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Computer-Based Assessments The following state assessment programs will be computer-based in Spring 2011: FCAT Mathematics Retakes FCAT Grade 10 Mathematics Algebra I End-of-Course Assessment Geometry and Biology End-of-Course Field Tests FCAT Reading Retakes (computer-based optional) Computer-Based Testing Platform The computer-based assessments will be administered using TestNav 6.9, Pearson’s proven computer-based testing platform. Sample tests for computer-based administrations will be provided as practice tests in the TestNav 6.9 platform. ePat practice sessions will be administered to students with a test script prior to taking the computer-based tests. The ePat link can be accessed from school or home for additional practice. TestNav6.9 Stand-alone application is installed on each computer used during testing. Application download includes all third-party technologies needed for testing. Supports Mac and Windows/PC Students click “Next” or “Back,” or select “Go to” to see an overview page showing all items and whether each item has been answered. Reading passages and related items shown in horizontal spilt screen with scroll bars so entire item can be displayed along with scrollable portion of passage. Split screens are adjustable. Student must scroll all the way to the end of the item in order to click “Next,” viewing all choices before responding and moving to the next item. What is Proctor Caching? A tool to accelerate the delivery of test content to students and to reduce the amount of bandwidth required for testing. A copy of the live test content is stored on the local hard drive of the computers. All data transmitted and stored by the Proctor Caching computers are in an encrypted format. Proctor Caching can be configured to include multiple Proctor-Caching computers per school. Proctor-Caching computers should be located as close as possible on the network to the computer being used for testing. Sample Proctor Caching Preparing for Computer-Based Testing The first phase will be completion of a web- based FCAT/EOC Certification Tool to collect information regarding available technology resources and testing plans from schools. All schools administering one or more of the computer-based tests must complete this web- based tool between Monday, September 13, 2010 through Tuesday, September 21, 2010. Review of Certification Tool The following school personnel must review and verify the certification tool: School Principal School Assessment Coordinator School Technology Coordinator Initial Certification Tool Web-based tool to verify school readiness: Computer Specifications – the number of computers that meet the minimum specifications and are available for high-stakes computer-based assessments Student Scheduling – number of students and sessions the school plans to conduct per assessment School Checklist – verification of preparations that will occur at the school prior to testing Certification Tool and ePat Practice Session Demonstration E-tools for Computer-Based Testing Review: Students may use this e-tool to mark items for review later. Eliminate Choice: Students may use this tool to mark through answer choices that they wish to eliminate. Highlighter: Students may highlight sections or the item or passage. Eraser: Students may use the eraser to remove marks made by the highlighter or the eliminate choice tool. Help: Students may click the Help icon to learn more about the e-tools. Reading Retake E-tool Students will NOT be provided scratch paper for the Reading Retake computer-based administration. Notepad: This e-tool will allow students to take notes. Note: Reading Passage Booklets which include passages but not questions, are provided for students if this accommodation is indicated in their IEPs or Section 504 Plans. Mathematics Retake/Algebra I EOC Assessment E-tool Calculator: Students will be provided access to a calculator, which appear in a pop-up window. Reference Sheet/Exhibit: Students will be provided commonly used formulas and conversions to work the problems, which will appear in pop-up window. Straightedge/Ruler: Students will be provided a straightedge tool, which will look like a ruler without measuring units. Mathematics Work Folders: Students will be provided blank folders to used as scratch paper to work the problems. Used work folders are secure materials and must be returned to the test administrator at the end of testing. Recommendations for Computer-Based Testing School Technology Coordinator and School Assessment Coordinator must work closely to: Develop a School Testing Plan Confirm that all computers and the school’s network meet minimum requirements Ensure appropriate spacing in labs to allow utilization of paper/pencil and prevent students from viewing monitors from others Install privacy screens Be available to answer questions and provide technical assistance Best Practices for Computer- Based Testing Support Resources will be available to help you and appropriate staff to complete the Certification process. Regional Trainings: Five regional trainings for district and school assessment and technology staff. Familiarize appropriate staff with the CBT platform, technology requirements and setup, and administrative tasks required to manage test sessions. Online Tutorials: Tutorials that may be accessed online at any time for training purposes that provide details regarding required technology and administration elements required for testing. Test Administration Materials and Supplementary Resources: Administration policies, scripts for practice tests and test sessions, and information required for successful site preparation. Supplemental Pearson User Guides will also be provided for tasks such as Proctor Caching and TestNav Technology Guidelines. Bandwidth Assessment Tool: Online tool that schools may use to assess available bandwidth and hardware used for testing. Once the required information is collected, the tool will provide recommendations for testing. For technical support, please contact Pearson Support at 877-847-3043 Questions ???
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