We are looking forward to the start of operational CBT Math tomorrow morning. Online tests will be available to access as early as 7:00 am EST. Questar reports they are ready and expect testing to go well on the first day of CBT Math.
Below are some helpful reminders for our test administrators as you prepare for CBT Math this week. Please remember to consult Appendix A-2 in the School Administrator's Manual (SAM) to review the Checklist for CBT as you prepare your school, staff, and students for CBT this week. You will find the list of Secure Test Materials that you must prepare to deliver to Proctors on page 29 of the SAM.
Set Testing Accommodations
All test administrators need to set and confirm testing accommodations in Nextera Admin for students before printing student login tickets and before students log into the computer-based tests this week. Student testing accommodations include the following:
- Text-to-Speech (online only)
- Read Aloud (by human)
- Answer Masking
- Reverse Contrast
- Background Color
- Initial Page Zoom
Please note, Text-to-Speech (TTS) and Read Aloud accommodations are offered in English only through the Nextera systems.
Set Alternate Language Test Delivery for Students
If you have students who are testing in CBT Math in one of the five different alternate languages offered on the Nextera platform for mathematics exams, then you must set this test delivery as a testing accommodation from the Student Details page in Nextera Admin. You can find steps for setting the alternate language accommodation, such as Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, and Spanish, for students from an article on CBT Support as well as in Appendix Y of the SAM on page A-62.
Note: You cannot use the Multi-Student Edit feature in conjunction with setting alternate language testing accommodations. Alternate language testing accommodations must be set individually on the Student Details page in Nextera Admin.
Steps for Setting Alternate Languages for Students
- In Nextera Admin, navigate to a school within administration>Content area "Math"
- Click the "Students" tab to see all students and locate the needed student
- Click "View" to the right of the student you need from the student results list
- On the "View Student" page, click "Edit" to manage the student record
- Within the student record information for "Testing Language" (on the left of the record page), select the alternate language from the drop-down menu
- You will find that selecting "Spanish" or any other alternate language for "Testing Language" will display the "Testing Language" icon lower on the page in the "Accessibility and Accommodations Options" list
- Click "Save" to complete the setting for the student to have an alternate language CBT math for the student's grade level
Helpful Links for Preparing for Operational CBT Math:
- Documentation: How to set student testing accommodations for CBT
- How do we set up students to take the an alternate language math test on computer?
- Test Read Accommodations in Nextera Are Only Provided in English
- School Administrator's Manual (SAM)
- Teacher's Directions for CBT
- What are the CBT options for my students that make use of the Test Read testing accommodations?
- Where do we locate the Proctor PIN for CBT?
- Contacting Questar and NYSED during Operational CBT