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1 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing October 15, –2:30 p.m.

2 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 2 Purpose The purpose of this Webcast is to review your local educational agency’s (LEA’s) technological resources to ensure they meet requirements for the online CAASPP assessments.

3 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 3 Source Material Detailed information and step-by-step instructions can be found in the following manuals: –Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing  Forthcoming on –Secure Browser Installation Manual  browser-manual.2015.pdf browser-manual.2015.pdf

4 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 4 Agenda Preparing for Online Testing Internet and Network Requirements Hardware Requirements Software Requirements Secure Browser Installation Mobile Secure Browsers Questions Updates and Announcements

5 Preparing for Online Testing

6 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 6 Data Readiness CALPADS is the sole source for student demographic, enrollment, and program data for the student test registration system known as the Test Operations Management System (TOMS) All updates must be made in CALPADS. LEAs cannot update student demographic, enrollment, or program data in TOMS. Student accommodations and designated supports are not collected in CALPADS. Student accommodations and supports cannot be uploaded by the LEA until CALPADS data is available in TOMS.

7 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 7 Staff Coordination Planning the technology components for online testing requires close coordination and collaboration among: −LEA CAASPP coordinators −CALPADS administrators −IT/LEA technology coordinators −Curriculum staff

8 Internet and Network Requirements

9 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 9 Internet and Network Requirements For testing to occur, a stable, high-speed Internet connection is required since the Test Delivery System (TDS) administers tests via the Internet.

10 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 10 High-level Technology Overview State hosted- test delivery servers Test proctor using standard Web browser Student using Smarter Balanced Secure Browser software application

11 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 11 Consortium Hosted Item authoring, item bank, data warehouse, reporting, Digital Library State Hosted Test delivery, test scheduling, test registration, reporting, scoring Smarter Balanced Server Hosting

12 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 12 Network Configuration Settings To ensure proper communication and optimal performance: –Configure network firewalls and proxy servers to allow traffic to the URLs, IP addresses, and ports without content filtering (see Appendix A of the Technical Specifications Manual). –Give the URLs and IP addresses high priority settings if your network uses network traffic management techniques (e.g., traffic shaping, packet prioritization, Quality of Service). –Configure Web proxy servers NOT to cache data from the test delivery system (TDS). –Maintain a good bandwidth. To avoid timeouts during tests: –Set session timeout values to be longer than the average scheduled testing time.

13 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 13 Bandwidth Considerations Number of students testing concurrently Size of test content (number of items and average size of each item) –Low bandwidth: selected-response items –High bandwidth: items with animations, audio clips, or American Sign language videos Reduce other Internet-enabled applications that compete for bandwidth (e.g., attendance, bell time, sending grades) Opening the secure browser and accessing a test for the first time consumes more bandwidth than accessing a test a subsequent time

14 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 14 Bandwidth Considerations Location where the secure browser is installed –Installing the secure browser locally on each testing workstation is recommended. This avoids bandwidth competition that would occur if workstations access the browser from a network or shared drive. Wireless networking solutions

15 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 15 Bandwidth Considerations Minimum of 20K bits/second must be available for each student connected to a system Average bandwidth used by the secure browser for testing: Number of Students Testing Concurrently in School/Building Average Estimated Bandwidth Consumed During Subsequent Startup of Secure Browser Average Estimated Bandwidth Consumed During Testing 18K bits/second 5–15K bits/second 50400K bits/second 250–750K bits/second (0.25–0.75M bits/second) K bits/second 500–1500K bits/second (0.5–1.5M bits/second)

16 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 16 Determining Bandwidth Requirements To determine a reasonable number of concurrent test sessions: –Consider bandwidth for both online testing and all other non–testing-related Internet traffic. –Run a network diagnostic.  Bandwidth Checker is available on  Other network diagnostic tools are listed in the Technical Specifications Manual. –For wired networks, consider using switches instead of hubs. –For Internet networks, consider the speed of the Internet Service Provider’s (ISP’s) router connection.

17 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 17 Network Configuration All communication with the TDS takes place over the following Internet port/protocol combinations: –Make sure the above mentioned ports are open. Port/ProtocolPurpose 80/tcpHTTP (initial connection only) 443/tcpHTTPS (secure connection)

18 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 18 Wireless Networking Maintain a ratio of wireless systems to wireless access points (WAPs) of no more than 20 to 1. –15 to 1 for older WAPs Wireless traffic should use WPA2/AES data encryption. Try out the Bandwidth Checker, available at

19 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 19 Wireless Networking Recommendations on the optimal number of testing workstations per wireless connection: g Access Point802.11n Access Point g Wireless Cards 20 workstations or devices 40 workstations or devices n Wireless Cards 20 workstations or devices 40 workstations or devices Mix of g and n Wireless Cards 20 workstations or devices 40–50 workstations or devices (depending on the ratio of wireless cards used)

20 Hardware Requirements

21 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 21 Hardware Requirements Desktops and Laptops Supported Operating Systems Minimum Requirements for Current Computers Minimum Recommended Specifications Windows XP (Service Pack 3), Vista, 7, 8.0, 8.1 Server 2003 and 2008 Pentium 233 MHz 128 MB RAM 52 MB hard drive free space 1.3 GHz processor 1 GB RAM 80 GB hard drive Mac OS X –10.9 Intel x86 or PowerPC G3, G4 or G5 256 MB RAM 200 MB hard drive free space Linux Fedora 16–20 openSUSE 13.1 Red Hat Enterprise 6.5 Ubuntu (LTS) 10.04, 12.04, Pentium II or AMD K6-III 233 MHz 64 MB RAM 52 MB hard drive free space

22 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 22 NComputing and Terminal Services NComputing is supported on: –Windows XP (Service Pack 3) –Windows 7 Terminal Services is supported on: –Windows 2003 –Windows 2008

23 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 23 Hardware Requirements Mobile Operating Systems and Browsers Operating System Supported Devices* Browsers for TA Sites Browser for Student Sites iOS 6.0–7.1 iPad 2, 3 4 th Gen (Retina Display) iPad Air Safari AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser Android 4.0.4–4.4 Google Nexus 10 Motorola Xoom Samsung Galaxy Note (10.1) Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Google Chrome AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser Chrome OS 31-35Chromebooks Google Chrome AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser

24 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 24 Hardware Requirements Device displays –10″ diagonal display or larger (iPads with 9.5″ screens are acceptable) –1024 x 768 display resolution or better –Check monitor settings and brightness On-site printers –Print out test session information –Print test stimuli or items for students with the print- on-demand accommodation. –Only the Test Administrator’s (TA) computer should have access to a single local or network printer in the testing room.

25 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 25 Hardware Requirements Headphones are required for each test station –English language arts/literacy (ELA) tests –Text-to-speech accommodation –Job Access with Speech (JAWS) –USB headphones recommended –Microphones not required External keyboards required for tablets –Mechanical –Manual –Bluetooth-based –Avoid keyboards with additional “shortcut” buttons

26 Software Requirements

27 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 27 Software Requirements Disable pop-up blockers Install Verdana font on Linux machines used for testing Disable Windows Fast User Switching Disable Spaces in Mission Control for Macs Enabled Guided Access on iPads For Android tablets, change the keyboard to the AIRSecureTest

28 Secure Browser Installation

29 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 29 What is the Secure Browser? Type of software that must be installed on each testing workstation Prevents students from accessing other computer or Internet applications during testing Different versions of the secure browser for different device types and operating systems –Link to secure browsers download Web page is on

30 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 30 Secure Browser Availability Windows XP (Service Pack 3), Vista, 7, 8.0, and 8.1, Server 2003, 2008 Mac 10.4 and 10.5 (PowerPC or Intel processors) Mac 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 Linux Fedora 16–20, openSUSE 13.1, Red Hat 6.5, and Ubuntu (LTS) 10.04, 12.04, and Apple iOS 6.0–7.1 Android 4.0.4–4.4 Chrome OS 31–35

31 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 31 Secure Browsers Download Web Page

32 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 32 One-by-one manual installation: –Download and install directly on each computer –Download and save onto a media device (i.e., flash drive) –Download and save to a network folder Secure Browser Installation: Desktops and Laptops

33 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 33 Network installation or distribution: −Shared drive −Push the secure browser installation directory from the network to client computers −Installation without administrator rights −Thin Client (Windows) −Terminal server −NComputing −Apple Remote Desktop (Mac OS X) Secure Browser Installation: Desktops and Laptops

34 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 34 Secure Browser and Proxy Settings Secure browsers for Windows, Mac, and Linux are packaged with the proxy setting set to “auto-detect” The following proxy values are supported: –0: Direct connection, no proxy –1: Manual proxy configuration –2: Proxy auto-configuration (PAC) –4: Autodetect proxy settings –5: System proxy settings (this is the default)

35 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 35 Secure Browser Notes Old secure browsers used for the Field Test need to be uninstalled before installing new ones. –Installing the new Windows secure browser will uninstall previous versions automatically (most cases). Mac secure browser installation: –Secure browser must be launched to successfully complete the installation. –Disable Spaces in Mission Control (Mac 10.7–10.9). –Disable function keys on Mac computers and keyboards.

36 Mobile Secure Browsers

37 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 37 Mobile Secure Browsers Mobile Operating Systems and Browsers Operating System Supported Devices* Browsers for TA Sites Browser for Student Sites iOS 6.0–7.1 iPad 2, 3 4 th Gen (Retina Display) iPad Air Safari AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser Android 4.0.4–4.4 Google Nexus 10 Motorola Xoom Samsung Galaxy Note (10.1) Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Google Chrome AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser Chrome OS 31–35Chromebooks Google Chrome AIRSecureTest Mobile Secure Browser

38 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 38 Secure Browser Installation: Mobile Devices Install on iPads via the Apple App Store Install on Androids via the Google Play Store Install on Chromebooks from the Chrome Web Store

39 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 39 Secure Testing on Tablets iPads: –Guided Access must be enabled and activated  iOS feature that allows users to restrict activity to a single application  Prevents screenshots Android tablets: –Secure browser keyboard must be selected before students can access the logon page  Default Android keyboard allows predictive text

40 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 40 Secure Testing on Chromebooks Chromebooks must use the secure kiosk application –Using the AIRSecureTest kiosk application requires Chromebooks to be run in kiosk mode –Must be deployed onto managed Chromebooks via the Chrome Management Console as a kiosk application rather than via a public session

41 Questions

42 Updates and Announcements

43 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 43 Updates and Announcements Next Webcast: Accessibility and Accommodations for CAASPP 2014–15 : An Overview –Date: October 22, 2014 –Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.

44 Resources and Support

45 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 45 Resources Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing –Forthcoming on Secure Browser Installation Manual −Available at manual.2015.pdf manual.2015.pdf Bandwidth Checker −Available on the CAASPP home page at

46 Preparing Technology for 2015 Online Testing 46 Help Desk Support The California Technical Assistance Center (CalTAC) is here to support all LEA CAASPP coordinators! Monday–Friday from 7 a.m.–5 p.m. PT Phone: Web site:


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