3/29/19: CBT Weekly Updates, Grades 3-8 ELA and Math

CBT Weekly Updates, 3/29/19

  1. Monday begins the operational CBT ELA testing window!
  2. The “CBT Hotline” launched yesterday afternoon: 518-474-7965
    • We trained a team of folks from the Office of Information & Reporting Services yesterday
    • When folks call, they will be calling IRS
    • The IRS staff will ask a few questions to determine which office at NYSED will be able to assist
    • Update: Complete contact information during testing has been posted to CBT Support: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360026097491
  3. We sent out a message to principals of schools that have indicated they are testing on Windows machines to make sure they are aware of additional settings that may need to be disabled for the Secure Browser.
  4. We want to stress contacting Questar this year: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/115000517546
    • Consider: should we always ask a school who contacts the RIC or NYSED to follow up with an email to Questar to report the issue
      • We want better tracking for issues happening across the state this year—we can only do this if Questar is fully aware of all issues
  5. iOS 12.2 was released last week: reminder—do not upgrade operating systems 30 days before a CBT administration
  6. We will post the reminder about stylus vs. digital pens this week:
    • Update, this is posted: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360026093891
    • The RICs have already reached out to any schools that may have reported issues
    • The stylus tip can wear out: use rubbing alcohol or a new stylus
      1. Troubleshooting tip: test with finger-touch input (this input works the same as a stylus)
  7. Checking Scoring Consortia on the homepage of Nextera Admin! All schools should scroll all the way down to the bottom of the Nextera Admin homepage to view scoring consortia information as available at Questar
  8. Opening paper test materials: schools can open paper Test Read booklets on April 1st if they have a CBT grade level testing that day.
    • The Office of State Assessment (OSA) provides the following details in this year’s February memo about essential details for the Grades 3-8 ELA and Math tests:
    • "The primary administration dates for the CBT ELA and Mathematics Tests start a day earlier than the PBT. If a CBT school chooses to start testing on the first day of the CBT administration window, they may open the corresponding PBT materials on the same day, if needed, to access accommodated materials for students with an IEP or 504 plan or for eligible English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners" (page 4).
    • You can find a link to the memo on CBT Support.
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