Frequently Asked Questions about CAI Systems
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Frequently Asked Questions about CAI Systems

What is Reporting?

The Reporting system is a CAI system that provides score reports and performance data for each student who takes an Interim and/or Summative Assessment

What is the DEI system?

The Data Entry Interface (DEI) is a component of the Test Delivery System (TDS) that allows users to enter student assessment data, such as question responses for students that require a paper accommodation, and survey answers through the Learner Characteristics Inventory (LCI) for students that may need to take the Alternate Assessments. The DEI is also used for the Student Response Check (SRC) for students who do not have a consistent, observable mode of communication.

What is the TA Interface?

The Test Administrator (TA) interface is a component of the Test Delivery System that allows proctors to administer online tests.

Note: Do not use the TA Interface for sample tests. To practice administering tests, use the Sample Test Administration site.

What is TIDE?

 TIDE stands for "Test Information Distribution Engine." The TIDE system provides administrators with the tools to manage users and students participating in the ELA/ Math/Science ISATs, and the Idaho ELA/Math/Science Alternate Assessments. TIDE supports state, district, and school test coordinators throughout the testing process, from test preparation, to test administration, to post-administration. TIDE includes features to manage user and student information, monitor test progress, and execute administrative functions such as test resets or reopens.

What is TDS?

TDS stands for "Test Delivery System." It is the online testing system that will be used for the sample tests, optional interim assessments and the summative assessments. TDS delivers Idaho’s online tests. TDS consists of sample test sites and operational testing sites, the Assessment Viewing Application (AVA) and the Data Entry Interface (DEI), and the Interim Testing Site.

What does a student need in order to log into a test?

The student will need an internet connection, and the Secure Browser installed on their testing machine. Once the Secure Browser has been installed, the student will need their First Name (as recorded in TIDE), their EDUID, and the test session number (generated by the TA).

Interim tests can be administered online through the Interim Testing Site.

Will CAI be available in “real time” if I have questions during the administration of the test?

Yes, the Idaho Help Desk is available 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Mountain Time, Monday through Friday. Contact the Idaho Help Desk at 1-844-560-7365 or

When do DAs receive their user names and passwords to access TIDE to start the setup of DCs, SCs, TEs, and TAs?

On an annual basis, passwords for all CAI systems are reset for all users.  DAs are responsible for reviewing and updating all users within districts. 

DAs, DCs, and SCs will continue to have the ability to add users at any role beneath their level. For example, SCs can add TEs and TAs while DCs can add SCs, TEs, and TAs.

New DAs can contact the Idaho Help Desk to request  access to CAI systems. 


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