12/8/17: Weekly CBT Updates, Grades 3-8 ELA and Math

CBT Weekly Update Call, 12/8/17

CBT Winter Roadshow registration has been sent to all RICs and participating Big 5 districts.

  • The registration link is being distributed as a “pre-sale” to our operational schools.
  • The agenda is being worked on now by Questar and will be posted soon.
  • Reminder: this is going to be a granular training where attendees will learn how to create users, classes, set Not Tested Codes and student testing accommodations, and more.
  • Lunch is not provided but a light breakfast with coffee is provided.

Data Refresh: We do not yet have an update on the Nextera Admin data refresh, but Questar and NYSED are working together to finalize details regarding the new access to student CRs on Nextera Admin.

Paper testing in a CBT grade level:

  • We are hearing this question often, so I want to make sure all of you know the answer and the examples that we provide in various FAQs about testing accommodations.
  • While the requirement for CBT is that every student in the grade level must test on computer, there will always be instances where some students need to test on paper, such as for low incidence languages and Test Read by human reader, as well as for delivery of other IEP/504 plan testing accommodations. 

So many new FAQs this week! Hot topics include:

  • Text-to-Speech
    • We’ve added the news about human reader for a student testing on computer to CBT Support—this will be possible this year! (Based on popular demand from our operational schools last year.) The three variations are as follows:
      1. Text-to-Speech (online only)
      2. Read Aloud (by human)
      3. Test Read (paper only)
    • There is a Quick Reference Guide for how to use the TTS features in the Nextera Test Delivery System.
  • Speech-to-Text and other student testing software, such as word prediction where the student will need to test on paper.
  • The list of Allowable Testing Devices
  • How to contact Questar Assessment Inc.
  • And how to “sign up” for CBT field testing

Field Testing on Computers: Please encourage all of your districts and schools that are not administering operational CBT this spring to sign up for CBT field testing—there are thousands of schools not yet taking that first step into CBT. These schools should be encouraged to participate in field testing on computers.

Drawing Tool: as a reminder, we announced during the CBT Fall Roadshows that there will be no drawing tool this spring in the operational CBT exams.

  • We are working with Questar on development of a new equation editor that would include a drawing tool feature. We are seeing evidence of good progress. There is the remote possibility that this new functionality will be available for a trial with the field tests.
    • We’ll keep you posted on progress when there is more to share, but we want you to make sure your schools are aware.