As communicated previously, Google is targeting Chrome OS version 57 to fix Paginated Stimuli. Google is projecting version 57 will be promoted to the stable build this week and we will conduct final testing to verify the fix.
Please see the advice 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. May upgrade to 57 after fix is confirmed.||Must deactivate paginated stimuli. May upgrade to 57 after fix is confirmed.|
|55-56||Must upgrade to 57 after fix is confirmed.||No action required, but deactivating paginated stimuli recommended.|
|57||No action required.||Must deactivate paginated stimuli.|
If your district upgrades to version 57 during your test window, proceed with caution. It is recommended that you upgrade a subset of your devices first to ensure no issues are encountered. Once verified locally, upgrade the remainder of your devices.
If your district will not be using paginated stimuli, it is recommended that the feature be deactivated. Deactivation 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.
AIR and Google have been working on three known issues affecting Chromebooks. Google has released a patch for Chrome OS 56 that fixes two of these known issues. The third is still being worked on.
OELPA Speaking: Chromebooks used for testing OELPA Speaking should be updated to Chrome OS 56.0.2924.110 or later. We continue to recommend that schools that administer OELPA tests on Chromebooks take a practice test on the model of Chromebook they are using and verify that the recorder for OELPA Speaking records correctly before administering the operational tests to students.
TTS Tracking: The patch also fixes the TTS Tracking feature available for Ohio’s State Tests. The highlighting that tracks which word is being read with Text To Speech stopped appearing on Chromebooks running OS 53 to 55. The highlighting will now appear when using Chrome OS 56.0.2924.110 or later.
Paginated Stimuli: Google is continuing to work on this issue and is still targeting the fix for Chrome OS 57. Per the previously published guidance, if your district will be using paginated stimuli do not update Chromebooks that will be used for Ohio’s State Tests beyond version 54. Once Google releases version 57 and AIR confirms that this issue is fixed, we will notify districts they may upgrade to 57. If your district will not be using paginated stimuli and your Chromebooks are on version 55 or 56, no action is needed.
Districts that are testing both OELPA and Ohio’s State Tests on Chromebooks will need to maintain a portion of their devices on version 54 or earlier for use with Ohio’s State Tests and upgrade a portion of their devices to 56.0.2924.110 for use with OELPA.
AIR has identified an issue with paginated stimuli on Chromebooks running version 55 or 56 which prevents passages from displaying properly. As a safeguard, the paginated stimuli feature will not be active if the tool is turned on when using Chrome OS 55 or 56. Google is working on a fix for this bug targeted to be included in version 57. Chromebooks on version 54 or earlier are not affected.
Districts have several options available.
Version 57 should be released by Google in March and once AIR confirms that this issue is fixed, we will notify districts that they may upgrade to 57.
Note this issue also affects the Practice Test Site when accessed with Chrome Browser versions 55 and 56. If you turn on paginated stimuli in the Practice Test Site while using Chrome Browser 55 or 56, the passages will not be paginated.