Spanish TTS on Chromebooks
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Spanish TTS on Chromebooks

Jan 29, 2024

Because of a recent change Google has made 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. Google has confirmed that the Spanish text-to-speech language is being added back in to ChromeOS 121 in the stable channel, which is scheduled to be released on February 6. This update will be available for ChromeOS version 120 on the Long Term Support (LTS) channel on March 28. In the meantime, there are three recommendations for students who need Spanish text-to-speech during the upcoming ISAT administration:

  1. Arrange for students to use another device for testing
  2. Administer the test using a Chromebook that is still running a version of ChromeOS before 119
  3. Install the Spanish voice pack manually using the following steps:

a.       Enable the option for the ‘floating accessibility toolbar’ in the ChromeOS Management Console. This must be done by the system administrator.

b.       Open the Secure Browser on the device(s) that need a Spanish voice pack

c.       Click on the new floating toolbar in the right-hand corner of the screen and choose settings

d.       Install the Spanish voice pack

e.       Disable the option for the floating accessibility menu in the ChromeOS Management Console again. This is required.

Schools using the stable channel with ChromeOS versions 119 and 120 will need to either switch to the LTS channel or upgrade to ChromeOS 121 on the stable channel after February 6.

We apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused, and we will continue pursuing an acceptable solution in the meantime.

For questions or assistance, please contact the Idaho Help Desk at 1.844.560.7365 or idhelpdesk@cambiumassessment.com.

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