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  • February 14, 2018 - Update to Chrome OS Secure Browser

    An update to the Chrome OS Secure Browser (version 3.1) will be available in the Chrome web store for download next week. If the administrator has not locked down the devices the app will upgrade automatically. We have received some Help Desk cases indicating that student’s Chromebooks occasionally “go to sleep” when the student is in the middle of a test session but is taking a long time to read a passage or think about the response to a question. This update will over-ride the Chromebook’s settings and prevent a Chromebook from powering down and “going to sleep” while the student is taking a test. The updated Secure Browser will only prevent the Chromebook from powering down while the student is logged into a test. At all other times the Chromebook’s settings will determine when the Chromebook power down. Installation of this update is voluntary. Students will be able to continue to test on Chromebooks where it has not been installed

    Added February 14, 2018
  • February 14, 2018 -  Issues with speaking responses during ELPA21 testing

    If you have any concerns regarding speaking response recording, please have the student PAUSE the test. Contact the Help Desk for assistance resolving the issue. Do not submit the test until the issue is resolved. If students are recording speaking responses but there is no sound during the playback of the recordings, please verify that the mute button on the headset has not been accidently engaged.

    Added February 14, 2018
  • February 2, 2018 – New MacOS 10.13 browser available on WCAP portal for Practice and Training tests

    AIR now supports MacOS 10.13 High Sierra for online testing.  At this time, this browser is available on the WCAP portal and districts who have 10.13 on their devices will have to use this new Secure Browser to access online tests.  At this time this support is only available for the practice and training tests.  It is not yet supported for operational ELPA21 or SBA testing but will be in the future.  Please contact the WCAP Help Desk if you have any questions.

    Added February 2, 2018
  • January 25, 2018 – Upcoming AIR systems downtimes (updated half day downtime added for TIDE in February)

    Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) – TIDE has a scheduled downtime beginning at noon on Monday, February 12 to deploy system updates.  TIDE will be available again the morning of Tuesday, February 13.  All other AIR systems will remain available during this TIDE downtime.

    If you have a student testing on Monday, February 12, prior to noon there will be no impact.  If you have a student testing between noon and the end of the day on February 12, please make sure that the student test settings are correctly set in TIDE for all universal tools, accommodations and designated supports needed to access tests before noon when TIDE will become unavailable.  Data Entry Interface (DEI) settings must also be applied prior to noon on February 12 if you need to input student responses into the DEI that afternoon.  The DEI is used for students testing on large print paper and Braille forms.  Students can test as scheduled in the Test Delivery System during the TIDE downtime, but they will not be able to change student test settings.

    Test Delivery System – The test delivery system has a scheduled downtime all day on Wednesday, January 31, to prepare for the opening of the ELPA21 Summative assessments on Thursday, February 1.  Additional dates for downtime for the Test Delivery System are listed below to prepare for spring testing window openings. 

    • Friday, March 2, 2018
    • Friday, April 13, 2018
    • Thursday, May 3, 2018

    The Practice and Training tests and all other AIR systems will remain available during these downtimes.

    Monthly Maintenance – The next monthly scheduled maintenance of all AIR systems (TIDE, TDS, ORS, AIR Ways, AVA and THSS) begins on Friday, January 19 at 7:00 pm. All systems will be back online by Sunday, January 21, at 6:00 pm. The next monthly maintenance window will be February 23-25.

    Added January 25, 2018
  • January 4, 2018 – Notice for ending support of Chrome OS 59

    As of January 22, 2018, Chrome OS 59 will no longer be compatible with state assessments in the AIR Test Delivery System. This includes assessments accessed through the AIR secure browser application, and the AIR practice and training site. Technology Coordinators will need to ensure that Chrome OS devices get updated to Chrome OS 62 or later if they are to be used for ELPA21 assessments. All other state assessments will be compatible with Chrome OS 60 or later.

    Added January 4, 2018
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