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  • Apple’s recent update to their iOS, 11.2.5, contains important security updates. AIR recommends that iOS 11.2.5 be used as the minimum version of iOS 11 for student testing. Please note, devices running other supported versions of iOS (9.3 or 10.3) are not affected by these security risks and are not required to be updated to iOS 11.2.5.

    Added February 14, 2018
  • The updated version of the Secure Browser is now available for Mac OS 10.13 and can be downloaded via the Secure Browsers page. The updated browser must be installed on each computer that has Mac OS 10.13 and will be used for online testing during the 2017-2018 school year, and should be used for all assessments in the Hawai'i State Assessment Program: the Smarter Balanced Interim and Summative Assessments, HSA Science Assessments, HSA Alternate Assessments, and End-of-Course Exams. Any previous versions of the Secure Browser will automatically be deleted once the new browser is installed. Information on how to install the Secure Browser can be found in the 2017-2018 Secure Browsers Installation Manual.

    Added February 1, 2018
  • Update: The Online HSA Science test window is now open and will remain open until the end of the school year.  Students will have two opportunities to take the grade 4 and 8 Science Bridge Assessment which will cover HSA Science and NGSS content. Test coordinators should verify that the secure browser on all student test devices has been updated to the current version prior to testing.

    Added January 5, 2018
  • Test coordinators, test administrators, or teachers of students who have the Text to Speech Designated Support should share with them this tip: To hear specific text, users can highlight the text they wish to hear then right-click and select Speak. This tip will be useful especially for some of the NGSS items which can be quite long.

    Added January 5, 2018
  • The tests include NGSS items which are being field tested. The field test items appear at the end of the test and do not count towards a student’s score. These items are quite different from the typical “HCPS III items”. Teachers and students can become familiar with these items using the Hawaii NGSS Demo Items at http://alohahsap.org/HSA/users/training-sites

    Added January 5, 2018
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