Archived Announcements

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  • May 21, 2019 - Online Test Delivery System (TDS) Downtime
    The operational environment for the Test Delivery System (TDS), which hosts the ILEARN, IREAD-3, I AM, and ISTEP+ practice and operational tests, will be offline beginning Friday, May 24, from 7:00 p.m. ET, through Sunday, May 26, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The operational and practice tests will not be accessible during this time, but the Released Items Repository can still be accessed during this offline window.

    Added May 21, 2019
  • May 8, 2019 - ILEARN ECA Additional Order Window Closes This Friday (5/10)
    This Friday, May 10, is the last day for schools to order additional ILEARN ECA Biology and U.S. Government materials for students testing paper-and-pencil as an accommodation. Contact the AIR Help Desk for any assistance (866-298-4256 or airindianahelpdesk@air.org). 

    Added May 8, 2019
  • April 30, 2019 - Online Reporting System (ORS) Downtime

    The ORS will be offline to support the release of 2018-2019 ILEARN ECA U.S. Government student score reports, beginning Wednesday, May 1, from 8:00 p.m. ET, through Sunday, May 5, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The ECA U.S. Government student score reports will be available next Monday morning, May 6. 

    Added April 30, 2019
  • April 30, 2019 – ILEARN 3-8 Additional Order Window Closes This Friday (5/3)
    This Friday, May 3, is the last day for schools to order additional ILEARN 3-8 materials for students testing paper-and-pencil as an accommodation. Contact the AIR Help Desk for any assistance (866-298-4256 or airindianahelpdesk@air.org).  

    Added April 30, 2019
  • April 29, 2019 – Chrome OS 73 (Update)

    AIR confirmed resolution of the previously reported issue with Chrome OS 73, which affected how some ILEARN assessment items rendered in the online test delivery system (TDS). Help Desk agents have been following up with customers who reported this, and anyone who paused testing because of this should resume. Please contact the AIR Help Desk for any assistance (866-298-4256 or airindianahelpdesk@air.org).

    Added April 29, 2019
  • April 25, 2019 – Chrome OS 73

    AIR has learned the latest release of Chrome OS (73) has introduced a problem in the way some items on ILEARN assessments are rendered. This is limited to Chrome OS 73, and is not reproduced on earlier versions of Chrome OS. AIR will provide notice through the Portal and Help Desk correspondence when the problem is resolved in full. Until then, AIR suggests customers using Chrome OS use devices locked on supported versions of Chrome OS, or revert their devices on OS 73 back to OS 72.0.3626.117, if possible. Contact the Indiana Assessment Help Desk (airindianahelpdesk@air.org or 866-298-4256) for any assistance.

    Added April 25, 2019
  • April 23, 2019 - ILEARN Math and Biology Non-Performance Tasks

    All ILEARN Mathematics and Biology tests that expired overnight have been reopened and students can resume testing. ILEARN tests will expire at the times outlined in the test administration manuals going forward.

    Added April 23, 2019
  • April 23, 2019 - ILEARN Math and Biology Non-Performance Tasks

    ILEARN Math and Biology Non-Performance Task tests that were started on April 22nd unexpectedly expired overnight. Students that started Non-Performance Task tests yesterday are not currently able to access those tests. Students will be able to access those tests again shortly. AIR will provide an update within 30 minutes. ELA and Social Studies Non-Peformance Task tests are not impacted by this issue.

    Added April 23, 2019
  • April 22, 2019 - Clarification for “Accommodated Forms”

    Accommodated forms are only needed for students requiring Refreshable Braille (ELA, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies) and Spanish translation (Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies). Test Administrators should select the entire Summative test selection category, as pictured below with ILEARN Mathematics Summative tests. This will ensure students needing either Refreshable Braille or Spanish have access to those forms, and students not needing either of those forms still have access to the non-accommodated English forms.

    Test administrators administering either the online Refreshable Braille or Spanish ILEARN accommodated forms need to ensure those students have the correct language setting designated in TIDE’s Designated Features (embedded).  The specific accommodated forms are selected when starting a session. The forms are identifiable by the “- Accommodated Form” at the end of the test name, and are located within the Summative test selection categories.

    Contact the AIR Help Desk (airindianahelpdesk@air.org or 866-298-4256) for any assistance.

    Added April 22, 2019
  • April 11, 2019 - ILEARN Read Aloud Scripts Posted               

    The secure paper-and-pencil read aloud scripts for grades 3-8 that will be used to administer the standard ILEARN paper-and-pencil forms will be posted to the Secure Inbox on Monday (4/15). In addition, the secure paper-and-pencil scripts for grade 3-8 students with a read aloud accommodation will be posted to the Secure Inbox for ILEARN Grades 3-8, ILEARN Biology, and ILEARN U.S. Government.  Only CTCs, STCs, and NPSTCs will be able to access these secure scripts.

    The non-secure paper-and-pencil read aloud scripts for ILEARN Biology and ILEARN U.S. Government will be posted to the ILEARN portal.

    Please contact the AIR Help Desk (airindianahelpdesk@air.org or 866-298-4256) with any questions.

    Added April 11, 2019
  • April 11, 2019 - AIR System Downtime

    The operational environment for the Test Delivery System (TDS), which hosts the ILEARN, IREAD-3, and I AM practice and operational tests, will be offline beginning Friday, April 12, from 7:00 p.m. ET, through Sunday, April 14, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The operational and practice tests will not be accessible during this time, but the Released Items Repository shall be.

    Added April 11, 2019
  • April 11, 2019 – Intermittent TTS Issue on Chrome OS
    AIR is aware of a potential problem with the online embedded Text-to-Speech (TTS) accommodation on devices using Chrome OS. When presented with the sound check page, some students see a message that TTS is not available. They should not proceed to the test, as TTS will not activate. AIR and Google have not been able to determine the root of the issue, but have confirmed thus far that the issue does not lie within the secure browser app or the online test delivery system. While a root cause is not yet known, uninstalling and reinstalling the secure browser is effective as a workaround. 
    If you are experiencing this issue, please contact the Indiana Assessment Helpdesk. Help Desk agents are able to assist with logging a report with Google. Logging a report with Google will generate a ticket that AIR Developers can reference as we work with Google to identify a long term solution.

    Added April 11, 2019
  • April 8, 2019 – Updated ILEARN Manuals & Practice Test Scripts Now Ready for Download! 
    AIR and IDOE completed a final review of test documentation in advance of the spring test windows to ensure standardization. We identified a small number of updates in each file that needed to be communicated to schools prior to initiating ILEARN assessments. These five ancillaries are now available for download. A change log at the end of each file helps CTCs and TAs easily locate the updated information. 
    • ILEARN Test Coordinator’s Manual (TCM) 
    • ILEARN Test Administrator’s Manual (TAM)
    • ILEARN Biology ECA TAM
    • ILEARN U.S. Government ECA TAM 
    • ILEARN Online Practice Test Scripts for Grades 3-8
    Please contact the Help Desk with any questions: 866-298-4256 or airindianahelpdesk@air.org.

    Added April 8, 2019
  • April 3, 2019 - AIR System Downtime

    The operational environment for the Test Delivery System (TDS), which hosts the ILEARN, IREAD-3, and I AM practice and operational tests, will be offline beginning Friday, April 5, from 7:00 p.m. ET, through Sunday, April 7, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The operational and practice tests will not be accessible during this time, but the Released Items Repository shall be.

    Added April 3, 2019
  • March 27, 2019 – Updates coming to the ILEARN Test Administrator Manuals (TAMs), the ILEARN Online Practice Test Scripts Grades 3-8, and the ILEARN Test Coordinator Manual (TCM) on Monday, April 8, 2019

    AIR and IDOE completed a final review of test documentation in advance of the window to ensure standardization.  We identified a small number of updates that need to be communicated to Test Administrators prior to initiating the ILEARN test administration.  Revisions are being made to the following:

    • ILEARN Test Administrator Manuals (TAMs): ILEARN Grades 3-8, ILEARN Biology ECA, and ILEARN U.S. Government ECA
    • ILEARN Online Practice Test Scripts Grades 3-8
    • ILEARN Test Coordinator Manual (TCM)

    Revisions to the TAMs, Online Practice Test Scripts Grades 3-8, and TCM will be available to corporations on Monday, April 8, via the ILEARN portal. A change log will be included in each document so that corporations can easily locate the updated information. 

    Another portal announcement will be posted on Monday, April 8, when the updated materials are available for download. 

    Once the new ancillaries are posted, please reach out to the Help Desk if you have any questions.  The Help Desk can be reached at 866-298-4256 or via email at airindianahelpdesk@air.org

    Added March 27, 2019
  • March 08, 2019 - AIR System Downtime

    The operational environment for the Test Delivery System (TDS), which hosts the ILEARN, IREAD-3, and I AM practice and operational tests, will be offline beginning Friday, March 8, from 7:00 p.m. ET, through Sunday, March 10, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The ILEARN and IREAD-3 operational and practice tests will not be accessible during this time, but the Released Items Repository shall be. 

    Added March 8, 2019
  • March 8, 2019 – RESOLVED: Problem with uploading Users and Students in TIDE

    The issue with uploads into AIR’s TIDE system has been resolved and the system is functioning correctly.  Nightly student files were successfully processed overnight and users can be added today without issue.  Please contact the AIR Help Desk at 866-298-4256 if you experience any issues.

    Added March 7, 2019
  • An issue was discovered within Google Chrome’s previous operating software version that resulted with a “login shell.alert.login error” message for students attempting to sign into the AIRSecureTest app on Chromebooks. Google has included the fix for this issue in the latest Chrome OS version, Chrome OS 72.0.3626.117, and AIR is able to announce full support of this version with online testing as no other compatibility issues have been discovered. Many, if not most, Chrome OS devices should already be running on OS 72.0.3626.117, as it became available on Google’s stable channel on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. 
     
    As communicated in the Technology Setup for Online Testing Quick Guide and Additional Configurations and Troubleshooting Guide for Chrome OS resources, AIR recommends disabling Chrome OS auto-updates or limiting updates to a specific version used successfully before summative testing begins.

    Added February 27, 2019
  • February 13, 2019 - Secure Browser access for Chrome and iOS restored

    AIR confirmed this morning that the Indiana Secure Browser for Chromebooks and iOS was unavailable to users that were accessing the secure browser for the first time on those devices. Users who had previously accessed the secure browser were able to take tests without issue. Access to the Indiana Secure Browser for new logins was restored as of 9:52 a.m. ET. 

    If you need any assistance or support, please contact the Indiana Assessment Help Desk at 866-298-4256.

    Added February 13, 2019
  • February 13, 2019 - AIR confirmed that the Secure Browser for Chromebooks and iOS is unavailable for when accessing for the first time.

    AIR is working diligently to restore access and anticipates resolution this morning. Current testing may continue on all other devices and on Chrome and iOS devices that have previously accessed the Secure Browser. Do not begin new test sessions on Chromebooks and iOS until further notification.  Please continue to monitor the Indiana Assessment Portal for additional updates.

    The Department and AIR will send a follow-up correspondence as soon as access is restored. An update will be provided within an hour if service has not yet been fully restored. 

    This Indiana Assessment Portal will be updated once performance is restored. If you need any assistance or support, please contact the Indiana Assessment Help Desk at 866-298-4256.

    Added February 13, 2019
  • February 8, 2019 - AIR System Downtime

    Both the Released Items Repository and the operational environment for the Test Delivery System (TDS), which hosts the ILEARN and IREAD-3 practice and operational tests, will be offline beginning Friday, February 8, from 7:00 p.m. ET, through Sunday, February 10, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The ILEARN and IREAD-3 operational and practice tests will not be accessible during this time, nor will the Repository's released items.

    Added February 8, 2019
  • January 18, 2019 - AIR System Downtime

    The AIR TIDE system will be offline for scheduled maintenance on February 5, 2019, beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET, through 9:00 p.m. ET. This maintenance includes various bug fixes and improvements to overall system performance. Additionally, functionality is being added that integrates Roster data with the Inbox: users will have the choice to see Roster search results directly on the TIDE system interface or send them to the inbox for download. This functionality already exists for User and Student search results, and is being added to make the user-experience more consistent.

    Added January 18, 2019
  • January 11, 2019 - ILEARN 3-8 and U.S. Government ECA Test Administrator Manuals (TAMs) and ILEARN 3-8 Online Practice Test Scripts - Now Posted!    STCs and TAs may now download these two ILEARN TAMs, and the corresponding ILEARN 3-8 online practice test scripts, from the ILEARN “CTC Resources” and "Educator Resources" pages of the Indiana Assessment Portal.

    Added January 11, 2019
  • December 20, 2018 - AIR System Downtime 

    Both the Released Items Repository and the operational environment for the Test Delivery System (TDS), which hosts the ILEARN, IREAD-3, and I AM practice and operational tests, will be offline beginning Friday, December 21, beginning at 12:00 a.m. ET, through Sunday, December 23 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The ILEARN, IREAD-3, and I AM operational and practice tests will not be accessible during this time, nor will the Repository's released items.

    Added December 20, 2018
  • December 3, 2018 – Speech-To-Text Non-Embedded Accommodation Guidance
    CTCs, CITCs, and building-level administrators are encouraged to review this guidance from AIR to ensure the STT accommodation is in place for students who require this non-embedded accommodation during online testing. Please contact the AIR Help Desk with any questions.

    Added December 3, 2018
  • November 29, 2018 – Updated TIDE User Guide Now Posted
    AIR posted the updated TIDE User Guide to reflect instructions and information related to generating participation reports, completing post-test activities (e.g., “Reasons Not Tested”), requesting additional paper materials (beginning February 2019), and other system attributes. See Appendix D (“Change Log”) of the updated TIDE User Guide to reference updated pages and contact the AIR Help Desk with any questions.

    Added November 29, 2018
  • New AIR Secure Browser for Mac OS X (Released)

    AIR released the new secure browser for Mac OS X on the evening of November 26, 2018. This new browser is required to administer tests to students using devices running on Mac OS X 10.13 and 10.14. Please refer to the Additional Configurations and Troubleshooting Guide for Mac, and the instructions on the Portal's Secure Browsers page for step-by-step instructions on replacing the previous browser version with the latest. Devices running on the other supported Mac OS X versions will not need to take any action.

    Added November 27, 2018
  • AIR System Downtime

    The operational environment for the Test Delivery System (TDS) which hosts the ILEARN, IREAD-3, and I AM practice and operational tests will be down Thursday, November 29, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET, through Sunday, December 2, at 9:00 p.m. ET, in preparation for the December ILEARN Biology End-of-Course test window. The ILEARN, IREAD-3, and I AM Practice Tests will not be accessible during this time. However, Released Items Repository tests will continue to be available. 

    Added November 26, 2018
  • New AIR Secure Browser for Mac OS X

    AIR will release a new Secure Browser on November 26, 2018, for desktop and laptop devices running on Mac OS X. Installation of this new browser will be required to administer tests to students using devices running on Mac OS X 10.13 and 10.14. This requirement eliminates recently discovered security risks while testing on Mac OS X 10.13 and 10.14. Devices running on the other supported Mac OS X versions (available on the Indiana Assessment Portal’s Secure Browsers page) will not need to take any action as the security risks are limited to Mac OS X 10.13 and 10.14. If a device needs to be updated with the new Mac OS X secure browser, the previous Mac Secure Browser must first be uninstalled. The instructions for doing so are in the Additional Configurations and Troubleshooting Guide for Mac, available on the Assessment Portal’s Technology Resources page. After that step is complete, follow the short Installing Secure Browser for Mac OS X instructions on the Secure Browsers page to guide installation of the new Mac OS X Secure Browser. AIR will post an announcement on the Assessment Portal once the new Mac OS X Secure Browser is available for download on November 26, 2018.

    Added November 26, 2018
  • November 8, 2019 – Winter 2018 ILEARN Biology ECA: Submitting Irregularity Requests in TIDE
    In preparation for the Winter 2018 Biology ECA test window, IDOE released this guidance for CTCs, STCs, and NPSTCs when submitting Irregularity Requests in TIDE in response to events that impact student test attempts during a test window. Review “Submitting Irregularity Requests in TIDE – ILEARN Biology Winter Window” and notify the AIR Help Desk (airindianahelpdesk@air.org) or the Office of Student Assessment (INassessments@doe.in.gov) with any questions.

    Added November 8, 2018
  • Additional ILEARN Resources Available Today!

    The TIDE User Guide and Technology Quick Guide are now available for download from the Indiana Assessment Portal, as are the Secure Online Practice Tests (via the Secure Browser) and accompanying Practice Test User Guide. Be sure to visit the IDOE website for more ILEARN resources and guidance posted earlier today! Please contact IDOE or the AIR Help Desk with any questions. 

    Added October 1, 2018
  • TIDE Deploys Today!

    The TIDE system serves as a hub for student and user information related to all ILEARN assessments. Designated CTCs should have received email notification of their TIDE user accounts this morning and may begin creating the appropriate user accounts for any school personnel who will be involved with ILEARN assessments. Please refer to the TIDE User Guide. The TIDE User Guide can be found under CTC Resources. CTCs may also contact the AIR Help Desk for assistance.

    Added October 1, 2018
  • Required Test Administrator Certification Course - Training Module Now Available! 
    Once CTCs create user accounts for school personnel who will serve as Test Administrators (TAs) for the ILEARN and/or IREAD-3 assessments, TAs may access this training module. Record of completion will be maintained in TIDE (Test Information and Distribution Engine). This recorded training may be completed any time prior to administering the online assessments to students. 

    Added October 1, 2018
  • ILEARN Parent Brochure

    A new brochure to help families understand ILEARN is now available on the Indiana Assessment Portal! Parents or schools may wish to print and discuss this resource during back-to-school nights or at parent-teacher conferences. Please send any questions to the Indiana Department of Education (INassessments@doe.in.gov).

    Added September 4, 2018
  • 2018-2019 Indiana Secure Browser

    The 2018-2019 Indiana Secure Browser is now available for download from the Indiana Assessment Portal's Secure Browser page. The Indiana Secure Browser will be used for all ILEARN, I AM and IREAD-3 assessments. For instructions installing the Secure Browser, please see the Technology Setup for Online Testing Quick Guide. If you have any questions, please contact the Indiana Assessment Help Desk at 1.866.298.4256 or airindianahelpdesk@air.org.

    Added August 28, 2018
  • Recordings and PowerPoints for AIR's recent ILEARN Webinars are now available for download from the Indiana Assessment Portal on the Assessment Literacy Resources page. Share these with others in your school or corporation! 

    Added June 20, 2018

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