Archived Announcements

  • iPad Secure Browser Update

    This message pertains only to districts and schools using iPad devices. An updated secure test app for iPads will be available in the App Store within the next few days. There is no need to download this update. You may download and install the update at your discretion, but it is not required for secure student testing. If you have any questions about this, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at OHHelpdesk@cambiumassessment.com or 1- 877-231-7809.

    Added January 15, 2021
  • Upcoming TIDE Downtime

    The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will be down for maintenance starting Tuesday, January 5 at 6:00 p.m. TIDE will be available for access on Wednesday, January 6.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For questions or concerns regarding this downtime please contact the Ohio Help Desk at ohhelpdesk@cambiumassessment.com or 877-231-7809.

    Added December 28, 2020
  • Upcoming Scheduled Maintenance

    Cambium Assessment will be conducting periodic maintenance of the testing systems to ensure system stability and reliability throughout the school year. These maintenance periods will occur on the dates indicated below and can last up to 24 hours. During a maintenance period some or all of these systems may be inaccessible:

    • TIDE
    • Student Testing Site and Practice Test Site
    • TA Interface and TA Practice Site
    • Online Reporting System (ORS) and Centralized Reporting System (CRS)
    • Teacher Hand Scoring System
    • Data Entry Interface
    • TA Certification Courses
    • Assessment Systems Inbox

    Maintenance Windows

    • Saturday, January 9, beginning at 9 a.m.
    • Saturday, February 6, beginning at 9 a.m.
    • Saturday, March 13, beginning at 9 a.m.

    Added December 23, 2020
  • MacOS v11 (Big Sur) Support Reminder

    As a reminder, new versions of macOS are blocked from accessing testing sites while Cambium Assessment confirms the new version functions properly for testing. Typically, it can take up to 90 days after release of a new version to verify support. Mac devices should not be updated to v11 until support is confirmed.

    In addition, Apple introduced three new devices to their hardware lineup that feature new ARM/Apple Silicon processors. These new devices and any others based on these new processors are not yet supported by the current secure browser.

    It is anticipated that support for both macOS v11 and the new ARM/Apple Silicon based devices will require a new secure browser.

    Watch for future communication on support updates for both macOS v11 and the new ARM/Apple Silicon based devices. If you have additional questions, contact the Ohio Help Desk at OHHelpdesk@cambiumassessment.com or 877-231-7809.

    Added November 18, 2020
  • iPadOS 14 Now Supported

    Cambium Assessment has completed verification of the functionality of iPadOS 14 for testing.

    Added October 26, 2020
  • iPadOS 14 Support Reminder

    As a reminder, new versions of iPadOS are blocked from accessing testing sites while Cambium Assessment confirms the new version functions properly for testing. Typically, it can take up to 90 days after release of a new version to verify support. In some instances a new Secure Browser may be required to support a new operating system version.

    iPads should not be updated to v14 until support is confirmed. For information on how to control version updates on iPads, see the Technology Guide for iPads. Watch for future communication on iPadOS support updates. If you have additional questions, contact the Ohio Help Desk at OHHelpdesk@cambiumassessment.com or 877-231-7809.

    Added October 18, 2020
  • OELPS Must Be Administered In-Person, No Remote Administration. 

    The Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS) is part of Ohio’s standardized English learner identification. The OELPS is administered one-to-one (test administrator and student) and may not be administered remotely at this time. Districts and schools may administer the OELPS in-person to assess potential English learners if it can be done safely.  

    When schools are not able to safely administer the OELPS to potential English learners, they remain obligated to identify and serve students who would benefit from English language support and accommodations to access educational programs. To facilitate the timely identification of these students, the U.S. Department of Education has suggested the use of provisional English learner identification. For details on provisional English learner identification, please refer to the Office of Integrated Student Supports’ information for school administrators serving English learners and linguistically diverse families.

    Added August 24, 2020
  • New Ohio English Learner Tests Portal

    The Ohio Department of Education, in partnership with Cambium Assessment, Inc., is pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) and Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS) portal. The portal layout has been updated to help users more easily navigate the test systems and quickly locate resources.  The Ohio English Learner Tests Portal will be updated throughout the year, so check back frequently for the most current information. If you have questions or feedback about the new portal, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at OHhelpdesk@cambiumassessment.com or (877) 231-7809.

    Added June 29, 2020
  • OELPA Family Reports

    OELPA Family Reports from the 2020 spring administration will be delivered to schools and districts the first week of August. Districts and schools should arrange staff to sign for the delivery. Translated family reports for OELPA results are available on the Department website to help schools notify parents about their child’s achievement on the OELPA.

    Added June 29, 2020
  • OELPS for School Year 2020-2021

    The Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS) is scheduled to be available the week of August 6, 2020, to assist schools in identifying students as English learners for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Added June 29, 2020

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