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January Maintenance Schedule – AIR Online Systems

Dear District Testing Coordinators & District Technology Coordinators:

AIR will be conducting periodic maintenance of the testing systems to ensure system stability and reliability throughout the school year. These maintenance periods will occur on the dates indicated below and can last up to 24 hours. During a maintenance period some or all of these systems may be inaccessible:

  • TIDE
  • Student Testing Site and Practice Test Site
  • TA Interface and TA Practice Site
  • Online Reporting System (ORS)*
  • Teacher Hand Scoring System
  • Data Entry Interface
  • TA Certification Course
  • Assessment Systems Inbox

*Note: The ORS maintenance for January will begin Friday, January 11, at approximately 7:30 p.m. and conclude by Sunday at 9 a.m.

Winter Maintenance Windows

  • Saturday, January 12, beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 9, beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 16, beginning at 9 a.m.
Kirk Ross
Assistant Director
Office of Assessment

25 South Front Street | Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
(614) 995-4144 (direct) | (877) 644-6338 | (614) 466-0223
Fax (614) 387-0421
Kirk.Ross@education.ohio.gov
education.ohio.gov

New Secure Browser for macOS 10.13 and 10.14

Dear District Testing Coordinators & District Technology Coordinators:

This message pertains only to districts and schools using devices with macOS 10.13 and 10.14 to administer online tests; all others may disregard this message.

AIR has completed the review of macOS 10.14 and determined a new secure browser is required to support this new operating system. Additionally, a security issue has been discovered for macOS 10.13.

To allow support of 10.14 and to resolve the security issue in 10.13, Mac Secure Browser 10.6 will be available beginning on Monday, November 26. Devices running macOS 10.9 to 10.12 may continue to use the current Mac Secure Browser 10.3.

Beginning on Monday, December 3, Mac Secure Browser 10.6 will be required for devices running macOS 10.13 and 10.14 to access the secure student testing site.

If you have any questions about this information or need assistance with installing the secure browser, contact the Ohio Help Desk at 877.231.7809 or ohhelpdesk@air.org.

Kirk Ross
Assistant Director
Office of Assessment

25 South Front Street | Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
(614) 995-4144 (direct) | (877) 644-6338 | (614) 466-0223
Fax (614) 387-0421
Kirk.Ross@education.ohio.gov
education.ohio.gov

Grade 3 ELA Text Not Wrapping Properly

Dear District Testing Coordinator & District Technology Coordinator:

It has been noted that the text on certain Chromebooks is not wrapping properly with paginated stimuli turned on. If you have  this occurrence, please have the student log out of the test and turn off paginated stimuli for the student testing on that device.  AIR is currently working on a permanent solution for this matter and will advise when this has been remedied. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Kirk Ross
Assistant Director
Office of Assessment

25 South Front Street | Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
(614) 995-4144 (direct) | (877) 644-6338 | (614) 466-0223
Fax (614) 387-0421
Kirk.Ross@education.ohio.gov
education.ohio.gov

iOS 12 Now Supported & Upcoming Scheduled Maintenance

Just a quick note to let you know that iOS 12 will be formally supported for online testing starting October 18, 2018.  We are still testing macOS10.14 (Mojave).  As soon as the testing is complete, I will let you know.

Also, as a reminder, AIR will be conducting periodic maintenance of the testing systems to ensure system stability & reliability throughout the year.  Maintenance will be done on Saturdays, and we will give you advance notice.  With that said, be aware, AIR will be conducting system maintenance on October 13, 2018, starting at 9 a.m., and again on November 17, 2018, starting at 9 a.m.  This information can be found on Ohio’s State Test Portal.

As always, let me know if you have questions or need help with something.

Kirk Ross
Assistant Director
Office of Assessment

25 South Front Street | Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
(614) 995-4144 (direct) | (877) 644-6338 | (614) 466-0223
Fax (614) 387-0421
Kirk.Ross@education.ohio.gov
education.ohio.gov

Support for 2017-2018 Secure Browsers Ending September 24th

Dear District Testing Coordinators & Technology Coordinators:

AIR released new versions of the secure browsers for desktops and secure test apps for mobile devices in July and August. These are the only versions that can be used for 2018-2019 secure student testing. A grace period was allowed in which students could access the secure student testing site using either the 2017-2018 versions or the 2018-2019 versions. That grace period will end on Monday, September 24. After this date, only the 2018-2019 secure browser versions can be used to access the secure student testing site. Anyone attempting to use an older version will receive a “Browser not supported” message when launching the secure browser or app. Please be sure all devices to be used for secure testing have been updated to the 2018-2019 versions. Visit the Secure Browsers page of the portal for complete information on supported browsers, operating systems, installation instructions and other important information for making sure your district’s or school’s technology is ready for secure student testing.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

 

Kirk Ross
Assistant Director
Office of Assessment

25 South Front Street | Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
(614) 995-4144 (direct) | (877) 644-6338 | (614) 466-0223
Fax (614) 387-0421
Kirk.Ross@education.ohio.gov
education.ohio.gov

Upcoming TDS/TIDE Maintenance Windows

Dear District Testing & Technology Coordinators:

AIR will be conducting periodic maintenance of the testing systems to ensure system stability and reliability throughout the school year. These maintenance periods will occur on the Saturdays indicated below and can last up to 24 hours. During a maintenance period some or all of these systems may be inaccessible:

  • TIDE
  • Student Testing Site and Practice Test Site
  • TA Interface and TA Practice Site
  • Online Reporting System
  • Teacher Hand Scoring System
  • Data Entry Interface
  • TA Certification Course

 Fall Maintenance Windows

  • Saturday, September 15 beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 13 beginning at 9 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 17 beginning at 9 a.m.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Kirk Ross
Assistant Director
Office of Assessment

25 South Front Street | Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
(614) 995-4144 (direct) | (877) 644-6338 | (614) 466-0223
Fax (614) 387-0421
Kirk.Ross@education.ohio.gov
education.ohio.gov

Technology Preparation for 2018-2019

Dear District Testing & Technology Coordinators:

In response to feedback from the field, AIR is providing advanced notice of technology updates planned for the summer of 2018, in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year. This will allow districts to plan summer technology activities before updated documentation is posted in July. This notice includes updates to supported operating systems, supported browsers, and the release plan for new secure browsers and secure test apps. Please refer to the Technology Preparation for 2018-2019 document for details.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

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Follow Up on Chromebook Secure Browser App (3.1) Rollout

Dear District Testing & Technology Coordinators:

As promised, this is a follow up to the March 1st message regarding the potential rollout of a new Chromebook Secure Browser App (3.1).  After further consideration, AIR & ODE have decided to rollout the new SB App this summer.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Kirk Ross
Assistant Director
Office of Assessment

25 South Front Street | Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
(614) 995-4144 (direct) | (877) 644-6338 | (614) 466-0223
Fax (614) 387-0421
Kirk.Ross@education.ohio.gov
education.ohio.gov

Chromebook Secure Browser App Update On Hold

Dear District Testing Coordinators & District Technology Coordinators:

The ChromeOS Secure Browser App update (v3.1) is on hold.  We will update districts the week of March 12th on the status of the new app version.  If it is not ready, we will postpone the update until after spring testing is completed.

Kirk Ross
Assistant Director
Office of Assessment

25 South Front Street | Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
(614) 995-4144 (direct) | (877) 644-6338 | (614) 466-0223
Fax (614) 387-0421
Kirk.Ross@education.ohio.gov
education.ohio.gov

New Chrome OS Secure Browser App

Dear District Testing & Technology Coordinators:

AIR will release a new version of the ChromeOS Secure Browser App(v3.1) the week of February 18. The new version will automatically download and install the next time the app is opened after the new version is available. If your Chromebooks are managed, you can control the app version update using the management console.

The v3.1 release is designed to prevent a student’s Chromebook from going to sleep during testing. This improvement will help those students working on draft paper or reading a passage to avoid Chromebook’s default inactivity timeout. The updated Secure Browser App will manage the power state on a student’s Chromebook only while a student is inside a test and not, for example, when the student is logging in to the test or while the test is paused.

Districts should also watch for communication the week of February 18 concerning support for macOS 10.13.

Kirk Ross
Assistant Director
Office of Assessment

25 South Front Street | Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
(614) 995-4144 (direct) | (877) 644-6338 | (614) 466-0223
Fax (614) 387-0421
Kirk.Ross@education.ohio.gov
education.ohio.gov