Updates for 2020-2021 Test Administrations (Updated: July 29, 2020)

Updated versions of the STAAR Online Testing Platform Secure Browser application are required to access the STAAR online practice tests, the 2020-2021 interim assessments, and the summative STAAR online tests. Refer to the current application version numbers by platform listed in the table below and ensure all devices used for testing have the correct version installed. The applications are also available for download at www.TexasAssessment.gov/Technology

Operating System

Updated Application Version (Current)

Download

Windows

v3.19.0 (requires uninstall of prior versions) - available July 20, 2020

For Windows®

Mac

v3.19.0 (requires uninstall of prior versions) - available July 20, 2020

For Mac OS® (.pkg)

Linux

v3.19.0 (requires uninstall of prior versions) - available July 20, 2020

Linux-deb-64-bit

Chromebook

v2.65.0 (1.32.0 in Chrome web store) - (prior version will auto-update) - available July 20, 2020

Chromebook™

iOS

v2.80.0 (2.73 in Apple store) - (requires uninstall of prior versions) - available July 20, 2020

For iPad®

NOTES:

Refer to the STAAR Online Testing Platform Technology Guide and Technology Guide FAQs for more information.

General Announcements

Mac OS 11 (posted April 2, 2021)

Districts with Mac devices running on the latest version of the operating system (Mac OS 11) are reminded that it is not a supported version. Although tests can be launched on devices running OS 11, there is the possibility that the STAAR Online Testing Platform may experience interruptions during testing and have to be restarted. In this event, responses would be saved, and the test could be resumed after the student logs back in. However, to avoid any potential disruptions to the student testing experience, districts should utilize devices with a supported version for the upcoming STAAR administration.

Windows 10 – Lock Screen Shortcut (windows key+L) (posted: July 20, 2020)

While taking the test, if a student intentionally or accidentally locks the screen using the windows key + L shortcut, the user will be locked out of the system. To get back into the test the student will need to Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, which will prompt the windows user login screen. The student will need to re-enter the user credentials and log back into the system to continue to take the test.

Chromebooks (posted: Aug 27, 2019)

Each Chromebook has an Auto Update Expiration (AUE) date listed after which time a device will no longer receive new software updates from Google. Google provides each new Chromebook with 6.5 years of Auto Update support. Districts needing to update Chromebooks that have reached their AUE with the latest STAAR Online Testing Platform Secure Browser application must first uninstall any prior versions and reinstall the latest version available in the Google store. For more information see Google's Auto Update Policy page.

High Resolution Displays (Posted: Mar 27, 2018)

For most desktop displays and laptop displays, Windows sets a scale factor of 100% and no scaling is required. However, there are a number of new devices, particularly in the premium laptop and tablet markets, which have higher-resolution displays (such as newer Surface devices and 4K monitors). On these devices, you will need to check Disable display scaling on high DPI settings” in Properties > Compatibility (right-click on the STAAR Online Testing Platform shortcut).