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  • 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 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
  • 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

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