Online Assessment and TechnologyReadiness Update     Kayla Siler    January 2013
What is online for 2012-13?• Algebra I/Integrated I EOC• English II EOC• Biology EOC• Grades 5 and 8 Science EOG• EXTEND2 ...
Updates to NCTest• New hardware• Separate hardware from NC Education• Multiple database server stacks with data spread  ac...
Online Assessment Tutorial          http://go.ncsu.edu/nctdemo• Who? Every student participating in online EOC  or EOG ass...
2012-13 Released Formshttp://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/releasedforms• Online and p/p versions• Online...
If you’ve never administered onlineassessments• Learn about your network• Check the technical requirements and make sure  ...
Schools Must Meet TechnicalRequirements• Schools must meet specific technical requirements specified at  http://go.ncsu.ed...
2012-13 Technical Requirements forNCTest V 3.0• Disable add-ons• 1024 x 768 Screen resolution for best performance• Window...
2012-13 Technical Requirements forNCTest V 3.0 (continued)• Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9, Mozilla  Firefox...
Warning Messages• ERROR-You are currently using Internet Explorer version 6.  NCTest will not function with this browser.•...
Technology Readiness Tool• Enhancements to the system and new reports  were added on January 14• The “Device Indicator” re...
New Tech Readiness ReportsDevice Indicator Report    Exception Reports
Technology Readiness Next Steps• Please make updates and enter new information  throughout the spring  – Next collection w...
Resources• Tutorial: http://go.ncsu.edu/nctdemo• Released Forms:  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/re...
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Online Assessment Update-Jan2013

  1. 1. Online Assessment and TechnologyReadiness Update Kayla Siler January 2013
  2. 2. What is online for 2012-13?• Algebra I/Integrated I EOC• English II EOC• Biology EOC• Grades 5 and 8 Science EOG• EXTEND2 EOC/EOGs of all of the above and grades 3-8 ELA and Math EOGs
  3. 3. Updates to NCTest• New hardware• Separate hardware from NC Education• Multiple database server stacks with data spread across• Increased bandwidth to 10 Gbps• Stress testing and analysis• Emergency Alert Email System• New NCTest data distribution plan• iPad compatible
  4. 4. Online Assessment Tutorial http://go.ncsu.edu/nctdemo• Who? Every student participating in online EOC or EOG assessments• Where? At least one time at school• When? Before test day• How? Using video or script• EOG tutorials are expected in February 2013
  5. 5. 2012-13 Released Formshttp://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/releasedforms• Online and p/p versions• Online version presented in the same interactive environment• Responses are not saved or scored• Online version answer key
  6. 6. If you’ve never administered onlineassessments• Learn about your network• Check the technical requirements and make sure your computers and browsers can run NCTest• Check your content filtering and traffic shaping to make sure it is open for traffic from data.ncsu.edu and center.ncsu.edu• Use the Online Assessment Tutorial and the Online Released Forms to simulate a testing event
  7. 7. Schools Must Meet TechnicalRequirements• Schools must meet specific technical requirements specified at http://go.ncsu.edu/nct/• Schools must review these technical requirements before test day and make any necessary adjustments before administering an online assessment• Schools that administer an online assessment, but do not meet the technical requirements, are at risk of providing students items that cannot be manipulated (e.g., technology-enhanced items), items that do not display with associated artwork (e.g., tables, graphs, symbols), and items that do not fit properly on the screen
  8. 8. 2012-13 Technical Requirements forNCTest V 3.0• Disable add-ons• 1024 x 768 Screen resolution for best performance• Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.4 or greater, and iOS (iPads)• Allow JavaScript & session state cookies• Allow all web traffic (including JavaScript, mp3 files, images, etc.) from center.ncsu.edu and data.ncsu.edu (standard and secure)• Allow pop-ups to open in a new window (not in a tabbed window)
  9. 9. 2012-13 Technical Requirements forNCTest V 3.0 (continued)• Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9, Mozilla Firefox versions 10+, Apple Safari 5.1.7+, Google Chrome version 21+ (IE 6.0 is not allowed to access NCTest)• Schools using Internet Explorer (IE) versions 8 and 9 must turn off Compatibility View or remove center.ncsu.edu and data.ncsu.edu• For bandwidth footprint and best practices for wireless networking, go to: go.ncsu.edu/nct• Periodically check the requirements for updates at go.ncsu.edu/nct
  10. 10. Warning Messages• ERROR-You are currently using Internet Explorer version 6. NCTest will not function with this browser.• WARNING UNSUPPORTED BROWSER-You are currently using [browser] ([number] version). You will be allowed to login, but NCTest may not work as intended when using this browser. For additional information, see: http://go.ncsu.edu/nct• WARNING-You are currently using Internet Explorer (IE) in Compatibility View. You will be allowed to login, but NCTest may not work as intended. Turn off Compatibility View so NCTest will work as intended when using this browser. For additional information, see: http://go.ncsu.edu/nct
  11. 11. Technology Readiness Tool• Enhancements to the system and new reports were added on January 14• The “Device Indicator” report has been updated to indicate the count and percentage of devices that meet the minimum requirements for Smarter Balanced Assessments – Click on individual schools in the report to see where you might have missing information or to see which requirements are not met
  12. 12. New Tech Readiness ReportsDevice Indicator Report Exception Reports
  13. 13. Technology Readiness Next Steps• Please make updates and enter new information throughout the spring – Next collection window will close June 14, 2013• In making updates: – Be sure and fill in all required fields – The reports update nightly (not real time) – The red text in the reports indicate missing information or where requirements are not met
  14. 14. Resources• Tutorial: http://go.ncsu.edu/nctdemo• Released Forms: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/testing/relea sedforms• Technical Requirements: http://go.ncsu.edu/nct/• Best Practices Guide: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/assessment/guide/• Update for 2012-13: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/ (under Hot Topics)

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