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  • Initial Ordering Window Closing

    The Spring 2018 NMAPA initial ordering window is closing Thursday, February 8. Before the window closes, you will need to access the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) ordering system to place your NMAPA test material orders for the upcoming administration. From the NMAPA portal (http://nmapa-portal.org) click the “Test Coordinators” button and click “TIDE”.

    After logging into TIDE, you will be able to order the following materials:

    ·        Student Score Forms

    ·        1 TA Kit per two teachers in a grade band (3-5, 6-8, 10-11)

    ·        DTC Kit, containing a DTC manual, return labels, and information on receiving and returning materials

    ·        STC Kit, containing information specifically for School Test Coordinators

    ·        Student Score Form Return Envelopes (1 envelope holds 10 Student Score Forms)

    Materials ordered by February 8 will be delivered to districts on February 26.  If you require additional testing materials, the additional ordering window will open on Monday, March 5.

    Districts will be billed $75.00 per Student Score Form ordered during the initial and additional TIDE Ordering Windows, regardless of whether these Student Score Forms were used. The DTC will receive a bill of $75.00 per student, not per subject. After the close of the additional ordering window on March 23, any late orders placed via Help Desk (since TIDE will be closed) will increase in price to $150.00 per Student Score Form.

    Purchase Orders

    Once you have finalized your order in TIDE, please submit an approved purchase order (P.O.) from your billing office to cover the costs of student test materials ordered for your district to the New Mexico Help Desk. Upon request we can supply your school district with a copy of our W-9 (Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification).

    For your billing office’s reference, the New Mexico contract with AIR can be found on the NMAPA Portal at under “Resources”.

    Please send requests for the W-9 information directly to our New Mexico Help Desk at NMHelpDesk@air.org.

    AIR will send you an invoice by email following the end of the administration’s additional ordering window. The invoice will reflect the cost of all student score forms ordered during the initial ordering window, the additional ordering window, and any late orders submitted through the Help Desk. Payment of all invoices will be due within 30 days of their receipt.

    The approved district P.O. for the 2017-2018 assessment cycle should contain the following information:

    ·        P.O. Box Number

    ·        Quantity to order

    ·        Amount to invoice

    ·        District/school code

    ·        Billing address

    ·        Billing contact

    ·        Email for e-billing invoice Phone and fax number

    Online Test Administrator Training

    The Online Test Administration Training course will be accessible through the NMAPA Portal beginning January 11th. On the "Teachers/Test Administrators" page, click the Test Administration Certification button. This course takes the place of in-person training and consists of five modules that cover the following information:

    ·        Eligibility and Important Information for the NMAPA

    ·        Determining Starting and Stopping Points for the NMAPA Administration and Scoring of the NMAPA

    ·        Administering and Scoring the NMAPA

    ·        Entering Scores for the NMAPA

    ·        Viewing NMAPA Score Reports

     

    Test Administrators are required to take the online training if they have not had training in the past two years. Test Administrators who received training in Spring 2016 or more recently do not need to take training in advance of the Spring 2018 administration. If a Test Administrator attended the in-person NMAPA training within the last two years, they will not be required to take the online training. The training will help experienced Test Administrators, however, by acclimating them to the new TIDE system and providing a refresher on how the assessment is delivered. Test Administrators who completed the training in-person should contact the HelpDesk to provide a copy of their certificate.

    Test Administrators MUST have a Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) account to take this online training. Test Administrators' accounts can be created by District Test Coordinators or designated School Test Coordinators.

    Test Administrators will have to sign into TIDE for their certification to be tracked. Test Coordinators will be able to view online if Test Administrators are certified as trained to deliver the NMAPA assessment.

     

    If you have any questions, you can contact the AIR New Mexico Help Desk at 1-800-254-6130 or NMHelpDesk@air.org.

    Added February 7, 2018
  • This is a reminder for District School Test Coordinators, School Test Coordinators and Test Administrators to make sure all student information in TIDE is accurate. Students not loaded into TIDE will not not be in ORS to receive a score report for Spring 2018.

    If you have any questions, you can contact the AIR New Mexico Help Desk at 1-800-254-6130 or NMHelpDesk@air.org.

    Added January 30, 2018
  • The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) Student Information Feature will close on January 16 for the NMAPA Spring 2018 Administration for internal updates. During this time, districts will be unable to add/upload students into TIDE. This feature will reopen on January 23. The closing of the Student Information Feature will not affect any other features for DTCs within TIDE.

    If you have already added or uploaded students into TIDE, that information will need to be verified after the initial upload from PED occurs.

    If you have any questions, you can contact the AIR New Mexico Help Desk at 1-800-254-6130 or NMHelpDesk@air.org.

    Added January 16, 2018
  • Opening of TIDE for User Management and Student Pre-ID

    The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will open on January 11 for the NMAPA Spring 2018 Administration. As of January 11, all those with TIDE accounts will be able to log into TIDE to begin adding users and adding or uploading students for Pre-ID labels.

    If a district did not administer the Fall 2017 NMAPA and therefore did not log into the new TIDE, the District Test Coordinator will need to contact the New Mexico Help Desk in order to receive a password reset to their email to log in to the system and set their new password.

    Test Administrators MUST be added into TIDE in order to participate in the Spring 2018 Online Test Administrator Training, which opens January 11.

    Online Test Administrator Training

    Starting January 11, the Online Test Administration Training course will be accessible through the NMAPA Portal. This course takes the place of in-person training and will review the following information in five modules:

    1. Eligibility and important information for the NMAPA
    2. Determining Starting and Stopping Points for the NMAPA
    3. Administering and Scoring the NMAPA
    4. Entering Scores for the NMAPA
    5. Viewing NMAPA Score Reports

    Test Administrators will have to sign into TIDE for their certification to be tracked. Test Coordinators will be able to view online if Test Administrators are certified as trained to deliver the NMAPA assessment.

    If a Test Administrator attended the in-person NMAPA training within the last two years, they will not be required to take the online training. The training will help experienced Test Administrators, however, by acclimating them to the new TIDE system and providing a refresher on how the assessment is delivered.

    AIR does not provide replacement certificates for past in-person trainings, nor can AIR look up past registrations to confirm attendance. Lack of certification may lead to test invalidations at your district of school.

    Information for Spring 2018 Administration

    • American Institutes for Research (AIR) is the testing vendor for ALL subjects this year - ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies. There will be no more separate NCSC ELA/Math test booklets. All score data will be input into Student Score Forms.
    • We are field testing new items - in addition to the regular task blocks (1-6, 3-9, 6-12), all students, regardless of level, are required to be administered tasks 13-15.
    • There will be second raters. 
    • After the administration has closed, districts will be billed $75.00 per Student Score Form ordered during the Initial and Additional TIDE Ordering Windows, regardless of whether these Student Score Forms were used. The DTC will receive a bill of $75.00 per student, not per subject. Information regarding submitting purchase orders will be sent when the Initial Ordering Window opens.

    If you have any questions, you can contact the AIR New Mexico Help Desk at 1-800-254-6130 or NMHelpDesk@air.org.

    Added January 9, 2018
  • Online Reporting System (ORS) Opening Thursday, December 7
    The NMAPA is now offering online access to score reports and score data for Spring and Fall 2017 testing data. All district- and school-level users will be able to view their students' printed score reports through the NMAPA portal at http://nmapa-portal.org/. On the "Test Coordinators" page, click the Online Reporting System (ORS) system link.
     
    Users will log in using the same username and password they use for TIDE. For any questions, users should consult the ORS User Guide, which will be posted on the NMAPA portal in the Resources section.

    If you have any questions, you can contact the AIR New Mexico Help Desk at 1- 800-254-6130 or NMHelpDesk@air.org.

     

    Added December 6, 2017
  • Test Administration Window Closing
    The Fall 2017 NMAPA test administration window closes Friday, October 13. Please familiarize yourself with the Test Administration Manual (TAM) and/or District Test Coordinator Manual before test administration to ensure all NMAPA procedures are followed, including proper preparation of testing materials after test administration for pickup by October 17.

    Scheduling UPS Pickup Deadline
    DTCs must schedule a UPS pickup of all NMAPA secure test material by Friday, October 13th. The UPS pickup must occur by Tuesday, October 17.

    To schedule a pick up, contact the AIR New Mexico Help Desk at 1-800-254-6130 or NMHelpDesk@air.org.

    Added October 12, 2017
  • The Fall 2017 NMAPA test administration window opens Monday, September 25 and will close Friday, October 13. Please familiarize yourself with the Test Administration Manual (TAM) and/or District Test Coordinator Manual before test administration to ensure all NMAPA procedures are followed, including proper preparation of testing materials for pickup after test administration.
    If you have any questions, you can contact the AIR New Mexico Help Desk at 1-800-254-6130 or NMHelpDesk@air.org.

    Thank you,
    American Institutes for Research (AIR)
    New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED)

    New Mexico Help Desk
    American Institutes for Research
    Tel 1.800.254.6130
    Fax 1.877.231.7813 nmhelpdesk@air.org

    Added September 22, 2017
  • The Fall 2017 NMAPA additional order window opened Monday, September 18th and will close Friday, October 6th. If personnel from a school in your district find that they need additional test materials, please place an order before October 6th.
    To order additional test materials, you will need to access the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) ordering system.  From the NMAPA portal (http://nmapa-portal.org) click the “Test Coordinators” button and click “TIDE.”

    If you have any questions, you can contact the AIR New Mexico Help Desk at 1-800-254-6130 or NMHelpDesk@air.org.

    Added September 19, 2017
  • The Fall 2017 NMAPA test materials are due to arrive in districts Monday, September 11. DTCs are responsible for verifying the materials received in the district box(es) against the District  Security Checklist and distributing test materials to the STCs or TAs. STCs and TAs are likewise responsible for verifying that materials for each TA match the School Security Checklist. Any discrepancies must be reported immediately to the STC and DTC.
    Please keep in mind that all NMAPA test materials are secure and must be kept in a securely locked area when the test is not being administered.

    If you find your district has insufficient test materials, the DTC can order more test materials during the additional ordering window, which opens Monday, September 18.

    If you have any questions, you can contact the AIR New Mexico Help Desk at 1-800-254-6130 or NMHelpDesk@air.org.

    Added September 11, 2017
  • Welcome!

    This portal is your source for information about the New Mexico Alternate Performance Assessment (NMAPA). Here you can find resources and manuals to guide assessment, registration for test administrator training, and announcement and dates for the NMAPA. This portal is also your access point for the NMAPA assessment systems. 

    Added April 11, 2017
  • TIDE Initial Ordering Window Open

    The Fall 2017 NMAPA initial ordering window is open beginning Tuesday, August 1st. This window will close Monday, August 28th. Within these four weeks, District Test Coordinators will need to access the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) ordering system to place their NMAPA test material orders for the upcoming administration. Visit the Test Coordinators page on this portal and click the TIDE button to access the site.
    To learn more about using TIDE, please refer to the TIDE User GuideTIDE Tasks for District Test Coordinators, and Pre-ID Layout available on the Resources page.

    Added January 23, 2017
  • TIDE Open for User Management and Student Pre-ID

    The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) is now open for the NMAPA Fall 2017 Administration. As of August 1, all those with TIDE accounts will be able to log into TIDE to begin adding users and adding or uploading students for Pre-ID labels.
    In Fall 2016, TIDE switched over to a new hierarchal system, containing both district users and school-level users like School Test Coordinators and Test Administrators (TAs). Starting in 2017, all TAs need access to TIDE, regardless of whether or not they plan to take the Fall 2017 TA training. TA accounts can be created by District Test Coordinators or School Test Coordinators.

    If a district did not administer the Spring 2017 NMAPA and therefore did not log into the new TIDE, the District Test Coordinator will need to contact the New Mexico Help Desk in order to receive a password reset to their email to log in to the system and set their new password.

    TA Training and Certification

    The Online Test Administration Training course will be accessible through the NMAPA Portal starting August 28. If a Test Administrator attended the NMAPA training within the last two years, they will not be required to take the training for this administration. The training will help experienced TAs, however, by providing a refresher on how the assessment is delivered.

    NOTE: Test Coordinators must add all their TAs into TIDE in order for them to access this training.
    If you have any questions, you can contact the AIR New Mexico Help Desk at 1-800-254-6130 or NMHelpDesk@air.org

    Added January 11, 2017

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