4/19/19: CBT Weekly Updates, Grades 3-8 ELA and Math

CBT Weekly Updates, 4/19/19

  1. We are six days away from the start of the operational CBT math test administration:
  2. We are working on a secure way to transmit files with students who were manually entered on Nextera Admin to the RICs via the IRS SFTP site: stay tuned for more information.
    • Communication about these data files will be sent by Ellen from IRS.
    • You have already received data files for any Student Local IDs that needed to be updated on Nextera Admin (typically due to missing leading zeroes).
  3. We want to remind all schools about use of the Multi-Student Edit functionality and the risk to overwrite existing student testing accommodations: we recommend this feature only be used once and as a first step to setting student testing accommodations.
    • The alternate language testing accommodations can ONLY be set individually from a student’s details page.
    • Using the Multi-Student Edit functionality for a student who has an alternate language, such as to add additional accommodations, like classroom accommodations, will overwrite the alternate language accommodation.
    • Questar is working on a Quick Reference Guide for us to post soon with the recommended workflow for Multi-Student Edit and alternate language accommodations.
  4. Please remind schools that the Test Read online accommodations are English-only accommodations for the Nextera systems, including:
    • Text-to-Speech (TTS)
    • Read Aloud (by human)
  5. CBT Field Testing student data is being reviewed now between NYSED and Questar.
    • We will try to provide the official “open date” for CBT Field Testing soon, but we know this will occur after CBT math closes on Friday, May 10.
    • Tentative date is Monday, May 22.
    • The “opening” refers to the date when Questar will send “Welcome to Nextera” emails to any field testing principals and DTCs who have not previously participated in an operational CBT administration.
    • We expect CBT Field Testing student data to be available on Nextera Admin ahead of this “open date.”
  6. Please remind schools to use the tiny “Change” link at the top of Nextera Admin to navigate to the “Content Area” of math as they start to organize classes and set student testing accommodations next week.
  7. An article has been posted about CBT Math passwords for students testing in an alternate language: they will be all numeric: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360026645732.
  8. Remind all schools about the following known behaviors for the Questar Secure Browser and CBT Math:
    1. There are options schools can use instead of pausing the computer-based tests: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360026100111-Pausing-the-Computer-Based-Tests
    2. Digital Pens are not compatible with the Questar Secure Browser: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360026093891-Known-Behavior-Styluses-Versus-Digital-Pens
    3. Computers with flip-screens should not be used in tablet mode for CBT: https://cbtsupport.nysed.gov/hc/en-us/articles/360025416151-Touchscreen-Computers-with-Flip-Screens-Are-Not-Supported-by-Questar-in-Tablet-Mode
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