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

  • Please note that we are currently preparing the TIDE system for the 2016-17 school year. Do NOT change, edit, or alter student data that is currently in the system in any way. Further information will be provided when updated student data has been loaded and the system is ready for use.

    Added August 24, 2016
  • The NDSA portal has been updated to streamline the resource folder structure. The District Administrator and Test Administrator buttons have been replaced by the NDSA Smarter Assessment button. Documents found under the Smarter Balanced Information folder are being moved into the User Guides folder with corresponding subfolders. Other minor structural changes have been made to the other folders.

    Added August 16, 2016
  • An interpretive guide for the Smarter Balanced Individual Student Reports has been posted to the General Information folder under Resources.

    Added July 25, 2016
  • All results from the 2015-2016 online Smarter Balanced test were successfully loaded into ORS as of June 16 and are currently available. The loading of results from the paper pencil test was delayed due to the complexity of the overall process, which required additional time and effort to complete. We apologize for this delay and expect that all student results will be available in the ORS by the end of the month, if not sooner.

    Added July 21, 2016
  • Batch 3 student reports have been loaded to the ORS. Please be aware that we are currently finishing the processing of paper test scores, as well as reconciling any tests that remained in a state of “unsubmitted” as of May 27. A batch 4 of student reports will be posted when the reconciliation process is completed, and all paper scores are processed. We expect this work to be complete the week of June 27.

    Added June 16, 2016
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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.