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Update 4/14/2014: Google recently released ChromeOS version 34. This release may impact the visibility of the AIRSecureTest app on managed Chromebooks. For more information and instructions to fix this, click the Chromebooks tab below.


About Secure Browser Installation

For the Online Field Tests, the correct secure browser must be installed on each computer that will be used for online testing. Secure browsers used for the previous pilot assessments will not work.

Secure browsers are available for the following operating systems:

  • Windows XP (Service Pack 3), Vista, 7, 8.0, 8.1: Secure Browser 6.3
  • Mac OS 10.5–10.9 (with Intel processors): Secure Browser 6.3
  • Linux Fedora Core 6+ (K12LTSP 4.2+ and Ubuntu 9–12): Secure Browser 6.3
  • iOS 6.0–7.0: Mobile Secure Browser
  • Android 4.04–4.2: Mobile Secure Browser
  • Google ChromeOS 31+: Mobile Secure Browser (kiosk app)

You can install the secure browser on each individual computer, either one-by-one or through a network. Detailed instructions for the various installation options are available in the Technical Specifications Manual. The manual also contains important information about network requirements and wireless networking.

To view system requirements, including operating systems and supported web browsers for each of AIR’s online systems, refer to the Online Systems and Their Requirements document.

Important Information:

You must install the correct version of the secure browser on each computer that will be used for online testing. We strongly recommend that you install the secure browser on each individual computer. For assistance with installation through a network or configuring proxy servers, refer to the Technical Specifications Manual.

Note to Technology Coordinators: The secure browsers available here are the final versions and must be used for the Online Field Tests.

If you need assistance, please contact the Help Desk at 1-877-231-7809 and press 1 or e-mail OHHelpDesk@air.org.

Note:

  • The installation file for Windows computers is an .msi file, which requires administration rights. The steps below assume an administrator is doing this.

Installing the Secure Browser for Windows:

  1. Click the [Download Browser] link above. A dialog box will pop up.
    Note: This step may slightly vary depending on the browser you are currently using.

    • If presented with a choice to either “Run” or “Save” the file, select “Run.” This will install the secure browser directly without the need to save the installation package to your computer.
    • If you receive a Security Warning at this point, please select “Run” from the proceeding dialog box.
  2. If presented only with the option to [Save], save the file to a convenient location, such as the desktop.
    • Double-click the installation file (OHSecureBrowser6.3-Win.msi) to open the Secure Browser Setup Wizard. Note: This step only applies to users that saved the file to their computer. Users that selected “Run” in Step 1 can go directly to Step 3.)
  3. From the Secure Browser Setup Wizard, follow the instructions on the screen to finish installation. Select the Standard installation option to install the browser in its default location: C:/Program Files/OHSecureBrowser6.3.
  4. Click [Finish] to launch OH Secure Browser 6.3 directly from the Setup Wizard OR double-click the OH Secure Browser 6.3 icon that is on the desktop.
  5. Upon launching the secure browser, you will see the student login screen.
    Note: The browser will fill the entire screen.
  6. Click [Close] in the upper-right corner to exit the browser.

Uninstalling this Browser:

  1. Open the Control Panel (From your taskbar, select Start > Settings > Control Panel).
  2. Select Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select OHSecureBrowser6.3 and click [Remove] to open the Uninstall Wizard.
  4. Click [Next].
  5. Click [Uninstall] to remove the secure browser.
  6. Click [Finish] to complete the uninstall process.

Download the Mac OS X 10.5-10.9 Secure Browser:

This section provides instructions for installing Secure Browser 6.3 on computers with OS 10.5–10.9 and that have Intel-based processors. (Some Mac 10.5 computers have PowerPC processors and others have Intel-based processors.)

Do not download this secure browser for Mac OS 10.5 computers with PowerPC processors.

If you have Mac 10.5 computers and you do not know which processors they have, you can check easily. From the Apple drop-down menu, click “About This Mac.” The screen will indicate the operating system version and processor your computer is using.

  • If you see Intel, download and install secure browser 6.3 using the instructions in this section.
  • If you see PowerPC, please contact the Ohio Help Desk for assistance.

Installing the Secure Browser for Mac 10.5–10.9

    1. Click the [Download Browser] link above. (If prompted for a download location, select the desktop.)
      Note: This step may vary slightly depending on the browser version you are currently using.

      • If your browser automatically mounts the OHSecureBrowser6.3 folder, you can proceed to Step 3.
      • If your computer opens the Software License Agreement page, you can proceed to Step 4.
      • If you receive a warning message that the file contains an application, click [Continue] and proceed to Step 4.
    2. Open the file (OHSecureBrowser6.3-OSX.dmg) to expand its contents. Double-click the file (OHSecureBrowser6.3-OSX.dmg) to mount the OHSecureBrowser6.3 folder on the desktop.
      Note: Your computer may automatically expand the file upon download.
    3. Double-click the mounted folder (OHSecureBrowser6.3).
    4. Click [Accept] on the Software License Agreement Page.
    5. Drag the OHSecureBrowser6.3 icon to your Applications folder.
      Important: The secure browser must be launched at this point to successfully complete the installation.
      • For Mac 10.5, the secure browser will disable Exposé (hot corner) settings if they are set and they will remain disabled after the browser is closed.
      • For Mac 10.6, Exposé settings will be disabled only when the secure browser is launched. The dock will appear the first time the Exposé settings are being disabled on browser launch. System security is not affected as applications opened from the dock open in the background and cannot be accessed.
      • For Mac 10.7, 10.8, and 10.9, you will need to disable Spaces in Mission Control on each computer before students can use the secure browser. Instructions for disabling Spaces can be found in the the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing document.
    6. Double-click the OHSecureBrowser6.3 icon in the Applications folder to launch the secure browser. Upon launching the secure browser, you will see the student login screen.
      Note: The browser will fill the entire screen.
    7. Click [Close] in the upper-right corner to exit the browser.

Installing the Browser for Linux:

  1. Click the [Download Browser] link above and save the file to your desktop.
  2. Right-click the downloaded file (OHSecureBrowser6.3.tar.bz2) and select “Extract Here” to expand the file. This creates the OHSecureBrowser6.3 folder on the desktop.
    Note: To expand the compressed image using command line, use “tar jxvf OHSecureBrowser6.3.tar.bz2.”
  3. Open the OHSecureBrowser6.3 folder.
    • Double-click the file “install-icon.sh” and select “Run” from the prompt. *
      (Note: This will create the “OHSecureBrowser6.3” icon on the desktop.)
  4. From the desktop, double-click the OHSecureBrowser6.3 icon to launch the browser.
  5. Upon launching the secure browser, you will see the student login screen.
    Note: The browser will fill the entire screen.
  6. Click [Close] in the upper-right corner to exit the browser.

* If you do not want to run the installer, you can extract the files by opening the “OHSecureBrowser6.3” file and selecting “Run” from the options in the message dialog box.


Uninstalling this Browser:

There should be a folder on the desktop named OHSecureBrowser6.3. Simply drag the folder and the secure browser icon from the Desktop to the Trash. If the browser was installed to a different location, please be sure to remove it accordingly.

Downloading and Installing the iOS Mobile Secure Browser

The mobile secure browser for iPads can be downloaded from the App store. The process for installing the secure browser is the same as for any other mobile application.

  1. On your iPad, click the [Download Browser] link above. You will be taken to the AIRSecureTest application download page.
  2. Tap or select the [Free] button. The button will change to say [Install App].
  3. Tap or select [Install App].
  4. Enter your Apple ID password.
  5. The mobile secure browser will download and install onto your iPad. Look for the AIRSecureTest icon.

 

Selecting the Ohio Online Field Tests Administration

In order to access assessments using the mobile secure browser, the Ohio Online Field Tests administration must be selected. This action only needs to be done once on each iPad that has the secure browser.

  1. On your iPad, tap the [AIRSecureTest] icon. A “Launchpad” screen will display.
  2. In the “Please Select Your State” drop-down list, select “Ohio.”
  3. In the “Choose Your Assessment Program” drop-down list, verify that the Ohio Online Field Tests administration is displayed.
  4. Click [OK]. The Student Testing Site login page will load.

 

About Secure Testing on iPads

To ensure a secure test environment, Guided Access must be enabled and activated before students can log in to a test session. Guided Access is an iOS feature that allows users to restrict activity to a single application and also prevents taking screenshots or changing to another application. Students will not be able to log in if Guided Access is not enabled and activated.

Downloading and Installing the Android Mobile Secure Browser

The mobile secure browser for supported Android tablets can be downloaded from the Google Play store. The process for installing the mobile secure browser is the same as for any other mobile application.

  1. On your Android tablet, click the [Download Browser] link above. You will be taken to the AIRSecureTest application download page.
  2. Tap or select the [Install] button.
  3. The secure mobile browser will download and install onto your Android tablet. Look for the AIRSecureTest icon.

 

Selecting the Ohio Online Field Tests Administration

In order to access assessments using the mobile secure browser, the Ohio Online Field Tests administration must be selected. This action only needs to be done once on each Android tablet that has the secure browser.

  1. On your tablet, tap the [AIRSecureTest] icon. A “Launchpad” screen will display.
  2. In the “Please Select Your State” drop-down list, select “Ohio.”
  3. In the “Choose Your Assessment Program” drop-down list, verify that the Ohio Online Field Tests administration is displayed.
  4. Click [OK]. The Student Testing Site login page will load.

 

Secure Testing on Android Tablets

The secure browsers for Android tablets require the secure browser keyboard to be selected before students can access the login page. The reason for this is that the default Android keyboard allows predictive text, which would unduly aid students when entering written responses to test items. The secure browser keyboard is a basic keyboard, with no row for predictive text functionality.

Download the Google Chromebooks Secure Browser:

Important note about ChromeOS version 34:

Google recently released version 34 of its Chrome operating system. Google has identified a known issue with this release that may result in the AIRSecureTest mobile secure browser kiosk app not appearing on managed Chromebooks. The new release produces an issue for kiosk apps for domains in which device managers disabled the “show usernames and photos” option for the sign-in screen.

To resolve this issue, Chromebook managers will need to make a change in the admin console.

  1. Log into the Chrome Device Management Console.
  2. Navigate to Device Settings and scroll down to the Settings section.
  3. For the Sign-in Screen, select “Always show user names and photos” from the “Show user names and photos on the sign-in screen” drop-down list. Once this is enabled, the AIRSecureTest kiosk app should appear again on managed Chromebooks in the Apps section on the login screen.

About Chromebooks and the AIRSecureTest Kiosk App

The American Institutes for Research has worked with Google to develop a secure browser kiosk application that can be downloaded onto Chromebooks from the Chrome Web Store. Using the AIRSecureTest kiosk application requires Chromebooks to run in kiosk mode.

Note: The AIRSecureTest browser is not a hosted app. In order to support all test features, AIR developed a packaged kiosk application. As a result, this app must be deployed onto managed Chromebooks via the Chrome Management Console as a kiosk application rather than via a public session. (You may still use public sessions for other applications.)

This section outlines the basic steps for adding the AIRSecureTest app to managed Chromebooks and ensuring that the app runs in kiosk mode. Google has provided documentation for the sole purpose of running kiosk apps on Chromebooks. Links to this information are at the end of this section.


Adding the AIRSecureTest Kiosk App to Managed Chromebooks

Note: These instructions are for Chrome Device Managers who will add the secure browser to their domain-managed Chromebook devices.

  1. As the Chromebook administrator, log into your ChromeOS management console (https://admin.google.com).
  2. Navigate to Device management > Chrome management > Device settings.
  3. On the Device settings page, scroll down to the “Kiosk Settings” section:
    • Ensure that Single App Kiosk is set to “Allow Single App Kiosk.”
      Note: The AIRSecureTest app is not compatible with public sessions. However, you may still use public sessions as necessary for other Chromebook use (e.g., classroom instruction or other test administrations).
  4. Click the [Manage Kiosk Applications] link. The Kiosk Apps window will appear. You will need to add the AIRSecureTest app.
    1. Click [Chrome Web Store].
    2. In the search box, type “AIRSecureTest” (without quotes) and press [Enter].
    3. The AIRSecureTest app will appear. Click the [Add] link. The app will appear in the “Total to install” section.
    4. Click [Save].

Once these steps are complete, the AIRSecureTest application will appear on all managed Chromebook devices.

Note: Students do NOT need to log into Chromebooks to take the test. When Chromebooks is powered up, simply click the [Apps] link in the bottom row and select the [AIRSecureTest] app. The secure browser will open in full-screen mode.

Important: If you launch the AIRSecureTest app and receive the following error message, then the secure browser is installed properly but not configured to run in kiosk mode:

“The AIRSecureTest application requires kiosk mode to be enabled.”

Ensure that the above steps are completed. The AIRSecureTest app must appear in the Manage Kiosk applications window in Step 4.


Adding the AIRSecureTest App to Non-Managed Chromebooks

Please refer to the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing for information about adding the AIRSecureTest kiosk application to non-managed Chromebooks.

Note: Non-managed Chromebooks must also have kiosk mode enabled.


Google Documentation