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

  • All users will need to reset their TIDE passwords. Please follow the instructions from the email sent by the NDSA Service Center to do so. After receiving your temporary password, you will be prompted to create a new one upon your first login attempt. Please contact the NDSA Service Center at 800-929-3757 if you have any questions.

    Added September 26, 2016
  • Paper reports are in the process of being printed and prepared for shipment. These reports are expected to be shipped the week of October 17 and should be arriving in district offices the week of October 24. These individual student reports are also available to download from the Online Reporting System.

    Added September 22, 2016
  • TIDE is now available to use. Please make sure to verify and clean up your user accounts.

    Added September 20, 2016
  • The reopening of TIDE has been delayed due to importing data into the system. This data synchronization is expected to be complete by the end of the day. The TIDE portal card will become available as soon as the system is ready for use.

    Added September 19, 2016
  • TIDE will be offline from Tuesday, September 12 and will reopen on Monday, September 19. During this downtime, TIDE will be refreshed for the 2016-2017 school year. This refresh includes a TIDE interface redesign but functionality will remain the same. User accounts will be rolled over from the 2015-2016 school year and users will receive a reactivation email. If it hasn’t already been done, old user accounts for personnel no longer at the school will need to be deleted.

    Added September 12, 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.