For 2020-2021, a Secure Browser must be installed on each computer or tablet that will be used for student testing. The following table lists which operating systems are supported and which Secure Browser to install.
|Operating Systems||Supported Devices||Secure Browser||Related Requirements*|
8 (Professional & Enterprise)
8.1 (Professional & Enterprise)
10 (Educational, Professional, & Enterprise) (Versions 1809-1909)
Server 2012 R2, 2016 R2
|Desktops/Laptops||Windows Secure Browser||Disable fast user switching. Server 2012 R2 and 2016 R2 are supported when using a thin client.|
10 in S mode (Educational, Professional, & Enterprise) (Versions 1809-1909)
|Desktops/Laptops||Take a Test app||Disable app pre-launching. Create a dedicated test account for non-permissive mode users. Create a desktop shortcut for permissive mode users.|
|Desktops/Laptops||Mac Secure Browser||
Install the Mac Secure Profile. Disable third-party app updates, iTunes updates, and fast user switching.
|All 9.7” or larger iPads running a supported version of iOS/iPadOS.||SecureTestBrowser
||Assessment Mode (formerly Automatic Assessment Configuration) disables many features automatically and requires no further setup. Additional features can be disabled through Mobile Device Management. In addition to the features disabled by Assessment Mode, also disable Voice Control, VoiceOver, and the emoji keyboard. If these are not available to disable through MDM, please disable them manually.|
|Chromebooks||SecureTestBrowser||Chromebooks must be in kiosk mode. Automatic updates should be disabled or limited to a specific version used successfully before summative testing begins.|
8, 8.1, 10
|CAI supports any tablet running Windows 8, 8.1 Pro, and 10, but has done extensive testing only on Surface Pro, Surface Pro 3, Asus Transformer, and Dell Venue.
||Windows Secure Browser||Disable fast user switching.|
*For information about implementing the related requirements, refer to the Quick Guide for Setting Up Your Online Testing Technology.
For information on the supported web browsers for each operating system, see the Supported Browsers page.
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2020-2021 Support Plan
This plan establishes guidelines about Operating System (OS) support for Online Secure Browsers. This plan helps schools and districts manage support requirements and allows both product and IT planning in organizations based on knowledge of the support timelines.