What are the current versions of the Nextera Secure Browsers on each allowable testing device for CBT?

Questar is advising that the Nextera Secure Browsers available now on Nextera Admin are the current browsers that our schools will use for the 2018 test administration. Below is guidance on maintaining current Nextera Secure Browsers on student testing devices followed by a Secure Browser version table with release notes to highlight what's new in this year's Secure Browsers. 

Districts and schools can begin now to update Nextera Secure Browsers on student testing devices to prepare for the 2018 test administration

  • While there is no requirement for a manual uninstall and re-install process for the Nextera Secure Browsers this year, we HIGHLY recommend that you go through an uninstall and re-install process to ensure that all student testing devices have been properly updated and received any Secure Browser updates delivered automatically to the application.
    • This is a technical best practice for CBT.
  • Please check on Nextera Admin in the Help>Downloads section to confirm that your school has the latest Secure Browsers and go through the uninstall and re-install process if your student testing devices need to be updated to current Secure Browser versions.
  • Some districts/schools may need to allow for automatic updates of the Nextera Secure Browser through their multiple device management (MDM) systems to ensure they have the most up-to-date Secure Browsers.
  • Note that the Nextera Setup & Installation Guide includes all supported operating system and device versions as well as other system information in Appendix B for “System Requirements.”

Nextera Secure Browser Release Notes

In preparation for upcoming assessments, Questar has published a new version of its Secure Browser for all platforms. This release includes updated device logging to support additional diagnostic capabilities, as well as necessary updates to maintain test security.

Device Type Browser Version Release Notes 2018
Chromebook 2.4.5

System-controlled screen rotation, Chromevox, and high contrast are all disabled. These items are now only controlled within the Test Delivery System.

We recommend an uninstall & re-install process for all Secure Browsers to ensure that automatic updates have been successfully delivered to all student testing devices. 

iPad 1.2.2

Implementation of AAC (Automatic Assessment Configuration) security is included.

We recommend an uninstall & re-install process for all Secure Browsers to ensure that automatic updates have been successfully delivered to all student testing devices. 

Macintosh 3.5.259

This update contains the install solution for macOS 10.12, which requires accessibility accounts.

This version has an additional loading/splash screen that appears after the browser has been downloaded and launches, just before you see the sign-in screen:

We recommend an uninstall & re-install process for all Secure Browsers to ensure that automatic updates have been successfully delivered to all student testing devices. 

Windows 3.5.233

This version has an additional loading/splash screen that appears after the browser has been downloaded and launches, just before you see the sign-in screen, users will see the following: 

We recommend an uninstall & re-install process for all Secure Browsers to ensure that automatic updates have been successfully delivered to all student testing devices.