This portal is your source for information about Ohio’s State Tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
ODE, AIR, and Google have become aware of an issue with text-to-speech (TTS) tracking on Chromebooks using version 53 and up. The TTS will read the text as expected, but the highlighting that tracks which word is being read does not appear. Google is actively working on a solution to this issue. At this time we do not have an expected date for this fix.
Districts can continue to use TTS on Chromebooks without the tracking feature. If district personnel feel that loss of this feature puts a student at a disadvantage, they may switch a human read aloud for that student.
We will provide additional information on the fix for this feature once that is available.
Apple has notified AIR and ODE of an issue with iPads running iOS version 10.x and using external keyboards. The following features are not getting blocked via MDM, ASAM or Automatic Assessment mode.
All of these features must be turned off in the general settings of an iOS device. Directions for disabling these features are found on page 24 of the Technical Specifications Manual. Apple is working on fixing the issue in an upcoming dot release of iOS 10.
Apple released iOS 10 for iPads earlier this fall, and AIR has been testing this new version. AIR and Apple are now prepared to support this new version for secure online testing. Apple and AIR have worked together to develop an update to the Secure Test App for iOS which works with iOS 10 and also simplifies securing iPads for testing.
By the end of October version 3.4 of the Secure Test App for iOS will be available in the Apple store. This new version must be installed on iPads using iOS 10 to access the secure student testing site. Devices on iOS 9 and 8 do not require the use of the new Secure Test App version. With the addition of iOS 10 as a supported version, iOS 7 will no longer be supported. It is AIR’s policy to support the three most recent version of iOS.
Additionally, the new Secure Test App version has a built-in Automatic Assessment Configuration. With this new feature, you are no longer required to set up a Mobile Device Manager (MDM) profile to secure the device for testing. Any iPad with iOS 9.3.2 or later can take advantage of this feature. Please review the documentation on the technology resources page of the portal for complete information on these changes.
Finally, Apple has also released Mac OS 10.12 for desktops and laptops. AIR is testing this new version, and we hope to support it soon. Note that a new Secure Browser version may be required to enable support.
If you have questions about this information, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at (877) 231-7809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the ELA Writing Pilot Fact Sheet, the Writing Pilot Online Testing Checklist has also been posted to the portal resources. These resources can be located on the portal under the resources page for Administration Manuals & Guidance Documents.
Test administrators must use the Writing Pilot Online Testing Checklist when administering the English Language Arts Writing Pilot Tests to students. It includes step-by-step directions, the oral script that test administrators must follow (information to be read aloud to students is printed in bold letters), descriptions of test settings and accommodation codes, and troubleshooting tips. This checklist provides key information that test administrators need on test day.
As a reminder, the test window for the voluntary English language arts (ELA) writing pilot is October 10-21.
If you have any additional questions about this event, please contact the Ohio Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809.