Technology Coordinators

Technology Coordinators

Key Documents

Welcome!

This portal is your source for information about Ohio’s State Tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

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
  • 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
  • IMPORTANT: New License Agreement for Julie and Violeta Voice Packs

    NeoSpeech and AIR provide the Julie voice pack for English text-to-speech users and the Violeta voice pack for Spanish text-to-speech users to use on Windows testing machines with Ohio’s State Tests.

    The license agreement between NeoSpeech and AIR was recently renewed, which means the license files (i.e., verification.txt file) associated with the voice packs will need to be updated before May 3, 2017 in order for students to continue using Text-to-Speech functionalities beyond May 3, 2017. Failure to update the license file(s) will result in the voice packs defaulting to demo versions on May 4, 2017, which will interrupt student testing.

     

    Important: Action is only required if you are using Windows devices for testing and have installed the Julie or Violeta voice packs provided by AIR.

     

    Affected districts must plan on completing these activities before May 3, 2017.

    •  Districts who currently use either the Julie or Violeta voice pack on their Windows testing machines will need to copy a new license file(s) to the appropriate folder(s) on each machine.
    • Do not re-install the voice pack itself if it is already installed; it’s only necessary to update the license file.
    • Districts who currently do not have Julie and Violeta voice packs installed on their Windows testing machines do not need to take any action.
    • Districts installing Julie and Violeta voice packs for the first time after April 18, 2017, will not need to install the license files separately because the renewed license files will be a part of the complete voice pack package.

     

    The new license files and guidance will be available to download in TIDE on April 18, 2017 . Guidance documentation is also posted on the Portal TIDE Support Documents. If you have any further questions you may contact the Ohio Help Desk at 877-231-7809, option 2, or ohhelpdesk@air.org.

    Added April 17, 2017
  • Please click here to view all announcements