate in the meeting.

    Added September 4, 2019
  • The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will be down for maintenance in preparation for the new academic year September 11 – September 18, 2019. TIDE will be back online on September 19, 2019.

    Added September 4, 2019
  • The Secure Browsers for the 2019-2020 school year are now available for download on the Secure Browsers page of the portal. The new version of the Secure Browser is required for all 2019-2020 online test administrations.

    Added August 19, 2019
  • The 2019 VTCAP Testing Survey is now available. This survey is intended to give everyone the opportunity to provide the assessment team with valuable feedback on your experience with this year’s test administration. Click here to access the survey.

    Added July 9, 2019
  • The Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) is preparing to conduct standard setting for the Vermont Alternate Assessment (VTAA) August 13 – August 15, 2019. The standard setting process involves a committee review of test items and student performance data in order to make recommendations for score ranges for the four performance levels. AOE is currently recruiting Vermont educators to participate in committees for each grade level for Math and NGSS Science. If you are interested in participating in the ELA standard setting, you will be placed on a waitlist. Committee members will receive $450 as an honorarium for participating in the 3-day meeting. If interested, please complete the online application.

    Added July 3, 2019
  • The AIRWays Reporting System will be temporarily unavailable from 8:00 AM EST on July 31, 2019 until 9:00 PM EST on August 4, 2019 due to system-wide maintenance in preparation for fall testing. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added June 21, 2019
  • Please be sure to make any changes to student information in TIDE by Monday, June 17. Testing staff will no longer have the ability to add or edit student information in TIDE after this date. Testing staff will only have the ability to view student information in TIDE. If you need assistance after this date please contact the VT Help Desk.

    Added June 14, 2019
  • The VTSA test window is extended until the end of the day on Wednesday, June 5th. 

    Added May 31, 2019
  • The 2018-2019 Vermont Alternate Assessment (VTAA) Regional Training registration is now open. Due to limited space this training is limited to just those individuals that will be administering the alternate assessment to students. All attendees of the upcoming VTAA Regional Trainings are asked to bring a laptop or tablet (other than an iPad mini) with them to the training session. Part of the training session will include a live practice demo of the assessment. Please click here for training dates and registration information.

    Added April 16, 2019
  • This message is to inform you that due to unexpected events, the upcoming Vermont Alternate Assessment (VTAA) Test Coordinator Training Webinar scheduled for March 28, 2019 have been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. Information about a new webinar training session will be provided as soon as that information is available.  

     

    Added March 21, 2019
  • This message is to inform you that due to unexpected events, the upcoming Vermont Alternate Assessment (VTAA) Regional Training sessions scheduled for April 2 – 5, 2019 have been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. Information about a new training session will be provided as soon as that information is available.  

    Added March 20, 2019
  • The latest version of the Chrome v72 is now supported for student testing. If you have already updated to  Chrome 72, please ensure you have the newest release (72.0.3626.117) prior to testing to prevent some errors that were being received when using the prior version. This issue has now been resolved with the newest release (72.0.3626.117). You may also still continue to test on Chrome v67-71.

    Added February 26, 2019
  • AIR has completed the review of macOS 10.14 and determined a new secure browser is required to support this new operating system. Additionally, a security issue has been discovered for macOS 10.13. To address these issues, AIR has created and posted a newly updated version of the secure browser for macOS which is available for download on the Secure Browsers page. Previous versions of the secure browser for macOS will no longer function after December 31, 2018. All macOS devices (10.9 to 10.14)  are required have the new secure browser installed by the end of the year in order to test in the new year.

    Added December 4, 2018
  • Short Response Auto-Scoring Pilot

    Vermont is participating in a pilot test to auto-score short response (1- and 2-point items) on the Smarter Balanced Interim assessments. When your students take the Smarter Balanced Interims, some of the ELA and math items will be auto-scored and you will be able to review, and change if necessary, the scoring of those items in AIRWays Reporting using the same procedures you currently use to review auto-scoring of responses to full writes on the ELA Performance tasks. We will send out a link to a survey in January asking about your experience with auto-scoring short-response items. Specifically, we will be asking about whether you think condition codes and scores were assigned accurately and whether you attempted to change any item’s scores. 

    Added December 3, 2018
  • The recording of the TIDE/TDS/AIR Ways Enhancements Webinar Training is now available in the Resources section of the portal. Please visit the Resources section, select Training Materials and the Webinars folder to access the presentation.

    Added October 11, 2018
  • TIDE/TDS/AIR Ways Enhancements Webinar Training 

    When? – Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. 

    Who should attend? This webinar training is intended for:

    • District Administrators,
    • District and School Test Coordinators

    What’s it all about?

    • This webinar will go over enhancements to the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE), Test Delivery System (TDS) and will provide an overview of AIR Ways Reporting System for the 2018-2019 school year. How do I register? Register for the webinar by clicking on the date below.

    After registering, a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar will be sent to the email address you provided during registration.

    Added September 25, 2018
  • There have been a number of changes to districts and schools over the last year as a result of district consolidations. Changes were recently made in TIDE to reflect these changes for 2018-2019. For districts or schools that were closed or moved user accounts had to be deleted from these schools in order to make the changes in TIDE. In these instances, the District Administrator will need to create new user accounts for testing staff. Users can be added manually or uploaded in TIDE.

    Added September 17, 2018
  • The 2018-2019 Regional Training registration is now open. Please click here for training dates and registration information.

    Added September 13, 2018
  • The Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments test window will open on September 26, 2018. To prepare for the administration of these Interim Assessments, the systems that support test administration have scheduled maintenance periods that require system downtime. Please see the following maintenance periods for these systems, below:

    • The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will be down for maintenance beginning September 4th and will return online September 18th.
    • The Practice Tests and the Assessment Viewing Application (AVA) will be down for maintenance beginning September 4th and will return online September 26th.
    • The Online Reporting System (ORS) will be down for maintenance beginning September 17th and will return online September 26th.
    • The AIR Ways Reporting System will be down for maintenance beginning September 17th and will return online October 2nd.

    Added August 21, 2018
  • The secure browsers for the 2018—2019 school year are now available for download on the Secure Browsers page of the portal. The new version of the secure browser is required for all 2018-2019 online test administrations.

    Added August 10, 2018
  • The 2018 VTCAP Testing Survey is now available. This survey is intended to give everyone the opportunity to provide the assessments team with valuable feedback on your experience with this year’s test administration. Click here to access the survey.

    Added June 8, 2018
  • The date of the Vermont Science Assessment Make-Up Testing Window is June 4 – June 8, 2018.

    Added May 31, 2018
  • The AIR Ways Reporting System will be down for maintenance Saturday, June 9th through Sunday, June 10th. The system will be available starting Monday, June 11th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added May 10, 2018
  • The recording of the Online Reporting System (ORS) Webinar Training is now available in the Resources section of the portal. Please visit the Resources section and select the District Administrators folder to access the presentation.

    Added March 29, 2018
  • Online Reporting System (ORS) Training Webinar

    When?

    Tuesday, March 27, 2018, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

    Who should attend?

    This ORS Training Webinar is intended for:

    • District Administrators,
    • District and School Test Coordinators
    • Teachers

    What’s it all about?

    • This webinar will review how to navigate the Online Reporting System (ORS) in order to retrieve results from the 2017-2018 Smarter Balanced and Science assessments. The webinar will also cover roster management and printing individual student reports in the system.

    How do I register? Register for the webinar by clicking on the date below.

    After registering, a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar will be sent to the email address you provided during registration.

    Added March 7, 2018
  • Assessment Updates and System Enhancements Webinar Training 

    When?

    Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. 

    Who should attend?

    This webinar provides a condensed version of the information that was shared during the Vermont Regional Trainings the week of February 6-9 and is intended for:

    • District Administrators,
    • District and School Test Coordinators

    What’s it all about?

    This webinar will provide an overview of:

    • NEW Science Assessment
    • AIR System Enhancements
    • Grade 9 Smarter Balanced Assessments

    We invite all participants to engage in a short Q&A discussion at the conclusion of the webinar. How do I register? Register for the webinar by clicking on the date below.

    After registering, a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar will be sent to the email address you provided during registration.

    Added February 28, 2018
  • The overview of the Winter 2018 Regional Trainings is now available in the Resources section of the portal. Please visit the Resources section and select the District Administrators option to access the presentation.

    Added February 12, 2018
  • AIR is releasing a new version of the ChromeOS Secure Browser (v3.1). While the new browser has some value-added features, the earlier version (v3.0) will continue to be fully supported, so there is no requirement to update this year.  However, the key feature in the v3.1 release is that it will prevent a student’s Chromebook from going to sleep during testing. This improvement will help those students working on a draft paper or on a reading passage.  It will effectively prevent Chromebook’s default inactivity timeout.

    Added February 12, 2018
  • The Secure Browser for use with Mac computers running OS 10.13 is now available for download on the Secure Browser page of the portal. This browser must be installed on each computer that has Mac OS 10.13 in order to take the summative and interim assessments.

    Added February 2, 2018
  • TIDE will be offline for maintenance beginning Friday, January 5th and will return online Monday, January 8th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added January 2, 2018
  • Recording of the Technology Requirements for Online Testing Training webinar is now available in the Resources section of the portal. Please visit the Resources section, select Training Materials and choose Webinars to access these materials.

    Added September 29, 2017
  • TIDE/TDS/THSS/AIR Ways Webinar Training When? – Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Who should attend? This webinar training is intended for:

    • Educators who are not in a testing grade but still plan on using the interim assessments and
    • District and school administrators who plan on using summative or interim data to create reports
    What’s it all about?
    • This webinar will go over enhancements to the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) and Test Delivery System (TDS) for the 2017-2018 school year. It will also provide an overview of how to navigate the Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) and the AIR Ways Reporting system.
    We invite all participants to engage in a Q&A discussion at the conclusion of the webinar. How do I register? Register for the webinar by clicking on the date below. After registering, a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar will be sent to the email address you provided during registration.

    Added September 12, 2017
  • Technology Requirements for Online Testing Webinar Training When? – Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Who should attend? This Technology Requirements webinar is intended for:

    • Technology Coordinators and
    • School staff responsible for preparing a school for online test administrations.
      What’s it all about? This webinar will provide an overview of:
    • the technology requirements needed for all computers and devices used for online testing,
    • information on secure browser installation, and
    • voice packs for text-to-speech.
    We invite all participants to engage in a Q&A discussion at the conclusion of the webinar. How do I register? Register for the webinar by clicking on the date below: After registering, a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar will be sent to the email address you provided during registration.

    Added September 12, 2017
  • In order to prepare for the start of the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessment test window, which begins on September 26th, the systems that support test administration have scheduled maintenance periods that require system downtime. Please see the following maintenance periods for these systems, below:

    • TIDE will be down for maintenance beginning September 8th and will return online September 19th.
    • ORS will be down for maintenance beginning September 18th and will return online September 26th.
    • AIR Ways, AVA, and THSS will be down for maintenance beginning September 23rd and will return online September 26th.

    Added August 30, 2017
  • The Windows and Mac OSX secure browsers for the 2017—2018 school year is now available. This new version of the secure browser is required for all 2017-2018 online test administrations.

    Note: The secure browser for all desktop operating systems is available for download from the portal. Both iOS and Chrome secure browsers have been updated and are available at no cost in the App Store and in the Google Play Store, respectively.

    Added August 14, 2017
  • AIR System Hardware Upgrade—Systems Offline August

    AIR systems are undergoing a hardware upgrade from Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20, 2017. All systems (TIDE, TDS, ORS, AIR Ways, AVA) will be offline during this time.

    Added July 26, 2017
  • Reminder: All orders for paper materials should be placed in TIDE prior to the close of the order window. The paper materials order window closes on Friday, May 26th.

    Added May 24, 2017
  • New ORS Training Webinar When? – Tuesday, April 4, 2017, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Who should attend? This ORS Training Webinar is intended for:

    • District Administrators,
    • District Test Coordinators,
    • School Test Coordinators, and
    • Teachers
    What’s it all about? This webinar will review how to navigate the Online Reporting System (ORS) in order to retrieve results from the 2016-2017 Smarter Balanced interim and summative assessments. The webinar will also cover roster management and printing individual student reports in the system. How do I register? Register for the webinar by clicking on the date below. After registering, a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar will be sent to the email address you provided during registration.

    Added March 14, 2017
  • In order to prepare for the launch of the spring 2017 Smarter Balanced summative assessments, the Test Delivery System (TDS) will be unavailable starting at 6:00 PM this evening, Friday, March 10th. The TDS will be available again in the morning on Tuesday, March 14th for the start of the summative assessment testing window. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added March 11, 2017
  • TIDE will be down for maintenance this evening, March 10, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm EST. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added March 10, 2017
  • THSS and AIR Ways Training Webinar When? Wednesday, February 1, 2017, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Who should attend? This THSS and AIR Ways Training Webinar is intended for district- and school-level users who intend to administer the interim assessments. What’s it all about? This webinar will provide an overview of how to navigate the Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) and the new AIR Ways Reporting system. The THSS allows Scorers to score item responses that require human scoring on both Interim Comprehensive Assessment (ICA) and the Interim Assessment Block (IAB). AIR Ways provides student performance reports for interim assessments. This system offers more reporting features and greater access to item level data that is not available through the Online Reporting System (ORS). AIR Ways provides access to item level data in addition to individual and group data. How do I register? Register for the webinar by clicking on the date below.

    After registering, a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar will be sent to the email address you provided during registration.

    Added January 17, 2017
  • New TIDE Training Webinar When? – Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Who should attend? This TIDE Training Webinar is intended for:

    • District Administrators,
    • District and School Test Coordinators,
    • Teachers, and
    • Test Administrators.
    What’s it all about? This webinar will provide an overview of how to navigate the new format and enhanced features of the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE). How do I register? Register for the webinar by clicking on the date below. After registering, a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar will be sent to the email address you provided during registration.

    Added October 25, 2016
  • The Assessment Viewing Application (AVA) go live has been pushed back to next week. We apologize for an inconvenience this delay may cause.

    Added October 19, 2016
  • The Assessment Viewing Application (AVA) will go live on Thursday, October 20th.

    Added October 18, 2016
  • The practice and training tests will be down for maintenance this evening, October 13, after 5:00pm ET and will re-open October 14, after 5:00pm ET.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added October 13, 2016
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) will be down for maintenance Saturday, October 15th through Monday, October 17th. The system will be available starting Tuesday, October 18th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added October 12, 2016
  • Recordings of the Technology Requirements for Online Testing Training and TIDE Training webinars are now available in the Resources section of the portal. Please visit the Resources section to access these materials.

    Added October 5, 2016
  • TIDE will be down for maintenance Saturday, September 24th through Wednesday, October 5th. Student information for the 2016-2017 school year will be available when the new TIDE reopens on Thursday, October 6th.

    Added September 20, 2016
  • New TIDE Training Webinar When? – Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Who should attend? This TIDE Training Webinar is intended for:

    • District Administrators,
    • District and School Test Coordinators,
    • Teachers, and
    • Test Administrators.
    What’s it all about? This webinar will provide an overview of how to navigate the new format and enhanced features of the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) in preparation for the new system launch on October 6th. How do I register? Register for the webinar by clicking on the date below. After registering, a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar will be sent to the email address you provided during registration.

    Added September 13, 2016
  • Technology Requirements for Online Testing Training Webinar When? –Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Who should attend? This Technology Requirements webinar is intended for:

    • Technology Coordinators and
    • School staff responsible for preparing a school for online test administrations.
    What’s it all about? This webinar will provide an overview of:
    • the technology requirements needed for all computers and devices used for online testing,
    • information on secure browser installation, and
    • voice packs for text-to-speech.
    How do I register? Register for the webinar by clicking on the date below: After registering, a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar will be sent to the email address you provided during registration.

    Added September 13, 2016
  • All systems will be down for maintenance Saturday, August 13 – Sunday, August 14. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added August 4, 2016

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