Archived Announcements

All Archived Announcements

  • As part of the system roll-over for the new school year, all HSAP system user passwords have been cleared. Please review the instructions in this Word document to create a new password for the 2017-2018 school year. All user accounts which had access to HSAP systems in 2016-2017 will continue to have access this year, although users are required to reset their password. If a user should no longer have an account, their school test coordinator should follow the process outlined in the TIDE User Guide to remove their system access.

    Added July 21, 2017
  • Due to system updates, the Online Reporting System (ORS) will be offline from Friday, July 7, 2017 until Saturday, July 8, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added July 3, 2017
  • The Assessment Section is accepting applications from interested teachers, content specialists, and community members to participate in 2017 Summer/Fall Hawaii State Alternate Assessment (HSA-Alt) Alignment Committees. Grade levels encompassed by each committee are: 3-8 and 11, with the content areas of ELA/Literacy, Mathematics, and Science as select areas of specialty. To apply, click the “Summer/Fall 2017 HSA-Alt Alignment Committees” link on the HSA-Alt portal home page or click here to access the registration site. Full information about the alignment committees can be found in the official HIDOE announcement memo here.

    Added June 26, 2017
  • Due to system updates, all AIR Systems will be offline from Saturday, July 1, 2017 until Sunday, July 2, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added June 23, 2017
  • REMINDER: The online HSA-Alt testing window will close this Friday, May 26th at the end of the school day. All online HSA-Alt tests for ELA, Mathematics, and Science must be completed and submitted via the Test Delivery System by the end of the school day on May 26th. Please be sure to return all printed test kit materials (posters, etc) to your Test Coordinator as soon as testing is complete.

    Added May 24, 2017
  • REMINDER: The paper/pencil HSA-Alt testing window will close on Friday, May 19th. All paper/pencil HSA-Alt test scores for ELA, Mathematics, and Science must be entered into the Data Entry Interface by the end of the school day on May 19th. The online HSA-Alt testing window will close on Friday, May 26th. All online HSA-Alt tests for ELA, Mathematics, and Science must be complete and submitted via the Test Delivery System by the end of the school day on May 26th. Please be sure to return all printed test kit materials to your Test Coordinator as soon as testing is complete.

    Added May 15, 2017
  • The HIDOE Assessment Section will hold an optional office hours webinar for HSA-Alt Test Administrators on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 2:30 pm. The office hours webinar is meant as a support to the teachers who are administering these assessments. It will provide updates about the HSA-Alt and offer time for Q&A. Please click here for more information, and to join the webinar.

    Added April 25, 2017
  • HIDOE and AIR are now accepting applications for the Summer 2017 HSA-Alt Review Committees, including Standard Setting for ELA and Mathematics, and Item Data Review for all subjects. To apply, click the “Summer 2017 Review Committee Registration” link on the HSA-Alt portal home page or click here to access the registration site. Full information about the review committees can be found in the official HIDOE announcement memo here.

    Added April 12, 2017
  • Those who experience problems with the Online TA Certification Course (e.g., logging in, printing certificate of completion, etc.), should contact the HSAP Help Desk at 1-866-648-3712 or hsaphelpdesk@air.org.  Please have the following information available to assist with troubleshooting – type of computer, operating system (Windows 10, etc.), browser (Firefox, Chrome, etc.), and any error messages that may pop up. To avoid potential issues, please clear your cache and cookies prior to taking the course, make sure you click “EXIT” before closing your browser, and complete the course on a desktop or laptop device.

    Added April 10, 2017
  • The HIDOE Assessment Section will be holding a webinar on the Online Reporting System on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 2:30pm. Please click here for more information, and to join the webinar.

    Added March 30, 2017
  • The HIDOE Assessment Section will hold an optional office hours webinar for HSA-Alt Test Administrators on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm. The office hours webinar is meant as a support to the teachers who are administering these assessments. It will provide updates about the HSA-Alt and offer time for Q&A. Please click here for more information, and to join the webinar.

    Added March 29, 2017
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) is back online. Mahalo for your patience.

    Added March 13, 2017
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) will be offline March 10-12, 2017 due to scheduled maintenance. ORS will be available again on Monday, March 13, 2017.

    Added March 7, 2017
  • The testing window for the online HSA-Alt Assessments in ELA, Mathematics and Science is now open until Friday, May 26, 2017. The paper/pencil testing window for the HSA-Alt in ELA, Mathematics and Science is now open until Friday, May 19, 2017. Note: Due to the required standard setting for ELA and Mathematics which will be held in June 2017, scores for these subject area tests will not be available during the testing window.

    Added February 22, 2017
  • The MP4 recording of the February 2, 2017 HSA-Alt Spring 2017 Test Coordinators Webinar presentation (posted in two parts) is now available in the Resources >> Webinars section of the HSA-Alt portal.

    Added February 10, 2017
  • Due to maintenance, TIDE will be offline on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 1am – 7am HST. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added February 6, 2017
  • The Spring 2017 Guide to Navigating the Online HSA-Alt Administration and the Spring 2017 Data Entry Interface User Guide have been posted to the Resources section of the HSA-Alt portal website. TAs and TCs may access the manuals by clicking on the links above, or via the Resources >> Test Coordinators / Test Administrators >> Test Administration >> Online Administration folder (for the Guide to Navigating) or the Resources >> Test Coordinators / Test Administrators >> Test Administration >> Paper-Pencil Administration folder (for the DEI User Guide).

    Added February 6, 2017
  • The updated Spring 2017 HSA-Alt online TA Certification Courses for Online (iPad) Administration and Paper/Pencil Test Administration are now available for returning Test Administrators who will not attend a face-to-face training session in February 2017. Users may access the courses by clicking on the “Online TA Certification Course” link on the right side of the HSA-Alt home page. The courses can also be accessed in the “Training Sites” section, after clicking on either the “Teachers” or the “Test Coordinators/Administrators/Second Raters” link on the left side of the homepage.

    Added January 30, 2017
  • Reminder: The Assessment Section and AIR will present an HSA-Alt Test Coordinators – Spring 2017 Operational Assessment webinar on Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Topics covered will include an overview of the Spring 2017 operational HSA-Alt testing, and the roles and responsibilities of Test Coordinators before, during, and after the HSA-Alt testing window. The webinar will be recorded and posted in the Trainings and Webinars section of the HSA-Alt portal website.

    Added January 30, 2017
  • The HIDOE Assessment Section will be holding a webinar on the Test Information and Distribution Engine (TIDE) on February 16, 2017 at 2:30pm. Please click here for more information, and to join the webinar.

    Added January 24, 2017
  • The HSA-Alt Spring 2017 Paper/Pencil Directions for Administration manual has been posted to the Resources section of the HSA-Alt portal website. TAs and TCs may access the manuals by clicking on the links above, or via the Resources >> Test Coordinators / Test Administrators >> Test Administration >> Paper-Pencil Administration folder.

    Added January 12, 2017
  • The Assessment Section and AIR will present an HSA-Alt Test Coordinators – Spring 2017 Operational Assessment webinar on Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Topics covered will include an overview of the Spring 2017 operational HSA-Alt testing, and the roles and responsibilities of Test Coordinators before, during, and after the HSA-Alt testing window. The webinar will be recorded and posted in the Trainings and Webinars section of the HSA-Alt portal website.

    Added January 10, 2017
  • The self-registration feature for the Digital Library is now active. All teachers with a Lotus Notes email address ending in “@notes.k12.hi.us” are now able to self-register for Digital Library account access. Go to www.smarterbalancedlibrary.org, click the “Register for the Digital Library” button, and enter your name and email address ending in “@notes.k12.hi.us.” NOTE: Schools that use Yahoo, Gmail, or other non-Lotus Notes email addresses cannot use the self-registration feature at this time and should contact the Help Desk to register for a Digital Library account.

    Added December 22, 2016
  • AIR now supports testing on iOS 10.2 for all assessments and exams. Please ensure that all testing devices are updated as iOS 10.0 and 10.1 will no longer be supported as of December 31, 2016. For a full list of the supported operating systems for SY 2016-2017, please see the Supported Browsers page and the Secure Browsers page.

    Added December 21, 2016
  • Registration for the Spring 2017 HSA-Alt New Test Administrator Training is now open. Please click the button on the right-hand side of the HSA-Alt home page to access the online registration form, or click here to access the form directly. Full information about the trainings, including location and dates, can be found in the official HIDOE announcement memo here.

    Added December 5, 2016
  • The Assessment Section will present a Technology Requirements for Online Testing webinar on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Topics covered will include the tasks of the test and technology coordinators and system and software requirements for HSAP test administrations. The webinar will be recorded and posted in the Trainings and Webinars section of the test-alohahsap.portal.airast.org website.

    Added November 21, 2016
  • UPDATE: The Digital Library is back online. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added November 14, 2016
  • An updated Mobile Secure Browser (MSB) 3.4 is now available for iPads, tablets, and other mobile devices. AIR now also supports testing on iOS 10 for all assessments and exams. For a full list of the supported operating systems for SY 2016-2017, please see the Supported Browsers page and the Secure Browsers page.

    Added November 2, 2016
  • The HSA-Alt Spring 2017 Test Administration Manual and Test Coordinators Manual have both been posted to the Resources section of the HSA-Alt portal website. TAs and TCs may access the manuals by clicking on the links above, or via the Resources >> Test Coordinators / Test Administrators >> Test Administration >> Online Testing folder.

    Added October 21, 2016
  • REMINDER: The online HSA-Alt Independent Field Test (IFT) for Writing test window will close on Friday, October 28th. All HSA-Alt students in grades 4-9 and 12 should complete and submit the Writing IFT by 4pm on Friday, October 28th.

    Added October 17, 2016
  • AIR now supports HSA-Alt testing on iOS 10 using the current Mobile Secure Browser. Access is available for the online HSA-Alt Independent Field Test for Writing and the online HSA-Alt training tests for users testing on iPads running iOS 10.

    Added October 14, 2016
  • The online Test Delivery System (TDS) is back online following yesterday’s scheduled downtime and available for administering the HSA-Alt Independent Field Test for Writing. Mahalo for your patience.

    Added October 11, 2016
  • The Test Delivery System (TDS) will be offline for maintenance on the following dates during the 2016-2017 school year: Monday, October 10th (re-opening at 6am HST on Tuesday, October 11th); Friday, November 18th (re-opening at 6am HST on Monday, November 21st); and Friday, February 17th (re-opening at 6am HST on Tuesday, February 21st following the Presidents Day holiday). Online training and practice tests, TIDE, and the Online Reporting System (ORS) will be available during scheduled TDS downtimes. A full list of all scheduled downtimes may be found on the Important Dates page of this portal website.

    Added October 5, 2016
  • We are now accepting applications for November 2016 HSA-Alt Review Committees. To apply, click the “Nov 2016 Review Committee Registration” link on the HSA-Alt portal home page or click here to access the registration site. Full information about the review committees can be found in the official HIDOE announcement memo here.

    Added September 30, 2016
  • The testing window is now open for the online Fall 2016 HSA-Alt Independent Field Test for Writing for students in grades 4-9 and 12. These tests are now available to be selected in the TA Live Site for administration. The test window will remain open until Friday, October 28, 2016.

    Added September 26, 2016
  • Due to scheduled maintenance, all AIR Systems will be offline from Friday, 9/23 at 6pm HST until Saturday, 9/24 at 1am HST. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added September 20, 2016
  • IMPORTANT: HSA-Alt Test Administrators / Technology Coordinators should not update iPads being used for HSA-Alt testing to the newly released iOS 10 at this time. AIR does not currently support iOS 10 for testing. Another announcement will be posted when iOS 10 is supported for testing. Reminder: operating systems that become available but do not appear on the Supported Browsers page on the portal are not supported. Do not upgrade to new operating systems on computers that will be used to administer online assessments without ensuring the updates meet the required specifications.

    Added September 16, 2016
  • REMINDER: School Test Coordinators should make sure all HSA-Alt Test Administrators have been correctly entered into TIDE with the “TA” user role prior to the opening of the Fall 2016 HSA-Alt Independent Field Test for Writing test window on September 26th. School TCs should also confirm all returning HSA-Alt TAs have completed the online TA Certification Course (available via the link on the HSA-Alt home page) and all new HSA-Alt TAs have attended one of the face-to-face training sessions in September (see the HIDOE announcement memo here). New TAs who missed the fall 2016 training registration and were not able to attend a training session will need to complete the online TA Certification Course in order to administer the Fall 2016 Independent Field Test for Writing. Then, they may attend one of the face-to-face training sessions that will be held in January/February 2017 (dates TBA).

    Added September 14, 2016
  • The Fall 2016 Guide to Navigating the Online HSA-Alt Administration has been posted to the Resources section of the HSA-Alt portal website. TAs may access the manual by clicking on Resources >> Test Coordinators / Test Administrators >> Test Administration >> Online Administration.

    Added September 14, 2016
  • Printed family score reports and student data labels for the HSA-Alt Assessments in Reading, Mathematics, and Science will be delivered to all schools beginning the week of September 19th. Schools should distribute the printed family score reports to parents when they are received or soon thereafter. As a reminder, online Individual Student Reports (ISRs) for each content area assessment may also be accessed at any time via the Online Reporting System (ORS).

    Added September 14, 2016
  • The Hawaiʿi State Alternate Assessments (HSA-Alt) Test Coordinators Webinar presentation for the Fall 2016 Independent Field Test for Writing will be held on Thursday, September 1st, 2016, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. HST. Click here for details on how to access the online presentation and conference call.

    Added August 23, 2016
  • Phase II of the HSA-Alt IFT for Writing will be administered to HSA-Alt eligible students in grades 4-9, and 12 during a four-week testing window from September 26 through October 28, 2016. All HSA-Alt eligible students, as identified in their IEPs, in these grades need to participate in the IFT. The Fall 2016 Test Administration Manual and Fall 2016 Test Coordinators Manual are now available for review, posted on the www.test-alohahsap.portal.airast.org HSA-Alt web portal in the Test Coordinators/Test Administrators Resources section.

    Added August 9, 2016
  • If you are receiving an error message when logging into TIDE, please ensure the complete URL is https://www.hitide.org.

    Added August 8, 2016
  • As part of the system roll-over for the new school year, all HSAP system user passwords have been cleared. Please review the instructions in this Word document to create a new password for the 2016-2017 school year. All user accounts which had access to HSAP systems in 2015-2016 will continue to have access this year, although users are required to reset their password.  If a user should no longer have an account, their school test coordinator should follow the process outlined in the TIDE User Guide to remove their system access.

    Added August 8, 2016
  • The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) is now open for the 2016-2017 school year. TIDE has been redesigned this year with new and improved features including: an improved add/edit functionality, a cleaner and clearer layout, and the ability to monitor test progress. Please visit the new system by clicking here or by selecting the appropriate user role and clicking on the “TIDE” card. The 16-17 TIDE User Guide will be available under the Resources page on Tuesday, August 9th.

    Added August 8, 2016
  • Registration for the Fall 2016 HSA-Alt New Test Administrator Training is now open. Please click the button on the right-hand side of the HSA-Alt home page to access the online registration form, or click here to access the form directly. Full information about the trainings, including location and dates, can be found in the official HIDOE announcement memo here.

    Added August 5, 2016
  • The updated version of the Secure Browser (9.1) for Linux is now available for download via the Secure Browsers page. For information on how to install the Secure Browser, please see the 2016-2017 Secure Browsers Installation Manual.

    Added August 4, 2016
  • REMINDER: The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will be offline from August 4 – August 7, 2016 in order to prepare for the 2016-2017 online testing windows. TIDE will reopen on August 8, 2016.

    Added August 3, 2016
  • Attention New Test Coordinators:
    In order to be able to view reports in the Online Reporting System (ORS) and enter new Test Administrators (TA) in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE), you will have to have your principal set you up as a Test Coordinator (TC) role in TIDE. If your principal needs further assistance, please contact the HSAP Help Desk at 1-866-648-3712.

    Added August 2, 2016
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) is now back online. Mahalo for your patience.

    Added July 28, 2016
  • The updated version of the Secure Browser (9.0) for Windows and Mac OS X is now available for download via the Secure Browsers page. The updated browser must be installed on each computer that will be used for online testing during the 2016-2017 school year, and should be used for all assessments in the Hawai’i State Assessment Program: the Smarter Balanced Interim and Summative Assessments, HSA Science Assessments, HSA Alternate Assessments, and End-of-Course Exams. The previous version of the Secure Browser will automatically be deleted once the new browser is installed. Information on how to install the Secure Browser can be found in the 2016-2017 Secure Browsers Installation Manual. Another announcement will be posted when the Secure Browser for Linux is available for download.

    Added July 22, 2016
  • REMINDER: The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will be taken offline from August 4 – August 7, 2016 in order to prepare for the 2016-2017 online testing windows. Student information will not be updated in TIDE until the system reopens on August 8, 2016.  New Teachers, Test Administrators, Test Coordinators, or other users may be added to the TIDE system now through August 3, 2016 and after TIDE reopens.

    Added July 22, 2016
  • REMINDER: Due to scheduled maintenance, all AIR Systems will be offline from Friday, 7/22 at 6pm HST until Monday, 7/25 at 1am HST. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added July 1, 2016
  • REMINDER: Test Coordinators are to enter the reason for non-participation for any student who did not participate in the administration of the Smarter Balanced Assessments, HSA Science assessments, HSA-Alt assessments, or Biology I EOC Exam in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) under the “Reasons for Non-Participation” tab. If the reason is not listed, choose “Other.” For example, a student is an English Language Learner (ELL) and in the first year in a U.S. school. This student is included as a non-participant in “Other.” The Reasons for Non-Participation User Guide provides additional information on how to use the ORS to generate a report of non-participants and then how to enter the reasons for non-participation in TIDE. If you have any questions regarding how to enter the reasons for non-participants, contact the HSAP Help Desk at 1-866-648-3712 (toll free) or email hsaphelpdesk@air.org.

    Added May 25, 2016
  • We are now accepting applications for 2016 HSA-Alt Summer Review Committees. To apply, click the “2016 Summer Review Committee Registration” link on the HSA-Alt portal home page or click here to access the registration site. Full information about the review committees can be found in the official HIDOE announcement memo here.

    Added May 17, 2016
  • REMINDER: The paper/pencil HSA-Alt testing window will close on Thursday, May 19th. All paper/pencil HSA-Alt test scores for Reading, Mathematics, and Science must be entered into the Data Entry Interface by the end of the school day on May 19th. The online HSA-Alt testing window will close on Thursday, May 26th. All online HSA-Alt tests for Reading, Mathematics, Science, and the Writing field test must be complete and submitted via the Test Delivery System by the end of the school day on May 26th. Please be sure to return all test kit materials to your Test Coordinator as soon as testing is complete.

    Added May 11, 2016
  • The Hawaii DOE Assessment Section will be hosting two upcoming optional “Office Hours” webinars for HSA-Alt Test Administrators and Test Coordinators on Monday, May 16, 2016 and Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. The main topic will be testing updates and testing Q&A. Information on joining both webinars may be found in this document.

    Added May 3, 2016
  • The testing window is now open for the online HSA-Alt Science Assessment for students in grades 4, 8 and 11, and the online HSA-Alt Independent Field Test for Writing for students in grades 3-8 and 11. These tests are now available to be selected in the TA Live Site for administration. The test window will remain open until Thursday, May 26, 2016.

    Added April 25, 2016
  • REMINDER: Due to scheduled maintenance, all AIR Systems will be offline from Friday, 4/22 at 6pm HST until Monday, 4/25 at 6am HST. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added April 20, 2016
  • UPDATED: The previously posted webinar information was incorrect. The corrected information for joining today’s webinar may be found in this document. The Hawaii DOE Assessment Section will be hosting an “Office Hours” webinar for HSA-Alt Test Administrators and Test Coordinators on Monday, May 2, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. The main topic will be testing updates and testing Q&A. Information on joining the webinar may be found in this document.

    Added April 15, 2016
  • UPDATED: The previously posted webinar information was incorrect. The corrected information for joining today’s webinar may be found in this document. The Hawaii DOE Assessment Section will be hosting an “Office Hours” webinar for HSA-Alt Test Administrators and Test Coordinators on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. The main topic will be testing updates and testing Q&A. Information on joining the webinar may be found in this document.

    Added April 6, 2016
  • UPDATE: The online Test Delivery System (TDS) will be available for testing on Friday, April 22nd. All AIR systems will be online on Friday, April 22nd. The previously announced TDS maintenance will be incorporated into the scheduled downtimes on April 23-24.

    Added April 6, 2016
  • AIR now supports Chrome OS 49 and iOS 9.3 for student testing. An updated Mobile Secure Browser (MSB) 3.3 is also now available for devices using iOS 7–9.3. Note that previous versions of the Secure Browser are not supported on the recently released iOS 9.3, and schools who have upgraded to iOS 9.3 and/or are administering assessments using Text-to-Speech (TTS) should download and install this new version of the MSB. For a full list of the supported operating systems for SY 2015-2016, please see the Supported Browsers page and the Secure Browsers page.

    Added March 31, 2016
  • IMPORTANT: Due to the elimination of the TDS downtime on Monday, April 4th, the HSA-Alt Science test window opening has been delayed. The HSA-Alt Science test window will open on April 25th. All HSA-Alt students in Grades 4, 8, and 11 will need to complete the HSA-Alt Science test between April 25th – May 26th.

    Added March 31, 2016
  • UPDATE: The online Test Delivery System (TDS) will be available for testing on Monday, April 4th. All AIR systems will be online on Monday, April 4th. The Department and AIR are assessing the risks of keeping TDS open for testing on Friday, April 22nd. The decision as to whether or not TDS will remain open on April 22nd will be made by Friday, April 8th.

    Added March 31, 2016
  • The Hawaii DOE Assessment Section will be hosting an optional webinar on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. for Test Coordinators and others who have questions related to the Department’s statewide student assessments (Smarter Balanced, HSA-Science, HSA-Alt, EOC and ACT). Information on joining the webinar may be found in this document.

    Added March 24, 2016
  • The Hawaii DOE Assessment Section will be hosting an “Office Hours” webinar for HSA-Alt Test Administrators and Test Coordinators on Monday, April 4, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. The main topic will be the opening of the HSA-Alt Science Assessment testing window for grades 4, 8, and 11. There will also be time for Q&A, on any topic, following the main presentation. Information on joining the webinar may be found in this document.

    Added March 24, 2016
  • Reminder: The HSA-Alt testing window for Online (iPad) Science will open on Wednesday, April 6th, and the testing window for the Online (iPad) Independent Field Test for Writing will open on Monday, April 25th. The Test Delivery System (TDS) will be offline for maintenance on Monday, April 4th (re-opening at 6am HST on Tuesday, April 5th) and on Friday, April 22nd (re-opening at 6am HST on Monday, April 25th) to prepare for these testing windows. Online training and practice tests, TIDE, and the Online Reporting System (ORS) will be available during the scheduled TDS downtime.

    Added March 16, 2016
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) will be offline March 11-13, 2016 due to scheduled maintenance.  ORS will be available again on Monday, March 14.

    Added March 9, 2016
  • The new Android Mobile Secure Browser (MSB) 2.1 is now available for download from the Google Play Store.  Anyone using Android 5+ should upgrade to MSB 2.1 in order to resolve a known keyboard issue.  Students testing on Android 4.3 and 4.4 are not required to upgrade.

    Added March 9, 2016
  • AIR now supports Chrome OS 41-48. For a full list of the supported operating systems for SY 2015-2016, please see the Supported Browsers page and the Secure Browsers page.

    Added March 8, 2016
  • The Hawaii DOE Assessment Section will be hosting an optional webinar on Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. for Test Coordinators and others who have questions related to the Department’s statewide student assessments (Smarter Balanced, HSA-Science, HSA-Alt, EOC and ACT). Information on joining the webinar may be found in this document.

    Added March 7, 2016
  • The Hawaii DOE Assessment Section will be hosting an “Office Hours” webinar for HSA-Alt Test Administrators and Test Coordinators on Monday, March 14, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. The webinar meeting topics will be testing updates and testing Q & A. Information on joining the webinar may be found in this document.

    Added March 4, 2016
  • If you have upgraded to Windows 10 and are experiencing an issue with the Secure Browser opening with a blank white screen and an address bar, please use the following workaround:
    Change the Windows theme in the user account by clicking on Control Panel >> All Control Panel Items >> Personalization >> Select any different theme that is available >> Close the Control Panel >> Launch the Secure Browser.

    Added February 26, 2016
  • The Hawaii DOE Assessment Section will be hosting an “Office Hours” webinar for HSA-Alt Test Administrators and Test Coordinators on Monday, February 29, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. The webinar meeting topics will be testing updates and testing Q & A. Information on joining the webinar may be found in this document.

    Added February 22, 2016
  • AIR will start support of Chrome OS 48 on Monday, 2/22. Please note that Chrome OS 47 will NOT be supported at this time, however, AIR is currently working on an update to the Chrome Secure Browser that will support Chrome OS 47 in the near future. An announcement will be posted when the new Chrome Secure Browser supporting Chrome OS 41-48 is available for download.

    Added February 19, 2016
  • The testing window for the online HSA-Alt Assessments in Reading and Mathematics is now open until Thursday, May 26, 2016. The paper/pencil testing window for the HSA-Alt in Reading, Mathematics, and Science is now open until Thursday, May 19, 2016. Mahalo for your patience.

    Added February 19, 2016
  • AIR has identified an issue with the HSA-Alt online Reading and Mathematics Assessment which has led to a delay in the opening of the test window. AIR is working as quickly as possible to resolve the issue and will post an announcement when an update is available. Mahalo for your patience.

    Added February 19, 2016
  • AIR has identified an intermittent issue when launching the Secure Browser for student testing that occurs on computers that were upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. AIR is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible but advises schools not to upgrade any computers to Windows 10 prior to the start of student testing. Another announcement will be posted when this issue has been resolved.

    Added February 18, 2016
  • The Spring 2016 Guide to Navigating the Online HSA-Alt Administration has been posted to the Resources section of this portal website. TAs may access the manual by clicking on Resources >> Test Coordinators / Test Administrators >> Test Administration >> Online Administration. The Spring 2016 Data Entry Interface (DEI) User Guide has also been posted to the Resources section. TAs who will be administering a paper/pencil assessment may access the user guide at Resources >> Test Coordinators / Test Administrators >> Test Administration >> Paper/Pencil Administration.

    Added February 16, 2016
  • Reminder: The HSA-Alt testing window for Online (iPad) Reading and Mathematics will open next Friday, February 19th. The Test Delivery System (TDS) will be offline for maintenance tomorrow, February 12th, to prepare for this testing window; online training and practice tests will be available tomorrow during the scheduled TDS downtime.

    Added February 11, 2016
  • UPDATE: Due to a short delay in processing the printed manipulatives needed for administration of the HSA-Alt Online (iPad) Mathematics assessment will arrive in schools beginning Wednesday, February 17th. Test Administrators should check with their school Test Coordinators after this date to collect their printed manipulatives for the HSA-Alt Mathematics assessment in all tested grades (3-8 and 11). If a school has not received a shipment of manipulatives by Friday, February 19th, the school’s TC should contact the Help Desk at 1-866-648-3712.

    Added February 5, 2016
  • The Online Test Delivery System will be offline on Friday, 2/12 for maintenance. The Grade 4 and 8 Hawaii State Science Assessments will not be available during this downtime and will relaunch on Tuesday, 2/16 following the Presidents Day weekend. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added February 2, 2016
  • The updated Spring 2016 HSA-Alt online TA Certification Courses for Online (iPad) Administration and Paper/Pencil Test Administration are now available for returning Test Administrators who will not attend a face-to-face training session in January/February 2016. Users may access the course by selecting their user card (on the left), clicking on the “Training Site” card, followed by the “Online TA Certification Course” card.

    Added January 29, 2016
  • REMINDER: Operating systems that become available but do not appear on the Supported Browsers page on the portal are not supported. Do not upgrade to new operating systems on computers that will be used to administer online assessments without ensuring the updates meet the required specifications.

    Added January 27, 2016
  • The new iOS Mobile Secure Browser (MSB) 3.2 is now available for download in the App Store. This is not a required update and users may still use the previous version of the MSB (v 3.1) for testing.

    Added January 26, 2016
  • iOS 9.2 and Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) are now supported for all assessments and exams.

    Apple has released iOS 9.2. iOS 9.2 resolves security issues that were present in iOS 9.0 and 9.1. If you have iPads running iOS 9.0 or 9.1 that are being used for secure assessments, please update the iPads to iOS 9.2 as soon as possible. iOS 9.0 and 9.1 will be blocked for all testing prior to the start of the HSAP operational testing windows.

    Added January 20, 2016
  • The PowerPoint presentation and audio file from the January 14, 2016 HSA-Alt Spring 2016 Test Coordinators Webinar presentation are now available in the Resources >> Webinars section of the HSA-Alt portal.

    Added January 15, 2016
  • The Hawaii DOE Assessment Section will be hosting an “Office Hours” webinar for HSA-Alt Test Administrators and Test Coordinators on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. The webinar meeting will give a short updates presentation, followed by an open office hours question and answer period. Information on joining the webinar may be found in this document.

    Added January 7, 2016
  • The Hawaiʿi State Alternate Assessments (HSA-Alt) Spring 2016 Test Coordinators Webinar presentation will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2016, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. HST. Click here for details on how to access the online presentation and conference call.

    Added December 16, 2015
  • The Digital Library will be offline on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm HST for updates and enhancements.

    Added December 15, 2015
  • An updated Chrome Secure Browser (v2.8) is now available for download on Google’s Web Store. This new version is an optional upgrade. Schools may continue to test students using the current Chrome Secure Browser (v2.7).

    Added December 7, 2015
  • We are now accepting applications for January 2016 HSA-Alt Writing Item Review Committee. Click here for more information. To apply, click the “HSA-Alt January 15, 2016 Review Committee Registration” link on the HSA-Alt portal home page or click here to access the registration site.

    Added December 2, 2015
  • The HSA-Alt Spring 2016 Test Administration Manual and Test Coordinators Manual have both been posted to the Resources section of this portal website. TAs and TCs may access the manuals by clicking on Resources >> Test Coordinators / Test Administrators >> Test Administration >> Online Testing.

    Added November 10, 2015
  • Registration for the Spring 2016 HSA-Alt Test Administrator Trainings is now open. Please click the button on the right-hand side of the HSA-Alt home page to access the online registration form, or click here to access the form directly. Full information about the trainings, including location and dates, can be found in the official HIDOE announcement memo here.

    Added November 5, 2015
  • The HSA-Alt Training Tests are back online. AIR now supports Chrome 46 (browser), Fedora 22, Firefox 41, and Safari 5.1.x.

    Added October 20, 2015
  • REMINDER: The Fall 2015 HSA-Alt Independent Field Test for Science testing window will close on October 2, 2015.

    Added September 28, 2015
  • IMPORTANT: Users may use iOS 9 to administer ONLY the HSA-Alt IFT and HSA-Alt Training Tests on iPads. If you have not upgraded your iPad to iOS 9, please delay this upgrade until iOS 9 is officially supported for all HSAP Assessments.
    Added September 21, 2015
  • The list of supported operating systems for SY 2015-2016 has been updated on the Supported Browsers page and the Secure Browsers page. AIR is now supporting Windows 10, Chrome 45, and Firefox 40.

    Added September 21, 2015
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) is now available for the 2015-2016 school year. ORS can be accessed by selecting the appropriate user role on the homepage and selecting the “Online Reporting System” card.

    Added September 15, 2015
  • The previously reported communications issue with the online TA Certification Course has been resolved. TAs who completed the course between 8/24 and 9/3 and are unable to access the TA Live Site should contact the HSAP Help Desk at 1-866-648-3712 to request their “Trained User” flag be updated to “Yes”. All TAs who complete the course as of today (9/4) will be able to access the TA Live Site immediately.

    Added September 4, 2015
  • The online HSA-Alt TA Certification Course for Online Administration is available for TAs who are administering the Independent Field Test for Science in Fall 2015. However, there is currently a communication issue with the TIDE system and TAs who complete the course must contact the HSAP Help Desk at 1-866-648-3712 to request their “Trained User” flag be updated to “Yes”. AIR is working to fix this communication issue and will post an announcement to the HSA-Alt portal homepage once the issue is resolved. Mahalo for your patience.

    Added September 3, 2015
  • The Fall 2015 HSA-Alt Independent Field Test for Science testing window is now open. Students in Grades 5, 9, and 12 should complete this Science Field Test before October 2, 2015.

    Added August 31, 2015
  • The PowerPoint presentation and webinar audio from the August 27th Independent Field Test for Science Test Administration Webinar have been posted to the HSA-Alt resources section. Click on Resources >> Webinars to access the files.

    Added August 31, 2015
  • The online TA Certification Course for Online (iPad) Administration is now available for TAs who will be administering the Fall 2015 Science Independent Field Test. Click on the “Online TA Certification Course” card on the right hand side of the HSA-Alt portal home page in order to login and access the course. Mahalo for your patience.

    Added August 26, 2015
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) will be offline due to scheduled maintenance from Monday, August 31, 2015 at 5pm HST through Monday, September 14, 2015. ORS will relaunch for the 2015-2016 school year on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

    Added August 26, 2015
  • The TIDE system is now open for the 2015-2016 school year!

    Added August 24, 2015
  • The Hawaiʿi State Alternate Assessments (HSA-Alt) Fall 2015 Independent Field Test for Science Webinar presentation will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. HST. Click here for details on how to access the online presentation and conference call.

    Added August 17, 2015
  • We are now accepting applications for Fall 2015 HSA-Alt Science Review Committees. Click here for more information. To apply, click the “HSA-Alt Science Fall 2015 Review Committee Registration” link on the HSA-Alt portal home page or click here to access the registration site.

    Added August 14, 2015
  • In order to prepare for the 2015-2016 online testing windows, the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) is currently offline until Monday, August 24, 2015.

    Added August 14, 2015
  • The Guide to Navigating the Online HSA-Alt Administration manual for the Fall 2015 Independent Field Test for Science has been posted to the Resources section of this portal website. TAs and TCs may access the manual by clicking on Resources >> Test Coordinators / Test Administrators >> Test Administration >> Online Testing.

    Added August 10, 2015
  • Registration for the Fall 2015 HSA-Alt Test Administrator iPad Training Workshops is now open. Please click the button on the right-hand side of the HSA-Alt home page to access the online registration form (or click here to access the form). Full information about the trainings, including location and dates, can be found in the official HIDOE announcement memo here. NOTE: This is NOT the training on how to administer the online HSA-Alt assessment. That training will take place in January 2016. These iPad Training Workshops are intended only for teachers/test administrators who directly teach students eligible to take the HSA-Alt Assessment.

    Added August 3, 2015
  • The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will be taken offline from August 13 – August 24, 2015 in order to prepare for the 2015-2016 online testing windows. Teachers and staff should wait until the TIDE system is back online on August 24, 2015 before adding new Teachers, Test Administrators, Test Coordinators, or other users to the TIDE system.

    Added July 30, 2015
  • The HSA-Alt Fall 2015 Independent Field Test for Science Test Administration Manual and Test Coordinators Manual have both been posted to the Resources section of this portal website. TAs and TCs may access the manuals by clicking on Resources >> Test Coordinators / Test Administrators >> Test Administration >> Online Testing.

    Added July 29, 2015
  • Phase II of the HSA-Alt IFT for Science will be administered to HSA-Alt eligible students in grades 5, 9, and 12 during a six week testing window from August 31, 2015 through October 2, 2015. All HSA-Alt eligible students, as identified in their IEPs, in these three grades need to participate in the IFT.

    This field test will only be administered to students online, so no paper/pencil testing materials will be available. Test Coordinators (TCs) need to check with their Test Administrators (TAs) to ensure all SY 2015-16 grades 5, 9, and 12 HSA-Alt eligible students in the school received an iPad during 2014-15 through the Assessment Section’s 1 to 1 iPad program. To request iPads for HSA-Alt students who did not receive an iPad during 2014-15, TAs must send the 10-digit SSID for each student, the name of each student’s TA, and the school name to hsa-alt@notes.k12.hi.us. Please note that the number of i-Pads available is limited.

    If you have any questions regarding the HSA-Alt IFT for Science, please contact Paul Dumas in the Assessment Section at 808-733-4100 or by e-mail at paul_dumas@notes.k12.hi.us.

    Added July 29, 2015
  • The updated version of the Secure Browser for all operating systems is now available for download via the Secure Browsers page. The updated browser must be installed on each computer that will be used for online testing during the 2015-2016, and may be used for all statewide testing including Smarter Balanced Interim and Summative Assessments, HSA Science Assessments, HSA Alternate Assessments, and End-of-Course Exams. The previous version of the Secure Browser will automatically be deleted once the new browser is installed. Information on how to install the Secure Browser can be found in the 2015-2016 Secure Browsers Installation Manual. This manual will be posted on the Resources >> Technology Coordinators page during the first week of August.

    Added July 29, 2015
  • The list of supported operating systems for SY2015-2016 has been updated on the Supported Browsers page and the Secure Browsers page. AIR will no longer support Windows XP, Mac OSX 10.5 (Intel), or Fedora 19 for testing.

    Added July 28, 2015
  • Due to scheduled maintenance, all AIR systems will be offline from Friday, 7/24 at 10pm HST until Sunday, 7/26 at 5pm HST. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added June 29, 2015
  • Principals, Test Coordinators, and Teachers are able to access the 2014-15 scores for students who have withdrawn from your school in the Online Reporting System by clicking on Score Reports and then using the third radio search button “Scores for students who were mine when they tested during the selected administration.” The user will need to select his/her complex area information, click on a grade level and subject, and search for the students by names, not SSIDs. Then the scores for all students tested, including the withdrawn students, can be viewed. If a user has no withdrawn students, he/she can use the first radio search button “Scores for students who were mine at the end of the selected administration” and search for the students by SSIDs. Then the scores for all students tested that do not include any withdrawn students can be viewed. For more information, please see pages 17-18 in the 2014-2015 Online Reporting System User Guide.

    Added June 29, 2015
  • Reminder: All HSA-Alt testing materials should be shipped back to AIR as soon as possible. Test Coordinators should immediately follow up with their HSA-Alt Test Administrators if any testing materials have not yet been returned. Test Coordinators may contact the HSAP Help Desk at 1-866-648-3712 if they have any questions and/or need to arrange for UPS pick up of materials for shipping. Full information regarding the process for returning test materials may be found on page 21 of the 2014-2015 HSA-Alt Test Coordinators Manual.

    Added May 18, 2015
  • Access to the HSA-Alt assessments in the TA Live Site has been restored as of 8:35AM Hawaii time. Mahalo for your patience.

    Added May 15, 2015
  • REMINDER: The HSA-Alt test window for all tests (operational Reading, Mathematics, and Science, the Independent Field Test for Science, and all paper/pencil testing), will close at the end of the school day on Friday, May 15th. Please make sure all online student tests have been completed and submitted, and all paper/pencil test data entry has been completed in the Data Entry Interface (DEI), by the end of the school day on Friday, May 15th.

    Added May 8, 2015
  • The Hawaii DOE Assessment Section will be hosting an “Office Hours” webinar for HSA-Alt Test Administrators and Test Coordinators on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. The webinar meeting will give a short updates presentation, followed by an open office hours question and answer period. Information on joining the webinar may be found in this document.

    Added May 1, 2015
  • REMINDER: The HSA-Alt test window for all tests (operational Reading, Mathematics, and Science, and the Independent Field Test for Science), will close at the end of the school day on Friday, May 15th. Please make sure all student tests have been completed and submitted by the end of the school day on Friday, May 15th.

    Added May 1, 2015
  • Plan and Manage Testing in ORS is now updated and fully operable. Thank you for your patience.

    Added April 28, 2015
  • Earlier this week Apple released the updated iOS 8.3 operating system for iPads. School TAs and/or Technology Coordinators should not update any iPads being used for testing until the AIR software review team has confirmed iOS 8.3 is compatible with AIR testing systems. Another announcement will be posted once compatibility has been confirmed.

    Added April 9, 2015
  • The HSA-Alt Independent Field Test for Science testing window is now open. Students in Grades 4, 8, and 11 should complete this Science Field Test before May 15, 2015.

    Added April 8, 2015
  • UPDATE Monday, April 6th: Grade 11 tests for the HSA-Alt assessment are now available for online testing and for paper/pencil score entry in the Data Entry Interface (DEI). Mahalo for your patience.

    Added April 2, 2015
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) will be offline due to scheduled maintenance beginning Friday, 4/3 through Sunday, 4/5. ORS will be available again on Monday, 4/6.

    Added March 27, 2015
  • The Hawaii DOE Assessment Section will be hosting an “Office Hours” webinar for HSA-Alt Test Administrators and Test Coordinators on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. The webinar meeting will give a short updates presentation, followed by an open office hours question and answer period. Information on joining the webinar may be found in this document.

    Added March 23, 2015
  • The AIR-provided printed manipulatives needed for administration of the HSA-Alt Independent Field Test for Science will be delivered to Hawaii schools this Monday and Tuesday (March 23-24). Printed manipulatives are provided for the Science IFT in grades 4 and 11 only. There are NO printed manipulatives needed for the Science IFT in grade 8. If your school does not receive the printed manipulatives by the end of this week please have your school Test Coordinator contact the Help Desk at 1-877-648-3712 to request additional materials. The Science IFT testing window will open on April 6, 2015.

    Added March 23, 2015
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) will be offline due to scheduled maintenance beginning Thursday, 3/19 through Sunday, 3/22.  ORS will be available again on Monday, 3/23.

    Added March 18, 2015
  • The HSA-Alt TA Online Certification Course for Paper/Pencil Administration is now available for Test Administrators with student(s) who have been approved for the Paper/Pencil Test Kit Exception for Spring 2015. Users may access the course by selecting their user card (on the left), clicking on the “Training Site” card, followed by the “Online TA Certification Course” card.

    Added March 13, 2015
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) will be offline due to scheduled maintenance on Saturday, 3/14 and Sunday, 3/15.  ORS will be available again on Monday, 3/16.

    Added March 13, 2015
  • The HSA-Alt testing system is back online and available for operational testing via iPad or other devices.

    Added March 11, 2015
  • The HSA-Alt testing system is currently offline for operational testing via iPad or other devices. More information will be forthcoming. The Data Entry Interface is not affected and remains available.

    Added March 10, 2015
  • The HSA-Alt TA Online Certification Course for Online (iPad) Administration is now available for Test Administrators who were unable to attend a face-to-face training session in January 2015. Users may access the course by selecting their user card (on the left), clicking on the “Training Site” card, followed by the “Online TA Certification Course” card. The HSA-Alt TA Online Certification Course for Paper/Pencil Administration is being updated for the 2014-2015 school year and will be available soon.

    Added March 9, 2015
  • The HSA-Alt 2015 Guide to Navigating the Online Administration manual has been posted to the Resources section of this portal website. All Test Administrators (TAs) should review this manual before they begin online testing. TAs may access the manual by clicking here, or by navigating to Resources >> Test Administration.

    Added March 9, 2015
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) will be offline due to scheduled maintenance on Friday, 3/6 and Monday, 3/9.  ORS will be available on Tuesday, 3/10.

    Added March 5, 2015
  • The Hawaii DOE Assessment Section will be hosting an “Office Hours” webinar for HSA-Alt Test Administrators and Test Coordinators this Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. The webinar meeting will give a short updates presentation, followed by an open office hours question and answer period. Information on joining the webinar may be found in this document.

    Added March 4, 2015
  • Note for Test Coordinators: ALL paper/pencil test kit exceptions will need to be submitted via email for the Spring 2015 testing window. Test kit exception requests may be submitted using the Word document request form found here. The TIDE system will not be available for test kit exception requests in Spring 2015. Updated versions of the Test Administration Manual, Test Coordinators Manual, and Paper/Pencil Directions for Administration reflecting this change in procedure have been posted to the Resources section.

    Added February 24, 2015
  • NOTE: There are no printed test kit materials needed for Reading or Science for the HSA-Alt Online Administration in Spring 2015. Test kits were shipped to schools this week with the necessary Mathematics materials and a copy of the Test Administration Manual (TAM) and Test Coordinator’s Manual. There should be a TAM and one set of printed Mathematics materials for the appropriate grade band for each HSA-Alt TA in your school. TCs should distribute a set of printed Mathematics materials and one TAM to each HSA-Alt TA prior to the opening of the test window on March 9th.

    Added February 20, 2015
  • IMPORTANT Update for Test Coordinators: Due to a delay in the development of test kit ordering via the TIDE system, School Test Coordinators may now submit requests for Paper/Pencil Test Kit Exceptions via email. TCs should download this form, complete all fields, and submit the form via email using the instructions at the bottom of the form. Forms received by February 23rd will be reviewed in time for shipment of materials prior to the test window opening on March 9th for approved requests. The form may also be accessed under Resources >> Test Administration >> Paper/Pencil Test Administration. If you have any questions please contact Emily MacGillivray at 808-943-3906.

    Added February 11, 2015
  • The PowerPoint presentation and audio recording from the February 5th Test Coordinators Training webinar are now available for download on the HSA-Alt Resources >> Webinars page.

    Added February 6, 2015
  • REMINDER: The HSA-Alt Information for Test Coordinators Webinar presentation will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. HST. Click here for details on how to access the online presentation and conference call.

    Added February 4, 2015
  • The toll-free HSAP Help Desk number is now working.  You can reach the Help Desk by calling 1-866-648-3712 or by sending an email to hsaphelpdesk@air.org.

    Added February 3, 2015
  • We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with the toll-free HSAP Help Desk number. We are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible. In the meantime, please email the Help Desk at hsaphelpdesk@air.org for immediate assistance.

    Added February 2, 2015
  • The Digital Library will be down on Monday, February 2, 2015 from 6:00 am to 8:30 am HST for updates and enhancements.

    Added January 28, 2015
  • An updated Mobile Secure Browser is now available and will support online testing for iOS8.

    Added January 26, 2015
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) will be offline due to scheduled maintenance on Friday 1/23 and Monday, 1/26.  ORS will be available on Tuesday, 1/27.

    Added January 16, 2015
  • The HSA-Alt 2015 Test Administration Manual and 2015 Test Coordinators Manual have both been posted to the Resources section of this portal website. TAs and TCs may access the manuals by clicking on Resources >> Test Administration.

    Added January 7, 2015
  • The HSA-Alt Information for Test Coordinators Webinar presentation will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. HST. Click here for details on how to access the online presentation and conference call.

    Added January 7, 2015
  • For all Digital Library questions, please contact the HSAP Help Desk at 1-866-648-3712 or hsaphelpdesk@air.org.

    Added January 7, 2015
  • The HSA-Alt Training Tests for the Online Administration are currently unavailable due to scheduled maintenance. The updated training tests for the Spring 2015 administration should be available on Monday, January 12th.

    Added January 2, 2015
  • Final confirmation emails with updated training information were sent to all Test Administrators, District Support Team Members, and State Resource Personnel who registered online for the January 2015 HSA-Alt Trainings for Online Test Administration. If you registered online prior to today and did not receive a confirmation email this afternoon, please contact Emily MacGillivray at the American Institutes for Research at 808-943-3906. Mahalo!

    Added December 17, 2014
  • The video of the September 2014 HSA-Alt iPad Training session has been posted to the Assessment Section’s Intranet website. There is also a PDF file of the presentation PowerPoint in the Documents section. You will be able to access the site after you log in to the HIDOE Intranet site. Click here to be transferred to the Intranet website (login required) and navigate to the Announcements and the Documents sections on the site.

    Added December 11, 2014
  • Registration for the 2015 Online HSA-Alt Test Administrator Trainings is now open. Please click the button on the right-hand side of the HSA-Alt home page to access the online registration form (or click here to access the form). Full information about the trainings, including dates and locations, can be found in the official HIDOE announcement memo here.

    Added November 19, 2014
  • TIDE users may have received an email notification this morning with what appears to be a new password for your account. These emails were sent in error and should be disregarded.  If you have already set up your password and security question for the 2014-2015 academic term, it will not be necessary for you to complete this process again. Your current password will continue to allow you to access all HSAP Online Systems. Please contact the HSAP Help Desk if you have any trouble accessing your account.

    Added November 12, 2014
  • The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) and Online Reporting System (ORS) will be down on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. HST.

    Added November 3, 2014
  • The HSA-Alt training test sites are back online and available for use. Mahalo for your patience during this week’s maintenance.

    Added October 3, 2014
  • The HSA-Alt training test sites will be unavailable beginning today, September 30th, through Friday, October 3rd, for scheduled maintenance. Another announcement will be posted when the HSA-Alt training test sites are back online and available for use.

    Added September 30, 2014
  • The HSA-Alt Test Administration training dates and locations are now available to view via the Resources>>Trainings section of the HSA-Alt website, or by clicking here to access a PDF document of the training dates and locations. Additional information, including details on registration, will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Added September 23, 2014
  • We are now accepting applications for HSA-Alt Science Item Review Committees in mid-October 2014. Click here for more information. To apply, click the “HSA-Alt Science Item Review Committee Registration” link on the HSA-Alt portal home page.

    Added September 16, 2014
  • ALERT: Some HI TIDE users are receiving error messages when entering their temporary passwords into the TIDE system. Please take care when entering your temporary password to ensure it matches the information in your password reset email. If you receive an error message after copying and pasting your temporary password, please try typing the password directly into TIDE before contacting the HSAP Help Desk. Thank you.

    Added September 11, 2014
  • The TIDE System is now open for the 2014-2015 school year! Student information is still being processed and will be uploaded into TIDE in the next few days.

    Added September 11, 2014
  • AIR is currently experiencing server issues with today’s scheduled launch of the TIDE system for this school year. We are working with our vendors and are attempting to have these issues resolved. An announcement will be posted to the AlohaHSAP portal websites once the system is available.

    Added September 8, 2014
  • An update for Technology Coordinators: The HSAP portal website was recently moved to a new server which has a different IP address. The IP address for test-alohahsap.portal.airast.org is now 184.106.55.81. If a user enters the domain to get to the portal they will be directed to the new server automatically, but if your school blacklists IP addresses to only allow access to specific sites on their network, then you will need to whitelist the new IP address.

    Added September 8, 2014
  • NOTE: The recently announced HSA-Alt iPad Training Workshops are intended only for teachers of students eligible to take the HSA-Alt Assessment. The Student Assessment Section (SAS) was able to fund a 1 to 1 program of iPads for these students this school year. To support teachers of these eligible students, SAS is also providing training on how to set up and use the iPads. This is NOT the training on how to administer the HSA-Alt assessment. That training will take place in January 2015. For this reason, and due to limited space and funding to provide this training, only teachers who directly teach these eligible students should attend these workshops.

    Added August 22, 2014
  • Schools need to send the students’ HSA-Alt Family Reports received from AIR by August 1, 2014 to the parents no later than Friday, September 12, 2014. Schools that receive Family Reports and Data Labels for their 2013-14 5th, 6th, and 8th graders must forward these reports and labels to the appropriate intermediate / middle or high schools where these students are enrolled for 2014-15 by Friday, August 29, 2014 to ensure that the family reports are distributed to the parents by Friday, September 12, 2014. Please contact the HSAP Help Desk at 1-866-648-3712 or hsaphelpdesk@air.org if you have any questions. UPDATE: Please click here to view the official HIDOE memo regarding the delivery of 2013-2014 Family Reports.

    Added August 12, 2014
  • The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will be taken offline from August 29 – September 8, 2014 in order to prepare for the 2014-2015 online testing windows. Teachers and staff should wait until the TIDE system is back online on September 8, 2014 before adding new teachers, test administrators, test coordinators, or other users to the TIDE system.

    Added July 30, 2014
  • Reminder: Hard copies of the spring 2014 Hawai‘i State Alternate Assessment family score reports will be delivered to all schools by Friday, July 25, 2014. Online student reports for each content area assessment may also be accessed at any time via the Online Reporting System.

    Added May 23, 2014
  • Reminder: All remaining HSA-Alt testing materials should be shipped back to AIR as soon as possible. Test Coordinators should immediately follow up with their HSA-Alt Test Administrators if any testing materials have not yet been returned. Test Coordinators may contact the HSAP Help Desk at 1-866-648-3712 if they have any questions and/or need to arrange for UPS pick up of materials for shipping. Full information regarding the process for returning test materials may be found on page 20 of the 2013-2014 HSA-Alt Test Administration Manual and on pages 23-24 of the 2013-2014 HSA-Alt Test Coordinators Manual.

    Added May 21, 2014
  • Reminder: the HSA-Alt testing window will close next Friday, May 16th. All HSA-Alt testing and DEI data entry must be completed by 6pm HST on May 16th. There will be no extensions of the testing and/or data entry deadline.

    Added May 7, 2014
  • We are now accepting applications for 2014 HSA-Alt Summer Review Committees. Click here for more information. To apply, click the “2014 HSA-Alt Summer Review Committee Registration” link on the HSA-Alt portal home page.

    Added April 16, 2014
  • HIDOE’s Student Assessment Section and AIR will hold a live webinar this Thursday, April 17th at 2:30pm to demonstrate the iPad administration for the HSA-Alt assessment. The webinar will cover the basics of the HSA-Alt tablet administration, such as how to set up the secure browser, set up a test session, log the student on to the test session using the secure browser, and how to start, pause and end the test session. Click here for instructions on joining the webinar and using the toll-free number to hear the audio portion of the call.  The webinar will be open 30 minutes early (at 2pm) to give you time to register, login, and troubleshoot any connection difficulties. The webinar will also be recorded and posted to both this website (under ‘Resources’) and the Student Assessment Section intranet site.

    Added April 15, 2014
  • The 2013-2014 Guide to Navigating the Online HSA-Alt Administration has been updated and contains a new Appendix D (page 44) with “Online Testing Tips and Reminders.” The document is available for review and/or download via the Resources section of the HSA-Alt portal website.

    Added April 8, 2014
  • Test Administrators, remember to return your HSA-Alt testing materials to your school’s Test Coordinator once you have finished testing your students! Test Coordinators may return testing materials to AIR as soon as they have been handed in by a Test Administrator. TAs and TCs do not need to wait until the end of the testing window to return materials if student testing has been completed. Full information regarding the process for returning test materials may be found on page 20 of the 2013-2014 HSA-Alt Test Administration Manual and on pages 23-24 of the 2013-2014 HSA-Alt Test Coordinators Manual.

    Added April 2, 2014
  • A reminder regarding Second Raters in Reading: a Second Rater is required for all high school students taking the HSA-Alt Reading Assessment, even if the student is not listed on the Second Rater Roster included in the HSA-Alt Test Kit received by your school’s Test Coordinator.

    Added April 2, 2014
  • A note regarding Second Raters in Reading: Second Rater scores are not required for the field test task(s) in the HSA-Alt Reading Assessment at any grade level. Therefore, when a Second Rater enters the Data Entry Interface (DEI) for score input they will not have the option of entering scores for the field test task(s).

    Added March 13, 2014
  • The 2014 HSA-Alt Item to Task Crosswalk documents for each grade band and subject area are now available for review and/or download via the Resources section of the HSA-Alt portal website. These documents may be used to align the paper-pencil HSA-Alt tasks and items to the item numbers used in the HSA-Alt Online Test Delivery System. Further explanation is provided within each document.

    Added March 10, 2014
  • HSA-Alt test kits for all grade bands will be arriving in schools this week (February 18-21). Please note that test kit boxes are addressed to the attention of the Test Coordinator at each school.  Efforts were made to identify the names of all Test Administrators (TAs) in order to preassign and ship the test kits, but we could not be sure we had all TAs identified.  We therefore felt it would be better to address the kits to the school’s Test Coordinator, who would then assign and distribute the test kit(s) to the appropriate TAs in their school. Test Coordinators should distribute all test kits materials to TAs as soon as possible (no later than the opening of the testing window on March 3rd) and ensure that all TAs and Second Raters are entered into TIDE in the role of Test Administrator (TA).

    Added February 20, 2014
  • The updated 2013-2014 HSA-Alt Test Administration Manual, HSA-Alt Test Coordinators Manual, and Guide to Navigating the Online HSA-Alt Administration are now available for review and/or download via the Resources section of the HSA-Alt portal website.

    Added February 20, 2014
  • The symbolic levels of communication guide found here can be used to help those registering for the mandatory HSA-Alt training sessions.

    Added October 22, 2013
  • The HSAP Online Reporting System will be unavailable from September 16 – 20, 2013. The updated version of the Online Reporting System for 2013 – 2014 will open on Monday, September 23, 2013.

    Added September 17, 2013
  • Click here for login information for the Online Reporting System Webinar presentation on Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. HST.

    Added September 13, 2013
  • The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) is now online for the 2013-2014 HSAP administration. The updated TIDE User Guide is posted in the resources section of the Alt portal. Principals may now begin entering their school’s Test Coordinators into the TIDE system

    Added August 20, 2013
  • In order to prepare for the 2013 – 2014 online testing window, the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will be taken offline from August 8 – 19, 2013. TIDE will reopen on Tuesday, August 20th at 7:00 a.m. HST.

    Added August 5, 2013
  • Paper Reports for the Spring 2013 HSA Alternate Assessment are due in districts on August 6th, 2013

    Added July 26, 2013
  • Results for students who participated in the Spring 2013 HSA Alternate Assessment can be found on the Online Reporting System (ORS)

    Added July 26, 2013
  • This Training Tasks page is public and allows students, parents and other users to become familiar with the HSA-Alt assessment tasks. The tasks on this site are for practice only and contain release items, which are not found on the actual assessment.

    Added June 20, 2013
  • Online TA Certification Course
    An alternate method for Test Administrators and Second Raters to become certified. It is for the use of authorized Test Administrators, Second Raters and other staff members who may be administering the assessments.

    Added June 20, 2013
  • The Data Entry Interface (DEI) will be reopened at 8:00am (HT) on Thursday, May 9 through 4:00pm (HT) on Friday, May 10th so that Certified HSA-Alt Test Administrators and 2nd Raters can complete entering any remaining student results.

    This will be the absolute Final time that the DEI will be available.

    Added May 10, 2013
  • Attention Test Administrators and Second Raters, please note that the HSA-Alt testing window will close on Friday, May 3, 2013. Due to a very tight timeline for data reviews and standard setting, we are unable to grant any extensions to this deadline. Please enter scores for any test items you have administered to students by that time, even if you did not have a chance to complete the testing.

    Added May 10, 2013
  • Returning Test Materials to AIR

    Schools with regular UPS deliveries should affix a UPS Return Service (RS) label, supplied in the TC kit, to each box being returned. (Please remove any other shipping labels.) Give the box(es) to your regular driver by May 8, 2013.

    Schools that do not have regular UPS deliveries should contact the AIR Help Desk (1- 866-648-3712) by May 8, 2013 to schedule a pickup.

    Added May 10, 2013

Students & Families

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Teachers

  • REMINDER: Operating systems that become available but do not appear on the Supported Browsers page on the portal are not supported. Do not upgrade to new operating systems on computers that will be used to administer online assessments without ensuring the updates meet the required specifications.

    Added January 27, 2016

Test Coordinators / Administrators / Second Raters

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Technology Coordinators

  • AIR now supports testing on iOS 10.2 for all assessments and exams. Please ensure that all testing devices are updated as iOS 10.0 and 10.1 will no longer be supported as of December 31, 2016. For a full list of the supported operating systems for SY 2016-2017, please see the Supported Browsers page and the Secure Browsers page.

    Added December 21, 2016
  • REMINDER: Operating systems that become available but do not appear on the Supported Browsers page on the portal are not supported. Do not upgrade to new operating systems on computers that will be used to administer online assessments without ensuring the updates meet the required specifications.

    Added January 27, 2016