Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQ - General InformationGeneral Information

  • No. Students can use the secure browser; however, students can also use recent versions of the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome or Safari browsers to take the practice or training tests, or they can use the native browsers built into iPads and Android tablets. Please be aware that the text-to-speech functionality is available only when using the secure browser.

  • NDSA Service Desk is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. Central.

  • TIDE stands for "Test Information Distribution Engine." The TIDE system provides administrators with the tools to add and manage users and students participating in the ELA, Math, and Science NDSA assessments.

  • The portal provides links, resources, and tools to help students and educators take full advantage of Cambium Assessment (CAI) systems.

FAQ - Accessibility and AccommodationsAccessibility and Accommodations

  • Any time prior to student testing.

  • Yes, you will find them in the. xlxs or .csv formatted file called StudentSettingsTemplate that can be downloaded from TIDE.

FAQ - Test AdministrationTest Administration

  • The Online TA Certification Course is required for all staff who will be administrating the North Dakota State Assessment.

  • Students can take the practice or training tests in a proctored test session set up by a test administrator or as guests outside of a proctored test session. TAs must have an account in TIDE to initiate a proctored test session. TAs will use the same username and password to set up the proctored test session as they use to log into TIDE. We encourage TAs to practice setting up a proctored test session using the practice or training tests so they will have experience with how to do this before administering the summative tests.

  • No. Only students with a set accommodation in TIDE can use the print on demand feature during a test. Print on demand is not an accommodation that is accessible to the general student population and should not be used as a way to take a test on paper.

  • Access to reports and features depends on your user role in TIDE. You can only view data for your associated entity (such as a district or school) and the students, rosters, and entities that belong to it.

FAQ - Reporting Of ResultsReporting Of Results

  • Scores for the NDSA will be available in the Reporting system .  

  • Access to reports and features depends on your user role in TIDE. You can only view data for your associated entity (such as a district or school) and the students, rosters, and entities that belong to it.

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