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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
  • 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
  • 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

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