12/13/19: CBT Update Call Notes, Grades 3-8 ELA and Math

1. Update on CBT Technology Readiness

  • Questar will continue to send out reminder e-mails to schools that have not yet completed Technology Readiness.  They will send out reminder e-mails twice a week.  Starting next week, OSA will start reaching out to these schools too. 
  • Just a reminder that schools have until 12/30 to complete Technology Readiness.  Schools that do not complete Technology Readiness by 12/30 will be reverted to paper.
  • We sent out a list of schools that have already completed Technology Readiness to the Working Group this morning.  We will send out another list early next week.

2. Update on Online Examination Request System

  • The Online Examination Request System for ELA and Math closed to schools last Friday, 12/6.
  • The Office of State Assessment (OSA) is still able to place PBT requests on a school’s behalf for a few more days still.
  • Lead Scoring Entity Information needs to be finalized by December 30th.
    • If any schools have extenuating circumstances that cannot make this deadline, they will need to reach out to OSA by email at emscassessinfo@nysed.gov explaining their circumstance.
  • We are still doing cleanup on a few schools’ exam requests including filling in missing Lead Scoring Entities.  Have about 25 schools that left this field as Pending.  Hope to have all of these resolved by middle of next week.  Thank you to all on the call that have helped with this effort.
  • After the Online Examination System for ELA and Math closes to OSA staff, schools will be advised to contact Questar directly for additional paper-based tests.

3. Updates for Setting Not Tested Codes in Nextera Admin

  • There will be an established window for schools to set Not Tested Codes this year.
  • Users will receive an error messages, if they try to enter a  Not Tested Code after the window has closed. Schools will be directed to contact their Regional Information Center or their District Test Coordinator for additional guidance.

4. CBT Statewide Simulation

  • NYSED and Questar are working to prepare for the upcoming simulations  which will be held in late January and mid February, in advance of the operational CBT testing.
  • Questar is working on a Quick Reference Guide for the simulations which will provide steps and assistance.
  • More details will be shared on our following combined call on 12/18.
  • The Statewide Simulation Webinar is scheduled for 1/10 from 10 am to 12 pm.
  • Registration will be posted soon and shared with our CBT Schools and L1 support.

5. Upcoming Important Events

New CBT Winter Training Sessions added!
• New York City training session added for Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
• Lower-Hudson training session added for Friday, February 14, 2020 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Important Events


Closing of the Examination Request System


Closing of CBT Technology Readiness


CBT Simulation Training Webinar


CBT Statewide Simulation

1/28/20 and 2/11/20

CBT Winter Training Sessions

1/27/20 to 2/14/20

Operational CBT ELA demographic data due to L2


Statewide CBT Winter Training Webinar


Operational CBT Math demographic data due to L2


Proctor Training Webinar


ScorePoint Training Sessions

3/4/20 and 3/6/20

ScorePoint Webinar




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