9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

9-12 District
Test Coordinator
Bulletin

OST, OELPS, OELPA, AASCD and OGT

9/6/2019

Secure Browsers for 2019-2020

Secure Browser version 12.0 for desktop and laptop devices is available to download from the Ohio’s State Tests portal. This secure browser is the only version that can be used beginning Sept. 1 for Ohio’s State Tests, the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD), the Ohio English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS), the English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA) and the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT). Older versions of the secure browser installed on desktop and laptop devices cannot be used for secure student testing after Aug. 31.
 
The AIR Secure Test App version 6.0 for Chromebooks is available in the Chrome app store. Like the desktop secure browser, only version 6.0 of the Chrome secure test app can be used for secure student testing beginning Sept. 1. Older versions of the secure test app cannot be used after Aug. 31. Android and iPad mobile devices will continue to use version 5.0 of the app for 2019-2020. Note that Apple announced recently it is splitting off iPadOS from iOS. iOS now will only be for iPhones, and iPadOS will be specific to iPads. When iPadOS for iPads is released this fall, an update to the app may be required.
 
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.
 
Technical Documentation Refreshed for 2019-2020
The set of technical documents accompanying the release of the secure browser has undergone a refresh for 2019-2020 to improve usability. The Quick Start Guide is a one stop shop for information on installing and using the Secure Browser and AIRSecureTest App, as well as information on preparing computers and tablets for online testing. For many schools and districts this document will be the only one they will need to review. It includes information that was formerly in the Online System Requirements as well as some of what was in the Technical Specifications Manual and Secure Browser Installation Manual.
 
For schools and districts that need additional information, each of the following documents provides greater detail on one operating system:
  • Configurations and Troubleshooting for Android;
  • Configurations and Troubleshooting for Linux;
  • Configurations, Troubleshooting and Advanced SB Installation for ChromeOS;
  • Configurations, Troubleshooting and Advanced SB Installation for Mac;
  • Configurations, Troubleshooting and Advanced SB Installation for Windows.
 
Note, there is not an iPad-specific document. This is due to the use of the Automatic Assessment Configuration feature. The Automatic Assessment Configuration runs when the app is launched on an iPad and performs all configurations to prepare the device for secure student testing.
 
Lastly, the Long-Term Support Plan is mostly unchanged from prior years. It provides information about support end dates for operating systems and devices to assist districts with long-term technology planning.
 
The updated technical documentation is available on the Technology Coordinators page of the portal.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kirk Ross at Kirk.Ross@education.ohio.gov.
 

Pre-ID Layout for 2019-2020 

The Department has updated its Student Pre-Identification (Pre-ID) File Layout for the 2019-2020 school year. The layout collects student information for Ohio’s State Tests, the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD), the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (OELPA), the English Language Proficiency Screener (OELPS) and the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT).
 
Please download a copy of the 2019-2020 Pre-ID layout for Ohio’s State Tests. The layout builds upon the 2018-2019 layout; changes to the layout are indicated in red font. Review the Guidance Document for 2019-2020 Ohio Pre-ID Files for details on the changes to the layout. Please share and work with your ITC and/or district data service personnel as soon as possible in the preparation of Pre-ID files.
 
The layout and guidance document are located on the TIDE Support Documents page of the portal.
 

TIDE Resources 

The Test Information Distribution Engine, or TIDE, is available. TIDE and the other testing systems provided by AIR contain secure student data, including demographic information and scores. Please review the TIDE User Guide for complete details. As in past years, all passwords have been reset and all users will be required to set up new passwords according to the new guidelines before accessing any AIR testing system.
 
Several resources are available on the TIDE Support Documents page of the Ohio’s State Tests portal to help users complete tasks for the fall 2019 administration. These include:
  • TIDE User Guide;
  • TIDE Tutorials;
  • TIDE Tasks for Test Coordinators;
  • Pre-ID File Layout for 2019-2020;
  • Pre-ID Guidance Document;
  • Pre-ID Upload Templates;
  • TIDE User Management Guidance Document;
  • User Role Matrix;
  • TIDE FAQ.
 

Translator Reimbursement for Ohio’s State Tests  

There has been a change in the Translation Reimbursement Policy. The translation reimbursement amount has increased. It is now $90 per translated test administration for each part of the test for Ohio’s State Tests and the Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities and $180 per translated test administration for Ohio Graduation Tests. Please refer to the Translation Reimbursement Guidance Document for additional information on the policy.
 
Reimbursement applications for the 2018-2019 school year should have been submitted by June 30, 2019. Please contact Noël Nethers immediately regarding any applications not yet submitted. The reimbursement application is new. It can be found with the guidance document on the Documents and Forms page on the Testing website. Please contact Noël Nethers at noel.nethers@education.ohio.gov or (614) 728-2759 with any questions or challenges.