11/3/17: Weekly CBT Updates, Grades 3-8 ELA and Math

CBT Weekly Updates Call, 11/3/17

  1. The Educator Guides are posted to EngageNY: https://www.engageny.org/resource/test-guides-english-language-arts-and-mathematics
  2. The Roadshow Requests to RICs have been sent! Once we hear back from locations, we will provide the schedule/dates.
    • We already know that the first roadshow is going to be in Nassau (Long Island) on Tuesday, January 30th
    • Roadshow times are the same as last year:
      • Morning session from 9:00-12:00
      • Lunch from 12-1:00 (not provided)
      • Afternoon session from 1:00-3:30
  3. Upcoming enhancements to Nextera Admin for DTC and RIC-Level users to be able to upload new students and create classes in a template upload process:
    • The template will use/be the same file layout as the Nextera Admin student Pre-ID file layouts with changes to the student data elements to allow for home/testing district for OODP students.
    • The file layout from last year is available on Nextera Admin under “Resources” for reference.
    • There is another upcoming enhancement to allow for student testing accommodations to be uploaded through the template upload process on Nextera Admin, such as TTS and Alternate Languages.
      • This will mean that DTC and RIC users will be able to move students around into classes by accommodation and set the accommodations all at the same time.
      • This is another option in addition to setting accommodations one at a time on a student-by-student basis as well as the multi-student edit feature.
  4. Guidance on Keyboarding Instruction
  5. District/School CBT Q&A Session: If you have districts/schools you support that are “on the fence” and perhaps have some concerns about CBT—maybe they need some additional information to support CBT within their district/school. The RIC can suggest getting a meeting together for the test coordinators or principals to ask questions directly to NYSED.
    • This is a service that the RIC can offer and set up with me and Clara.
    • We’ll ask for questions/topics specific to the district/school and prepare a few slides and try to make ourselves available.