Frequently Asked Questions about Test Administration Information
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Frequently Asked Questions about Test Administration Information

What is TDS?

TDS stands for “Test Delivery System”. It is the online testing system that will be used for the practice tests, training tests, optional interim assessments and the summative assessments.

Why are hand scorable items not appearing in the Teacher Hand Scoring System?

The Teacher Hand Scoring System (THSS) is only used for scoring hand-scorable items on the interim assessments.  If you are administering a summative assessment, the items will not appear in THSS.

Why do some students have a different number of test questions than others?

This is the nature of the CAT.  Students will have a slight variation in the number of questions they are presented based on the customized, adaptive test.

Where do I find information on tools, supports, and accommodations?

This information can be found under the Resources tab on the portal within the User Guides and Manuals folder.

Do students need to download the Secure Browser to take the Practice or Training tests?

Students can use the Secure Browser. 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.