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  • 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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