Supported Systems for Secure Testing
The following systems are supported for the Field Test and Practice Test.
AIR has worked with Google to develop a secure kiosk application for use with Chromebooks. You may add this application to both managed and non-managed Chromebook devices.
The correct secure browser must be installed on each computer that will be used for the Field Test. We strongly recommend that you install the secure browser on each individual computer. Please note: Any secure browsers used for the Cog Labs, Small Scale Trials, or Pilot Test should be uninstalled. Those versions will not connect to the Field Test environment.
Click the tabs below to access secure browsers and/or instructions for your operating system. The instructions on this page are for installation on individual machines.
For additional information and instructions, including installing a secure browser to machines over a network or installing the secure browser on a computer without administrator rights, refer to the Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing document.
For information about installing and setting up the secure mobile browser on iPad and Android tablets, refer to the About the Secure Browsers for iPad and Android Tablets document.
For additional assistance with installation, please contact the Smarter Balanced Help Desk at 1-855-833-1969 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
California users: For assistance, contact the CalTAC Help Desk.
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 text-to-speech capabilities, 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 are 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.
Note: Instructions for downloading the secure browser onto individual, non-managed Chromebook devices will be available soon.