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  • Lenovo Yoga N23 Chromebooks

    AIR has received several reports that Lenovo Yoga N23 Chromebooks freeze when an ELPA21 Speaking test is administered on the Chromebook. AIR is working with Google on resolving this issue. Google expects the issue to be fixed with the release of Chrome OS 65 on March 13. Until the issue is fixed, please use a different platform for administering the ELPA21 Speaking test. This issue only affects Lenovo Yoga N23 Chromebooks. We have not encountered any issues with other brands of Chromebooks. 

    Added February 21, 2018
  • Submitting ELPA21 Tests 

    If you have any concerns regarding an ELPA21 test or a speaking response recording, 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
  • 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 January 30, 2018
  • Training Modules for 2018 ELPA21 Summative

    This is a reminder that the complete training modules for Iowa educators will soon be located at AEA Learning Online.  Resources located in this portal, including PowerPoint training materials, are incorporated into the online modules along with Iowa-specific directions and information.  You are welcome to view the training materials located in the portal at any time; however, Test Administrators MUST complete the online training modules located at AEA Learning Online in order to be certified to administer the assessment.

    The materials for Iowa’s online training modules are still being finalized, and you will receive notification once they are available in the AEA Learning Online system.

    Added December 8, 2017
  • Updated ELPA21 Practice Tests Available

    Updated ELPA21 Practice Tests are now available. There are two changes to the practice tests this year:

    • The practice tests have been divided into four separate tests for each grade band: one test for each domain. This mirrors the way the ELPA21 summative tests are administered.
    • Two new speaking items have been added to the speaking practice test. These items are similar to new speaking items that will appear on this year’s summative test.

    Student Practice Tests can be accessed using supported web browsers or the Iowa ELPA21 Secure Browser. The TA Practice Test administration site can be accessed using supported web browsers.

    Added December 4, 2017
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