Q: Will the District be sending information to parents about AzMERIT testing?
A: Yes. A parent letter is being prepared to go home April 1 and an AzMERIT facts sheet will be provided for schools to have in their front office. Information is also going out via the SUSD Website, ParentLink, and banners.
Q: Do we need to print the Test Administration Directions?
A: No. Printed copies are scheduled to arrive April 7 and should get to the sites of can be picked up April 8.
Q: What do we do with the Test Coordinator’s Manuals and Test Administration Directions after testing?
A: Manuals should be recycled when testing is complete at the site.
Q: Do all staff members need a TIDE user account?
A: No. Only those who will be administering the test or need access to student or staff rosters need TIDE accounts.
Q: Do Test Administrators need to complete the Test Administrator Certification?
A: Yes. The system will not allow users to administer the test unless they have completed the TA Certification. This includes the administration of the sample tests through the secure browser. A list of TAs and their TA Certification status is available to Site Testing Coordinators through TIDE. The District will monitor and follow up with sites regarding users in the system who haven’t TA Certified.
Q: Are all of the students enrolled in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE)?
A: Yes. The synchronization with SAIS and TIDE was complete before Rodeo Break. We’ve been updating the rosters daily based on entries and withdrawals.
Q: What if a student or staff user isn’t in TIDE?
A: Before the testing window, submit the issue to the HelpDesk so that we can track the requests. During the testing window we will provide a phone number for Site Testing Coordinators to use for immediate support.
Q: How do we remove students from TIDE?
A: We don’t. It will happen automatically when a new school/district picks up the student. If not picked up, the student will remain in our TIDE enrollment. FYI…A-F Accountability will not be based on the enrollments in TIDE.
Q: Are we required to use the Test Tickets that can be printed from TIDE?
A: No. However, they are a simple way to provide students with the logon information they will need to access the test. (see next question!)
Q: Can we print Test Tickets now?
A: Yes/No. Student lists can be exported from TIDE without issue. However, there is a currently a glitch that only allows 100 test tickets to be printed at one time. We’ll do a work-around and provide Test Tickets for you if ADE doesn’t quickly resolve the issue. You are welcome to use the export function in TIDE to create your own Test Tickets.
Q: What do we do with scratch paper after testing?
A: Scratch paper should be shredded after students have completed the test. Site Testing Coordinators will need to sign a statement acknowledging that they have done so.
Q: Do students need to participate in the sample tests?
A: Yes. Each student should be guided through the process of logging into the Secure Browser and how to use the online tools. This will allow them to become familiar with the testing format and tools before the actual test. This should , take place during the week of March 30. (Techs have already been given directions on how to submit the schedule to the District.)
Q: Are IEP/504 accommodations ready for students in TIDE?
A: No. There will be a meeting (March 31…10am in the Palo Verde) for Site Testing Coordinators and/or SPED resource personnel to discuss accommodations and enter them into TIDE. (more details to follow)
Q: Will accommodations be available for the sample tests?
A: Yes, as long as the site has entered them into TIDE for the individual student. Sites may want to schedule a separate sample test for students who will be using accommodations so that they can be guided through their accommodations as well as the other tools.
Q: How should we use the sample tests?
A: The purpose of the sample tests are to prepare for the logistics and process of testing with the AIR system before the actual test. Test Administrators will become familiar with what’s involved in administering the test, students to become familiar with logging on, test formats, how to move through the test, and the tools available. It is NOT to practice/review the content being tested. Attempting to use it for that purpose is a waste of instructional time.
Q: Can visitors be in the building during AzMERIT?
A: Visitors may not be in the building during active AzMERIT testing days based on the individual school schedule.
Q: Do Reading Part 1 and Mathematics Part 1 need to be administered on the same day?
A: Yes, unless it is a make-up situation for individual students.
Q: Can students use paper to create graphic organizers during the writing test?
A: Yes. “All schools must provide scratch paper (plain, lined, or graph), pencils, and erasers for all students participating in AzMERIT Grades 3–8 testing. Scratch paper is required for ELA–
Writing and Grades 3–8 Math tests. Scratch paper is prohibited for ELA–Reading.” SPRING 2015 AzMERIT Test Administration Directions Grades 3-8, p. 3
The same applies to the EOC tests..scratch paper must be provided for writing and math but is prohibited for reading.
(We’re waiting for a response from ADE regarding the use of whiteboards instead of paper.)
Q: How soon will a new student be enrolled in TIDE?
A: TIDE updates are performed each morning based on PowerSchool changes the previous day. If a student was entered into PowerSchool but is missing from TIDE, call 545-2181 for assistance.