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Network

School computer networks are like snowflakes, every one is unique!

Eligible devices of any type (desktop, laptop, netbook, tablet, thin client) or operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Chrome) must have the administrative tools and capabilities to “lock down” the device to temporarily disable features, functionalities, and applications that could present a security risk during test administration, and should not prevent a Pearson’s TestNav from entering the computer into lock down mode. Features that will need to be controlled during test administration include, but are not limited to:
  • unrestricted Internet access, 
  • cameras (still and video), 
  • screen capture (live and recorded), 
  •  email, instant messaging, 
  •  Bluetooth connections, 
  •  application switching, 
  •  and printing.

The operating systems listed here as approved for TestNav meet this security requirement, but provide different mechanisms for managing user security settings at the individual device and/or enterprise levels. School technology administrators should be familiar with the particular requirements of the systems they will be using for TestNav to ensure test security is maintained.

In situations where students are responsible for their technology devices, districts must balance the security and configuration implications of granting students administrative rights on their computers.  Granting students administrative or elevated rights to install software or make configuration changes may provide greater challenges in preparation for online testing.  Districts can better control the configuration of student computers and ensure preparedness for online testing when students are not granted administrative rights to their computers, or when those elevated rights are tightly controlled. Ultimately it is the districts responsibility to assure security for each device being used in the assessment.

Tasks

Configure Network Permissions

TestNav 8 User Guide pages 2-5

  • If there is a firewall, content filter or spam filter between the workstations being used for electronic testing and the Internet, Make certain that ALL Pearson domain/port combinations are allowed through the firewall. 
  • The following domains and ports must be allowed to pass through your Internet firewalls, content filters or spam filters.
    • *testnav.com  80, 443
    • *pearsonaccess.com  80, 443
    • *amazonaws.com  80, 443 or *s3.amazonaws.com 80, 443

Test Wireless Connection

 TestNav 7 Technology Guidelines -- Section 2.4

  • Ensure that all wireless computers can effectively communicate with their access point from the same location where they will be testing.

Bandwidth/Utility

  • Verify that no high bandwidth network activity other than online testing will be occurring during the testing window. 
  • You can use the Network User Capacity tab of the Systems Check tool to view upload and download speeds to the Pearson Access server. 
  • You may run this several time during the approximate time frame when the assessments are scheduled to be administered to get a clear picture of bandwidth capabilities.
Environment Security 
  • Make certain that the student have permissions to save the student response files (SRF) to the designated primary and secondary directories.
  • Ensure that any applications on testing workstations that could take over the computer thereby causing the testing application to close (i.e. screen savers, scheduled virus scans, operating system updates, etc.) are disabled.
  • Verify that the TestNav is accessible from all workstations to be used for testing.
  • Make certain that the TestNav content and Certificates are trusted on student devices. https://testnav.com/co/

ISP Notification

  • Notify your Internet Service Provider of your online testing window. 
  • Confirm that no scheduled maintenance or outages are planned during that time.

Verification

  • Complete System Check Network User Capacity & Testing Volume
  • Complete System Check verification on wired and wireless testing labs by testing each computer lab’s readiness running  the Network User Capacity tab of the System Check tool and verify the performance of your internet connection.
  • Run the software  2 to 3 time at the same exact time you anticipate the field test assessment will take place

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