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

  • The ORS system will be down for maintenance starting on Friday, July 21, through Monday, July 24. Student reports will be unavailable during this time

    Added June 21, 2017
  • NOTE: All users that have previously downloaded the Julie Voice Pack will need to download a new license file before May 3, 2017.   There is an instructional document posted in TIDE under General Resources.  Please follow these instructions and call the Help Desk with any questions at 1-800-929-3757.  If you will be downloading the Julie Voice Pack for the first time, please follow the full installation instructions posted under the General Resources tab in TIDE.

    Added April 18, 2017
  • A quick start guide about managing test improprieties has been posted within the Administration Resources under User Guides – Quick Start Guides.  Please refer to this document before entering improprieties to ensure that you are choosing the intended type.

    Added April 4, 2017
  • 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
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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.