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Resource Description

The Assessment Viewing Application (AVA) is a component of the Test Delivery System that allows authorized users to view interim assessments for administrative or instructional purposes. The intended purpose of the AVA is to provide Test Administrators:

  • with access to the actual interim assessments before students are tested.

  • a greater understanding of the content being assessed and the time needed for students to complete an interim assessment.

It is important that educators review this entire document prior to using this application.

The Data Entry Interface (DEI) User Guide for the ELPA21 Screener and ELPA Summative assessments will assist users in entering student assessment data such as question responses and scores.

(February 6, 2020: Updated, see revision log on page 3) The GTSA will be used for the administration of the 2019-20 Smarter Balanced, WCAS, and ELPA21 assessments.

This document guides decisions associated with student access to state assessments. The basis of the Guidelines is built upon collaboration amongst multiple states and input from nationally recognized experts on English learners and students with disabilities. The guidelines are research-based and outline three categories of resources—tools, supports, and accommodations. 

Universal Tools are available to all students based on student preference and selection.

Designated Supports are those features that are available for use by any student for whom the need has been indicated by a team of educators with parent/guardian and student input.

Accommodations are available for students for whom there is documentation of the need on an Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 plan, or other similar learning plans.

100’s Number Table

Calculator and Electronic Device Policy

Multiplication Table

Non-Standard Accommodation & Designated Support Request

Read Aloud Guidelines

Scribing Protocol

Simplified Test Directions Guidelines

This user guide will assist users in navigating the online reporting system for online assessments.

The Practice Test Scoring Guide provides an overview of the Practice and Training Test site and information about accessing the Practice and Training Tests. The Practice Tests are similar in format and structure to the actual test and are available grades 3 through 8 and high school for mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA).

Practice Test Scoring Guides, Resources, and Documentation

(January 30, 2020: Updated for 2019-20) This document includes information to support professional standards and ethical testing practices including policies, responsibilities, and permissions. It also provides detailed information regarding test security, incident processing and reporting.

This user guide will assist TAs as they navigate the online system interface.


Test Administration Manual

TAM (New: 2/7/2020)

TA Script of Student Directions

Smarter Balanced Online (New 2/20/2020)
WCAS Online (New: 2/11/2020)

Smarter Balanced ELA (New: 2/21/2020)
Gr3, Gr4, Gr5, Gr6, Gr7, Gr8 and High School

Smarter Balanced Math (New: 2/21/2020)
Gr3, Gr4, Gr5, Gr6, Gr7, Gr8 and High School

Alternate Forms
Braille & Large Print Administration Instructions - ELA and Math 
(Updated: 2/27/20)
Braille & Large Print Administration Instructions - Science (New: 2/27/20)


Online ELA and Math (New: 3/8/17)
Arabic: ELA, Math, Cantonese: ELA, Math, Dakota: ELA, Math, Filipino: ELA, Math, French: ELA, Math, Haitian: ELA, Math, Hmong: ELA, Math, Japanese: ELA, Math, Korean: ELA, Math, Lakota: ELA, Math, Mandarin: ELA, Math, Punjabi: ELA, Math, Russian: ELA, Math, Somali: ELA, Math, Spanish: ELA, Math, Ukrainian: ELA, Math, Vietnamese: ELA, Math, Yupik: ELA, Math

Additional Resources

Definitions and Acronyms (New: 2/1/2019)
Forbidden Apps List 2020-21
Item Type Response Quick Sheet
Technical Skills for Keyboard Commands
Tool Button Tip Sheet
Proctoring Training and Practice Tests

This user guide is intended to provide specific instruction for navigating the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE). Details include accessing TIDE, ordering materials, managing users, working with student data, rostering, appeals, test incident codes and uploading files.