Welcome!

Welcome to the second year of the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) English language arts and mathematics assessments based on the Smarter Balanced model, a multi-state effort to design meaningful performance based assessments. All of the system specifications and resources (manuals, user guides, etc.) needed for the 2016 North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) Smarter Balanced administration will be available for download from this portal. Content will be added during the coming weeks, so please visit often.

Recent Announcements

  • A document containing guidelines for using special non-participation codes has been posted to General Resources. The document also provides step by step directions for applying these codes to student records.

    Added March 27, 2017
  • An Embedded Field Test Performance Task will be administered to 1% of students. Test Administrators can expect students who receive this embedded field test to require an additional ten to fifteen minutes of testing time. More information about the Embedded Field Test Performance Task can be found under Administration Resources in the General Information folder.

    Added March 3, 2017
  • A memo regarding special codes was emailed to testing coordinators. A copy of this memo has been posted to the portal under General Information. Measured Progress and DPI will be providing further information about using special non-participation codes.

    Added February 27, 2017
  • The Online Test Administration Manual has been updated for the Spring 2017 administration of the online Smarter Balanced Assessment. It is available in the Manuals folder under Administration Resources.

    Added February 7, 2017
  • A prerecorded webinar that provides information on the test administration application and the TIDE modules that are designed to assist with administering the summative and interim assessments has been posted to the Tutorials folder in Administration Resources.

    Added January 30, 2017
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Top FAQs

  • What is TDS?

    TDS stands for “Test Delivery System.” It is the online testing system that will be used for the practice tests, training tests, interim assessments (optional), and the summative assessments.

  • What is TIDE?

    TIDE stands for “Test Information Distribution Engine.” The TIDE system provides administrators with the tools to add and manage users and students participating in the ELA and Math Smarter Balanced assessments.

  • What is the Portal for?

    This portal acts as the gateway to all your assessment systems. The portal provides links and resources to help students and educators take full advantage of American Institutes for Research (AIR) assessment systems.

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Welcome!

Welcome to the second year of the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) English language arts and mathematics assessments based on the Smarter Balanced model, a multi-state effort to design meaningful performance based assessments. All of the system specifications and resources (manuals, user guides, etc.) needed for the 2016 North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA) Smarter Balanced administration will be available for download from this portal. Content will be added during the coming weeks, so please visit often.