Archived Announcements

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  • TIDE is down for maintenance and will be opened for full functionality for the 2018-2019 school year on August 21, 2018. New users can be added to the system after this date.

    Added August 13, 2018
  • A grayscale version of the 2018-2019 MT Smarter Balanced Interpretive Guide has been added to the System & Test Administrators Resources in the Summative folder within the Smarter Balanced Tests folder. This new version is available for use in addition to the regular color version.

    Added July 19, 2018
  • Please remember that it is required to administer the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments during the testing window. Both the Computer Adaptive Test and Performance Task in ELA and Mathematics have to be completed by May 25, 2018.

    Added May 1, 2018
  • The Smarter Balanced Test Administration Manual has been updated to address a discrepancy in regard to test expiration times. The Performance Task expires after 20 days. The Computer Adaptive Test expires after 45 days.

    Added April 5, 2018
  • Online Reporting System (ORS) will be down for maintenance from March 15 to March 18, 2018 in preparation for the summative test administration. ORS will re-open on Monday, March 19, 2018. Please refer to the Important Dates page of the portal for the summative reporting schedule. 

    Added March 12, 2018
  • Schools that use Mac computers running Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra) will need to download a new secure browser made specifically for that version. The secure browser is now available for download on the Secure Browser page of the portal. It must be installed on each computer that runs Mac OS 10.13 in order to take Smarter Balanced Summative and Interim Assessments.

    Added February 9, 2018
  • As of January 8, 2018, Chrome OS 59 is no longer supported by AIR. Schools that use Chromebooks for Smarter Balanced Interim and Summative testing should upgrade to Chrome OS 60 or later.  

    Added January 10, 2018
  • To the schools that utilize Apple iPads, please be advised that iOS 11 is now blocked. Please upgrade to the new iOS 11.1 to continue testing. In addition,  to the schools that use Apple Macbooks, please be informed that Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra) is blocked and no longer supported due to technical difficulties during testing with text-to-speech and audio.

    Added November 13, 2017
  • Due to a security concern with iOS 11 and for mac OS 10.13 High Sierra, it is recommended that schools avoid using machines with these operating systems for secure testing. These security concerns are anticipated to be corrected with the next release of the operating systems and secure browser updates. Please contact the MontCAS Help Desk if you have any questions regarding the secure browser.

    Added November 2, 2017
  • All online systems are now live and ready for optional interim testing.  User passwords and security questions from last year were reset on October 16, 2017. Please set up a new password for 2017-2018 school year at

    Added October 23, 2017
  • TIDE, Practice Test Administration, THSS, AIR Ways Reporting, and ORS will be down for maintenance starting on October 11, 2017. For the 2017-2018 school year, TIDE will open on October 17, 2017 and the rest of the online systems will open on October 23, 2017.

    Added October 11, 2017
  • The Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (32/64 bit), IOS, and Chrome OS secure browsers for the 2017—2018 school year are now available. The respective secure browser is required for all 2017—2018 online test administrations.  Please download desktop operating systems from the portal and mobile operating systems from the App Store, Google Play Store, or Chrome Web Store. Secure browsers downloaded from previous years are not applicable for this school year.

    Added September 15, 2017
  • The Important Dates table has been updated for the 2017-2018 school year. In preparation for the new school year, all systems will be down starting on October 11. Full functionality of TIDE will be available starting on October 17, 2017. New users can be added to the system after this date.

    Added September 1, 2017
  • The ORS system will be down for maintenance starting on Friday, July 21, through Monday, July 24. Student reports will be unavailable during this time

    Added June 21, 2017
  • The Test Administrator Certification is required to administer Smarter Balanced assessments.  If districts are planning to do the training as a group, each user should  log into their own account and complete the certification.  The system will then automatically update the status to “TA Certified” and the user will  be able to administer assessments.

    Added January 27, 2017
  • A prerecorded webinar that discusses the Online Reporting System has been posted to the Tutorials folder in Administration Resources.

    Added January 19, 2017
  • A prerecorded webinar that discusses what the interim tests are and who is eligible to take them has been posted to the Tutorials folder in Administration Resources.

    Added December 21, 2016
  • A prerecorded webinar that discusses administering tests has been posted to the Tutorials folder in Administration Resources.

    Added December 14, 2016
  • A prerecorded webinar that discusses accommodations, designated supports, and universal tools has been posted to the Tutorials folder in Administration Resources.

    Added December 7, 2016
  • A prerecorded webinar that discusses logging into TIDE and managing user accounts has been posted to the Tutorials folder in Resources.

    Added November 22, 2016
  • TIDE is now available to use. Please make sure to verify and clean up your user accounts.

    Added September 20, 2016
  • The reopening of TIDE has been delayed due to importing data into the system. This data synchronization is expected to be complete by the end of the day. The TIDE portal card will become available as soon as the system is ready for use.

    Added September 19, 2016
  • TIDE will be offline from Tuesday, September 12 and will reopen on Monday, September 19. During this downtime, TIDE will be refreshed for the 2016-2017 school year. This refresh includes a TIDE interface redesign but functionality will remain the same. User accounts will be rolled over from the 2015-2016 school year and users will receive a reactivation email. If it hasn’t already been done, old user accounts for personnel no longer at the school will need to be deleted.

    Added September 12, 2016
  • Cleanup of TIDE User Accounts for the 2016-17 year is in process. Passwords will be reset for TIDE on September 19th. Information about the process can be found here.

    Added August 25, 2016
  • An interpretive guide for the Smarter Balanced Individual Student Reports is now available for download and can be found under the General Information folder.

    Added July 20, 2016

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