Technology Preparation for Online Testing . 2012 – 2013 School Year. Presentation Agenda. Overview of the Minnesota Assessments Portal, Online Systems and Resources for Online Test Preparation Technology Coordinator Roles and Responsibilities Site Readiness Network Requirements
2012–2013 School Year
Portal Home Page
Technology Coordinator Page
Districts are required to verify that they have taken the following necessary steps to
prepare school computers for online testing. The deadline to verify site readiness is
March 1, 2013.
All manuals and software downloads can be found on the Technology Coordinator
page of the Minnesota Assessments portal (http://www.mnstateassessments.org/).
Allow traffic on the protocols and to the following servers:
Number of Students Simultaneously Testing:
Size of Content:
TIDE, Test Monitor Training Site, Test Monitor Site, and Online Reporting System
Data Entry Interface
Learning Point Navigator
Online Item Samplers
One-by-One (Manual) Installation
Additional instructions are available on the Minnesota Assessments portal if you need to install the
secure browser on computers for which you do not have administration or installation rights.
Network Installation (Network Administrators)
There are several methods to deploy the AIR secure browser depending
on your platform.
Windows Deployment Methods
Mac OS X Deployment Methods
Linux Deployment Methods
package file. This file type enables deployment using a number of tools
“General Resources” Tab in TIDE
“General Resources” Page in TIDE
The Online Testing System has
several diagnostics tools
available to help you prepare
These diagnostic tools can be
accessed from the login page of
the Online Item Samplers site.
All communication with the Online Testing System takes place
over the following IP port/protocol combinations.
The following URLs must be resolvable by all client hosts attempting to
connect to the test system.
You will need to ensure that the following IP addresses are open for the online systems
below. Note: If the client network utilizes any device that performs traffic shaping, packet
prioritization, or Quality of Service, the IP addresses should be given a high level of priority
in order to guarantee the highest level of performance.
Schools should open their firewalls to allow the secure browser to check the
certificate authenticity at VeriSign’s Certificate Revocation List (CRL) at
http://crl.verisign.com/. Alternatively, schools can open their network to the IP
addresses listed below. Note: These IP address ranges are subject to
NComputing and Terminal Services are supported on the following platforms:
*Note: Not applicable for the secure browser
Windows and Mac Users