Below you will find resources for the administration of the MontCAS Smarter Balanced assessment. For questions regarding the administration of the assessment, email the OPI Assessment Division at or call us at 1.844.867.2569. If you are having technical issues, please call them at 1.888.792.2741 or email them at


User Guides and Manuals

Smarter Balanced Test Administration Manual (TAM) - For 2017-2018, this manual provides information for Test Administators (TAs) on procedual and policy guidance to prepare for and administer the Smarter Balanced Assessment in English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics.

TIDE User Guide - For 2017-2018, this user guide provides an overview of how to access and utilize the Test Information and Distribution Engine (TIDE). TIDE allows state, district and test coordinators through the testing process, from test preparation, to test administration, to post-test administration.

TA User Guide - The 2017-2018 user guide is intended for Test Administrators responsible for proctoring tests with the Online Testing System. To use this system, you should be familiar with using a web browser to retrieve data and with filling out web forms.

Smarter Quick Tips Scheduling Table - This table shows anticipated amounts of time for each test.

User Roles and Access Document - This document contains a list of user roles and access for the tasks that District Users and School Users can perform in all online Montana Smarter Balanced Assessment systems. 

Online Reporting System User Guide - This user guide provides an overview of the Online Reporting System for the 2017-2018 year. After reviewing this user guide, you should become familiar with navigating the system, viewing score reports, viewing participation reports in the Test Management Center, searching for specific students, and managing student rosters.

Smarter Balanced Score Report Interpretive Guide - This guide will assist teachers, parents/guardians, and students better understand the Smarter Balanced Score Report.

2017-2018 TIDE Participation Reports - This quick guide describes how to access participation reports in TIDE.

2017-2018 TIDE Account Maintenance Quick Start Guide - This quick start guide provides instructions for key tasks required for proper maintenance of the TIDE user accounts.

Smarter Quick Tips: Turning Off Universal Tools - This resource provides guidance on how to turn off universal tools for a student in the TA Interface.


TA Interface Training Module - This module provides an overview of the TA interface. It covers topics such as logging into the test system, starting a test session, using the test tools and navigating throughout the test.

Student Interface Training Module - This training module is designed to help Test Coordinators and Test Administators understand the interface students use to take the online teste.. It includes such topics as logging into the test system, and select a test, using the test tools and navigating throughout the test.

Logging into TIDE and Managing Users Webinar - This recorded webinar, by Measured Progress and OPI, provides information on logging into TIDE for the first time as well as managing user accounts.

Students, Test Settings and Tools Webinar - This recorded webinar, by Measured progress and OPI, provides information on student records, test settings and tools within TIDE. 

Administering Tests and After Testing Webinar - This recorded webinar, by Measured Progress and OPI, provides information on preparing for test administration, administering tests and after testing for the Smarter Balanced assessment.