Archived Announcements

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  • The iOS and ChromeOS Mobile Secure Browsers will be available in app stores for users beginning Monday, August 3rd. Both the ChromeOS and iOS apps will update automatically if the user already has the previous version installed from last year.

    Please note that the Android Secure Browsers will no longer be supported and, as a result, will be removed from the Portals and the Google Play Store in the coming days.

    Support for the old versions of both Mobile and Desktop Secure Browsers will end on August 31st.

    Added July 30, 2020
  • In preparation for TIDE going live for the 20-21 school year, system passwords will be reset. Once TIDE is available on Monday, August 3, all users will need to create a new password to gain access to TIDE. To reset your password from the WCAP portal home page, select Test Administrators or Test Coordinators, followed by the TIDE card. Select the "Request a new one for this school year” link just below the login prompt. Please reset your password at your earliest convenience.

    Added July 30, 2020
  • Information on reopening of schools can be found in OSPI’s Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide.

    Other COVID-19 guidance and resources can be found on the OSPI Novel Coronavirus Guidance and Resources page.

    As the new school year begins, we all continue to navigate through our work and make plans in these uncertain times. OSPI’s Assessment and Student Data team have been working on the planning, development, and implementation of the 2020-21 assessments. In the near term, here are a few things to note:
    Most of our systems will simply rollover and, as in previous years, with a few enhancements. Enhancements are highlighted in the system user guides.

    • Brand new for 2020-21 will be the debut of the Smarter Balanced reporting system for the interim and summative ELA and math test results
    • WCAS and ELPA21 scores will continue to report out through the Online Reporting System (ORS) through 2021
    • ELPA21 Screener will be available in early August
    • Secure Browser updates are now available
    • Tools for Teachers launched in June and replaced the Digital Library
    • The 2020-21 New and All DC training webcasts will broadcast in August

    Throughout the coming weeks, OSPI’s Assessment and Student Data team will continue building and posting assessment resources. Please continue to check back to this page for all important announcements.

    Added July 24, 2020
  • Secure Browser Updates for 2020-21

    The latest versions of the Desktop Secure Browser, 12.5, for Windows, Mac, and Linux were released on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

    Please see the Secure Browser page to download the latest version of the browser. Existing versions of the desktop secure browser will be supported through August 31, 2020.

    Please note that the newest version of the mobile secure browsers will be released at a later date this summer.

    Added July 15, 2020
  • Cambium Assessment, Inc. (formerly AIR), our testing vendor, is currently in the process of evaluating what it is like to use the WCAP Portal. They are interested in your feedback on what is working and what could be done better on the portal. Your input will help Cambium to make improvements to the Portal.

    You can provide your feedback by participating in an online survey that can be accessed at: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5612885/State-Assessment-Portal-Feedback-Survey

    The survey should take about 7-10 minutes, and your responses are completely anonymous.

    Please complete the survey by Tuesday, June 30th, 2020.

    If you have any questions about the survey, please call the Cambium Assessment Help Desk at 877-206-7039.

    We appreciate your input! 

    Added June 5, 2020
  • To slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington state, Governor Jay Inslee announced on March 13 that all public and private K–12 school facilities will be closed and prohibited from providing traditional in-person instructional activities through April 24. On April 6, he extended his directive and closed schools through the remainder of the 2019–20 school year. Because school buildings will be closed for the remainder of the year, Smarter Balanced summative assessments will not be available for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

    Students in the Class of 2020 who have not yet met the graduation pathway requirement may be eligible for the Expedited Assessment Appeal, which may be used to waive the pathway requirement.

    Added April 14, 2020
  • To slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington, Governor Inslee announced on March 13 that all public and private K–12 school facilities in the state will be closed and prohibited from providing traditional in-person instructional activities through April 24.

    As schools, families, and communities plan for closures, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is committed to providing ongoing guidance and resources as we sort through this unprecedented situation together.

    This bulletin is part of a series of guidance since the Governor’s announcement of statewide school closures. Previous guidance is located on OSPI’s COVID-19 webpage. Please note, if a topic is included in multiple rounds of guidance, the most current guidance will supersede prior guidance.

    Per OSPI Bulletin NO. 019-20 published Friday, March 13, 2020:

    As of March 13, state assessments are canceled statewide for the remainder of the 2020 school year. These include: Smarter Balanced Assessments (English Language Arts and Math) for grades 3–8 and 10; Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) English Language Arts and Math for grades 3–8 and 10; English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21); Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science for grades 5, 8, and 11; Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) Science for grades 5, 8, and 11; WIDA Alternate ACCESS for English learners; and WaKIDS for Transitional Kindergarten.

    In the subsequent OSPI Bulletin NO. 022-20 published Friday, March 20, 2020, additional guidance included:

    Per previous OSPI guidance in Bulletin NO. 019-20, the SBA will not be administered statewide for grades 3–8 or 10, but high schools may consider giving the SBA to seniors (and/or juniors) within current social distancing and safety guidelines if the SBA is determined to be a viable graduation pathway for those students.

    Assuming school facilities reopen in early May, OSPI plans to ensure the online test administration platform for the SBA will be open through Friday, June 5*.

    Following the statewide school closure, this year’s limited testing window will allow districts to provide:

    • An option for seniors (Class of 2020) to (re-)take the English language arts (ELA) and/or math SBA to meet a graduation pathway.
    • An option for seniors (classes of 2017–19) to (re)take the ELA and/or math SBA in order to earn a CAA or CIA, or access established graduation alternatives.
    •  An option for seniors wanting to take the ELA summative assessment for their Seal of Biliteracy.

    School staff can access preliminary SBA scores within 7–10 days after administering the SBA to determine if seniors have met the graduation score.

    *As of March 23, OSPI has removed all summative tests from the Test Administration system; summative tests cannot be administered to students while school facilities remain closed. Assuming school facilities reopen in early May, OSPI plans to ensure the online test administration platform for the SBA will be open through Friday, June 5.

    Added March 26, 2020

    Added April 3, 2020
  • To slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington, Governor Inslee announced on March 13 that all public and private K–12 school facilities in the state will be closed and prohibited from providing traditional in-person instructional activities through April 24.

    As schools, families, and communities plan for closures, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is committed to providing ongoing guidance and resources as we sort through this unprecedented situation together.

    This bulletin is part of a series of guidance since the Governor’s announcement of statewide school closures. Previous guidance is located on OSPI’s COVID-19 webpage. Please note, if a topic is included in multiple rounds of guidance, the most current guidance will supersede prior guidance.

    Per OSPI Bulletin NO. 019-20 published Friday, March 13, 2020:

    As of March 13, state assessments are canceled statewide for the remainder of the 2020 school year. These include: Smarter Balanced Assessments (English Language Arts and Math) for grades 3–8 and 10; Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) English Language Arts and Math for grades 3–8 and 10; English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21); Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science for grades 5, 8, and 11; Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) Science for grades 5, 8, and 11; WIDA Alternate ACCESS for English learners; and WaKIDS for Transitional Kindergarten.

    In the subsequent OSPI Bulletin NO. 022-20 published Friday, March 20, 2020, additional guidance included:

    Per previous OSPI guidance in Bulletin NO. 019-20, the SBA will not be administered statewide for grades 3–8 or 10, but high schools may consider giving the SBA to seniors (and/or juniors) within current social distancing and safety guidelines if the SBA is determined to be a viable graduation pathway for those students.

    As of March 20, OSPI plans to ensure the online test administration platform for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) will be open Monday, April 27 through Friday, June 5*.

    Following the statewide school closure, this year’s limited testing window will allow districts to provide:

    • An option for seniors (Class of 2020) to (re-)take the English language arts (ELA) and/or math SBA to meet a graduation pathway.
    • An option for seniors (classes of 2017–19) to (re)take the ELA and/or math SBA in order to earn a CAA or CIA, or access established graduation alternatives.
    •  An option for seniors wanting to take the ELA summative assessment for their Seal of Biliteracy.

    School staff can access preliminary SBA scores within 7–10 days after administering the SBA to determine if seniors have met the graduation score.

    *As of March 23, OSPI has removed all summative tests from the Test Administration system; summative tests cannot be administered to students while schools remain closed. OSPI plans to ensure the online test administration platform for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) will be open Monday, April 27 through Friday, June 5.

    Added March 26, 2020
  • March 12, 2020 — Test Delivery System Available on April 10 and May 1
    OSPI and Cambium Assessment Inc. (CAI) have worked together to eliminate the need for the Friday April 10 and Friday May 1 Test Delivery System (TDS) downtimes for deployment of the science tests. Districts may use these two days for administering the Training and Practice tests, the Interim assessments, or the Summative assessments, if desired.

    Added March 12, 2020
  • March 11, 2020 – Secure Browser Support for Chrome OS 80

    Chrome OS version 80 is now a supported operating system for secure testing. The WCAP Portal Secure Browser page has been updated today to reflect this addition.

    Added March 11, 2020
  • February 27, 2020 – Secure Browser Support for Chrome OS 79 and iOS/iPadOS 13.3

    Updates have been made to the WCAP Portal Secure Browser page that lists the supported operating systems for secure testing. Notable additions include iOS/iPadOS 13.2-13.3 and Chrome OS through version 79. Additionally, Chrome OS version 80 is currently under review and will be added once approved for secure testing.

    Added February 28, 2020
  • December 2, 2019 – Apple iPad OS 13 is Now Supported

    Apple iPad OS 13 is now supported for online testing. Please ensure devices are updated to the latest version before testing to avoid issues encountered that were fixed by Apple in iPad OS 13.2.2+. Also, Apple recently introduced a new feature called Voice Control that must be disabled before testing. This feature is turned off by default. Guidance on how to disable this feature, if enabled, will be made available in the Technical Information folder under the Technology Coordinators card. 

    Added December 2, 2019
  • December 2, 2019 – Chrome v77 and v78 Now Supported

    AIR now officially supports Chrome versions 77 and 78 for online state testing. There are currently no known issues with these software versions.

    Added December 2, 2019
  • AIR System Down Time: November 8–12

    The TIDE and TDS systems will be unavailable from Friday, November 8 at 5 pm to Tuesday, November 12 at 5 am. AIR will be applying updates to TIDE over the holiday weekend to align student test settings with the GTSA. Owing to the anticipate changes, it is encouraged for all paused tests to be completed and submitted by November 8. All systems are expected to be available on Tuesday, November 12, for testing to resume.

    Additionally, the TIDE template that is used for bulk uploads of student test settings will be updated during this time. We ask that districts and schools hold any bulk uploads of student test settings until November 12. After this update, the template will need to be downloaded again for bulk uploads.

    Added October 29, 2019
  • October 9, 2019 – Updated: Interim Go-Live for 2019-20 School Year

    The Smarter Balanced Interim assessments for the 2019-20 school year are currently all available. will be available on Friday, September 20. There will be no downtime to deploy these tests. This includes the Test Administration and Test Delivery System to administer the interims, the Assessment Viewing Application (AVA) for viewing all the interims available for this school year, and the AIRWays Reporting systems to see student results. will both be available shortly.

    Added October 9, 2019
  • August 23, 2019 – Secure Browser 10 will no longer be supported after August 31

    If you have been using Secure Browser 10 (the version used during 2018-19) for administering your ELPA21 Screeners, you will need to update your browser to the 2019-20 secure browser no later than August 31.

    The new Secure Browsers (version 12) for the 2019-20 school year are available to download from the WCAP portal at https://wa.portal.airast.org/secure-browsers.stml for installation on Windows, Mac OSX 10.9 and higher, Linux, and Chrome OS.  To avoid any delay in testing, the browser on these devices needs to be updated by September 1, 2019.  Please contact the Washington Help Desk if you have any questions.

    Added August 23, 2019
  • August 9, 2019 – Updated version of TIDE now open for the 2019-20 School Year 

    Please note that the TIDE URL has changed and is now “https://wa.tide.airast.org ”. If you have bookmarked the site previously used, update that bookmark. All users who have not already done so will need to create a new password and gain access to TIDE. To reset your password from the WCAP portal home page, select Test Administrators or Test Coordinators, followed by the TIDE card. Select the "Request a new one for this school year” link just below the login prompt. Please reset your password at your earliest convenience.

    Added August 9, 2019
  • August 1, 2019 – Release of the new Secure Browsers for the 2019-20 School Year

    The Secure Browsers for the 2019-20 school year are available to download from the WCAP portal at https://wa.portal.airast.org/secure-browsers.stml for installation on Windows, Mac OSX 10.9 and higher, Linux, and Chrome OS.  Districts can begin downloading the secure browsers at any time.  Please contact the Washington Help Desk if you have any questions.

    Added August 1, 2019
  • August 1, 2019 – Update to the NeoSpeech™ Voice Pack for Text-to-Speech Use on Windows machines

    For students testing on Windows machines, the Julie Voice pack will be available for the 2019-20 school year through June, 2020.  However, if you downloaded the Julie voice pack prior to August 5, 2019, you must either fully re-install the latest version of the voice pack or install just the new license file. The full voice pack, new license file, and directions for installation can be found in TIDE under additional resources. 

    Added August 1, 2019
  • August 1, 2019 – Updated AIR systems summer downtime schedule

    To prepare for the start of 2019-20 school year, AIR will be updating AIR systems including TIDE, TDS, ORS, AIRWays Reporting, DEI and AVA. The start of each downtime will begin at 12:00am and will end at 11:59pm on the days indicated, unless otherwise noted. These updates will occur on the schedule below and will require some scheduled downtime listed below for each system.

    2018-19 Smarter Balanced Interim, ELPA21 Screener, and WCAS DEI Availability Ends

    Friday, June 28 – Last day the Smarter Balanced Interims, ELPA21 Screener, and WCAS DEI will be available.

    TIDE Summer Downtime

    Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2

    Monday, August 5 – TIDE go-live for SY19-20

    AIRWays Reporting Summer Downtime

    Wednesday, July 31 – Sunday, August 4

    Test Delivery System (TDS) Downtime

    TDS will be unavailable from Friday, August 2 – Sunday, August 4 to prepare for the ELPA21 Screener deployment. TDS will be available again beginning Monday, August 5.

    ORS, DEI and AVA downtimes will be determined soon and will be added to the portal.

    Added August 1, 2019
  • July 1, 2019 – SY19-20 ELPA21 Screener information

    Monday, August 5, 2019 – ELPA21 Screener will be available for testing.

    Added July 1, 2019
  • June 24, 2019 – Smarter Balanced Interims reporting change

    Starting in the 2019–20 school year, student results for the Smarter Balanced Interims will no longer be reported in ORS and will only be reported in AIRWays Reporting. ORS will continue to be the reporting location to access student results for the ELPA21 Screener and Summative Assessments, Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment, and WCAS Summative Assessment.

    Added June 24, 2019
  • June 13, 2019 – Upcoming monthly maintenance downtime

    The TIDE/Test Delivery System/AIRWays Reporting/ORS/AVA/DEI monthly maintenance window begins Saturday, June 15 at 6:00am PT and, barring any issues with system testing, will complete on Sunday, June 16 at 6:00am PT.

    Added June 13, 2019
  • May 13, 2019 – Upcoming monthly maintenance downtime

    The TIDE/Test Delivery System/AIRWays Reporting/ORS/AVA/DEI monthly maintenance window begins Saturday, May 18 at 6:00am PT and, barring any issues with system testing, will complete on Sunday, May 19 at 6:00am PT.

    Upcoming downtimes:
    • June 15–16, 2019

    Added May 13, 2019
  • May 3, 2019 – TDS downtime

    The Test Delivery System has a scheduled downtime all day on Friday, May 3 to prepare for the opening of WCAS High School test.

    The Practice and Training tests and all other AIR systems will remain available during this downtime.

    Added May 3, 2019
  • April 16, 2019 – Secure Browsers

    Chrome OS 73 is now supported with a possible issue. TTS voice check fails on some devices. The workaround is to uninstall and reinstall the app. This is random and currently there is no way to determine which devices will require intervention. AIR is working with Google to identify the cause of this issue.

    Added April 16, 2019
  • April 9, 2019 – Quick Resume and Text-To-Speech (TTS)

    The Spring Smarter Balanced assessments and the WCAS have a new feature called Quick Resume. This feature reduces the number of steps required to resume a test that was paused. After a TA approves the student, the test will return directly to the next unanswered item without the student completing audio/video functionality checks. Without these audio/video checks, a student using TTS will not be able to change the TTS voice from the default set in the secure browser. Please refer to page 55 in the Technical Specifications Manual on how to set the student’s default text-to-speech preference. https://wa.portal.airast.org/core/fileparse.php/2317/urlt/Tech_Specs_Manual_2018-19_ADA.pdf

    Added April 9, 2019
  • April 4, 2019 - Official Support for iOS 12.2. Chrome OS 73 is not supported

    AIR now officially supports iOS version 12.2 for online state testing. Chrome OS 73 is not supported at this time due to known issues with TTS.

    Added April 4, 2019
  • March 14, 2019 – Upcoming monthly maintenance downtime

    TIDE/Test Delivery System/AIRWays Reporting/ORS/AVA/DEI Monthly maintenance windows begin Saturday, 6:00am PT, pending any issues with system testing completing Sunday, 6:00am PT.

    Upcoming downtimes:
    • March 16–17, 2019
    • May 18–19, 2019
    • June 15–16, 2019

    Added March 14, 2019
  • February 28, 2019 – Upcoming AIR system downtime reminder

    The Test Delivery System has a scheduled downtime all day on Friday, March 1 to prepare for the opening of Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment.

    The Practice and Training tests and all other AIR systems will remain available during this downtime.

    Additional dates for downtime for the Test Delivery System are listed below:

    April 12, 2019 – all day downtime to deploy WCAS Grade 5 and 8 test

    May 3, 2019 – all day downtime to deploy WCAS High School test

    Added February 28, 2019
  • February 25, 2019 – AIR now supports Chrome OS 72.0.3626.117

    AIR now supports Chrome OS 72 for online state testing. When updating Chrome OS please make sure to use the latest release - Chrome OS 72.0.3626.117, which has the fix for the issue from the previous release.

    Added February 25, 2019
  • February 14, 2019 – ELPA21 extension to test window

    The ELPA21 test window has been extended and will now close on Friday, March 29. This extension applies to all districts. Materials for ELPA21 must be prescheduled for pick up by no later than April 5, even if your district is on break at this time.

    The WIDA Alternate ACCESS test window remains unchanged and closes on March 22. Materials return for WIDA will remain March 29.

    Added February 15, 2019
  • February 13, 2019 – AIR does not currently support Chrome OS 72

    AIR is working closely with Google to address an issue with Chrome OS 72 that prevents AIR from supporting it for online testing. Until this issue is resolved, AIR is asking all Chromebook users to hold off on updating their devices to the newest version if they have not already.

    Added February 13, 2019
  • February 1, 2019 - Official Support for Chrome OS 71

    AIR now officially supports Chrome OS version 71 for online state testing. 

    Added February 1, 2019
  • January 28, 2019 – Update to TIDE Secure Inbox

    TIDE will be releasing an update to the TIDE inbox.  There will be a column titled System that will identify the AIR system that generated the file.  This information can be helpful in identifying reports you have generated from TIDE, ORS, or AIRWays.

    Added January 24, 2019
  • January 18, 2019 – Upcoming AIR systems downtime

    TIDE has a scheduled downtime on Friday, January 18 starting 5:00pm through all day Saturday, January 19.

    TDS has a scheduled all day downtime Friday, January 25  to prepare for the opening of ELPA21 Summative tests.

    Added January 18, 2019

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