Some students who have alternate languages set for CBT math (such as Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, and Spanish) will not receive this accommodation when logging into the test session. This is true for students who had Text-to-Speech (TTS) or Read Aloud accommodations set for the CBT ELA administration.
There are two scenarios where the alternate language will not be delivered online to the student: one issue cannot be corrected and will require the student to test on paper, while the second issue can be corrected by a test administrator on Nextera Admin.
How can you check if the Accommodation is set correctly and will work ahead of your student(s) trying to test on computer:
Alternate Language Will Work
Review the Student Details page: if the "Testing Language" is selected and the alternate language accommodation icon is visible and highlighted in blue, then the student's accommodation will work upon logging into the test session.
Alternate Language Will Not Work
1. If the "Testing Language" is selected and the student tested with the Text-to-Speech or Read Aloud accommodation in the CBT ELA administration, then the alternate language accommodation will be visible but will indicate "OFF" and cannot be enabled. The student's accommodation will NOT work upon logging into the test session. The student will need to test on paper.
2. If the "Testing Language" is selected but the alternate language accommodation icon is NOT visible, then the student's accommodation will NOT work upon logging into the test session. When the alternate language icon is missing as shown below, the test coordinator should edit the student's testing accommodations to reset the Alternate Language on the student's Details page.
If you have any questions, you can call the NYSED CBT Hotline: 518-474-7965.
Questar is working immediately to ship paper tests to all affected schools that have indicated alternate language tests when submitting their order to NYSED this past fall and have a Text-to-Speech or Read Aloud accommodation set for a student from the CBT ELA administration. We will be writing to all affected CBT math schools to confirm shipments of paper tests directly to the school.
Reminder: Schools must arrange for answer sheets with their RIC/Big 5 City School District for students who will need to test on paper as a result of this accommodations issue.