[K12OSN] State Testing

Ken Grant kmgrant at actaccess.net
Sun Feb 26 18:45:23 UTC 2006

Hello All:

	This may or may not be the best place to address this issue, but I
figure there are enough tech/educational experts here that someone is
bound to have encountered it.
	My problem: Our state, Wyoming, is converting all standardized testing
for compliance with the "No Child Left Behind" law to computers. 
Starting in about six weeks, children in grades 3-8, and grade 11, will
be taking our state test online.  The test is designed by the state but
admisistered through Harcourt Assessment.  To ensure that students do
not have access to other parts of the computer they are working on, all
testing must be done with a "secure browser." To get the browser to
be secure a program called SiteKiosk is used. And you guessed
it, it only runs on Windows and sometimes Macs.

	At this point the state is still dealing with many tech issues,
including getting SiteKiosk to run on Macs.  I've been assured by
people at the state level and at Harcourt Assessment that no testing has
been done with Linux.  Since K12LTSP is being used by school districts
across the nation, this seems to me to be a terrible oversight.

	I realize that the bigger school districts have the funding for Windows
systems; however, we are a small Catholic school with very little
resources to invest in IT.  K12LTSP is the only way we can get computers
in the classroom.  

	All that said, have any of you been faced with a similar issue?  If
so, how have you dealt with it?  How many schools with K12LTSP are using
it as their only platform?

	I plan to make as much noise as possible with both the state and with
Harcourt so that this situation can be corrected, but in the meantime
any ideas on how to get SiteKiosk to run on Linux would be great.  Does
anyone know if a Linux-based program exsists to make a  browser secure?

	Thanks for reading my rant and for K12LTSP...it's an awesome OS!


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