Archived Announcements

All Archived Announcements

  • Coming Soon: AIRWays Reporting to Replace the Online Reporting System Beginning on September 27, 2019

    AIR will launch the enhanced AIRWays Reporting system on September 27, 2019 which will replace the Online Reporting System (ORS).

    Student test results will continue to be available on ORS through October 31, 2019. After October 31, 2019, ORS will no longer be available and all student reporting will be on AIRWays moving forward.

    We have prepared a brochure and FAQ that introduces users to AIRWays Reporting’s streamlined interface and answers commonly asked questions.

    If you have any questions, please contact the LA ELPT Help Desk.

    Added September 18, 2019
  • Reminder: 2019-20 Secure Browser Must be Installed on Desktop Devices by August 31, 2019

    All devices running Windows, MacOS, and Linux operating systems will need to be updated to the latest version of the Secure Browser by Saturday, August 31, 2019. After August 31, any older versions of the desktop Secure Browser will not be supported for Online Tools Training, Screener, or Summative tests.

    The 2019-20 Secure Browser for Windows, MacOS, and Linux operating systems can be downloaded from the Secure Browsers page.

    If you have any questions, please contact the LA ELPT Help Desk.

    Added August 30, 2019
  • Online Reporting System (ORS) Re-opened
    The Online Reporting System (ORS) is now online, and scores for the 2019-20 ELPS will be available to view. Scores from the ELPS may take up to seven business days to appear on the ORS. Please contact the LA ELPT Help Desk if you have any questions. 

    Added August 12, 2019
  • 2019-2020 Screener and Online Tools Training Now Available

    The ELPS is now available (online, paper-pencil, and braille). The 2019-2020 Screener resources have also been posted in the Resources section of the LA Portal.

    Updated Online Tools Training is now available on the LA portal. Online Tools Training can be accessed using supported web browsers or the LA Secure Browser. The TA administration site can be accessed using supported web browsers.

    Added August 2, 2019
  • Reminder: TIDE 12 Update and Mandatory Password Resets Required

    We are happy to announce that TIDE 12 will launch this Thursday, August 1. The updated version of TIDE brings a few enhancements while maintaining the familiar look and feel of previous versions.

    New features of TIDE 12:

    • Capability to delete rosters
    • Participation report improvements
    • Student and user search improvements

    In addition, all users will need to reset their passwords when they log into TIDE after July 31, 2019.

    Please contact the Louisiana ELPT Help Desk if you have questions about TIDE 12 and its improved functionality.

    Added July 29, 2019
  • Summer Updates to TIDE

    TIDE will be offline for updates from Thursday July 25 through Tuesday July 30. TIDE will re-open at 8:00 a.m. CT on August 1.

    Added July 22, 2019
  • Updated versions of the following user guides and manuals have been posted:

    • ELPS Test Administration Manual
    • ELPT/ELPS TA User Guide
    • ELPT/ELPS DEI User Guide
    • ORS User Guide
    • Accessibility and Accommodations Manual
    • Technical Manuals for Setting up your Devices for Online Testing

    Added July 10, 2019
  • ELPS Closing on July 12, 2019

    The 2018-19 ELPS will close this Friday, July 12, 2019.

    We are looking forward to the launch of the 2019-20 ELPS on Thursday, August 1, 2019!

    Added July 9, 2019
  • Reminder: 2019-20 Secure Browser for Desktop Devices Must Be Installed by August 31, 2019

    The 2019-20 Secure Browser will be available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux operating systems on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. All devices running with these operating systems will need to be updated to the latest version of the Secure Browser by Saturday, August 31, 2019. After August 31, any older versions of the desktop Secure Browser will not be supported for Online Tools Training, Screener, or Summative tests.

    The 2019-20 Secure Browser for Windows, MacOS, and Linux operating systems can be downloaded from the Secure Browsers page of the Louisiana ELPT portal.

    The new Chrome OS Secure Browser is expected to be released later in July. Please note that the Chrome OS Secure Browser updates are pushed automatically if auto-updates are allowed and may not require manual updates on the users’ end. We will post an update when the Chrome OS Secure Browser is available. The current version of the Chrome OS Secure Browser will be supported beyond August 31, 2019.

    The current version of the iOS and Android Secure Browsers will continue to be used during the 2019-20 administration year, and no updates are needed for iOS or Android mobile devices.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Louisiana ELPT Help Desk

    Added July 8, 2019
  • Updated Screener Training Modules Available 

    Updated ELPS training modules have been made available in the Resources section of the portal for Test Administrators and Test Coordinators.

    Added July 1, 2019
  • ELPT results now available in ORS

    Results for students who have completed the ELPT are now available in the Online Reporting System (ORS). If you have any questions about the results or viewing reports in ORS, please access the ORS User Guide, available on the ELPT portal, or contact the ELPT Help Desk

    Added May 10, 2019
  • Scheduled ORS Downtime

    This is a reminder of the upcoming scheduled system downtime for the Online Reporting System (ORS). ORS will be offline for the deployment of ELPT Summative scores starting Friday April 26 at 5:00 PM CST. We will post an updated announcement once ORS is live again.

    Added April 22, 2019
  • Reminder: Last Day for Additional Orders Through TIDE

    Today is the final day to add additional orders through TIDE for ELPT Summative test booklets. Please make sure that all your orders are placed before the end of the school day today.

    Added March 8, 2019
  • ELPT Summative Test Window Closing on March 15

    The ELPT summative test window will close on Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m. Central Time. Please make sure that all students who are required to take the ELPT summative test complete the test by that date. Paper test materials—including kindergarten and grade 1 paper writing supplements, paper and large print tests, and braille test booklets—must be returned at the end of the test window. Instructions for returning paper test materials were included with the shipment of the materials. These instructions are also posted in the Resources section of the Louisiana portal. If you need additional return shipment labels or help with returning your paper test materials, please contact the Louisiana ELPT Help Desk.

    Please note that non-participation codes should be entered in TIDE by March 15, 2019 as well.

    Added March 6, 2019
  • Chrome Version 72 Now Supported for Online Testing

    AIR and Google have resolved the issue with Chrome OS version 72 with the sub-release of Chrome version 72.0.3626.117. Devices running Chrome OS version 72.0.3626.117 and later versions of Chrome OS version 72 are now supported for secure online testing. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Louisiana ELPT Help Desk at 1.866.758.0231 or laelpthelpdesk@air.org.  

    Added February 27, 2019
  • Chrome v72 Issue

    AIR is working closely with Google to address an issue with Chrome OS v72 that prevents AIR from supporting it for online testing. Until this issue is resolved, AIR is asking all Chromebook users to hold off on updating their devices to the newest version if they have not already. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Louisiana ELPT Help Desk at 1.866.758.0231 or email laelpthelpdesk@air.org.

    Added February 13, 2019
  • Upcoming TIDE Downtime

    TIDE will be offline for updates from Friday February 15, 5:00 PM CT through Sunday February 17, 10:00 PM CT.

    Added February 11, 2019
  • ELPT Summative Tests and Participation Reports Are Open

    ELPT summative tests and participation reports are now open. The ELPT summative test window ends on March 15, 2019. Please review the ELPT Summative Test Administration Manual and ELPS and ELPT TA User Guide for guidance on administering ELPT tests. It is strongly recommended that all Test Administrators administer the ELPT Online Tools Training to their students prior to administering the summative test so the Test Administrators and students can become familiar with the technology prior to summative test administration.

    Contact the Louisiana ELPT Help Desk if you encounter any issues administering ELPT tests.

    Added February 4, 2019
  • Reminder: ELPT Summative Test Window Opening on February 4, 2019

    The ELPT summative test window will open on Monday February 4, 2019.

    We strongly recommend that all Test Administrators administer the ELPT Online Tools Training to their students prior to administering the summative test so the Test Administrators and students can become familiar with the technology prior to summative test administration.

    Added January 21, 2019
  • ELPT Summative Test Training Modules Now Available

    Training Modules for the ELPT summative test are available in the Resources section of the portal. These narrated PowerPoint training modules provide explanations of how to use the various online systems associated with the ELPT online tests. The document labeled Summative Test Training Modules lists the modules and the duration in minutes of each module.

    Added December 4, 2018
  • Reminder: 18-19 AIR Secure Browser Must Be Installed by January 1

    The 2017-2018 version of the AIR Secure Browser will not be supported for ELPT Training Tests, Screeners, or Summative Tests starting January 1, 2019. The updated 2018-2019 AIR Secure Browser (for all supported operating systems) must be installed on any computers used for secure ELPT testing by January 1, 2019.

    To determine which version of the Secure Browser is currently installed on a computer, open the Secure Browser. The version number is displayed in the bottom right-hand corner of the "Sign In" box. Here are the version numbers of the 2018-2019 Secure Browsers for each operating system:

    • Windows – 10.4
    • Mac OS X – 10.6
    • Linux – 10.4
    • iOS – 5.0
    • Chrome OS – 5.0

    The 18-19 AIR Secure Browser can be downloaded from the Secure Browsers page of the Louisiana ELPT portal.

    Update: New Secure Browser for MacOS 10.13 and 10.14

    This message pertains only to districts and schools using devices with MacOS to administer online tests; all others may disregard this message. AIR has completed the review of MacOS 10.14 and determined a new secure browser is required to support this new operating system. Additionally, a minor security issue has been discovered for MacOS 10.13.

    To allow support of 10.14 and to resolve the security issue in 10.13, Mac Secure Browser 10.6 will be available beginning on Thursday, November 29. This new browser will work on all versions of MacOS that are currently supported (10.9+) so devices running on these operating systems must update to the new Secure Browser 10.6.

    Beginning on Tuesday, January 1, Mac Secure Browser 10.6 will be required for all devices running on MacOS 10.9-10.14 to access the secure student testing site.

    If you have any questions about this information or need assistance with installing the Secure Browser, contact the Louisiana Help Desk at 1.866.758.0231 or laelpthelpdesk@air.org.

    Added November 29, 2018
  • Orders for Braille Tests for the ELPT Summative Assessment

    TIDE is now back online and the ELPT Summative Assessment window is February 4, 2019 through March 15. Orders for Braille tests for the ELPT Summative Assessment must be placed by November 7 to ensure delivery to districts prior to the start of the Summative test window. To place an order for paper or large print materials, please contact the Louisiana ELPT Help Desk. To place an order for Braille tests, log into TIDE, click on “Paper Ordering” under “Preparing for Testing” and then choose “Initial Orders.” Choose a school in your district and then click “Search.” An order window will open. Enter the quantity of materials you need and then click “Save.” One version of the Braille test is available: UEB Contracted.

    The quantity of kindergarten and grade 1 paper writing tests your district receives will be automatically calculated based upon the number of students uploaded from the state file into TIDE for your district, so paper writing supplements are not available for direct order. Some orders may require state approval before they are processed, so please place your order for Braille tests as soon as possible.

    An additional order window will open on January 17 for orders for Braille tests for any students who enrolled in your district after the November 7 cut-off for initial orders. Orders placed during the additional order window will be extracted and shipped daily. At that time you will also be able to order additional kindergarten and grade 1 paper writing supplements if needed.

    Added October 29, 2018
  • TIDE Will Be Offline for Updates

    TIDE will be offline for updates from Thursday, October 25, 4PM through Sunday, October 28, 10PM. The online ELPS and the Online Reporting System will be available while TIDE is offline. Districts and schools can administer the ELPS to students while TIDE is offline if those students were added to TIDE prior to the TIDE shutdown.

    Added October 22, 2018
  • Refreshed TDS Login Screens

    TDS and DEI have a new look for login screens! You will notice the following enhancements:

    • Updated look and feel across all platforms
    • Shorter login process
    • Key information is highlighted to better prevent incorrect login attempts

    Updated versions of the following documents have been posted to the Louisiana portal:

    • ELPS Test Administration Manual
    • ELPT/ELPS TA User Guide
    • ELPT/ELPS DEI User Guide

    Added October 15, 2018
  • 2018-19 Secure Browsers

    The 2018-2019 Secure Browsers are now available on the Secure Browser page of the Louisiana ELPT Portal. An updated Secure Browser Installation Guide is also available. Users are able to administer the Online Tools Training and the ELPS using either the 2017-2018 Secure Browser or the new 2018-2019 Secure Browser until December 31, 2018. After December 31, 2018 users will be required to use the 2018-2019 Secure Browser. The Online Tools Training and ELPS will no longer be accessible using the 2017-2018 Secure Browser.

    Updates to the iOS Secure Browser and the Chrome OS Secure Browser are also available. Most iPads and Chromebooks are set up to automatically install updates. If your iPad or Chromebook does not automatically install updates and you have one of these Secure Browser apps installed, you will need to download the updates to these Secure Browser apps. A link to download the apps for use on iPads and Chromebooks where they are not already installed is available on the Secure Browser page of the Louisiana ELPT Portal.

    The 2018-2019 Linux Secure Browser is also now available. 

    If you have any questions, please contact the Louisiana ELPT Help Desk.

    Added September 4, 2018
  • TIDE Update and Mandatory Password Resets

    Updates to improve TIDE functionality will be available on Monday, August 27. The TIDE User Guide has been updated to reflect these enhancements.

    New features of TIDE will include:

    • Participation Reports: Now more accessible, with better search functionality
    • Improved Rosters:  Now allows users to define start and end dates, as well as the students and users associated with each roster

    In addition, we will be introducing 2-factor authentication for TIDE and ORS in order to further enhance the security of student information. This means that users will need to respond to an email challenge the first time they log in from a new device. All users will need to reset their passwords and complete this challenge when they log into TIDE or ORS after Sunday, August 26.

    Please contact the Louisiana ELPT Helpdesk if you have questions about TIDE 11 and its improved functionality.

    Added August 24, 2018
  • The Online Reporting System (ORS) is now open for access to ELPT and ELPS reports. Reminder: Results for ELPS that include Step Three responses will be available in the ORS within 7 calendar days after the test has been submitted.

    Added August 23, 2018
  • ORS Downtime

    ORS will be unavailable during the first few weeks of August for system enhancements related to the 2018-2019 school year.

    Added August 7, 2018
  • 2018-2019 English Language Proficiency Screener (ELPS) Now Available

    The ELPS is now available (online and braille). The 2018-2019 ELPS resources have also been posted in the Resources section of the LA Portal, https://la.portal.airast.org.

    Added August 1, 2018
  • 2018-2019 TIDE is Now Open

    TIDE is now available for 2018-2019 users. All DTCs will receive a notification email advising them to activate their account. The TIDE User Guide has been posted in the Resources section of the Louisiana ELPT Portal to provide further information about TIDE.

    Added July 23, 2018
  • Upcoming AIR System Downtime

    To prepare for the launch of the ELPS, AIR will be updating TIDE and ORS:

    • TIDE will be unavailable Monday, July 16, 6:00 AM ET – Sunday, July 22, 11:00 PM ET
    • ORS will be unavailable Wednesday, July 18, 6:00 AM ET – Friday, July 20, 11:00 PM ET

    Added July 13, 2018
  • ELPT results now available in ORS

    Results for students who have completed the ELPT are now available in the Online Reporting System (ORS). If you have any questions about the results or viewing reports in ORS, please access the ORS User Guide, available on the ELPT portal, or contact the ELPT Help Desk.

    Added May 18, 2018
  • ELPT Summative Test Window Closing on March 16

    The ELPT summative test window will close on Friday, March 16 at 5 p.m. Central Time. Please make sure that all students who are required to take the ELPT summative test complete the test by that date. Paper test materials—including kindergarten and grade 1 paper writing supplements, paper and large print tests, and Braille test booklets—must be returned at the end of the test window. Instructions for returning paper test materials were included with the shipment of the materials. These instructions are also posted in the Resources section of the Louisiana portal. If you need additional return shipment labels or help with returning your paper test materials, please contact the Louisiana ELPT Help Desk.

    Added March 7, 2018
  • Lenovo Yoga N23 Chromebooks

    AIR is working with Google to fix a bug happening in Lenovo Yoga N23 Chromebooks related to freezing when an ELPT Speaking test is administered on the Chromebook. Until the issue is fixed, please use a different platform for administering the ELPT Speaking test. This issue only affects Lenovo Yoga N23 Chromebooks. We have not encountered any issues with other brands of Chromebooks. Google expects the issue to be fixed with the release of Chrome OS 65 on March 13.  

    Added February 21, 2018
  • Update to ELPT Chrome OS Secure Browser

    An update to the ELPT Chrome OS Secure Browser (version 3.1) will be posted in the Chrome web store for download next week. This update will over-ride the Chromebook’s settings for when a computer goes into sleep mode and prevent a Chromebook from powering down and “going to sleep” while the student is taking a test. The updated Secure Browser will only prevent the Chromebook from powering down while the student is logged into a test. At all other times the Chromebook’s settings will determine when the Chromebook power down. Installation of this update is voluntary. Students will be able to continue to test on Chromebooks where it has not been installed.

    Added February 14, 2018
  • Submitting ELPT Tests

    If you have any concerns regarding an ELPT test that is in progress please have the student PAUSE the test. Contact the Help Desk for assistance resolving the issue.  Do not submit the test until the issue is resolved. 

    If students are recording speaking responses but there is no sound during the playback of the recordings, please verify that the mute button on the headset has not been accidently engaged.

    Added February 12, 2018
  • ELPT Summative Tests and Participation Reports Are Open

    ELPT summative tests and participation reports are now open. The ELPT summative test window ends on March 16, 2018. Please review the ELPA Test Administration Manual and  ELPT TA User Guide for guidance on administering ELPT tests. We strongly recommend that all Test Administrators administer the ELPT Online Tools Training to their students prior to administering the summative test so the Test Administrators and students can become familiar with the technology prior to summative test administration. Contact the Louisiana ELPT Help Desk if you encounter any issues administering ELPT tests.

    Added February 4, 2018
  • Support for Mac OS X 10.13

    Louisiana and AIR are now supporting Mac OS X 10.13 for ELPT testing. A Secure Browser for use with Mac computers running OS X 10.13 is now available for download on the Secure Browser page of the portal.

    Added February 4, 2018
  • Welcome to the Louisiana ELPT Portal

    Welcome to the new Louisiana ELPT portal!  Please browse the site to become accustomed to the many offered features.  Resources and information will be added on a rolling basis.  If you have any questions, please contact the Louisiana ELPT Help Desk.

    Register for email alerts by clicking on the link at the top of the portal in preparation for the 2017-18 school year, and don't miss out on any news regarding the assessment system.

    Added September 29, 2017

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