Archived Announcements

All Archived Announcements

  • TIDE Downtime 

    The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will be closing for the 2018-2019 school year on Friday, June 14, 2019. TIDE will be accessible again for the 2019-2020 school year beginning Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Student information will not be updated during this scheduled downtime.

    Please note, any anticipated users who will need access to view scores during the summer months need to be added in TIDE before June 14, 2019. Existing rosters will be available but will not be able to be created or edited during this scheduled downtime.

    Added May 29, 2019
  • WY-TOPP Testing Window Closing May 10 

    The WY-TOPP Spring Interim and Summative testing window will close on Friday, May 10. All K-10 students that are eligible for the WY-TOPP assessment should be tested by this date. Please note, Spring Interim and Modular results are available in the AIR Ways Reporting System. Spring Summative results will be reported in the Online Reporting System (ORS) within 10 days after test completion. Please contact the Help Desk with any questions at  or by phone at 1-888-897-8024.

    WDE and AIR would like to thank everyone for their hard work, patience and diligence throughout this testing administration.

    Added May 6, 2019
  • WY-ALT Testing Window Closing May 1

    The WY-ALT testing window will close on Wednesday, May 1. All testing must be concluded by this date. There will be no extensions. 

    Building Coordinators must return all paper-accommodated test materials to AIR by Wednesday, May 8. Directions for returning test materials can be found on page 22 in the Directions for Administration Manual

    The delivery date for the Spring 2019 paper Individual Score Reports (ISR) has been adjusted to no later than September 11, 2019, to allow adequate time for packaging and shipping. Scores will still be available in the Online Reporting System (ORS) on August 13, 2019. 

    Please contact the Help Desk with any questions at or by phone at 1-888-897-8024.

    Added April 24, 2019
  • Technical Directors – Chromebooks: Chrome v73

    AIR does not recommend updating your Chromebook machines to version 73 before testing. AIR is working closely with Google to address an issue in Chromebooks using version 73 that does not enable the TTS accommodation to be used correctly. The field will be updated once AIR confirms resolution for this version.

    Please contact for support to help provide a workaround for Chromebooks that are using version 73. 

    Added April 17, 2019
  • WY-TOPP Spring Testing Window Open

    The WY-TOPP spring testing window is now open. Test Administrators may begin administering WY-TOPP Summative and K-2 Interim assessments.

    The test window will close Friday, May 10. 

    Added April 15, 2019
  • WY-ALT Testing Window Open

    The WY-ALT Mathematics, English Language Arts (ELA), and Science assessment is open as of Monday, March 18.

    Prior to accessing the WY-ALT assessment, Alternate Assessment Test Administrators (ALT-TAs) must complete the online Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI) survey about the student who is testing. The LCI will be presented in the Student Interface prior to starting the assessment.

    A Helpful Tips document is available in the Resources section of the Portal to guide ALT-TAs in their administration of the WY-ALT.   

    Please contact the Help Desk with any questions at or by phone at 1-888-897-8024.

    Added March 18, 2019
  • Technical Directors - Chrome v72 

    AIR now officially supports the latest version of Chrome 72. All devices running Chrome OS v72 must be updated to Chrome OS 72.0.3626.117 to resolve the login error message that occurred on the previous versions.

    Please contact for support if you need any help with steps to update your OS. 

    Added March 1, 2019
  • WY-TOPP Initial Order Window 

    The WY-TOPP summative paper accommodation form order window will be available in TIDE from March 04, 2019 – March 29, 2019. Please make initial orders for WY-TOPP print material during this time frame.

    Added February 25, 2019
  • Writing Prompt Inquiries - WY-TOPP Winter Interim

    On the Writing portion of the WY-TOPP Winter Interim, a few scoring concerns were reported to the HelpDesk. Both AIR and WDE investigated these concerns anf performed human scoring for comparison purposes. In many cases, the schools were contacted and will be given clarifying information as to the reason for the score (e.g., zero (0) score due to a large section of the response being copied and pasted from the text). In a few cases, the student response may be invalidated and their ELA scores would be nullified. Please reach out to the AIR/Wyoming Help Desk if you have identified concerns.



    Added February 19, 2019
  • School Address Validation

    In preparation for the delivery of the Individual Student Reports (ISRs) and the WY-ALT/WY-TOPP paper accommodated tests, all District Test Coordinators and/or Building Coordinators must verify school addresses in TIDE. It is important to ensure shipping addresses are correct.

    School addresses can be verified using this pathway:

    1. Select "Orders" on the TIDE dashboard task menu.
    2. From the "Orders" task menu, select "On-Time Orders" to view the "Initial Orders" form.
    3. In the "Contact Info" panel, verify shipping information, this address should reflect your school address.
      • If an address edit is needed, click "Save" if entering the information for the first time, or
      • "Verify" if verifying or editing existing information.

    Please verify addresses during the School Address Validation period, which can be found on the Important Dates page.

    Added February 15, 2019
  • Technical Directors - Chrome v72 

    Please do not update your Chrome OS machines to version 72 before testing. AIR is working closely with Google to address an issue in version 72 that prevents AIR from supporting it for online testing. The field will be updated once AIR confirms support of this version.

    Please contact for support if you need any help with steps to turn off the auto update on your devices. 

    Added February 13, 2019
  • Grade 6 Math Interim Issue/Resolution

    During week 1 and week 2 of the winter window, January 15-25th, students taking the grade 6 mathematics assessment had a calculator available on the wrong segment of the test which did not align with the established Interim blueprint for grade 6 Math. AIR corrected the calculator availability upon discovery and before testing resumed Monday, January 28, 2019. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused during testing. Please note: the data did not show a significant impact on the overall grade 6 mathematics assessment.  

    Added February 1, 2019
  • WY-ALT Initial Order Window

    The WY-ALT accommodation paper response option order window will be available in TIDE from January 21, 2019 – February 04, 2019. As a reminder, these sentence strips and response option cards are intended for a small number of students, such as those who are blind or low-vision, that require the paper response options in order to interact with the test. Please make initial orders for the WY-ALT accommodation materials during this time frame.

    Added January 18, 2019
  • Secure Browser Update - Mac OS

    AIR is now able to support testing for MacOS version 10.14. All field users using MacOS version 10.13 and 10.14 should update their Secure Browser to the latest version of 10.6 for future testing. Users please uninstall the old version of the Secure Browser and install the new version 10.6 by December 31, 2018. After this date, the previous secure browser will no longer be suported for MacOS. Please see the installation link on the Secure Browser page.

    If you need any help with installtion steps access the Secure Browser Installation Manual or call the for support.

    *Note the new browser will work on all versions of MacOS that's supported (10.9+)

    Added November 29, 2018
  • Writing Rubric Reminders

    WY-TOPP writing rubrics are available for the 2018-19 administration under Resources for the Modular, Interim, and Summative assessments. These rubrics are organized by grade band and by type of writing: informative, opinion, and argumentative writing. Writing prompts are offered as optional Modulars for each grade. Writing prompts are included on the Interim and Summative Assessments for grades 3, 5, 7, and 9.

    Added September 17, 2018
  • TIDE Initial Ordering Window is Closing on January 22

    The initial TIDE ordering window for the WY-ALT is open until Monday, January 22. During this time, Building Coordinators and district personnel must verify building contact information and review pre-loaded orders for Test Administration (TA) Kits. If you have any questions please contact the Wyoming Help Desk at 1-888-897-8024 or

    Added January 17, 2018

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