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  • Secure Browsers for 2017-2018 Now Available

    The AIR Secure Browsers and AIR SecureTest Apps for the 2017-2018 school year are now available for download from the Ohio’s State Tests portal. Schools administering Ohio’s State Tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies or the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment online must download and install the AIR Secure Browser or AIR SecureTest App on the devices the students will use for testing. The secure browser and app allow students to access the test and prevent students from accessing other computer applications while they are taking an online test.

    Version 10 of the secure browser is available for desktop and laptop devices running Windows 7-10 or Mac OS 10.9-10.12. Version 9.5 is available for devices running Mac OS 10.7-10.8. The secure browsers currently available on the portal are the only versions that can be used for the 2017-2018 school year. Older versions of the secure browser installed on desktop and laptop devices cannot be used for secure student testing in 2017-2018.

    If students will test online using Chromebooks or tablets, districts and schools must download and install the AIR SecureTest App on these devices. The AIR Secure Test App for mobile devices – Chromebooks, iPads and Androids – is new for 2017-2018. As with the desktop secure browser only the 2017-2018 version can be used for secure student testing. Older versions of the secure test app cannot be used.

    A new secure testing option is available for districts using Windows 10 devices for student testing. The Microsoft take-a-test app can be used to set up secure testing without the need to download and install the Secure Browser. Additional information can be found in the updated technical documentation available on the Technology Coordinators page.

    Downloading the Secure Browser or App

    The secure browsers and apps are available from the Secure Browsers page of the portal. Be sure to install the correct version of the secure browser or app for each device’s operating system. Detailed installation instructions are available in the Secure Browsers Installation Manual. Additional information about preparing your network and devices for online testing is available in the Technical Specifications Manual.

    Please note the following:

    • Apple is expected to release the Mac 10.13 operating system for desktops and the iOS 11 operating system for iPads in fall 2017. Although AIR cannot guarantee support for these systems in 2017-18, AIR will work to support both within 90 days of official release. Please note that new secure browsers may be required.
    • The new Linux secure browser (Version 10) is not yet available. Districts with Linux devices should watch for future communication on the availability of this secure browser.
    • The new Android secure test app is not yet available. Districts with Android devices should watch for future communication on the availability of this secure test app.

    System Requirements

    Lastly, please be sure to review the latest Online System Requirements and Long Term Support Plan for more information about supported operating systems, devices and browsers for Ohio’s online applications.

    Added August 16, 2017
  • TIDE Downtime

    In preparation for the 2017-2018 school year, the TIDE system will be down for maintenance August 11, 8 PM to August 22, 7 AM. TIDE will be inaccessible during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Districts should look for future communications regarding 2017-2018 TIDE.

    For immediate assistance please contact the Ohio Help Desk at ohhelpdesk@air.org, 877-231-7809 option 2.

    Added August 7, 2017
  • April 2017 Chromebook Update

    Chrome OS 57 was recently released by Google. AIR has verified that version 57.0.2987.137 fixes the Paginated Stimuli issue . Schools and districts using the paginated stimuli tool with Chromebooks may upgrade to 57.0.2987.137 or later.

     

    AIR recommends that you upgrade a subset of your devices first to ensure no issues are encountered. Once verified, upgrade the remainder of your devices.

     

    If you do not intend to use paginated stimuli and have upgraded your devices to Chrome OS version 57, you must deactivate paginated stimuli. This can be done by uploading a student settings file in TIDE (recommended), manually editing student records in TIDE, or manually by Test Administrators in the TA Interface when approving students to test. Additional information on updating student settings can be found in the TIDE User Guide and the TA User Guide.

     

    Guidance is outlined below for additional action based on the version(s) currently running on your district’s Chromebooks and whether your district will be using the paginated stimuli feature.

    Chromebook Version Will be Using Paginated Stimuli Will NOT be Using Paginated Stimuli
    50-54 No action required. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.
    55-56 Must upgrade to 57.0.2987.137 or later No action required, but deactivating paginated stimuli recommended.
    57.0.2987.123

    (initial release version)

    Paginated Stimuli not supported. Must upgrade to 57.0.2987.137 or later. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.
    57.0.2987.137+ No action required. Must deactivate paginated stimuli.

     

    Added April 10, 2017
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