OELPA

Announcements

  • Linux Secure Browser for 2017-2018 Now Available

    The AIR Linux Secure Browser the 2017-2018 school year is now available for download from the Ohio’s State Tests portal on the Secure Browsers page. Detailed installation instructions are available in the Secure Browser Installation Manual. Additional information about preparing your network and devices for online testing is available in the Technical Specifications Manual.

    Version 10.1 of the secure browser is available for desktop and laptop devices running a supported version of Linux. 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.

    Note: AIR is no longer able to support Red Hat Linux. The Linux Secure Browser v10.1 is only compatible with Fedora and Ubuntu. The Online System Requirements and Long Term Support documents have been updated accordingly.

    Added September 20, 2017
  • TIDE Open for 2017-2018 School Year

    The Test Information Distribution Engine, or TIDE, is now open for the 2017-2018 school year. Districts and schools will use TIDE to complete tasks associated with Ohio’s State Tests, the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) and the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD).

    TIDE User Accounts and Resetting Passwords

    All user account passwords have been reset for the 2017-2018 school year. You must follow the process before you will be able to access TIDE for the 2017-2018 school year. All user accounts which had access to TIDE in 2016-2017 will continue to have access this year, after resetting the user password. For security purposes the activation email will no longer contain a temporary password but will instead contain a unique secure link. Users with TIDE accounts from last year will need to complete the steps listed below to create a new password and gain access to TIDE.

    1. Access the TIDE login page.
    2. On the TIDE login page, click on the link to “Request a new one for this school year.”
    3. Enter the email address you use to log into TIDE.
    4. An email (from AIRAST-DoNotReply@airast.org) which contains a clickable link will be sent to the email address associated with the account.
    5. Click on the link. You will be directed to a page in TIDE where you can enter a new password. The link will expire in 15 minutes; if you do not create your new password within 15 minutes you will need to request a new link.
    6. Follow the on-screen prompts to create a new password and respond to security questions.

    It is recommended that Test Coordinators review all users after system roll over to ensure personnel have proper access for the 2017-2018 school year. If a user should no longer have an account, authorized users should follow the process in the TIDE User Guide to remove system access for that user. Additional information on managing user accounts is in the TIDE User Management Guidance Document.

    Test Administrator Certification Course

    The Test Administrator Certification Course is now linked to TIDE. Users must have a TIDE account in order to access the optional TA Certification Course. TIDE will track which users have completed the course and Test Coordinators can view this information in the view/edit manage users task with the new “TA Certified” flag. More information regarding the TA Certification Course is available in the TA Certification Course Companion Document.

    Test Settings and Tools Updates for 2017-2018

    Districts will notice several updates to the test settings and tools section under the Student Information task for 2017-2018. The same updates have also been applied to the Test Administrator Interface, the Practice Test Site and TA Practice Site. This provides a consistent presentation of student test settings and tools across all systems.

    More information on how to set test settings and tools is located in the TIDE User Guide. More information on the tool classifications and new universal tools available is located in Ohio’s Accessibility Manual. More information on the TA Interface is available in the TA User Guide. Users should watch for future communication on domain exemptions for OELPA.

    Resources

    Several resources are available on the Online Systems Resources page of the Ohio’s State Tests portal to help users navigate TIDE and complete tasks for the 2017-2018 school year.

    Added August 22, 2017
  • 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
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