The required, online Connecticut Alternate Assessment System Training is now available on the Connecticut Comprehensive Assessment Program Portal for teachers who have the primary responsibility for assessing students in Grades 3 – 8 and 11 on the Connecticut Alternate Assessment (CTAA) for Math and ELA, and on the Connecticut Alternate Science (CTAS) Assessment for students in Grades 5, 8 and 11. Teachers must have a TIDE Teacher Administering the Alternate (TEA) account to access the training and administer these assessments.
There are four training modules that include topics related to student eligibility, the requirements and responsibilities of the TEA, an overview of the CTAA and CTAS, optimal testing conditions, test administration procedures, and alternate assessment specific topics. An audio recording, closed captioning, and transcripts are available for each session. Sessions can be accessed as many times as needed. Additionally, ancillary materials are available under the Resource Type “Training” filter on the Resources portal page and include a Master List of Session Tasks, PDFs with notes for each training module, and Responsibility Checklists for the CTAA and CTAS.
Friendly Reminders for TEAs:
- Confirm you have been assigned the user role of TEA by your District Administrator (DA) in TIDE.
- Verify that you can access the TIDE system with your username and established password.
- Following the completion of the four training sessions, take and pass the quiz with a score of 80% or greater, which will activate your trained status in TIDE. Download and save the Certificate of Completion for your records.
- Confirm that your trained status is activated to YES in your TIDE user profile.
Once these steps are completed, TEAs will have the qualifications to submit Connecticut Alternate Assessment Eligibility Forms in the Data Entry Interface to register students to participate in the alternate assessment system, administer the Connecticut Alternate Assessments, and have access to related assessment systems that support test administration.
Direct questions to the Performance Office at 860-713-6860 or to the Connecticut Help Desk Toll-Free Phone Support: 1-844-202-7583; E-mail Support: firstname.lastname@example.org.