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  • TIDE Downtime: The TIDE system will be offline 7 a.m. CST on Monday, July 16 through 11 p.m. CST on Friday, July 20; for system enhancements related to the 2018-2019 school year. All other systems accessed through the Iowa portal will be available during this TIDE downtime. 

    Added July 12, 2018
  • Notice: The Iowa Ed Portal (portal.ed.iowa.gov) may be down intermittently as IDOE is working on resolving some IT issues. Consequently, users trying to access TIDE or ORS may be unable to do so temporarily throughout the day. IDOE is working to resolve this issue immediately. If you have questions please contact ed.portal@iowa.gov.

    Added June 7, 2018
  • Lenovo Yoga N23 Chromebooks

    AIR has received several reports that Lenovo Yoga N23 Chromebooks freeze when an ELPA21 Speaking test is administered on the Chromebook. AIR is working with Google on resolving this issue. Google expects the issue to be fixed with the release of Chrome OS 65 on March 13. Until the issue is fixed, please use a different platform for administering the ELPA21 Speaking test. This issue only affects Lenovo Yoga N23 Chromebooks. We have not encountered any issues with other brands of Chromebooks. 

    Added February 21, 2018
  • Submitting ELPA21 Tests 

    If you have any concerns regarding an ELPA21 test or a speaking response recording, please have the student PAUSE the test. Contact the Help Desk for assistance resolving the issue.  Do not submit the test until the issue is resolved. If students are recording speaking responses but there is no sound during the playback of the recordings, please verify that the mute button on the headset has not been accidently engaged.

    Added February 13, 2018
  • Update to Chrome OS Secure Browser

    An update to the Chrome OS Secure Browser (version 3.1) will be posted in the Chrome web store for download next week. We have received some Help Desk cases indicating that student’s Chromebooks occasionally “go to sleep” when the student is in the middle of a test session but is taking a long time to read a passage or think about the response to a question. This update will over-ride the Chromebook’s settings and prevent a Chromebook from powering down and “going to sleep” while the student is taking a test. The updated Secure Browser will only prevent the Chromebook from powering down while the student is logged into a test. At all other times the Chromebook’s settings will determine when the Chromebook power down. Installation of this update is voluntary. Students will be able to continue to test on Chromebooks where it has not been installed.

    Added January 30, 2018
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