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  • Supported Browsers Update

    AIR now officially supports Chrome OS version 65 and iOS version 11.3 for online state testing. Chrome OS 65 contains a number of bug fixes and security updates.

    Added April 13, 2018
  • Operational Test Administration Unavailable on 4/9

    The Operational Test Administration is down for maintenance today, 4/9/18. It will be available on 4/10/18. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

    Added April 9, 2018
  • Scoring Concerns for the Interim Assessments

    Attention: If you’d like to report a scoring concern for the interim assessments, please click here. We value the feedback of our educators and will work to address any concerns.

    Added April 5, 2018
  • Updated! Teacher Quick Guide for ELA CBAs being Completed in Two Sessions

    Due to confusion from teachers not correctly STOPPING the ELA test session, we have updated the quick guide to include the directions on correctly STOPPING a test session. Please click here to access the Teacher Quick Guide for ELA CBAs being Completed in Two Sessions. This quick guide provides directions on how to correctly complete and stop an ELA CBA in two test sessions.

    Added March 30, 2018
  • Students Appearing in TIDE

    All students are now appearing in TIDE. The issue causing some students not to appear has been resolved.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Added March 28, 2018
  • ELPA21 Summative Test Window Closing on March 30

    The West Virginia ELPA21 summative test window will close on Friday, March 30 at 5 p.m. EasternTime. Please make sure that all students who are required to take the ELPA21 summative test complete the test by that date. Kindergarten and grade 1 paper writing supplements must be returned by April 6. Instructions for returning paper test materials were included with the shipment of the materials. These instructions are also posted in the Resources section of the West Virginia portal. If you need additional return shipment labels or help with returning your paper test materials, please contact the West Virginia ELPA21 Help Desk.

    Added March 28, 2018
  • Update about Chrome OS Secure Browser

    Several weeks ago, AIR communicated their plan to update Chrome OS Secure Browser (to version 3.1) to deal with a “going to sleep” issue. However, this issue was able to be resolved by a change in the Test Delivery System code, and thus the update of the Browser is not necessary at this time.

    Added March 21, 2018
  • Interim Essay Condition Codes and Definitions

    Student responses on the interim writing section of the ELA CBAs or the Writing IMAs may receive a condition code in AIR Ways. Please click here to access the interim essay code conditions and definitions.

    Added March 19, 2018
  • Update on Lenovo Yoga N23 Chromebooks

    We posted an announcement earlier reporting that AIR had received several reports that Lenovo Yoga N23 Chromebooks freeze when an ELPA21 Speaking test is administered on the Chromebook. We now have an update on this issue. The cause of the issue has been traced to some code in the Chrome operating system. Google expects the issue to be fixed with the release of Chrome OS 65 on March 13. Until Chrome OS 65 is released, the ELPA21 Speaking test should not be administered on Lenovo Yoga N23 Chromebooks. This issue only affects Lenovo Yoga N23 Chromebooks. We have not encountered any issues with other brands of Chromebooks.

    Added February 23, 2018
  • Essay Length Concerns for the Interim Assessments

    Attention: Students writing essays for the interim assessments may have directions that state “Write a 1-3 paragraph explanation” or “Write a 2-3 paragraph explanation.” Please inform your students that they will not be penalized for writing more paragraphs than what is suggested. These directions will not be on the WVGSA, and we are working to remove them from the interim writing directions. We apologize for any confusion or concerns that these interim directions may have created. 

    Added February 22, 2018
  • Lenovo Yoga N23 Chromebooks

    AIR has received several reports that Lenovo Yoga N23 Chromebooks freeze when an ELPA21 Speaking test is administered on the Chromebook. AIR is working on resolving this issue. Until the issue is fixed, please use a different platform for administering the ELPA21 Speaking test. This issue only affects Lenovo Yoga N23 Chromebooks. We have not encountered any issues with other brands of Chromebooks.

    Added February 21, 2018
  • Update to Chrome OS Secure Browser

    An update to the Chrome OS Secure Browser (version 3.1) will be posted in the Chrome web store for download next week. We have received some Help Desk cases indicating that student’s Chromebooks occasionally “go to sleep” when the student is in the middle of a test session but is taking a long time to read a passage or think about the response to a question. This update will over-ride the Chromebook’s settings and prevent a Chromebook from powering down and “going to sleep” while the student is taking a test. The updated Secure Browser will only prevent the Chromebook from powering down while the student is logged into a test. At all other times the Chromebook’s settings will determine when the Chromebook power down. Installation of this update is voluntary. Students will be able to continue to test on Chromebooks where it has not been installed.

    Added February 14, 2018
  • ELPA21 Summative Tests Are Now Open

    ELPA21 summative tests are now open. The WV ELPA21 summative test window ends on March 23, 2018. Please review the ELPA21 Test Administration Manual and ELPA21 TA User Guide for guidance on administering ELPA21 tests. We strongly recommend that all Test Administrators administer the ELPA21 Practice Tests to their students prior to administering the summative test so the Test Administrators and students can become familiar with the technology prior to summative test administration. Contact the WV Help Desk if you encounter any issues administering ELPA21 tests.

    Please note that following important things:

    • We are experiencing a lag between when users are added to TIDE and when they are eligible to administer tests. It may take up to two hours after a user is added to TIDE for the user to be able to administer a test. We are looking into why this is taking so long and we are prioritizing fixing it.
    • If you have any concerns regarding an ELPA21 test that is in progress please have the student PAUSE the test. Contact the Help Desk for assistance resolving the issue.  Do not submit the test until the issue is resolved. 
    • If students are recording speaking responses but there is no sound during the playback of the recordings, please verify that the mute button on the headset has not been accidently engaged.

    Added February 13, 2018
  • TIDE Downtime

    Due to the upcoming TIDE release, TIDE will be offline starting at 3pm ET on Monday, Feburary 12, 2018. Since the Rosters module is also part of ORS and AIR Ways, the ability to create or edit rosters will also be offline on Feburary 13. TIDE and the associated rosters functionality for AIR Ways and ORS will be be back online on Tuesday, Feburary 13.

    Added February 9, 2018
  • TDS Downtime

    Test Delivery System (TDS) will be offline starting at 9pm ET on Friday, February 9, 2019. TDS will be back online on Monday February 12th and 9pm ET. During this period practice sites will be available. 

    Added February 9, 2018
  • New MacOS Secure Browser

    On February 1st, AIR released a new MacOS Secure Browser. The new secure browser is for use with MacOS High Sierra 10.13 only. Two other Secure Browsers are available for use with 10.7-10.8 and 10.9-10.12 versions of MacOS.

    Added February 9, 2018
  • Updated Secure Browsers for Windows and Mac OS X 10.9-10.12

    Updated Secure Browsers for Windows and Mac OS X 10.9-10.12 have been posted on the Secure Browsers page of the West Virginia portal. The Windows and Mac OS X 10.9-10.12 browsers that were posted in the fall have an issue that could cause students to be involuntarily logged out of the ELPA21 Speaking test. We strongly recommend that any Windows and Mac OS X 10.9-10.12 computers that will be used for the ELPA21 Speaking test be updated with these new Secure Browsers. If a computer will not be used for administering the ELPA21 Speaking test, and the previous version of the Windows or Mac OS X 10.9-10.12 Secure Browser was already installed on that computer, there is no need to update the Secure Browser on the computer. 

    Added January 26, 2018
  • The following Secure Broswer versions will not be accessible  beginning January 1st:

    Blocking/Ending Support:

    1. SB 9.0/9.1/9.2 for all desktops OS (macOSX, Windows, Linux)
    2. MSB 3.3/3.4 for all iOS versions
    3. iOS version 9.1.x and below will not be allowed

    Still supporting for 2018:

    1. SB 9.5 for all 10.7-10.8
    2. SB 10.x for all desktops
    3. MSB 4.1 for iOS versions 9.3.1 - 11.x
    4. MSB 2.1 for Android version 5.x.

    Added December 22, 2017
  • West Virginia ELPA21 Practice Tests Now Open

    West Virginia ELPA21 Practice Tests are now available. To access the Practice Tests, click on the Practice Test card on the West Virginia ELPA21 Portal page. Students can log into the Practice Tests in Guest mode using the West Virginia Secure Browser or any non-secure browser that is supported for ELPA21 Practice Tests. Please see the Supported Browsers page of the West Virginia Portal for a list of all supported non-secure browsers. Students should take the appropriate Practice Tests for their grade prior to taking the ELPA21 Summative Assessment so they become familiar with the structure of the test and the item types.

    Added December 7, 2017
  • Differentiating between the West Virginia Classroom Benchmark Assessments (CBAs) and the WV Interim Module Assessments (IMAs) for Grades 3-8

    The West Virginia Classroom Benchmark Assessments (CBAs) for grades 3-8 are the state-provided assessments that qualify as District-Administered Benchmark Assessments (DABAs). The classroom benchmark assessments (CBAs) are comprehensive tests that cover content standards and skills aligned to the West Virginia General Summative Assessment (WVGSA) test blueprint. The CBAs also may be used by teachers and schools as preparation for the WVGSA.

    The WV Interim Module Assessments (IMAs) are shorter tests focusing on clusters of skills and related content standards. Teachers may use the title of the IMA as a guide for the cluster of skills and related content standards being tested on the IMA. The IMAs are not comprehensive assessments.

    Students will have unlimited opportunities to be administered the CBAs and IMAs.

    Added November 27, 2017
  • West Virginia Classroom Benchmark Assessment and Interim Module Assessment Reports Will be Housed in the AIR Ways Reporting System

    All West Virginia Classroom Benchmark Assessment and Interim Module Assessment data reports will be housed in the AIR Ways Reporting System located on the WV Assessment Portal. Classroom benchmark assessment and interim module assessment data will not be located in the Online Reporting System (ORS). ORS will house the West Virginia General Summative Assessment data.

    The AIR Ways Reporting System portal card will be opened for users to access data on the classroom benchmark assessments and interim module assessments on Monday, November 27, 2017. Students and teachers may use the classroom benchmark assessments and interim module assessments prior to this date, and teachers will be able to access student data results and student responses once the AIR Ways portal card is opened.

    Added November 27, 2017
  • West Virginia Classroom Benchmark Assessments and Interim Module Assessments for Grades 3-8 Now Available

    The West Virginia Classroom Benchmark Assessments and the Interim Module Assessments are now available for administration to students in grades 3-8. Teachers can locate the tests under the Operational Test Administration card on the West Virginia Assessment Portal. All student computers and devices used to access the tests will need to have the newest secure student browser installed.  The current secure browser must be updated to the newest version available on the WV Assessment Portal. The Secure Browser Installation Manual also is posted on the portal.

    Added November 27, 2017
  • Science Sample Items are available on the West Virginia Assessment portal for Elementary and Middle school.  Directions for accessing the items are found in a user guide titled “Accessing and Scoring Science Sample Items.”  The guide provides simple steps for accessing, navigating and scoring the sample items.  The guide is located on the portal in the User Guide folder under Resources.

    Added March 24, 2017

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