It turns out that this was a case of user error. Here is Pearson’s response to our inquiry into Chromebooks supposedly not working with sample PARCC exams:
This just in from another state. The sample PARCC exams and tutorials are not fully functional on Chromebooks. The specifics are:
- When trying to access the sample PARCC exams on a Chromebook from the PARCC websitehttp://parcc.pearson.com/# the button “View Test Preparation” does not work on the Chromebooks and therefore, our teachers and students that are using Chromebooks cannot access the sample exams. We were able to create a standard webpage with many links to each individual sample test as a work around. While this is not a critical issue for our school district this may be a major issue for others.
- The pictures in the questions on the sample tests do not show up on the Chromebooks. For example, Language Arts, Grade 5, Section 1, Question 8. The picture appears on a laptop using the chrome web browser but the picture will not appear on a chromebook using the chrome web browser.
Pearson has been made aware of the issues and we are awaiting their response.
Has anyone in Maryland experienced these issues with Chromebooks?