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