Can my students use a stylus with devices that have touchscreens for CBT?

Updated 11/16/18: Based on feedback from our districts and schools, NYSED has revisited this issue for the 2018-19 test administration. 

A stylus is allowed on the computer-based tests Grades 3-8 ELA and math if students in the school are using a stylus as part of daily instruction. Additionally, if a school wishes to allow students to use a stylus for the CBT administration, the school must provide a stylus to any student who wants to use a stylus for responding to CBT items.

Requirement three for Devices in the CBT Technology Readiness Requirements & Guidelines states that "All devices must have a mouse, touchpad, or touchscreen to assist students with responding to different item types." A stylus is an additional tool that can be used in conjunction with touchscreen input.

In previous years' CBT administrations, a stylus was not allowed due to support issues with touchscreen input on allowable devices. For the 2019 CBT administration, Questar is universally supporting touchscreen input for iPads, Windows, and Chromebook devices. Based on requests from many districts and schools, the NYSED team revisited the previous decision about use of styluses on the CBT Grades 3-8 ELA and math exams.

To review the CBT requirements, please see the CBT Technology Readiness Checklist Requirements and Guidelines available on CBT Support in the "Resources" section. 

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