New Resource: ELA Response Box Sampler

In response to feedback from our districts and schools, Questar has released the new ELA Response Box Sampler as part of the online Question Sampler suite of practice tests. This allows students to practice using the constructed response box as they will do for the operational CBT ELA exams in the spring.

The online ELA Response Box Sampler is an "empty" ELA constructed response (CR) box that is not associated with a practice test question. Teachers can provide their own ELA passage and question to students who can respond using the ELA Response Box Sampler to become familiar with the CR response box as an online tool for typing their response.

The ELA Response Box Sampler allows students to experience the undo/redo features and how to resize the CR box onscreen. Some testing accommodations, such as Reverse Contrast and Background Color, can also be reviewed by students with the ELA Response Box Sampler.  

To use the ELA Response Box Sampler, select ELA, the grade level, and the "ELA Response Box Sampler" from the Sampler pull-down menu: 

The "empty" ELA Response Box Sampler launches on-screen for students and includes all online tools such as the review screen, notepad, highlighter, line reader, and more. These online tools  will be available in the operational CBT ELA exams in the spring. 

The ELA Response Box Sampler is offered only in the online Question Sampler, which will allow for the opportunity to print the screen after students enter their responses. Students can use their browser's print function to print the screen when finished with their response. This allows teachers the opportunity to review each student’s response. At this time, we do not have plans to offer the ELA Response Box Sampler as part of the Secure Browser practice tests as the Secure Browser does not allow printing of student responses.

Beyond allowing students to practice responding to questions in the same manner they will when testing in the spring, use of the ELA Response Box Sampler can help create new dialogue in the classroom for how students can use technology to respond to constructed responses.

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