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FAQ - General InformationGeneral Information

  • Kindergarten and grade 1 students who take the test online will have an additional paper writing supplement. All kindergarten and grade 1 students will receive a paper writing supplement by default. Students taking their entire test on paper for religious reasons (for all grades) MUST be marked as paper-pencil testers in TIDE. To mark a student as a paper-pencil tester, first log in to TIDE. Search for the student and view his or her details. In the Paper Pencil Tester drop-down menu, select Yes.

    To order braille paper test materials for students in any grade, please contact the Iowa ELPA21 Help Desk at iowaelpa21helpdesk@air.org or (855) 873-5710.

  • Only students in grades 2–12 may take the ELPA21 test on paper for religious reasons according to state policy. All students enrolled in kindergarten and grade 1 will take the assessment online and a writing supplement on paper by default. For information on accommodations and designated supports, please consult the Accessibility and Accommodations Manual.

  • ELPA21 District Coordinators or ELPA21 Building Coordinators can create rosters in any way that works for a school or district.

  • For information about technical specifications, please consult the System Requirements Manual and the Technical Specifications Manual on the Resources page of the Iowa ELPA21 portal. For additional assistance, please contact the Iowa ELPA21 Help Desk at iowaelpa21helpdesk@air.org or (855) 873-5710.

  • Please access the "User Roles and Access to Iowa ELPA21 Systems for 2017-2018" document in the “User Guides” folders on the resources page of the Iowa ELPA21 portal for assistance with user roles.

  • Every TIDE account has a role, and that role has certain permissions. For instance, the ELPA21 District Coordinator role has permission to retrieve student records, add students, view and edit students, retrieve user accounts, and view user details. The ELPA21 Test Administrator role can only retrieve student records, add students, and view/edit student information. In addition to limiting tasks, permissions limit scope. A district-level user can work with data pertaining to that district, and a school-level user can work with data pertaining to that school. Since the ELPA21 District Coordinator role has more permissions than a Building Test Coordinator, there is no need to have both roles.

  • All testing for Iowa ELPA21 will begin on February, 13, 2018, and end on April 13, 2018. These dates can be found on the Important Dates page of the Iowa ELPA21 portal.

  • You can download the secure browser on the Secure Browser page of the Iowa ELPA21 portal.

  • SSID is an abbreviation for State Student Identification. This number is unique to each student and is assigned by the Iowa Department of Education (DOE).

  • There are two sites referred to as "portals:" the Iowa Department of Education's portal (known as EdPortal or IDOE Portal) and the Iowa ELPA21 portal.

    The EdPortal is the site where users must go to create an A&A account. This account will provide access to the AIR systems hosted on the Iowa ELPA21 portal.

    The Iowa ELPA21 portal acts as the gateway to all your Iowa ELPA21 assessment information and AIR systems. The portal provides links and resources to help students and educators take full advantage of AIR systems and understand the Iowa ELPA21 assessment.

  • For 2017-2018, the ELPA21 summative assessment will be delivered as four separate tests, one for each of the domain subjects of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

  • Yes, all students will need to have basic navigations skills such as clicking, drag?and?drop, and scrolling. Practice tests, available in late January, allow students to practice those skills on sample items that mirror those on the actual test.

FAQ - Test AdministrationTest Administration

  • Only students in grades 2–12 may take the ELPA21 test on paper for religious reasons according to state policy. All students enrolled in kindergarten and grade 1 will take the assessment online and a writing supplement on paper by default. For information on accommodations and designated supports, please consult the Accessibility and Accommodations Manual.

  • You can download the secure browser on the Secure Browser page of the Iowa ELPA21 portal.

  • TDS stands for “Test Delivery System.” It is the online testing system that will be used for the practice tests and the operational Iowa ELPA21 assessments. It consists of the Test Administrator (TA) Interface, where test administrators create and monitor test sessions; and the Student Interface, where students securely take the assessments online.

  • Paper testing is offered to students in grades K-12. If paper testing is required, these materials will be offered in paper?pencil (regular print), large?print, and Braille. Instructions on ordering these materials can be found in TIDE.

  • Practice tests, available on February 1, 2017, allow students to practice those skills on sample items that mirror those on the actual test.

FAQ - TIDETIDE

  • TIDE will initially be loaded with students provided by the Iowa DE. However, any changes required after the initial upload are district/school responsibility. ELPA21 District Coordinators and ELPA21 Building Coordinators will be able to add additional students as well as edit existing students’ details. ELPA21 Test Administrators will be able to edit existing students’ details only.

  • ELPA21 District Coordinators or ELPA21 Building Coordinators can create rosters in any way that works for a school or district.

  • In order to access TIDE, please go to https://portal.ed.iowa.gov. You will need to create an account through this site in order to access any of the AIR systems. The Enterprise A&A Set Up and Help page will provide assistance in this process. Once an account is step up on this site, you will need to request access to “Iowa ELPA21”; refer to the User Roles Chart to determine which access level you should have. Once access is granted, you will be able to select the “Iowa ELPA21” portal link in the banner to be redirected to http://iowaelpa21.portal.airast.org/. TIDE is currently available via the User Pages of the Iowa ELPA21 Portal.

  • The TIDE user guide is posted in the Test Coordinator and Test Administrator resource sections of the Iowa ELPA21 Portal.

  • TIDE stands for “Test Information Distribution Engine.” The TIDE system provides administrators with the tools to manage users and students participating in the Iowa ELPA21 assessments.

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