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12/5/2013 8:52:00 AM
Smarter Balanced Field Test - Secure Browser

The Field Test Secure Browser must be downloaded on each computer for the Field Test. This browser can be installed individually or deployed to all computers through a network. The secure browser download is required for all schools participating in the Field Test. The secure browser ensures a secure environment while students are testing by preventing access to other online applications and ensuring that test items cannot be copied.

Important! Schools that have downloaded other versions of AIR's secure browser (including those for current statewide testing (OAKS) or for the Smarter Balanced Pilot Test) must still download the Field Test browser. Other versions of the browser will not work for the Field Test; however, schools do not need to uninstall other secure browsers - they can have more than one installed at the same time.
The Secure Browser is now available for download from the portal at http://sbac.portal.airast.org/browsers/.

Testing on tablets - New Application for Secure Browser
Schools that test using iPad® or Android® tablets will need to download an application (app) rather than the secure browser. This free app will also be available November 18, 2013. This link to the installation stores (the Apple® App Store and the Google® Play Store) will be available from the secure browser page of the Smarter Balanced Field Test Portal at http://sbac.portal.airast.org/browsers/.

Schools that have already downloaded previous versions of these apps simply need to update their existing app. Documentation: Along with the secure browser, the Field Test Technical Specifications Manual and Secure Browser for Tablets User Guide are also now available. These materials can be found at http://sbac.portal.org/browsers/.

If you have any questions regarding the changes to the secure browser, please contact ETS at 1-855-833-1969 or smarterbalancedhelpdesk@ets.org eMail.

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