Archived Announcements

All Archived Announcements

  • Change in Dates TIDE Will Be Offline for Updates

    TIDE will be offline for updates on the following dates:

    • 8 a.m. CT Friday, October 27 through 9 p.m. CT Sunday, October 29
    • 4 p.m. CT Friday, November 17 through 8 p.m. CT Monday, November 20

    The November dates are changed from the dates announced earlier.

    The online ELPA21 Screener and the Online Reporting System will be available while TIDE is offline. Districts and school can administer ELPA21 Screeners to students while TIDE is offline if those students were added to TIDE prior to the TIDE shutdown.

    Added October 10, 2017
  • Linux Secure Browser Now Available

    The 2017-2018 Secure Browser for Linux is now available for download on the Secure Browser page of the Nebraska Portal. Updated 2017-2018 Secure Browsers are now available for all platforms supported for ELPA21 testing. Users will be able to administer the ELPA21 Practice Tests and the ELPA21 Screener using either the 2016-2017 Secure Browser or the new 2017-2018 Secure Browser until January 1, 2018. After January 1, 2018 users will be required to use the 2017-2018 Secure Browser. The ELPA21 Practice Tests and Screener will no longer be accessible using the 2016-2017 Secure Browser.

    Added September 18, 2017
  • Updates to Secure Browsers

    The 2017-2018 Secure Browsers for OS X and Windows will be available on the Secure Browser page of the Nebraska Portal on Tuesday, September 5. An updated Secure Browser Installation Guide will also be posted on the portal. Users will be able to administer the ELPA21 Practice Tests and the ELPA21 Screener using either the 2016-2017 Secure Browser or the new 2017-2018 Secure Browser until January 1, 2018. After January 1, 2018 users will be required to use the 2017-2018 Secure Browser. The ELPA21 Practice Tests and Screener will no longer be accessible using the 2016-2017 Secure Browser.

    Updates to the iOS Secure Browser and the Chrome OS Secure Browser are also available. Most iPads and Chromebooks are set up to automatically install updates. If your iPad or Chromebook does not automatically install updates and you have one of these Secure Browser apps installed, you will need to download the updates to these Secure Browser apps. A link to download the apps for use on iPads and Chromebooks where they are not already installed is available on the Secure Browser page of the Nebraska Portal.

    The 2017-2018 Linux Secure Browser is not yet available. We expect it to be posted on the Portal the week of September 11. We will send out another announcement when the 2017-2018 Linux Secure Browser has been released.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Nebraska Help Desk.

    Added September 1, 2017
  • Update to Screener Online Tests

    The screener online tests will be updated on Wednesday evening, August 30, to fix an issue with compatibility with the latest iPad and Chrome secure browser apps. Users who reported issues administering the screener on an iPad or Chromebook should be able to administer the test on those platforms after this update is deployed.

    This update also includes some changes to the way student test settings are displayed if the TA chooses to review student test settings when approving the student to test. Test settings are now organized into two groups, Designated Supports and Accommodations, rather than in a randomly sorted list. This change mirrors how the test settings are displayed in TIDE and should make it easier for test administrators to quickly focus on the test settings they want to check.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Nebraska ELPA21 Help Desk.

    Added August 30, 2017
  • Assigning Temporary IDs for ELPA21 Screener

    Temporary IDs for administering ELPA21 Screener should only be assigned to actual students who do not yet have a permanent SSID and who will not receive a permanent SSID before they need to take the Screener. Temporary IDs should NEVER be used for the purpose of creating “fake” students so that TAs can practice administering the test. Creating “fake” students to practice with the test is an egregious security violation of the test. The creation of “fake” students will also create errors in school and district reporting in ORS and therefore cannot be permitted. Temporary IDs should only be used for real students and they should be changed to permanent SSIDs as soon as a permanent SSID is available for the student. Please always review the training materials and the ELPA21 Screener Test Administration Manual found on your state’s testing portal if there are questions about administering the Screener. The Help Desk and your state-level ELPA21 representatives are also available as needed.

    Added August 25, 2017
  • Translating Individual Student Score Reports

    Individual Student Score Reports (ISRs) for the 17-18 Screener can be printed in English, Marshallese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese from within the Online Reporting System (ORS). In addition to these languages that are available within ORS, a S’Gaw Karen translation of the Screener ISR template is available in the Resources section of the portal. Translations of the Achievement Level Descriptors into Marshallese, Russian, S’Gaw Karen, Spanish, and Vietnamese are also available in the Resources section of the portal.

    Added August 17, 2017
  • ELPA21 Screener Test Results in Online Reporting System

    ELPA21 Screener Test results are being posted in the Online Reporting System as the tests are scored. All test results will be posted within seven days of a student completing a test. An Online Reporting System Quick Guide with instructions on how to download individual student score reports is available in the Resources section of the Nebraska portal.

    Added August 16, 2017
  • Online Reporting System Open for 2017-2018

    The Online Reporting System (ORS) is now open for 2017-2018. Results for 2016-2017 ELPA21 Summative Tests are available in ORS. To access these results, choose “ELPA21” as the test and “2016-2017” as the administration on the Homepage Dashboard. No ELPA21 Screener Tests have been administered in Nebraska as of today, so Screener test results are not yet available in ORS. An updated Online Reporting System User Guide is available in the Resources section of the Nebraska portal. The Online Reporting System User Guide can also be accessed by clicking on the [Help] button within ORS.

    Added August 10, 2017
  • Update on Chromebooks

    The issue that caused the built-in Chrome recorder to occasionally stop working when a student is recording a response to a speaking item has been fixed. However, our internal testing indicates that speaking response recordings are garbled when recorded on Acer 13 Chromebooks with the Chrome OS 60 operating system. There is no issue with speaking recording on Acer 13 Chromebooks with Chrome OS 59. If you are using Acer 13 Chromebooks in your district we strongly recommend that you not update them to Chrome OS 60 when it is released this week. AIR and ELPA21 will continue to support Chrome OS 59.

    Added August 3, 2017
  • ELPA21 Online Screener Test Administration Manual

    The ELPA21 Online Screener Test Administration Manual (TAM) is posted in the Resources section of the Nebraska portal.

    Added August 2, 2017
  • ELPA21 Screener and TIDE Are Now Open

    2017-2018 Nebraska TIDE and the ELPA21 Screener are now open. Passwords have been reset for all users who had TIDE accounts last year. Users with 2016-2017 accounts should do the following to reset their passwords:

    1. Access the TIDE login page. (From the Nebraska Portal homepage, select your user role and then click on the TIDE link.)
    2. On the TIDE login page, click on the link to request a new password.
    3. Enter the email address you use to log into TIDE.
    4. An email (from AIRAST-DoNotReply@airast.org) which contains a clickable link will be sent to the email address associated with the account.
    5. Click on the link. You will be directed to a page in TIDE where you can enter a new password. The link will expire in 15 minutes, so if you do not create your new password within 15 minutes you will need to request a new link.
    6. Follow the on-screen prompts to create a new password and respond to security questions.

    Updated versions of the TIDE User Guide, TA User Guide, and DEI User Guide (for entering students’ responses to paper screener tests) are available for Test Administrators and Test Coordinators in the Resources section of the Nebraska portal. Online training modules for using these systems are also available in the Resources section of the Nebraska portal under “Webinars and Trainings.”

    The Nebraska ELPA21 Online Reporting System will be available on August 8.

    Added August 1, 2017
  • ELPA21 Screener Training Modules Available

    The following screener training modules are available in the Resources section of the portal for Test Administrators and Test Coordinators:

    Added July 28, 2017
  • 2017-2018 Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing and Systems Requirements for Online Testing Now Available

    The 2017-2018 Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing and System Requirements for Online Testing are now available in the Resources section of the portal.

    Added July 18, 2017
  • Individual Student Report (ISR) templates translated into S’gaw Karen, Spanish, and Vietnamese have been posted in the Resources section of the Nebraska Portal under General Information. ELPA21 Achievement Level Descriptors in English, S’gaw Karen, Spanish, and Vietnamese are also available in the General Information section of the Nebraska Portal.

    Added May 19, 2017
  • Submitting ELPA21 Tests 

    If you have any concerns regarding an ELPA21 test or a speaking response recording, please have the student PAUSE the test. Contact the Help Desk for assistance resolving the issue.  Do not submit the test until the issue is resolved. If students are recording speaking responses but there is no sound during the playback of the recordings, please verify that the mute button on the headset has not been accidently engaged.

    Added February 9, 2017
  • Welcome to the new Nebraska ELPA21 portal!  Please browse the site to become accustomed to the many offered features.  Resources and information will be added on a rolling basis.  If you have any questions, please contact the Nebraska ELPA21 Help Desk.

    Added December 21, 2016
  • Register for email alerts in preparation for the 2016-17 school year, and don’t miss out on any news regarding the assessment system.

    Added December 21, 2016

Students & Families

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Test Administrators

  • Assigning Temporary IDs for ELPA21 Screener

    Temporary IDs for administering ELPA21 Screener should only be assigned to actual students who do not yet have a permanent SSID and who will not receive a permanent SSID before they need to take the Screener. Temporary IDs should NEVER be used for the purpose of creating “fake” students so that TAs can practice administering the test. Creating “fake” students to practice with the test is an egregious security violation of the test. The creation of “fake” students will also create errors in school and district reporting in ORS and therefore cannot be permitted. Temporary IDs should only be used for real students and they should be changed to permanent SSIDs as soon as a permanent SSID is available for the student. Please always review the training materials and the ELPA21 Screener Test Administration Manual found on your state’s testing portal if there are questions about administering the Screener. The Help Desk and your state-level ELPA21 representatives are also available as needed.

    Added August 25, 2017
  • Translating Individual Student Score Reports

    Individual Student Score Reports (ISRs) for the 17-18 Screener can be printed in English, Marshallese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese from within the Online Reporting System (ORS). In addition to these languages that are available within ORS, a S’Gaw Karen translation of the Screener ISR template is available in the Resources section of the portal. Translations of the Achievement Level Descriptors into Marshallese, Russian, S’Gaw Karen, Spanish, and Vietnamese are also available in the Resources section of the portal.

    Added August 17, 2017
  • Individual Student Report (ISR) templates translated into S’gaw Karen, Spanish, and Vietnamese have been posted in the Resources section of the Nebraska Portal under General Information. ELPA21 Achievement Level Descriptors in English, S’gaw Karen, Spanish, and Vietnamese are also available in the General Information section of the Nebraska Portal.

    Added May 19, 2017
  • Submitting ELPA21 Tests 

    If you have any concerns regarding an ELPA21 test or a speaking response recording, please have the student PAUSE the test. Contact the Help Desk for assistance resolving the issue.  Do not submit the test until the issue is resolved. If students are recording speaking responses but there is no sound during the playback of the recordings, please verify that the mute button on the headset has not been accidently engaged.

    Added February 9, 2017
  • Welcome to the new Nebraska ELPA21 portal!  Please browse the site to become accustomed to the many offered features.  Resources and information will be added on a rolling basis.  If you have any questions, please contact the Nebraska ELPA21 Help Desk.

    Added December 21, 2016
  • Register for email alerts in preparation for the 2016-17 school year, and don’t miss out on any news regarding the assessment system.

    Added December 21, 2016

Test Coordinators

  • Assigning Temporary IDs for ELPA21 Screener

    Temporary IDs for administering ELPA21 Screener should only be assigned to actual students who do not yet have a permanent SSID and who will not receive a permanent SSID before they need to take the Screener. Temporary IDs should NEVER be used for the purpose of creating “fake” students so that TAs can practice administering the test. Creating “fake” students to practice with the test is an egregious security violation of the test. The creation of “fake” students will also create errors in school and district reporting in ORS and therefore cannot be permitted. Temporary IDs should only be used for real students and they should be changed to permanent SSIDs as soon as a permanent SSID is available for the student. Please always review the training materials and the ELPA21 Screener Test Administration Manual found on your state’s testing portal if there are questions about administering the Screener. The Help Desk and your state-level ELPA21 representatives are also available as needed.

    Added August 25, 2017
  • Translating Individual Student Score Reports

    Individual Student Score Reports (ISRs) for the 17-18 Screener can be printed in English, Marshallese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese from within the Online Reporting System (ORS). In addition to these languages that are available within ORS, a S’Gaw Karen translation of the Screener ISR template is available in the Resources section of the portal. Translations of the Achievement Level Descriptors into Marshallese, Russian, S’Gaw Karen, Spanish, and Vietnamese are also available in the Resources section of the portal.

    Added August 17, 2017
  • Individual Student Report (ISR) templates translated into S’gaw Karen, Spanish, and Vietnamese have been posted in the Resources section of the Nebraska Portal under General Information. ELPA21 Achievement Level Descriptors in English, S’gaw Karen, Spanish, and Vietnamese are also available in the General Information section of the Nebraska Portal.

    Added May 19, 2017
  • Submitting ELPA21 Tests 

    If you have any concerns regarding an ELPA21 test or a speaking response recording, please have the student PAUSE the test. Contact the Help Desk for assistance resolving the issue.  Do not submit the test until the issue is resolved. If students are recording speaking responses but there is no sound during the playback of the recordings, please verify that the mute button on the headset has not been accidently engaged.

    Added February 9, 2017
  • Welcome to the new Nebraska ELPA21 portal!  Please browse the site to become accustomed to the many offered features.  Resources and information will be added on a rolling basis.  If you have any questions, please contact the Nebraska ELPA21 Help Desk.

    Added December 21, 2016
  • Register for email alerts in preparation for the 2016-17 school year, and don’t miss out on any news regarding the assessment system.

    Added December 21, 2016

Technology Coordinators

  • Welcome to the new Nebraska ELPA21 portal!  Please browse the site to become accustomed to the many offered features.  Resources and information will be added on a rolling basis.  If you have any questions, please contact the Nebraska ELPA21 Help Desk.

    Added December 21, 2016
  • Register for email alerts in preparation for the 2016-17 school year, and don’t miss out on any news regarding the assessment system.

    Added December 21, 2016