Due to a recent change in ChromeOS, Chromebooks running version 119 or later will no longer have Spanish voice packs for text-to-speech installed by default. The consequence of this change is that students will not be able to activate text-to-speech on Spanish text in the Secure Browser on those Chromebooks. CAI has been actively working with Google and unfortunately there does not appear to be a quick fix that can be implemented systematically for all devices. As both our organizations continue to investigate options, there are two recommendations for students who need Spanish text-to-speech during the upcoming test administrations:
- Arrange for students to use another device for testing or a Chromebook that is still running a version of ChromeOS before 119.
- Install the Spanish voice pack manually using the following steps:
- Enable the option for the ‘floating accessibility toolbar’ in the ChromeOS Management Console. This must be done by the system administrator.
- Open the Secure Browser on the device(s) that need a Spanish voice pack
- Click on the new floating toolbar in the right-hand corner of the screen and choose settings
- Install the Spanish voice pack
- Disable the option for the floating accessibility menu in the ChromeOS Management Console again. This is required.