Every six weeks Google rolls out a new major version of ChromeOS. While I typically get excited about a new update to ChromeOS, that’s not the case during the spring when many schools are in the midsts of state testing.
During the testing season, you do NOT want your devices to auto update.
Allowing ChromeOS to auto update could make them incompatible with your testing app.
Here’s the BAD news: it is very difficult to ROLL BACK a ChromeOS update once it has been applied.
The GOOD news is that it’s super easy to prevent your Chromebook fleet from auto-updating.
I recommend that you temporarily “pin” your Chromebook updates to the last major version that is supported by your test provider (M-STEP, PARCC, AIR, NWEA, SBACC, etc).
To pin your update, log into the admin console and visit: Device Management > Chrome > Device Settings > Device Update Settings
There is also a NEW feature that can allow your testing app to manage the version of ChromeOS:
Here are some notes from Google on this new feature:
Be sure you review a copy of the technical requirements and set up instructions provided by your test provider. Compare their recommendations to the settings in your admin console a minimum of six weeks prior to the start of your first testing window.
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