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This site demonstrates the features that are available on the Portals created by AIR to access the Iowa ELPA21 assessment systems.

Recent Announcements

  • Reminder: 18-19 Secure Browser Must Be Installed by January 1

    Secure Browser 10.0 will not be supported for ELPA21 Practice Tests, Screeners, or Summative Tests starting January 1, 2019. Secure Browser Secure Browser 10.4 (for all supported operating systems) must be installed on any computers used for secure ELPA21 testing by January 1, 2019. To determine which version of the Secure Browser is currently installed on a computer, open the Secure Browser. The version number is displayed in the bottom right-hand corner of the "Sign In" box. The 18-19 Secure Browser can be downloaded from the Secure Browsers page of the Iowa ELPA21 portal.

    Update: New Secure Browser for macOS 10.13 and 10.14

    This message pertains only to districts and schools using devices with MacOS to administer online tests; all others may disregard this message. 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 minor security issue has been discovered for macOS 10.13.

    To allow support of 10.14 and to resolve the security issue in 10.13, Mac Secure Browser 10.6 will be available beginning on Thursday, November 29. This new browser will support all versions of MacOS that are currently supported (10.9+) so devices running on MacOS must update to this new browser before January 1, 2019.

    Beginning on Tuesday, January 1, MacOS Secure Browser 10.6 will be required for devices running macOS 10.9-10.14 to access the secure student testing site.

    If you have any questions about this information or need assistance with installing the secure browser, contact the Iowa ELPA21 Help Desk at 855.873.5710 or iowaelpa21helpdesk@air.org.

    Added November 28, 2018
  • Revised TIDE Downtime

    TIDE will be offline 5 p.m. CST on Wednesday, November 14 through 11 p.m. CST on Sunday November 19 for system enhancements related to the 2018-2019 school year. If a test opportunity for the ELPA21 Screener expires during this downtime, please submit a “re-open” appeal through TIDE on Monday, November 19 to allow your students to continue testing. Please note that this downtime has been shifted one day earlier than originally announced.

    Added November 5, 2018
  • Orders for Paper, Large Print, and Braille Tests for the ELPA21 Summative Assessment

    The ELPA21 Summative Assessment window is February 5 through March 29. The quantity of kindergarten and grade 1 paper writing tests your district receives will be automatically calculated based upon the number of students uploaded in TIDE. Please upload all Kindergarten and grade 1 student information to TIDE by November 8 to ensure delivery to districts prior to the start of the Summative test window.

    An additional order window will open on January 22 for orders for paper, large print, and Braille tests for any students who enrolled in your district after the November 8 cut-off for initial orders. Orders placed during the additional order window will be extracted and shipped daily. At that time you will also be able to order additional kindergarten and grade 1 paper writing supplements if needed.

    Added October 30, 2018
  • AIR System Maintenance: TIDE will be offline 5 p.m. CST on Thursday, September 6 through 11 p.m. CST on Sunday, September 9; for system enhancements related to the 2018-2019 school year. All other ELPA21 systems, including ORS, accessed through the Iowa portal will be have downtime starting at 3 p.m. CST on Friday, September 7 through 11 p.m. CST on Sunday, September 9. If a test opportunity for the ELPA21 Screener expires during this downtime, please submit a “re-open” appeal through TIDE on Monday, September 10 to allow your students to continue testing.

    Added September 6, 2018
  • Kindergarten Screener: Please make sure kindergarten students have their enrolled grade set to “KG” in TIDE to be eligible for the ELPA Kindergarten Screener. The grade level "00" is not used in Iowa at this time.

    Added August 1, 2018
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