Due to a recent change in ChromeOS, Chromebooks running version 119 or later will no longer have voice packs for text-to-speech installed by default for the following languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and Cantonese. The consequence of this change is that students will not be able to activate text-to-speech for these languages in the Secure Browser on those Chromebooks. CAI is actively working with Google and unfortunately, there does not appear to be a quick fix that can be implemented systematically for all devices. As we continue to investigate options, there are two recommendations for students who need text-to-speech for these languages 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 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 voice pack.
- Click on the new floating toolbar in the right-hand corner of the screen and choose settings.
- Choose “Text to Speech” and then “Text to Speech Voice Settings.”
- Scroll down and select “More Languages” from the Preferred Voice Options.
- Select “Chrome OS Built-in Text-to-Speech Extensions” from the speech engine options.
- Install the voice pack for the desired language (For Spanish, install the United States voice pack).
- Disable the option for the floating accessibility menu in the ChromeOS Management Console again. This is required.
Note: Mandarin TTS and Russian TTS are not supported on ChromeOS. Students needing to take the SEED Survey with Mandarin or Russian TTS must use a different OS.