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1 1 Proctor Caching and TestNav Configuration

2 Role-Based Key 2 Role-Based Codes LEA Test Coordinator – School Test Coordinator – Test Administrator/Proctor – LEA and School Technology Coordinator – Accommodations Coordinator – This training module is applicable to LEA and School Technology Coordinators.

3 Agenda 3 Proctor Caching for TestNav Introduction Proctor Caching– The Network Requirements What’s New Setup and SystemCheck Overview Configure TestNav Setup PearsonAccess next and Proctor Caching Setups Test Coordinator Tasks Precaching Content Proctor Caching Diagnostics Additional Technical Notes Questions & Further Reading

4 Resources – Technology Setup 4

5 Proctor Caching is Pearson-supplied software that is used in conjunction with TestNav to reduce bandwidth requirements and accelerate the delivery of test content. Proctor Caching: allows you to pre-cache test content to your local network before a test, Proctor Caching for TestNav Introduction 5 reduces the burden on your Internet service provider (ISP) by eliminating redundancy in requests for test content, and stores an encrypted local copy of all pre-cached tests. CanStock Photo

6 Proctor Caching – The Network 6

7 Proctor Caching runs on Windows and Mac OS X. It does not require an underlying server-based operating system. Proctor Caching hardware requirements can be found at TCP Ports include: 80 (Internet), 4480, and 4481 (Local Network). Proctor Caching requires a fixed internal IP address. For setting up an upstream proxy, refer to the Windows or Mac “Tips on Proctor Caching” section in the TestNav 8 Proctor Caching User Guide. Use the SystemCheck Testing Capacity tab for determining your network capacity during computer-based testing. Proctor Caching Requirements 7

8 User interface redesign and enhancements that include: renaming the Contents tab to Tests and the Client List tab to Clients for clarity, consolidating information previously displayed on the Home page into the Clients and Tests tabs, resolving issues with IE 11 not displaying the list of cached content, more robust comparison between content on the caching computer and content on the Pearson server to verify the cache has the most up-to-date content, and renaming the “undefined” directory to “Was not Preloaded” to eliminate confusion. PARCC recommends that all schools upgrade to the latest version to take advantage of these enhancements. What’s New 8

9 Download the Proctor Caching installer. Run the installer and Start Proctor Caching if it is not already started by the installer. Use SystemCheck from the client computer to verify that Proctor Caching is functional. Create a Proctor Caching setup or add a Proctor Caching computer within PearsonAccess Next at the district or school level. Proctor Caching Setup 9

10 Proctor Caching Setup Show Video Here 10

11 SystemCheck Tool 11

12 SystemCheck Tool 12

13 SystemCheck Tool 13

14 SystemCheck Tool 14

15 SystemCheck Tool 15

16 SystemCheck Tool Show Video Here 16

17 Configure TestNav Setup 17 1.Sign in to the PARCC PearsonAccess Next website at 2.Select Setup > TestNav Configurations 3.Select Create/Edit Configurations; click Start to launch the configuration.

18 Configure TestNav Setup 18 4.Enter a Configuration Name. 5.Using the Organizations drop-down menu, select your school or district.

19 Configure TestNav Setup 19 6. Enter the Computer Name, IP Address, Port information, and check “Uses Pearson Precaching Software.” 7.Then specify student response file backup locations, and click Create.

20 Completed TestNav Configurations 20

21 Configure TestNav Setup Show Video Here 21

22 22 TestNav Configuration Details 22 Configuration Details allows you to: edit the configuration name, add additional organizations to the configuration, edit settings, and add Precaching computers to configuration.

23 TestNav Configuration Details 23 With multiple TestNav settings, note that you can now: change default configuration by checking or unchecking “Default computer used for sessions,” and delete configurations

24 TestNav Configuration Details 24

25 TestNav configurations work from school to district. A school Precaching machine will take precedence over a district. If a school does not have a setup, then the district setup will apply. The Precaching server option in Session Details will show only if there are two or more Precaching machines to choose from at the school or district. Sessions created prior to setup will not display the Update Cache button in the Students in Sessions screen. PearsonAccess Next and Precaching Setups 25

26 Confirm that Precaching activities are complete, if applicable. For further information, see PARCC’s Test Coordinator Manual for Computer-Based Testing. Test Coordinator Tasks 26

27 Choose Sessions under the Testing tab Select “Precaching Test Content” from the Tasks menu and click Start Precaching Content 27

28 Click the Precache button on the Proctor Caching Test Content screen Precaching Content 28

29 Your Web Browser is not configured to run Java applet. Proctor Caching Content 29

30 Precaching is in progress… Precaching Content 30

31 Proctor Cache - Tests Screen will appear in a second window. Precaching Content 31

32 Precaching Content Show Video Here 32

33 Update Cache from the Students in Sessions screen under the Testing tab. Precaching Content 33

34 Click Precache button to initiate the caching process. Proctor Caching Content 34

35 Precaching Content Show Video Here 35

36 Proctor Caching Diagnostics 36 Select the Tests tab for information about test content and caching status. Select the Clients tab to monitor client connectivity.

37 Tests Tab 37 Content is displayed at the Test and Form level. Functionality is available to refresh, reload, or purge selected test content. When clicking Refresh, Reload, or Purge, a password will be required. Clicking on a test name will display individual items in a test.

38 Tests Tab – Status 38 OK OK – Content is cached Not Loaded Not Loaded – Content is not cached Waiting… Waiting… – Loading the content Loading… Loading… – Loading the content Failed to load content Failed to load content – There was a failure to load content MD5 Check Invalid MD5 Check Invalid – MD5 comparison failed MD5 Mismatch MD5 Mismatch – MD5 comparison was successful but files did not match In general any status in red is a critical problem

39 Clients Tab 39 Clients that have connected to TestNav are listed by IP address. Clicking on a computer name will display the Client Details screen, which displays information regarding a particular computer connecting to Proctor Caching.

40 Clients List Tab – Status 40 Ok Ok – Client is active Idle Idle – 5 to 30 minutes since client was active Long Idle Long Idle – 30 minutes to 12 hours since client was active Clients are removed after 12 hours or inactivity.

41 Java runtime is included with Windows install. Java runtime plugin is required for PearsonAccess pre-caching functionality. If you must direct Proctor Caching to an upstream proxy server to access the Internet, Proctor Caching can be configured to use the proxy server. The “Tips on Proctor Caching” section within the Proctor Caching User Guide provides guidance on making changes to Proctor Caching computer settings and how to edit the configuration file to point to an upstream proxy server. Additional Technical Notes 41

42 Proctor Caching resources available on the Technology Setup page of – Proctor Caching Installer – Proctor Caching User Guide – TestNav 8 User Guide – TestNav Common Error Codes – PARCC Technology Troubleshooting FAQs Further reading: – PearsonAccess User Guide – Test Coordinator Manual – Quick Start Checklist for Computer-Based Testing TestNav 8 Useful Information – Further Reading 42

43 43 Test Your Knowledge Where do I find the Proctor Caching Installer software? A.PARCC PearsonAccess Next website (INSERT LINK?) B.Apple app store (not sure if this is how it is named) C.Chromebook app store (not sure the name) Does Proctor Caching require a static local IP address? Yes or No What specific ports does Proctor Caching software use? a.80, 8008, 44480 b.80, 4480, 4481 c.8080, 4488, 4480 d.8008, 4481, 4482 Proctor Caching can be implemented only in the following network environments. A.District Level network environment B.School Level network environment C.Classroom Level network environment D.All of the above The flexibility of Proctor Caching allows districts to make decisions based on local network considerations. Districts can implement Proctor Caching machines at district, school or classroom level. System Check works only on Mac and PCs. True or False True, System Check does not work on Chromebooks or iPads because it relies on Java applet to run tool. However, machine using System Check must have Java installed and configured properly to work. Java is required for Proctor Caching. Yes or No Yes, just like System Check Java is required for the Proctor Caching machine to operate. An error message will appear if the Proctor Caching machine is not configured to run Java applets. Please configure your web browser to run Java applets from https://* or go to and click on the “Do I have Java?” link to verify that Java is enabled in your browser. District may only have one Precaching machine. Yes or No No. A district, school or classroom may set up as many Precaching computers needed to meet testing capacity needs.

44 44 Test Your Knowledge Which TestNav configurations takes precedence? School or District A school Proctor Caching machine will take precedence over a district. If a school does not have a setup, then the district setup will apply. When is the best time to run System Check? A.On the weekend B.At night C.During normal scheduled school day D.Never, I will take my chances Running System Check on a normal school day will give most accurate results. Who is responsible for configuring Proctor Caching? A.Test Coordinator B.Technology Coordinator C.Pearson D.PARCC State Lead The designated technology coordinator is responsible for configuring Proctor Caching. The technology coordinator can find information on configuring Proctor Caching using Technology Support resources.

45 45 Thank You!

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