Archived Announcements

All Archived Announcements

  • Because of recent changes made by Google, users with Chromebooks made in 2017 or later who do not have an Enterprise or Education license will not be able to use those machines for assessments. Google no longer allows users without these licenses to set up kiosk mode, which is necessary to run the AIR Secure Browser. Since many Chromebook users have Enterprise or Education licenses, this only affects a small number of users, including users in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) states.

    Note that this change restricting kiosk mode only applies to Chromebooks made in 2017 or later, and not the Chrome OS software. You can use any Chrome OS version on hardware from year 2016 or earlier and will not have this problem.

    AIR and Google are actively looking into options for using the Secure Browser on unmanaged Chromebooks made in 2017 or later, but until further notice, district test and technology coordinators should ensure that all Chromebooks made in 2017 or later are set as managed devices if they are to be used for testing.

    Added November 14, 2017
  • iOS/MacOS updates and the AIR Secure Browser:

    iOS 11.1 has been released and is compatible with the AIR Secure Browser. Please update all iPads used for testing to iOS 11.1 to ensure that there are no security concerns for testing on iPads.

    MacOS 10.13 High Sierra is still undergoing compatibility testing with the AIR Secure Browser. We will provide updates regarding this release when we have more information. DDOE has approved use of MacOS 10.13 for interim Smarter Mathematics testing and interim Smarter ELA tests with no audio, only for students without the Text-To-Speech (TTS) accommodation. Students with TTS accommodations should test on a different supported operating system.

    Added October 6, 2017
  • Notice: Secure Browser Version 10

    The Windows and Mac OSX secure browsers for the 2017-2018 school year are now available. This new version of the secure browser is required for all 2017-2018 online test administrations.

    Please download the current version of the secure browsers for Windows and Mac at http://de.portal.airast.org/browsers/.

    Note: Both iOS and Chrome secure browsers have been updated and are available in the App Store and in the Google Play Store, respectively.

    If you have any questions, please contact the DeSSA Help Desk at 1-877-560-8331 or DeSSAHelpDesk@air.org.

    Added August 29, 2017
  • TEST WINDOWS OPEN: The following 2017-2018 test windows are now open:

    2017-2018   

    Test Windows

    Online Test Window Opens Online Test Window Closes
    Smarter Interim Assessment Blocks (IAB) ELA/Math (Grades 3-8) August 28, 2017 July 13, 2018
    Smarter Interim Comprehensive Assessment (ICA)  ELA/Math (Grades 3-8) August 28, 2017 July 13, 2018
    Added August 29, 2017
  • Notice: The Score Interpretation Guides for the Smarter and DCAS family reports and the DCAS Alt-1 family reports are now posted to the portal.  These guides are useful for understanding the 2016-17 score reports.

    Added August 9, 2017

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