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Setting up the State Testing Client on Chromebooks

Setting up the State Testing Client on Chromebooks

Unfortunately, it’s that time of year when we get to administer end-of-year tests. I know many schools have gone Google and are using Chrome devices in their district. If this is you and you’re wanting to test on your Chrome devices, you can!

Unfortunately, it’s that time of year when we get to administer end-of-year tests. I know many schools have gone Google and are using Chrome devices in their district. If this is you and you’re wanting to test on your Chrome devices, you can!

I’ve had a few different schools reach out to me asking how to accomplish this, so I wanted to provide some help. First, Measured Progress has released a very important memo about testing on Chromebooks and I’d like to share it with you now:

Chromebook Technology Alert

Please be aware of a potential occurrence that may result in a loss of student responses for students using a Chromebook device to complete a test.

To avoid the risk of losing student responses, it is imperative that a Chromebook device is not turned off or restarted when a student has lost connectivity before turning in a test. Technology coordinators should ensure Chromebooks are used in reliable network environments.

Recommendations for testing on Chromebooks:

  • Ensure that the access points are not overloaded. If you have experienced connectivity issues, try reducing the number of devices connected per access point.
  • Proctors should pay attention to the green connectivity indicator on the right top corner of the screen. If this indicator is green, the device is connected and is transmitting student responses to our servers. If this indicator is grey, the device has lost connectivity. Connectivity must be restored before the device is turned off or restarted.
  • When the student is prompted with a “Raise your hand” screen when submitting/pausing a test, do not turn off or restart the device. Establish connectivity to the device and click ‘Retry’ until you see the ‘Login’ screen.

Make sure you spread the word about this to your staff and teachers who are administering tests on Chromebooks.

To make it easy for you I’ve taken the PDF that Measured Progress provides for client setup and edited it down to just the section on how to install it on your Chromebooks and then how to certify that you’re ready to go. You can get that document by clicking here.

It’s very important that you follow the instructions provided and that when you’ve got it all set up, you turn off auto updates for your devices. You need to keep that setting off for the duration of the testing window, or you could end up between a rock and a hard place!

If you need additional help with understanding Kiosk mode on a Chromebook, check out these two links:

https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/1375678#kiosk

https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3134673?hl=en

If your district needs help with installing the app on your Chrome devices, feel free to contact me. I’d love to help you out!

Ben Parker

Director, Technology

Ben Serves as the Director of Technology for the OPSRC. Ben provides teachers throughout the state with training on all things Google and consults with districts on how to get the most out of technology.

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