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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
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