We want to welcome all new CBT field testing schools to the computer-based testing administration for spring 2018. More than 1,200 schools in New York State chose CBT format for field testing this year. In order to make sure all our new schools are comfortable and confident in organizing a successful CBT field testing administration this spring, we've created the below list of administration steps, articles, and resources on CBT Support that can help your school.
How to Get Started in the Nextera Administration System
- Consult Appendix L in the CBT field testing School Administrator's Manual for guidance on how to navigate Nextera Admin.
- Navigate to Students by using the "Change" link at the top to change the "Window" drop-down menu to "SAFT."
- Create accounts for additional users in the school who will help you to administer CBT.
- Set your students' testing accommodations.
- Consider if you want to organize your students for testing into groups/classes or keep them all in one container.
- Consider if you want to place any students who are not taking the CBT field tests into a "Not Tested" class container (so you an focus only on the students who are testing in Nextera Admin).
- Make sure you are using the Chrome browser, and then navigate to the TESTS>Tests page to print student login tickets for your classes.
- Locate your Proctor PIN at the very bottom left (keep scrolling!) of the Nextera Admin homepage.
- Assemble your testing classes' secure testing materials to distribute to proctors on the morning of the field tests.
The above assumes that your school technology coordinator has already prepared student testing devices by downloading and installing the Nextera Secure Browser. All students will test on computer by accessing the Nextera Test Delivery System, which launches as an application within the Nextera Secure Browser.
Nextera Admin Information
- Principals and/or District Test Coordinators will need to be able to access Questar's Nextera Administration system.
- Navigating Nextera Admin:
- Download the Nextera Secure Browser from the Help>Downloads Tab.
- Watch a video tutorial about downloading the secure browser onto student devices.
- You should use the steps noted in the Nextera Setup & Installation Guide for help to install and test the Nextera Secure Browser.
- Set student testing accommodations.
- Create Testing Classes.
- Create new users.
- Monitor test administrations from the Tests and Testing Status Details pages.
- Print student login tickets.
Preparing for Technology
- The Best Practices: Computer-Based Testing "Tech Tips" article can function as a checklist for our schools as they prepare to begin CBT field testing.
Students Should Use the Practice Tests
- The Question Sampler is a practice environment that closely resembles the Nextera Test Delivery system. For the best results using the Question Sampler, please use the Google Chrome Browser.
- For the best simulated practice of the Nextera testing platform, use the Nextera Secure Browser practices tests.
- Three practice tests are available for both ELA and math.
- Practice tests are available for all CBT testing accommodations.
- Practice tests are available for alternate languages available for CBT math.
- Only Spanish is available at an alternate language option for CBT field testing.
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