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Yes. ODE requires that all students use the secure browser for OAKS testing. The correct secure browser must be installed on each student machine that will be used for testing.
No. OAKS assessments cannot be accessed without the use of a secure browser.
No. OAKS Online can only be accessed using the secure browsers specifically designed for the 2016–2017 test administration. Past secure browsers will NOT work and you may want to consider uninstalling previous secure browsers to avoid having multiple browsers present on the desktop. While old browsers will not affect the functionality of the new browsers, they cannot be used for any reason and may cause confusion for students and Test Administrators. For information about uninstalling secure browsers, refer to the Secure Browser Installation Manual.
Schools will need to make sure information is not blocked in their web filters and that data are not cached.
Please ensure the following addresses and ports are open for TDS systems:
Browser Installation Files:
Port: 443/tcp (SSL)
OAKS Testing Sites:
Port: 443/tcp (SSL)
OAKS Single Sign On (SSO) (formerly Common Login System):
Port: 443/tcp (SSL)
AIR cannot determine specific firewall or content-filter issues for your school. Contact your school’s network administrator for information about your school’s configuration.
The Secure Browser Installation Manual contains instructions for installing the secure browser on computers and tablets that will be used for testing. This manual contains instructions for both individual and network installation options.
The secure browsers for the 2016–2017 test administration should be installed and tested well in advance to verify successful installation and identify potential issues with network configuration or security settings.
No. Due to the nature of the secure browser, no modifications or preferences (including disabling the pop-up blocker) need to be made.
After running the installation on individual computers, open the secure browser. The browser should fill the entire screen and automatically open to the student login screen. (On tablets and Chromebooks, the mobile launchpad screen will display. Select your state and assessment program and the student login screen will display.)
The Test Delivery System contains a diagnostic tool that enables users to view details about a computer’s operating system, Internet connection, and browser version. The diagnostic tool can be accessed from the Practice Test login screen by clicking the [Run Diagnostics] link.
If the connection fails to connect, verify the following and try again:
You may see a white screen when you open the secure browser because the computer has not finished loading all of the required applications. After logging on to a computer, please allow the computer enough time to start the necessary resources before opening the secure browser. If this problem persists, contact the OAKS Help Desk.
If you are able to see the dock while you are using the Mac OS X secure browser, this is probably because it is the first time the application has been launched. By default, the dock is visible the first time the browser is launched, but will not display on subsequent launches. Although the dock is visible, external applications cannot be accessed.
As part of the installation process, the Mac OS X secure browser should be opened once prior to student use for assessment.
AIR may provide updated secure browsers as new updates are made to supported operating systems. Major version upgrades to an operating system that are released after May 1 will not be supported until a full year following the release.
ODE will notify District Test Coordinators of any available secure browser updates.
Installing the secure browser on individual computers via a network can be done in one of two ways:
The method for installing over network is very specific to the network on which the browser is being installed and the software used for the installation. While AIR can try to provide support on the network setup process, its ability to support certain networks and third-party software is limited.
For more information on network installation, refer to the Secure Browser Installation Manual.
In order for the secure browser to be accessible from a network drive, the extracted secure browser files must exist on the shared network. For some operating systems (primarily Windows and Mac OS X), the secure browser must first be installed on a local computer. The secure browser files are then copied to the shared network drive where they can be accessed by users on the network. If the secure browser is installed on a network drive, you will not be able to use the auto-update feature. All updates will need to be installed manually. For more information, refer to the Secure Browser Installation Manual.
Yes. The Mac OS X secure browser uses drag-and-drop installation, so you can use the File Copy feature for installation on the client computer.
As with other mobile apps, you do not need to uninstall the AIRSecureTest mobile secure browser app on iPads, Android tablets, and Chromebooks before updating to a new version.
If an update becomes available for the iOS, Android, or Chrome OS mobile secure browser, an announcement will be posted to the portal. Simply update the app on your device, either locally or via your Mobile Device Management software.
You no longer need to create a Chromebook account for your students. AIR has worked with Google to create an AIRSecureTest mobile secure browser kiosk application that can be installed onto managed and non-managed Chromebooks. This kiosk application can be accessed from the Chrome Web Store.
For more information, refer to the Secure Browser Installation Manual.